Friday, June 04, 2010

RIP: John Wooden

May God bless you sir. Instead of listing his accomplishments, which are many, I thought it would be best to let his words shine through. Below are some quotes from the finest teacher our land has ever known.
  • Failure to prepare is to prepare to fail. (This quote was actually borrowed from Benjamin Franklin)
  • Ability is a poor man's wealth.
  • Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
  • Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
  • Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.
  • It isn't what you do, but how you do it.
  • Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.
  • The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team.
  • You can't live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.
  • You can't let praise or criticism get to you. It's a weakness to get caught up in either one.
  • Sports do not build character. They reveal it.
  • Consider the rights of others before your own feelings, and the feelings of others before your own rights.
  • It is amazing how much can be accomplished if no one cares who gets the credit.
Go and check out his website here. Below is his Pyramid of Success. Live by it. Click on the pic to enlarge.

eBay: Iron-On Garvey

This is an interesting find on eBay. It is brand new to me, and it is not listed in my trusted standard catalog from 2002. That shouldn't be surprising since, over the years, certain sets are omitted to reduce the size of the catalog. Below is a 1978 RC Cola Iron-On of Steve Garvey. Overall, there are 5 different Dodger players- Garvey, Ron Cey, Don Sutton, Tommy John and Bill Russell. This is not a regional issue. Every team in the league has 5 players represented for a complete set.

Vintage Dodger Snapshots: Charlie Hough

Master knuckleballer Charlie Hough is posing for a fan in this photo snapshot.