Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Thank you, Sign Man

There's never a bad reason to enjoy highlights from the 1969 World Series, but pay particular attention to Shea's famous "Sign Man," Karl Ehrhardt, who died last week at 83.

With his Mets derby and massive collection of signs, Ehrhardt was a staple at Shea from the 1960s through the 1980s when there was some kind of falling out.

Watching the video is also a little sad when you think that so many people associated with that magical team are slipping away. We also lost Don Cardwell this year, and Donn Clendennon not long ago.

If there is a Mets Hall of Fame at Citi Field, I hope there is some reference to Ehrhardt, a throwback to the days when stadiums could rely on fans to provide some of the color, and not creepy things like scoreboard dot races.

1 comment:

Tony Hartsfield said...

The Cardinals still have a Sign Man named Marty Prather. He drives up from Springfield, MO.