And while the first time he took that mound on May 16, 1971 wasn't all that spectacular (three earned runs in an inning and two-thirds)...the support this past week has been.
I could go ahead and make this a colossal link fest...but I won't. Instead, here are some folks that helped make all this nonsense a success.
Warren Cromartie, Foodstamp Davis, Dan Epstein, Derek Erdman, Ed Herrmann, Jeff Idelson, Matt Larson, Bruce Markusen, John O'Connor, Lou Olsen, Anthony Oppermann, Bill Papierniak, Aaron Perlut, Lenny Randle, Gar Ryness, Scott Wilke and Josh Wilker.
Also...this whole thing couldn't have been what it became without the support of some great websites.
The American Mustache Institute, Fantasy CPR, The Flagrant Fan, Gack Sports, The Hardball Times, Mark's Ephemera, On the Outside Corner, Pastime Post, Paul's Random Baseball Stuff, Red Sox Nation-Alberta, Reviewing the Brew and Yardbarker.
As you might suspect, The Hall tried feverishly to reach out and talk to "Scuz", but, unfortunately, the stars, planets and all those other cliches never aligned.
Fortunately, Grimsley's team, the Richmond Flying Squirrels was gracious enough to offer up some thanks.
On behalf of Ross Grimsley, the Richmond Flying Squirrels would like to thank The Hall of Very Good, its contributors and fans for paying tribute to a man who is great both on the field and off. Ross deserves all of the respect he has earned in the game of baseball and in addition to being an outstanding pitching coach, he is a close friend to many on the Flying Squirrels staff. We couldn’t be happier to have him as one of our own.
So there you have it, the 40th anniversary of Ross Grimsley's Major League debut is in the books. It only happens once, gang...and you were all here for the ride. If I failed to mention you or your website by name...all apologies.
See you next April when we celebrate the 32nd anniversary of the late Rod Scurry's big league debut.