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April 7 in Jim Bouton’s “Ball Four”

“Today, the day before opening day, Joe Schultz said, 'Well, it's back to the old salt mine, boys.'”

Seeing Joe makes you want to say what?

A) “Pound that Bud.”

B) “Smoke 'em inside.”

C) “F***s***.” 

D) “S***f***.”

E) Other.

Of course, if you are not familiar with Jim Bouton's “Ball Four”, you won't have any idea what I'm talking about. But you should be used to that by now.

Sometimes it turns out that I was right

Back in the early or mid 1990s, the subject of the Seattle Pilots came up in The Slice. In response, a reader mailed me a ticket from that short-lived team's first home game.

I cannot remember if it was a ticket stub or the whole ducat. In any case, it was an interesting souvenir — especially for those who read Jim Bouton's “Ball Four.”

I mailed it back to the reader, advising him that it might be worth something one day.

And just this morning I noticed that one was being sold on eBay. The asking price was $245.   

Did you ever see a Seattle Pilots game?

I've talked to a number of people over the years who attended a Pilots game or two at Sicks Stadium. And more than a few said the one thing even less major league than that team was the ballpark itself.

Speaking of baseball cards

A former SR colleague, a guy named Ken Sands, used to have a mint collection of Seattle Pilots cards. He showed them to me once. I wonder if he still has them.

I think he had a complete set of their second season, too. Of course, that wasn't spent in Seattle.

Anyway, feel free to ask me for my Tommy Harper story one day.

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Features writer Paul Turner is a columnist for The Spokesman-Review in the Features department. He writes "The Slice" column, which appears six times a week and produces general features stories for the Today section.

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