Buck O’Neil, a great player from the Negro Leagues and one of the finest representatives baseball has ever had, died Friday at age 94. Sadly, he didn’t live to see his name added to the roster at the Hall of Fame. True fans of the game can only hope that injustice is soon corrected.
You’ll be missed Buck.
It’s our way of celebrating Barry’s dubious accomplishments as he’s on the verge of passing Henry Aaron as the all-time leader in National League home runs (a few of Hammering Hank’s homers were in the American league so he’ll hold on to the overall record – at least for a while).
For those who miss the humor (or think we’re referring to Barry’s ego), an enlarged head is one side-effect of steroid and/or human growth hormone use. To the best of our knowledge there’s no known exercise program proven to develop scalp muscles.
And, on a serious note, thanks to Hank and Roger for memories that remain untainted even as MLB’s record book has begun to smell a bit over-ripe.
The Giants and Barry Bonds are hosting the All-Star Game. Just move the game a few miles north and the next time someone “goes yard” it’s the prison yard.
Are we overlooking the most important side effect of performance enhancing drugs? With the ongoing doping scandals in cycling, track & field, baseball, cartooning (just kidding on that one), etc., etc., it’s worth considering.
And, hey, I promise to get off the sports theme for at least the next couple cartoons.
Edit October 12, 2006: Floyd says it ain’t so?
So the normally dormant Cubs seem to be using the Red Birds as their doormat this season. Well, I’m a big enough guy to admit when I’m wrong. Here’s a look at what actually happened last night.
For Card’s fans, there’s always tomorrow. For Cubs fans, there’s always next season.