Tim Kurkjian impersonators are popping up all over the place. Some have the ESPN baseball commentator’s voice down pat, while others are better with his sound bites, such as: “I did some research, and ….” or “I talked to some executives, and ….”.
You can tell that Kurkjian is a fan at heart, melding his passion for the game with geek-like clarity on odds and ends about the game that makes him a lovable journalist of sorts. The names of the game intrigue Kurkjian, particularly the coupling of players whose names make for great combinations such as Bobby Wine and Cookie Rojas.
From Kurkjian’s new book (p.129): “Double-play partners make for good combinations none better than when the Phillies in the 1960s had shortstop Bobby Wine and second baseman Cookie Rojas, a period known as the Days of Wine and Rojas. Of course that would only mean something to readers who recall the famous movie of that era starring Jack Lemmon and Lee Remick, Days of Wine and Roses.
Here’s a piece of trivia that didn’t make it into Kurkjian’s book. I’ve stumped people with this for years, and only recently discovered a Wikipedia entry on it. Which city had all four of its professional sports teams in the championship game in the same season? In fact, I think it’s the only time in sports history it happened, and it was the 1980 season in which the Phillies won the World Series over the Royals (4 games to 2). That year the Eagles lost the Super Bowl to Oakland, the Flyers lost the Stanley Cup to the Islanders (4 games to 2), and the Sixers lost in the Finals to the Lakers (4 games to 2). That would qualify as another Quirkjian.