There’s probably some unwritten rule of blogging along the lines of “Don’t admit when you screwed up”, but I had a post in mind for today… and it’s not ready… so I’m going to do a quick run through five cards which I love but never quite made it into a post before now.
Dave Kingman, a 1970’s and 1980’s power hitter known for his all-or-nothing approach, had a career-worst 156 strikeouts in 1981. Focus on that bit: a guy known in the day for striking out a lot had maxed out at 156 K’s.
This season, right now, in mid August, Yoan Moncada *and* Joey Gallo *AND* Giancarlo Stanton all have more K’s than Kong did at his absolute worst. The Orioles’ Chris Davis is two bad days away from passing Kingman.
That’s just so sad… I need something to make me feel better.
How about this 1955 Topps Spook Jacobs card? I got this card partly because it was vintage and relatively cheap, but I just like it. Nothing in particular jumps out, it’s just a nice-looking card.
One thing which intrigues me about this card is the cap that Jacobs is shown wearing. I really like the “KC” logo, but I’ve never seen a photo of a Kansas City Athletics player wearing a cap like this. Every card from 1955 (the first year that the A’s spent in KC, I should add) have this cap logo, but they’re all paintings, and I just figured it was a prototype logo that was given to Topps and added in by the artists, but never actually used by the A’s.
I searched on “Kansas City Athletics hat” and found a commercially-available hat just like this. The fact that it’s for sale now doesn’t necessarily mean it existed then, however. It could be that 1955 Topps cards stoked enough interest that these caps were made.
So does anybody have an idea of whether the Athletics actually wore this hat? Every photo I’ve seen of the early days in Kansas City have a cap with an “A” on it.
This 1967/68 O-Pee-Chee card of the New York Rangers’ Camille Henry was an impulse buy, mainly because I didn’t previously have any hockey cards from that year.
“Camille The Eel” won the Calder Trophy in 1954 as the NHL rookie of the year, and was an all-star several times. He also played in two Stanley Cup finals, but was on the losing side both times.
I got this 1971 rookie card for Chuck Brinkman and Dick Moloney, and I’ll briefly revive my “Are We Not Stars?” theme from the earlier days of this blog…
Chuck Brinkman is the brother of long-time starter and one-time All Star Eddie Brinkman. Chuck was a catcher who played 149 games over six sesaons, mostly with the White Sox. He batted .172 and hit one home run.
Dick Moloney, who’s listed as Richie Moloney in baseball-reference.com, pitched one inning in 1970. As a 20-year-old he gave up two hits, no runs and got a strikeout… but that was the extent of his career. He pitched in AA and AAA in 1971 and then his professional career was over. It makes you want to know more about that story…
Wrapping up with a card of Mets outfielder Michael Conforto from his days with the Oregon State U. Beavers
This 2015 Panini Contenders set has some fun photos of current and legendary players in their college uniforms, but I wish more of the photos were in color (especially of the legends). I do realize that much of it is because of the source material… usable color photos of Bob Gibson with the Creighton U. Blue Jays frankly may not exist.