Rollie Fingers v Gregg Rolie’s fingers


Whereas I never ate the gum buying Topps, I did eat the Hostess.

Rollie Fingers, Hall of Fame Oakland A’s reliever I saw play in his prime and thought of just yesterday when the current HOFs including the fairly mediocre former Stanford hurler Mike Mussina were announced. I was originally going to write this up as “Rollie and Mussina v Logins and Messina” but cut to the cutter quicker with Gregg Rolie.

Gregg Rolie is a former Palo Altan who played Woodstock above with Santana Band featuring Carlos Santana, who Gregg first met in a police raid in Mountain View. He is also founding member of Journey, with guitar whiz kid Neal Schon of San Mateo — both bands inducted into Rock and Roll HOF. Next month at the UC Theatre in Berkeley (the former flagship for Gary Meyer’s Landmark chain and now David Mayeri’s non-profit romper room of noise) Schon and Rolie reunite — and there is a rumor that Steve Perry will sit in.

While I am here I believe that is a Hostess 1975 baseball panel you cut them off the bottom of HoHo boxes. Mike Ivie was briefly my favorite player in that I saw him hit a pinch-hit walk-off home run, for the Giants. I still have a ticket stub meanwhile for Game 1 of 1974 World Series for the A’s that my Dad took me to.

This is the worst capture of Gregg Rolie in Santana at Woodstock but close enough for the internet and WordPress and Plastic Alto. Did I mention I once did a press conference in front of Gregg Rolie’s house behind Cubberley on a tip from Dan Olmstead the musician and film sound guru who played in my series and cut their lawn? Rolie is ball of hair far right:


Greg and Carlos should re-cut “Supernatural” with Rolie doing all the vocals.


About markweiss86

Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player; he also sang in local choir, and fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32
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