Maybe These Will Help Me Keep A Schedule

Another day with nothing prepared…  Business as usual for me.  I went poking through some of my scans and ran across a bunch of pocket schedules from the 1980’s and early 1990’s, and figured that could make a quick, fun post.

We’ll start off with the most recent of the bunch, a 1990 Mets pocket schedule featuring Howard Johnson

This next one’s got a bit of history to it, and is about as old-school and low-budget as you get. This schedule is for the AAA American Association Denver Zephyrs in their last season before the Colorado Rockies came in to Mile High and sent the Zephyrs to New Orleans.

Despite the schedule’s red ink, the team’s colors were blue and green, and they played up the “Z” aspect of their branding (Look at the stitching on the baseball in the logo).

The American Association got merged into the Pacific Coast League and International League, and the franchise is now known as the (shudder) New Orleans Baby Cakes.

The Philadelphia Flyers tried to recruit me in 1983/84. I continue to elude the authorities.

That’s Bobby Clarke towards the end of his playing career.

Looking back at Dwight Gooden’s 1985 Cy Young-winning stats is enough to make one say “Holy crap!”

24-4, 1.53 ERA, 16 complete games, 8 shutouts, 268 K’s… and he was 20 years old.

1986 Yankees… BOOOOOOO!  The schedule says “Follow The Leaders”, which looks a bit silly in hindsight given that the 1986 Yankees finished 5.5 games behind the Red Sox, and the 1986 Mets were WORLD CHAMPIONS, BABY!

If you can’t read the fine print, the depicted Yankees are Ricky Henderson, Ron Guidry and Don Mattingly.

This last schedule is a two-in-one 1988/89 New York Rangers and Knicks pocket schedule.  I think the Ranger is James Patrick (Help me out, Blueshirts fans)

The Knick cover boy is Brooklyn product and St. John’s alum Mark Jackson… at least, that’s who wore #13 at the time according to a couple of different sources.  Never having been a basketball fan, I’m only barely aware of the name.

Have a happy Friday, everybody!

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Mets Monday: 1993 Pocket Schedule featuring Dallas Green

Fair or not, I’ve always blamed Dallas Green for screwing up our three promising young pitchers of the 1990’s;  Jason Isringhausen, Paul Wilson and Bill Pulsipher.  I felt that Green overworked these kids and messed up their arms.  Of course, it didn’t help that I never liked Dallas Green to start with.

It’s never a good sign when a team features a manager on its schedule;  that’s tantamount to saying “Hey, there’s nothing worthwhile happening on the diamond, our manager is the most interesting thing we’ve got”.  The mets finished 59-103 that year, so it’s hard to argue that point… but there were some name players on that team.  Put Eddie Murray on the schedule!  Dwight Gooden!  John Franco!  Todd Hundley!  Howard Johnson!  Brett Saberhagen!  Shoot, put Butch Huskey on the schedule, anybody but Dallas Green.

This must be a revised schedule, because Jeff Torborg was the manager at the beginning of 1993.  I did an eBay search on 1993 Mets Schedule and found one with a Shea Stadium logo on it; that may be what they started the season with.

Mets Monday: 1995 Pocket Schedule

I have a small number of Mets pocket schedules, they’re accumulated more than collected.  None are more recent than 1996, the last year I lived on Long Island.  I look back at the ones I have, and I kinda wish I’d been better about acquiring and keeping them.  Most of them fit (more or less) into a 9-pocket sheet, and I’m thinking they’d be a nice complement to the team sets of the same year.

Some schedules are are boring, some are neat, but it’s not like it costs you anything to get the current one;  maybe a SASE at most?

I’m pretty sure I like this schedule more now than I did in 1995.  At the time I was largely indifferent to the neon ballplayers on the outside of Shea;  they weren’t great, they didn’t suck, they were just there.  Better than bare concrete, not as cool (in my eyes) as the extremely 60’s blue and orange rectangles that originally graced the outside of Shea.

Now, I kinda like the neon guys.  They might not have been the greatest addition to Shea, but they were unique and didn’t embarrass me like certain oversized pieces of magical fruit.  (“The more you eat ’em, the more you toot”… Oh, wait, that’s the wrong magical fruit).

I want to say that there were corresponding schedules for the neon pitcher and batter, but I can’t find any images, so I could be wrong.

…or maybe they were short prints?  Oh, say it ain’t so!