Wednesday, September 28, 2016

1987 Spokane Indians at the Mall - Todd Torchia

Outfielder Todd Torchia played in the Padres organization in 1987 and 1988. In 89 games he hit .206 with 1 HR and 18 RBI. He was quoted in the recent article about the set, saying "Fun and embarrassing describes it best for me. It was a strange way to introduce a team to the city. Most of us were wondering who set this deal up. 25 guys in baseball uniforms walking through a busy mall. In the end, we had fun with it, guys posed with scarfs, women's hats, jewelry, and mannequins when taking their photos."

Percy Howell opened the Golden Hour restaurant at the mall's opening in 1965. Upon his death in 1984 his daughter renamed the restaurant Percy's. It closed in 2009.  A 1995 review praises the "consistently good food at reasonable prices" and tells readers to "ask for a window seat, where you can watch the shoppers stroll through the mall."

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