John Schulian, Scott Akasaki, Wes Parker and Jim Colburn
Last Saturday I went to see John Schulian speak at the Allendale library. Terry Cashman of the Baseball Reliquary introduced him. He talked about Boxing, Basketball, Football and baseball. He read from his columns in the book “Sometimes They Even Shook Your Hand.” I immediately liked his quick-witted style and good nature sarcasm.
Terry did a word association with Schulian. On Pete Rose, John said “so-so gambler. Should be in the Hall of Fame.” Billy Martin “A mouse waiting to be a rat.” (great line) Howard Cossell ”Not my favorite guy.” Others who he think should be in the Hall of Fame: Barry Bonds, yes. Roger Clement, yes. Mark McGuire, no. Of Kobe Bryan he said “Is going to be fascinating to watch him grow old.”
Afterwards I got in line to buy his book “Sometimes They Even Shook Your Hands.” When it got to be my turn, Terry told John that I am a big Dodger fan. John wrote in my book “For Emma, the Queen of Dodger Stadium -John Schulian 11/10/12″
Terry usually sets other baseball books related to the speaker or topic at the library. I checked out “The Sporting World of Jim Murray” by Jim Murray, and “What A Time It Was The Best of W.C. Heintz on Sports”
Discussion on “The Business of Baseball” Claremont, CA
Char Ham posted the following on the Baseball Reliquary page:
This Tuesday, November 20, there is a free discussion on “The Business of Baseball” at Claremont McKenna College’s Athenaeum at 6:45 p.m. Speakers include host Dodger Scott Akasaki, Claremont College alum and Dodger alum Wes Parker, and Cub alum Jim Colburn.
Address is 385 E. Eighth St. In Claremont.When I was 12, I wrote a snail mail to Wes Parker with questions for a career assignment, and he replied. I lost the pink index sized postcard, but the answers were neatly typed. I have never met him so when I go, I will tell him about it.