Broke into the majors with Cincinnati
Traded to the Orioles for Throneberry
Went to the same school as Steve Garvey
Hit for the cycle when he was only three
Hobie… Hobie Landrith! King Of The Wild Frontier!
The above piece of… whatever… is to celebrate the fact that I picked up two Hobie Landrith cards from COMC on Black Friday.
…and I took a few – *ahem* – liberties in writing the lyrics above… Oh, the things one does to get a verse to rhyme!
The first Hobie Landrith card I picked up is this 1962 featuring a hatless Hobie in a Giants jersey. More importantly, it’s a card I needed for my 1962 Mets team set.
Hobie was the Mets’ first pick in the 1961 expansion draft, was the starting catcher in the first-ever Mets game and he hit the game-winning homer in the Mets first victory.
He didn’t last long in – I almost said he didn’t last long in Flushing, but Shea Stadium was still two years away – he didn’t last long in the Polo Grounds because he was traded to the Orioles in June as the Player To Be Named Later in the trade that got the Mets…
MARVELOUS MARV THRONEBERRY!!!!
Getting back to Hobie Landrith – whose first name is Hobart, in case you were wondering – I got this card:
…as part of my plan to buy up affordable and cool-looking commons from the 1956 Topps set. I’ll be sharing more of these 1956’s before too long.
For those of you scratching your heads over the beginning of this post, I’ll clarify a few things…
Both Hobie Landrith and Steve Garvey played baseball for Michigan State University; needless to say, it wasn’t at the same time.
Hobie Landrith did not really hit for the cycle when he was three.
…and the whole goofy theme to this post comes from the song “The Ballad Of Davy Crockett” (link for the YouTube video here)
…But I can’t share that song without also featuring They Might Be Giants’ version, “The Ballad Of Davy Crockett (In Outer Space)” (link for the YouTube video here)
Update on 12/28/13: I had to replace the embedded videos with links, because it was screwing up my blog’s feed (used by blogrolls and such) something awful. Sorry for the inconvenience.