Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Lucky Ed Halicki

My first encounter with today's card was accompanied with snickering. Lots of it.

It wasn't the gangly pitcher for the Giants that caused the giggles- it was his name. As you can see, it rhymes with hickey. And 'dickey.' You'll have to excuse me. I was between 10 and 11 years old at the time and things like that brought laughter. And... it reminded me of the line from the 1978 blockbuster film Grease, when Jeff Conaway's character says, "A hickey from Kenickie is like a Hallmark Card: When you care enough to send the very best." More laughter.

Halicki, who was a bit of a malcontent, was just as quotable as the Conaway character. Speaking about Giants GM Spec Richardson, the 6'7 righty once said, "I heard Spec was sick. Well, we have something in common. I'm sick of being in a Giants uniform." Geez, with an attitude like that, he could have been wearing the black leather T-Birds jacket.

The ten or eleven year-old ChopKeeper wasn't aware that Ed had once pitched a no-hitter during the 1975 season. No-Hitter? Who's got time for that?! This guy's name rhymes with Dickie!

The no-no was the first one in the National League since the 1973 season. Afterwards, the triumphant pitcher attributed it to luck: "A no-hitter has got to be luck. If it were skill, guys like Tom Seaver, Bob Gipson, Sandy Koufax and Nolan Ryan would have 20." No skill involved! Ha! I told you, a laugh a minute.

I'm guessing that the disgruntled hurler never sent a Hallmark Card to Spec when the GM was ill. Had he cared enough and wanted to send the very best, then surely a copy of this Topps card would have been sent instead.

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