Baseball Cards #1

by Jim Daniels

One
of the 10,342 baseball cards in my parents’ attic
sneezes in the dampness, remembers
sweaty hands.

He calls to me across hundreds of miles:

Remember me, Jake Wood, 1964, 2nd base, Detroit Tigers,
Series 2, No. 272?

He wants to stretch his legs, climb out
from between Wilbur Wood and the 4th Series Checklist
wants to outsail all the other cards
in a game of farthies, float down
on Jose Tartabull in a game of tops.
He wants to smell like fresh from the pack
wants to be perfumed again
with the pink smell of bubble gum.

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Jim Daniels is the Thomas Stockham Baker Professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University, where he has taught creative writing for 30 years.


Published in Detroit Tigers, Fans, Free Verse, History, Players, The Game Itself, Youth | Link to this poem | 1 Comment

Baseball Cards #1: 1 Comment

  1. Todd Herges wrote,

    Superb! In MY parents’ attic it’s another Tiger struggling to escape the squeeze of the pack: Matt Nokes – and seventeen clones. (The good folks at Topps seemed to print a LOT of Nokes cards!)

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