Here's the pitch:
What does the Pink Pony restaurant in Scottsdale, AZ have in common with Duff Tweed?
Swing, hit and it's a home run! This truly is a home run.
So often we attribute names and hunches to the pieces Duff has carved unless they are noted on the back of his carvings.
Now, as Duffy collectors know, we refer to the carving as "Double Jigger Jack Grant", however the Pink Pony auction in 2010 identified this carving as Charlie Briley. Charlie is the common thread between the Pink Pony and Duff Tweed. It's possible Charlie and his wife Gwen owned this carving along with a set of the Slaughterhouse Four that both sold in auction, but this presents a wonderful opportunity to share some history about a very neat baseball steakhouse in Scottsdale, Arizona and the owners; Charlie and Gwen Briley.
Scottsdale's oldest restaurant, the Pink Pony, closes August 2009
A lot of the old-school baseball guys who used to visit, from Dizzy Dean to Mickey Mantle and Billy Martin, are long gone. Charlie died in 2002.
Gwen, 76, carried on the tradition with her son, bartender "Downtown" Kenny Brown, and her husband of three years, entertainer Steve York. But the world, and baseball, have changed.
Dark bar, 9 stools
The Pony was a dark bar, an icy martini and good steak.
"I never worked so damn hard in my life." But it has had its rewards. "It's been a blast," she said.
"I'm grateful for every moment I've spent here."
Whether the carving is actually called Double Jigger Jack Grant or Charlie Briley is of no consequence. This is a worthwhile story with some nice baseball and a little Disney history too! This restaurant represents the time, the era and the feel of what life was like 50 years ago. It also tells us Duff spent some time in Arizona as the Slaughterhouse Four band also originated out of Mesa, Arizona.
Just wanted to add one more picture of Charlie along with two of his Rotary counterparts. Combined they represented 120 years of "service above self" for the Rotary Club. Impressive!