A fond farewell as Howard Starkman steps down from Blue Jays

Blue Jays Day Oner Howard Starkman has retired. The Sun's Bob Elliott just wanted to express his...

Blue Jays Day Oner Howard Starkman has retired. The Sun's Bob Elliott just wanted to express his thanks for his help over the years. (Ben Pelosse/QMI Agency)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:29 PM ET

TORONTO - The first time I met Howard Starkman, I didn’t know what he looked like.

Couldn’t pick him out of the 100 or so well-dressed executives, scalpers and rounders milling around the lobby of the old Lord Baltimore hotel the day before the 1979 World Series opener.

Ronnie Thompson and I had driven from Ottawa to watch the first two games after Howard Darwin contacted the Toronto Blue Jays executive so we could buy two tickets.

We phoned his room and Starkman said he’d be down in five minutes.

We looked and looked.

Finally, there was this fellow who looked a lot like a guy I’d seen around the press room at Maple Leaf Gardens on my two visits to sample Stan Obodiac’s sandwiches with the crusts removed.

We paid for the tickets and headed back to our motel. It was not quite the headquarters hotel. It was in Reisterstown, Md.


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