I shared a sorority house bathroom with Giants' executive Vice President Larry Baer in 1977. It's not as kinky as it sounds.
After the Berkeley chapter of Alpha Epsilon Phi lost its charter, AE Phi continued as a co-ed boarding house. With the women safely tucked away on the other side of the building, Baer and I lived on the second floor. He was the tall, skinny, geeky guy that most college dorms had, but people liked him and of course, he was quite bright. But who knew?
A men's room in a sorority house is distinctive in itself, given the extra plumbing requirements and the appropriateness of pink walls, but this head was particularly memorable. Also, there was a water shortage in California at the time, and it was the spring of "If it's yellow it's mellow, if it's brown, flush it down." Etched in my cerebellum forever.
Graffitied inside one of the stalls was the entire '77 Dodger lineup, in the form of a scribbled Bic-penned diamond. I didn't put it there but I dug it. On another wall was the now famous "Captain Kirk, I think I've been beamed into a wall!" line.
Frisco's (NoCals hate the Frisco tag, which is why SoCals use it) Gary Thomasson led off the season with a homer against Don Sutton, and in the mostly S.F. fan-filled house, it was on. For awhile anyway. Thomasson managed a career year, if you can call it that, but L.A. started 22-4, won the pennant, and I never heard another word from Larry Baer. No, I don't remember if he inhaled.
Girls, here's a plug for old AE Phi, a bite from their website: "Alpha Epsilon Phi is a national sorority dedicated to helping women become the best they can be. We prize individuality, encouraging each member to discover and develop the talents and abilities that make her unique."
So tell me, who's more unique, me or Larry Baer? He's the VP of his boyhood ball club, and I'm, uh, not
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