1976 SSPC #95 – Dave Heaverlo (Giants)

It’s been over three months since I featured one of my SSPC cards, but it took a special card to get me back on track… I pulled this one from a 100 card repack. Not something I ever would have expected.

Ladies and gentlemen, this… is Dave Heaverlo.
1976 SSPC #95 Dave Heaverlo

Dave Heaverlo… was a relief pitcher who pitched for 7 years with the Giants, A’s and Mariners. He appeared in 60 or more games in four different seasons and was one of six players traded to Oakland for Vida Blue

Dave Heaverlo was an unusual guy… and he wasn’t even a lefty! He wore #60 for most of his career and, most notably for a kid of the 1970’s, he shaved his head. You’ve got to remember, this was a time where even the older players had long hair and sometimes perms. The only bald guys around were two actors who were both viewed as being exotic in their baldness: Telly Savalas (1970’s TV detective Kojak – “Who loves ya, baby?”) and Yul Brynner (who was in The Ten Commandments, The King And I and The Magnificent Seven, but for me and my friends, he was the robotic Gunslinger from the movie Westworld).

In 1976, Dave… pitched in 61 games for the Giants and finished with a 4-4 record with 1 save.

Shea-o-meter: Many of the photos in 1976 SSPC were taken in Shea Stadium; Every team came through Shea because the Yankees were temporarily playing in Shea while Yankee Stadium was being renovated. “Can two Major League teams share a ballpark without driving each other crazy?”

That’s the left field auxiliary scoreboard just below Heaverlo’s ear.
Shea: 53
Pretty sure it’s Shea: 8
Can’t tell: 15
Not Shea: 7

1970’s Census
We’re going to keep track of all the instances of 1970’s facial hair and other 1970’s trends… Sideburns, afros, mustaches, Aviator glasses…

Dave obviously bucked the general hair trends of the 1970’s… but he does have a mustache!
Total Cards: 82
1970’s Sideburns: 41
Fu Manchu: 4
Mustache other than Fu Manchu: 26
Afro: 1
Perm: 2
Aviators: 6
Long Hair: 18
1976 SSPC #95 Dave Heaverlo back

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