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ZWR: A host of men have played for the Philadelphia Phillies. Many of them had names. Many had haircuts. None other were named Bake. None other required a hat size of 9 and 3/4.
The Evster: For me the conversation starts and ends with Bake McBride. He was an immensely popular Philadelphia athlete, as proven by the countless number of Bakes who I grew up with in the Bala Cynwyd area. In my 3rd grade class alone, we had a Bake Rosenberg, a Bake Eisenstadt, a Bake Cohen, no wait, two Bake Cohens, and a black kid named Bake McBake. McBride was just a phenomenal outfielder, and he was also named Bake.
ZWR: I believe you just made that up.
The Evster: Yeah, I did. I was just trying to make a point.
ZWR: What could that point have possibly been?
The Evster: That Bake McBride was a nice guy?
ZWR: No, that he was popular. You said it in the second sentence.
The Evster: So you got the point?
ZWR: Yes, but you could have acquitted yourself much better there. Like Bake McBride, when he was gliding around the astroturfs and sliding into the bases with his glorious ‘fro.
The Evster: But Zoo, what about Garry Maddox? Fantastic centerfielder, good speed in the leadoff hole, and a stalwart on those great Phillies teams of the late 70s and early 80s.
ZWR: Yeah, but his name was Garry.
The Evster: Good point. That’s a really good point.
ZWR: Did anyone ever try to team up with McBride and give the two of them the nickname “Shake n' Bake?” I can see a doofy white guy like Jay Loviglio trying that.
The Evster: I’d try that.
ZWR: So would I.
The Evster: So what’d we decide here? Best Philadelphia athlete named Bake ever: Bake McBride? Or Garry Maddox?
ZWR: Definitely Bake McBride!!!
The Evster: Interesting choice.