The Ballad of Lucky the Horse

You don’t get involved in something that takes up four years of your life without some funny, wacky things happening. This is one of those stories, and I swear, it’s 100% true!  When I first started my”Why The Hall Not” campaign for Whitey in 1991, he sent me a note.  It basically said he appreciated my effort on his behalf, and obviously he couldn’t get personally involved. He closed the note by saying he hoped I wasn’t wasting my time, but he did think I was ” beating a dead horse”. In other words, it was a lost cause.  Rich Westcott, the publisher of Phillies Report, was kind enough to offer me a free ad, in his publication. Seeing I had no money for advertising (my campaign was as low budget as you could get), I jumped at the chance. I had a friend who had a horse farm in Delaware County, raising miniature ponies, about the size of a Great Dane. I had this brilliant idea, that I would slap a “Why The Hall Not” bumper sticker on the side of this little pony, and use the photo with a headline reading “This Horse Ain’t Dead Yet”, then give the reasons why Whitey belonged in the Hall. The day the ad printed I was going to go down to the Vet to see Whitey and Harry in the broadcast booth.  Before I left home, my friend called in a panic. He asked if the ad was printed? I proudly said yes.  He said I’ve got bad news. The horse ( ironically enough named Lucky), had gotten out of the barn in the middle of the night, fell into the swimming pool and drowned. I asked my friend if he could get me a few of Lucky’s little horse shoes.  I picked up the shoes, and headed to the stadium. When I got up to the booth, about an hour before game time, Harry & Whitey were there.  I showed them the ad, and they both rolled laughing, Whitey knew I used his line.  Then I told them about Lucky, and we were in fact “beating a dead horse”. I threw Lucky’s little shoes up on the counter, and I thought Harry was going to pee himself.  “Hard to Believe Harry”, but absolutely true……………..jim d.

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