Though Lefty O’Doul’s left arm traveled the Midwest for three years, its abductors left his heart in San Francisco. Now it’s time to reacquaint all of his parts.
The plastic arm, which had been attached to a mannequin created in the famous baseball player’s likeness, was stolen three years ago from Lefty O’Doul’s Restaurant and Lounge by a self-described “drunken patron.”
This week, it was mailed back to the restaurant on Geary Street, where Darlene Sularski, a cocktail waitress and hostess, opened the box and discovered a letter and photos of the arm. It had been taken on a number of excursions, which were shown in the photos, including a sledding trip and a visit to Iowa’s state capital.
Today, Lefty O’Doul’s will host a 3 p.m. arm reattachment party, at which the establishment’s famous Bloody Marys will be free to patrons.
At the party, “Dr. Hip,” otherwise known as Eugene Shoenfeld, will don a lab coat and prepare to reattach Lefty’s left arm with a screwdriver and duct tape beginning around 4 p.m.
The restaurant is located at 333 Geary St. in San Francisco.