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07/13/2010

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Joe R

If there's a Heaven, I suspect that Billy Martin is waiting for him right behind the gate, bat (or lead pipe) in hand.

Hot Tub Eric

Don't forget that it was The Boss that tyranically forced Oscar Gamble to cut his afro when he came to NY from Cleveland thereby ruining the greatest head of hair in baseball nonwithstanding Bake McBride.

Bill Repsher

Dan, just picked up a copy of Big Hair and Plastic Grass -- was wasting time in a Barnes & Noble and couldn't resist, looks like a fun read ... as I gaze on the framed picture of four Steve Carlton baseball cards on my wall. Being a kid in the 70s who collected baseball cards from about 1972-77, anything baseball-related from that era really hits home with me. Knew your book had to be good when I went through the Index and saw an entry for Al "The Mad Hungarian" Hrabosky.

Re: Steinbrenner. I did a post on his passing, too:

http://poscathst.blogspot.com/2010/07/steinbrenners-inferno.html

Hope you enjoy -- think I captured the spirit of what went down.

sto credits

George Michael Steinbrenner III (July 4, 1930 – July 13, 2010) was principal owner and managing partner of Major League Baseball's New York Yankees. During Steinbrenner's 37-year ownership from 1973 to his death, the longest in club history, the Yankees earned 7 World Series titles and 11 pennants. His outspokenness and role in driving up player salaries made him one of the sport's most controversial figures. Steinbrenner was also involved in the Great Lakes shipping industry.

Dan E

Bill, that's friggin' hilarious. I'm gonna post your link on the Big Hair Facebook page, if that's cool...

Bill Repsher

It would be an honor -- this is a cool site. But I have to admit. I followed the link to the Cardboard Gods site and had my mind completely blown. That guy's doing some truly great shit with baseball cards and how they apply to adulthood.

Dan E

Oh yeah, Josh's site is awesome. Pick up his book if you haven't already...

ffxiv gil

I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast; for I intend to go in harms way.Life's tragedy is that we get old to soon and wise too late.In this world, nothing is certain but death and taxes.

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  • Dan Epstein is the author of Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride Through Baseball and America in the Swinging '70s and Stars and Strikes: Baseball and America in the Bicentennial Summer of '76, both published by Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press. He writes about baseball, music and other cultural obsessions for a variety of outlets and publications. He lives in Southern California, and is available for speaking engagements.