I had a nice little Saturday this weekend. No trip to Bed, Bath & Beyond, but I did hit up the open air market in Ohio City which had plenty of booths hawking jewelry and other assorted trinkets. Then there was a trip to a thrift store and a toy store. It all turned out to be a veritable cornucopia of Cleveland sports memorabilia and apparel.
First, how about this fabulous autographed Rick Manning shirt I discovered in the racks at Flower Child in Lakewood? If it wasn't priced at an unreasonable $27, I would be wearing it today. Sadly, a picture will have to suffice. Hey, Ed, how could you sell a shirt Rick Manning personally autographed for you? For shame.
Then there was this shirt, sporting a print of what I assume was a real classified ad on the back. No, I didn't try calling the number to verify. All I need to know about this nameless man I learned from the shirt: He needs money, a pit bull, and a bullet proof vest, but not necessarily in that order.
Much more after the jump, including a Jim Thome rubber duck and some vintage photos.
Jim Thome as a rubber ducky complete with beak? Sure, why not. $5, however, at Big Fun in Lakewood, was a little steep for such a treasure.
At the open air market in Ohio City across from the West Side Market, one guy had a booth set up to sell vintage photos. His catalog was full of old timey Clevo pics. There were some absolute gems in his sports collection.
Little known fact: Lou "The Toe" Groza's game-winning field goal in 1950 championship game was the exact moment that Browns owner Mickey McBride developed a foot fetish. Here's McBride immediately after the game getting a better look at the toe.
This triptych shows a kid who apparently showed up to Indians games every year with a similar sign. Good to see that he stopped believing after 1976 and was content to merely be happy. Bonus points for putting a crown on Wahoo.
How did the Tribe arrive to spring training in 1960? By miniature train of course. Lucky guy in front got to wear a conductor's hat and everything.
Sideline ponchos for the 1964 championship game featuring the angry, stiff-arming, bitchin' Brownie the Elf.