[Editors: This post was submitted by loyal Nation member Mark Moore. He is a longtime Reds fan living with his family outside of Raleigh, NC. His best Reds summer was 2006 when he attended five games, the best of which was against the Cardinals as the Reds won on a David Ross walk-off homer. Thanks, Mark!]
Sometimes you plan and it doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t turn out. Sometimes you come upon something unexpected and it makes your day. According to my original plan, I was going to write some purely fan-perspective stuff from Goodyear about what I saw from our Reds this past week. Instead, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m writing about a most unexpected find at a local thrift shop.
I saw a post on a swap board a while back showing a 1965 Reds scorecard. They didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want much for it and I figured IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d stop by at some point and pick it up (their shop was advertising but hadnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t opened at that time). This week, I remembered the scorecard on my way home from the office and made my way to their shop. I asked the owner about it and he pulled it off a shelf.Ã‚Â HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d had it appraised since IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d first learned about it, so the price had gone up just a bit.Ã‚Â In the end, as youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll see in the pictures, it was worth it to me to have this 50-year-old piece of Reds history.
The scorecard was filled out for the game on Wednesday, August 4, 1965. It went 10 innings and the Giants beat our boys 4-3, but the names in that game are what caught my attention. Pete Rose went 3-for-4 (including a double and 2 RBIÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s) against Juan Marichal. He pitched the entire 10 innings giving up 12 hits, but whiffed 14 Reds to get the win.
I bought this with the intent of sharing it with Redleg Nation and, after contacting Steve Mancuso, wrote up this piece. It makes me a little jealous for those Ã¢â‚¬Å“simpler daysÃ¢â‚¬Â of baseball, but it also makes me anxious for the season to come. I doubt IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll make the trip from Raleigh to Cincinnati to see a game and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m still a little disappointed I had to skip the Phoenix trip, but it is baseball season and my new souvenir reminds me thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s nothing quite like that for a baseball fan.