Wednesday, December 18, 2013

ZWR and Evan's Sports Annals Present The Official Ranking of the Best Athlete Named Bake in Philadelphia's History

Past installments in this series can be found here and here

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.

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