Comment of the Day: A Mickey Lolich story too good to check
Mickey Lolich retired after depriving Chargers fans of the cannon that was fired after Dan Fouts & Co. scored. Mickey was in the Padres bullpen in 1979, and was smoking a cigarette, when he walked by the cannon and flipped the butt into the barrel. He took two steps and *BOOM*.
The City was unaware the Chargers were keeping a loaded (with powder) cannon in the Padres bullpen in the off-season and demanded its removal. That was the end of the cannon.
I’m going to try to get Lolich’s phone number and find out if there’s any truth to this and, for now, I’m going to assume it’s phony. But my God, I’ve never wanted anything to be more true in my life.
The 70s were weird, man.