The San Diego Chicken
"The Grand Hatching June 29, 1979"
I sent a request to Ted Giannoulas asking him to tell the story on a baseball about his favorite memory of playing The San Diego Chicken and this is what I got:
"The Grand Hatching June 20, 1979: Fired by my radio
employers, I made a comback in a new costume. With a SRO crowd at The
Murph, I entered atop an armored truck in a 10 ft styrofoam eggshell and a
"The Padre team lowered the egg onto the diamond as the '2001' theme played. Then I burst out to an emotional standing ovation, swamped by photographers and reporters."
"Padre players even carried me upon their shoulders like a World Series hero."
"It was a triumphant moment. I was back- and have been playing chicken ever since."
This has to be the best penmanship I have ever seen on a
baseball! And, it is one of my most favorite Story Balls in the collection
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