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Friday, April 23, 2010

Vintage Fridays: Don Hood, 1974 Topps #436

Few people realize that the Orioles allowed famed actor Burt Reynolds to suit up and travel with the team for portions of the 1973 and 1974 seasons. He was a big sports fan, having briefly played college football at Florida State University, and he was eager to dodge gambling debts and a series of paternity suits. He assumed the fictitious name "Don Hood", and even pitched now and then in mop-up duty. Ultimately, he left the O's to star in the film The Longest Yard. It was just as well, as team executives were tiring of his nightly attempts to drink Earl Weaver under the table.

6 comments:

Jim from Downingtown said...

Hiss-stowe-ree!

jacobmrley said...

Was Dom Delouise the team trainer during this era?

Jim said...

Cool history lesson.

Jacob - I believe Captain Chaos pitched for the Phils briefly in the mid-70s.

Kevin said...

Max - Yes, and Jerry Reed was the groundskeeper.

Jim - It's at least as reliable as any lesson you'll get from a Texas history book.

Commish said...

Maybe the prototypical spring training picture baseball card. Standing on grass, not a mound in a lame fake follow-through pose, in front of a chain-link fence, with palm trees.


Kevin, the 'Texas history book' thing sure came out of leftfield.

Kevin said...

Bob - Simply my own lame attempt at humor based on this recent news.