My father turned 36 in 1973. My twin sister and I were 2 and for his birthday my mother gave him a book called Great Comics, a collection of classic comic strips syndicated by the New York Daily News and the Chicago Tribune. It featured Little Orphan Annie, Dick Tracy, Moon Mullins, Winnie Winkle, Gasoline Alley, Brenda Starr and Terry and the Pirates. I spent hours looking at that book growing up.

But my favorite was Walter Berndt's Smitty because it featured baseball.

The coolest storyline involved the Babe.