I've wondered if star players would have the same quantity and quality of baseball memories that their part-time counterparts enjoy. Or, did the top-tier starters spend so much time defending their jobs that they didn't have time to savor each game?
My three questions for slick-fielding Giant Jim Davenport included:
1. What was it like playing in Seals Stadium, as compared to Candlestick Park?
2. What did winning the 1962 Gold Glove mean to you? When did you get the news of the award, and when did you receive the trophy?
3. Aug. 10, 1958 in L.A. Coliseum. You have two homers and five hits in a 12-8 win over the Dodgers. What do you remember about that slugfest? Best day ever as a hitter?
I think my letter shocked him. I included a second sheet of paper for his reply. He began with the customary autograph:
Then, he added the intrigue:
"Tom, I don't remember all the things you are talking about but thanks anyway.
Never discount the experiences of any major leaguer. The least-seen player may have been the greatest observer.