Three cheers for the champs of yesterday!
Jack Dempsey, John McGraw,
Joe Louis, Sammy Baugh
The movers and the shakers
Here's to the teams that moved away
from disenfranchised towns,
the old St. Louis Browns,
the Minneapolis Lakers
That's when basketballs had laces
and halfbacks played safety on defense.
That's when there were parking places.
Hot dog for a dime,
White Castle seven cents
And here's to White Castles by the sack.
I heard somebody say
they're still around today,
but they wouldn't taste the same now....
The pianist and singer Dave Frishberg once introduced his song "The Dear Departed Past" by explaining that it was written from the point of view of "a guy very much like myself, very much hung up on the old ways and the old days—pathologically hung up, I guess—[who] also happens to be, like myself, a sports-trivia enthusiast." In the lyrics Frishberg wonders, "Can one feel a real nostalgia for a time and place one never even knew?" For the sixty-four-year-old Frishberg, who writes both words and