Monday, April 28, 2014
Moeller Card Show and Denny McLain in Cincinnati!
I made it out to the Moeller High School baseball card show this weekend. I wanted to get out there because Denny McLain was appearing!
It has been some time since I was last at this show, but I had a real good day. The dealers are nice and reasonable, and there is more here than just the usual stacks of baseball cards from the 80s. The show had a great selection of mini helmets, buttons, and vintage cards. In fact, I enjoyed looking at the many cases full of old tobacco cards.
The show had several signers, but I was here mostly to get my album signed by Denny McLain (in addition to being an amazing pitcher, he also played the organ and he recorded on Capitol Records)! I met him before, sometime in the mid 00s in Detroit. I remember him being very pleasant at that time, and he also was a bigger guy.... as we all put on some weight as we get older.
Well, he has dropped a LOT of weight and he still seemed friendly and chatty. He seemed very happy just to be there and he was very generous with doing photos and adding inscriptions and that sort of thing.
I have always found Denny's story to be one of the most fascinating in all of baseball. I would put him right in there with Cobb and Rose as one of the most loved and hated MLBers ever.
Again, this was a great day at the card show for me. One thing I miss about living in northern Ohio is that there were a lot of nice card shows like this, where they might have a few retired or current players signing autographs, AND dealers sold quality items. I tip my hat to Cincy Card Shows for this one!
Good show, good signers, and good dealers! I will have to make more of a point to hit their events when they come up!
Check out Cincy Card Show's link:
Here is my review of Denny's book, and a photo of him from about a decade ago:
And here is a link to a Detroit News Article about his weight loss: