June 8 is finally here, and the Memphis Redbirds have a very important question to ask you - Got Clapp? Stubby Clapp, that is, whose likeness will be immortalized this evening when the Pacific Coast League team gives out Stubby Clapp bobbleheads to the first 1,500 fans attending their game with the New Orleans Zephyrs at AutoZone Park.
Richard Keith “Stubby” Clapp is a legend in Memphis, nearly Elvis-like in his appeal. A second baseman who played for the Triple-A Cardinals affiliate from 1999-2002, Clapp still holds the team record for doubles, triples, walks and runs. But the man who was known as the Mayor of Memphis was probably most famous for his pregame back-flip (which I also perform before every shift here at SbB). And don’t forget that other enduring fan favorite: The comical giant bat.
Sure, we all know that he’s Canadian. But what most baseball scholars fail to tell you is that Stubby Clapp was once a member of the Edmonton Cracker-Cats. And his wife’s name is Chastity. Yep; Chastity Clapp. G’night, folks!
Here’s a photo below of the bobblehead they’ll be handing out, and I envy any Redbirds fan who is able to pick up one of these fine items.
Of course Memphis is a little too far for me to travel, so instead I’ll be attending “Fish With A Port” day in Stockton, Calif., where Ports fans can go fishing with a member if the Stockton Ports, and a professional bass fisherman, for only $200.
Unfortunately we’re too late for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers’ “Salute to Cows.”