Just saw the news this afternoon that Bernie Mac passed away from pneumonia at a Chicago hospital earlier this morning. He was 50 years young.
A native Chicagoan, Bernie Mac has been entertaining audiences for the last two decades as an Original King of Comedy, part of the Ocean's gang, and, for the sake of our humble blog, an over-the-hill baseball legend. But outside all of that, he was a family man, making sure that they were provided for. And he was a baseball fan. How happy he must have been for his White Sox when they finally won the big one in 2005.
The card above was obtained at Miller Park in 2004. The back has the stats and story of Stan Ross, aka "Mr. 3000." The statistics show that Ross played his entire career for the Brewers, beginning in 1978 all the way to 1995, amassing 2997 hits (he originally finished with 3000 hits, but three of them were somehow disqualified, hence the updated total). The movie is about Ross trying to get his three hits, even though he's been out of the game for 10 years. Bernie Mac played the role perfectly, mixing humor with the exasperation of being an old man in a younger man's game.
There really is not much more to say.