It was one of the original sports bars, famous more for the big names who hung out there rather than any big screen TVs.
The Pink Pony Steakhouse and Saloon was more saloon in the springtime, when baseball teams set up came for the better part of two months. Managers, general managers, coaches, old-timers, current players, broadcasters and anyone connected with baseball in Arizona congregated to swap stories.
Sometimes the GMs even swapped players.
Along the way, owner Charley Briley accumulated a lot of baseball memorabilia. Some game-used items, some original caricatures of some of the legends who stopped in at the place, some autographed photos.
Now, it’s all for sale.
Briley and his wife Gwen owned the restaurant for 60 years but he died several years ago and the restaurant couldn’t make it anymore. It closed last year.
Saturday, the first of two auctions is taking place as just about everything inside is liquidated according to a story in the local paper.
The Fox affiliate in Phoenix talked to Gwen Briley: