I've heard from many of Ron Menchine's friends and fans since reporting his passing on Saturday. For those of you who've asked about his funeral arrangemehts, the information is as follows:
There will be no services. Ron didn't care much for that type of formality. He asked to be cremated and have his ashes scattered across the Chesapeake Bay. Among his final wishes was a request to his friends - and he considered anyone who remembered his work with the Senators with any fondness a friend - to, in the proper setting, "throw back a shot of JD" in his memory. If you knew Ron personally, you'd know how appropriate that is.
There's no shortage of Menchine stories, but here's one you may not have heard. During spring training of 1970 in Pompano Beach, Ron encountered Senators' manager Ted Williams. Williams, who had certainly known Ron well during the '69 season, momentarily blanked on his first name, and when Ron approached with a "Hi, Ted!," Williams looked at him and said "Howya doin', Porky!" Ron, who played a lot of tennis back then but had a slight paunch nonetheless, wasn't offended at all, given the source of the remark, and in fact, loved to tell that story himself.
Ron wrote a couple of books during his lifetime, both dealing with postcards; one on stadium cards and the other on WWII propaganda postcards. Both are out-of-print, but you may be able to find a copy in a used bookstore or online. He was unquestionably one of the world's leading experts on both, and had extensive collections of each genre, many which were one-of-a-kind. His vast collection will be catalogued and auctioned at a future date.