Dolly was invited to the Chicagoland World Series in beautiful downtown
to get her feet
wet. This was appealing to the country music
legend who had not seen her feet in many years.
Prior to the event, Dolly contacted event coordinator and our APBA friend,
Doug Schuyler, to go over the tournament rules and ask for an equipment
waiver. Parton had commissioned two
extra large dice shakers just for the event and asked if they were legal for
tournament play. With a well documented dislike
of dice towers and other dice paraphernalia, Schuyler informed Parton that he
would have to personally inspect her shakers before they could be used in the
Being the perfectionist that he is, Doug painstakingly inspected Parton’s shakers before finally giving his two thumbs up approval. “It was a big job, but I stayed with it until it was complete”, said Schuyler. “I’ve honestly never had my hands on shakers that size before, but aside from obstructing the view of the boards some, I do not believe they offer any unfair advantage in game play.” This ruling was exciting news throughout the APBA community.
Schuyler was given some tips and exercises he could do by the tournament director to prepare for inspection of shakers this large. “I used the techniques Carter suggested, and they helped. It’s just hard to get your hands wrapped around things that big”, said Schuyler. With the equipment inspection over, Dolly chose to play with the 1932 Philadelphia Athletics. Parton made this choice, as many APBA players do, because it reminded her of her childhood. “32 A’s remind me of a simpler time, when I was just a little girl, a very long, long time ago”, said Parton.
Things started out well for the
Tennessee native, but quickly came to an abrupt end. Every time Parton would shake her big
shakers, play at all of other tables would stop as the other participants watched. Parton was finally asked to leave because of
the constant interruptions to the tournament.
“All I said was her shakers didn’t provide any unfair advantage in game
play. I never said they wouldn’t be a
distraction”, added Schuyler regarding the commotion.
“Adjusting to the passage of time, I think, is a key to success and to life: just being able to roll with the punches.” – Dolly Parton. We agree. Roll on Dolly, roll on!
The clash between the Mets and Reds will set up a battle between Seaver and his future teammates. It also will be a rematch of the 1973 NLCS and the Reds will be looking for some retribution.
The Cubs punched the higher seed in the mouth right out of the gate scoring 4 runs in the top of the 1st and never looked back. Larry Parrish cut the lead in half with a 2 run homer in the 2nd inning, but
could not pose a threat against Rick
Reuschel. Sutter locked things down in
the 9th and the Cubs take Game 1, 5-2. Montreal
CHICAGO – Outside of Dave Cash (4 for 8: 2 doubles and a triple), the Expos bats never showed up. Cromartie, Dawson and Carter were a combined 1 for 23 (.043) in the 2 games. The Cubs starters go 8 innings each and hand the ball off to Bruce Sutter who picks up 2 easy saves. The Cubs advance to play the ’79 Pirates. Mr. Cub was jumping for joy.
But in sunny
it was 1978. There was no snow, and a
First Round matchup saw the 1978 Giants take on the 1978 Padres. This ’78 Padres club was the first team I
ever saw play in a live game. Riverfront
Stadium, August 5, 1978. A little known switch-hitting
rookie named Ozzie Smith played shortstop.
A guy behind us spilled beer down the back of my shirt, the smell of the
freshly cut Astroturf, the animation of the monochrome scoreboard. Pete Rose was thrown out twice on the bases,
and the Reds won! I was hooked! California
|Winfield only had one hit,|
but made it count