Coming from Detroit, sports are in my blood. Growing up in the 1980s and into the '90s as a Detroit sports nut and idolizing the likes of the Red Wings' Steve Yzerman, the Tigers' Kirk Gibson, the Pistons' Isiah Thomas and the Lions' Barry Sanders, how could you go wrong?
Before my father passed, one of the things I remember most are the debates we would have over whose heroes were better. Sure, he chose some good names. The Tigers' Al Kaline, the Lions' Alex Karras and, of course, the Red Wings' Ted Lindsay.
Well, Dad, I think you got me on this one. None of my guys got a major award in their respective sport named after them.
The National Hockey League Players’ Association announced April 14th at the Hockey Hall of Fame that the Lester B. Pearson Award is being reintroduced as the Ted Lindsay Award.
My father took me to a card show in Detroit when I was a kid so I could meet "Terrible Ted." My Dad told me stories the whole ride over. I walked away that day with more than a signed piece of rubber.
Since that father-son trip, I've been able to watch old videos of Lindsay and have been able to see just what Dad was saying. I've also built my Ted Lindsay collection to include some of the following:
A chair from Detroit's old Olympia Stadium;
A single-signed jersey;
These four cards;
A jersey shared by fellow Hall of Famer Sid Abel; and
How 'bout this gem with Gordie Howe?
Anyways ... Congratulations, Ted, on this well deserved-honor.