Places I Have Been

by Gunny - 25 cards (Last updated on Mar. 14, 2019)

1. 1972 Topps #19 Billy Cowan

Anaheim Stadium AKA The Big A
Anaheim, California

It was the summer of 1969 and a family vacation took me to Anaheim. We did all the normal stuff, bus tour to see a buncha movie star houses that I didn't care about, Disneyland which was dreadful and Knotts Berry Farm which did have a cool cowboy show. However, the ace in this trip was making it to the Big A where I saw my first Major League Baseball game.

Memorable Moments:
The Big A was in the outfield like this card shows.

I got a souvenir Joe Azcue (at least I think it was him, I better check on that) minibat which I still have to this day.

I got a souvenir California Angels plastic batting helmet which was eventually stolen by a neighborhood kid.

2. 1971 Topps #562 Dave Giusti

Three Rivers Stadium
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Starting in 1970 all the way through its history I prolly saw at least 1 Pirates game every year in this venue. I also sprinkled in about 2 or 3 Steelers games. I picked this card because it shows the walk-in dugouts which were a newfangled thing in 1970.

Memorable Moments:
Seeing Roberto Clemente during pregame warm ups was amazing. That man could throw a strike to home plate from the corner in right field

Bob Robertson became the first right handed batter to reach the upper deck.

The first night game in the World Series against the Baltimore Orioles.

3. 1978-79 Topps #204 Pittsburgh Penguins Team

Civic Arena
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The venue where I have deffo spent the most time. First game was in 1972 Penguins and Kings. Also saw many Pittsburgh Spirit indoor soccer games, loads of concerts, Pro Wrestling and 1 Canada Cup game. I picked this card because it shows those horridly dirty orange seats that I loved so very much.

Memorable Moments:
The greatest hockey fight I ever saw between Bob "Battleship" Kelly of the Penguins and Dave "The Hammer" Schultz of the Flyers

Mario Lemieux scoring 5 goals 5 different ways in the same game against the New Jersey Devils

Jaromir Jagr's OT winner in the 1991 Patrick Division semi-finals against those pesky Devils.

4. 1991-92 Johnstown Chiefs ECHL #NNO Mike Rossetti

Cambria County War Memorial Arena
Johnstown, Pennsylvania

A grand old barn in downtown Johnstown. I was lucky enough to see hockey here Johnstown Jets, Penguins pre-season, Johnstown Chiefs and some concerts.

5. 1982 Fleer #637 Mike Schmidt (1981 Home Run King)

Veterans Stadium
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

I visited this place once sometime in either 1978 or 1979. Saw a Phillies and Reds match up.

6. 1981 Fleer #421 Lloyd Moseby

Exhibition Stadium
Toronto, Ontario

A weekend series between Toronto Blue Jays and Milwaukee Brewers was on tap in 1983. I picked this card because it shows that very loooong grandstand that stood in the outfield and Lloyd Moseby was one of my faves at the time.. A visit to the Hockey Hall of Fame also ensued.

7. 1991-92 Hoops #68 Rod Higgins

Oakland Alameda County Coliseum
Oakland, California

By the mid-eighties my sister had moved to San Francisco. I arranged to visit her over Christmas and asked if she could tickets to a Warriors game, it would be my first NBA game.

8. 1975-76 Topps #170 Greg Joly

Capital Centre
Landover, Maryland

In the 1980s I ventured down to Landover to see a few Penguins-Capitals match ups.

9. 1981 Fleer #150 Bill Gullickson

Stade olympique
Montreal, Quebec

1987 or 1988 a weekend series between the Pirates and Expos was in the offing.

10. 1989-90 Hoops #205 Ron Harper

Richfield Coliseum
Richfield Township, Ohio

Late 80s and my roommate at the time was a huge Celtics fan. He got tix for a Cavaliers and Celtics game at Richfield.



Mar. 14, 2019 - 10:49AM
Billy Kingsley

You've been some really cool places!  No MSG? 

Mar. 14, 2019 - 10:54AM

Nah, been to New York City only twice.  Once in 1974, it was dump and I was forced to watch a buncha broadway shows that were all terrible.  The second time was a quick two day vacation in 2014 with Mrs Gunny.  Did the usual touristy stuff, Statue of Liberty, Bus tour and a wax musueum.

Mar. 14, 2019 - 10:58AM
Billy Kingsley

If that was Madame Tussauds, I was just there a few weeks ago! Fun place. 

Mar. 14, 2019 - 11:02AM

Yup that was the place and it was indeed a great deal of fun.

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