• Music & Memories

    Posted by on August 21st, 2007 · Comments (2)

    Have you ever heard the Steely Dan song “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number“? I’m sure that you may have, at one time or another. For me, “Rikki” brings back a good time Yankees-related memory.

    This goes back over 30 years. It was probably 1974 – but, it may have been 1975.

    One day, my dad and I were on our way to a Yankees game.

    We were living on Staten Island at the time. As a result, my father would drive over to St. George and park the car near the S.I. Ferry – which we would take into Manhattan.

    Once downtown, we would walk over to the Bowling Green Station and take the “4″ train up to the Stadium. We always took the train to the game. When the Yankees played at Shea, I’m pretty sure we took the train as well – but, I have no idea which one or where we made transfers.

    This particular day, dad parked the car on Stuyvesant Place – just at the top of a long stairway that brought you right down to Richmond Terrace (where the Ferry Terminal was located).

    Back then, my folks drove a green Volkswagen bug – with an automatic stick shift. I’ll always remember that fact about the transmission – because the car had a decal on the back window that read “Automatic Stick Shift” which I found to be funny as the capital letters on the decal formed the acronym “A.S.S.” (Hey, I was 12-years old at the time and the word “ass” was a big deal to a kid in those days.)

    Since we were early for the boat, we sat in the car for a bit and listened to the radio. Most likely, we were listening to “Musicradio 77 WABC” on AM – as they ruled the airwaves back in 1974-75. As we sat there, “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number” came on…and, we began to kid around and sing along with the chorus of the song.

    Rikki don’t lose that number;
    You don’t wanna call nobody else.
    Send it off in a letter to yourself.

    Rikki don’t lose that number;
    It’s the only one you own.
    You might use it if you feel better,
    When you get home.

    I wish that I could tell you what game we saw that day. Since this was 1974 (or 1975), it was one of those Shea games. And, to be honest, the only Yankees Shea game that I truly member from those days, in terms of being there, was August 2, 1975 – because that was also Billy Martin’s first game as Yankees manager.

    But, for some reason, I will always remember listening to “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number,” sitting in that VW bug, parked up at the top of the stairs on Stuyvesant Place – just getting ready to head off to a Yankees game, in the 1970′s, hanging out with my dad.

    That moment in time will probably always stay with me – since it’s been with me for over thirty years already.

    Rikki don’t lose that number…
    Rikki don’t lose that number…
    Rikki don’t lose that number…

    Good times.

    Comments on Music & Memories

    1. Raf
      August 22nd, 2007 | 7:59 am

      Once downtown, we would walk over to the Bowling Green Station and take the “4″ train up to the Stadium. We always took the train to the game. When the Yankees played at Shea, I’m pretty sure we took the train as well – but, I have no idea which one or where we made transfers.
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      My money would be 4/5 to Grand Central, transferring to the 7.

    2. singledd
      August 22nd, 2007 | 9:32 pm

      Nice story Steve. Thanks.

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