The Yankees Are Like The Killer In A Horror Film… And I Mean That As A Compliment

I’ve been waiting patiently for the Yankees to get old and fade to irrelevancy, but they’ve been like Jason or Freddy or some other disfigured maniac from a horror movie franchise.  It doesn’t matter if he’s been shot point blank in the chest or bludgeoned with a sledgehammer or run over by a Hummer or buried under half a ton of peat moss… Just when you take a deep breath and start to relax, there’s a clap of thunder and a flash of lightning which silhouettes a disfigured figure in the doorway, back to wreak more mayhem.

I give Brian Cashman & Joe Girardi a lot of respect for what they’ve done… They’ve had injury upon injury, and they go get guys like Alfonso Soriano and I say “HIM?  Hah!  Good luck with that!” and then a few days later I’m saying “Soriano did what?!?  Arrrrrrggggggghhhh!!!”

So with that in mind, when I found out that the Yankees were mathmatically eliminated this morning, I gave ’em a little “Na na, hey hey, Goodbye”.

So as a show of respect towards the Evil Empire, I’ll share some recently-obtained vintage Yankees and the vague hope that next year, with the “Core Four” reduced to the “Core 0.667”, the Yankees will just stay dead.

… Even if just for a little while.

1969 Topps Fritz Peterson

1969 Topps Joe Verbanic

1972 Topps Ron Blomberg

Pssst… Ron… Take to doughnut off the bat before you use it…

Mystery Box Of 1970 Topps: Sawks And Yanks

Back in January I bought a box of 100+ 1970 Topps cards, and I’m going through them in “pack-sized” lots of 10-15 cards.

This latest “pack” had a mix of Red Sox and Yankees in it, and much to my delight I needed most of them.

Yo, check out dese bad boys:

Stick!
1970 Topps Gene Michael
I associate Gene Michael so thoroughly with the Yankees that I forget that he came up with the Pirates and also played with the Dodgers and Tigers. Gene Michael played 7 years in pinstripes and was also the Yankees GM and manager. Although this is his fourth card, it’s the first one to show him in the uniform of the team he’s listed with… the prior three showed him in a Pirates uniform, but listed him with the Dodgers and Yanks.

Pity poor Joe Verbanic…
1970 Topps Joe Verbanic
…he appeared on a Topps card from 1967 to 1970, and yet Topps used only two hatless photos between the four cards. This photo is the same one used on the 1967 Rookie Stars card he shared with Bill Robinson. His 1968 and 1969 cards shared what is apparently the only other known photo of Joe Verbanic in existence.

When I started collecting, Lindy McDaniel was with the Royals, wrapping his career…
1970 Topps Lindy McDaniel
…but he was one of the best relievers of the 1960’s, and he had a long career spanning 21 seasons and 5 teams. He would’ve lead the NL in saves three times had it been an official statistic before 1969.

Mike Andrews was an All-Star in 1969 and 1970 was his fourth season as the Red Sox’ starting second baseman.
1970 Topps Mike Andrews
I really like this card for reasons I cannot explain.

Mike Kekich was traded from the Dodgers to the Yankees late in 1968, and since he’s hatless and pinstripeless here, I’m guessing the photo is from before 1969.
1970 Topps Mike Kekich

The most interesting thing I found about Steve Hamilton is covered in the cartoon, which I’ll get to in a minute…
1970 Topps Steve Hamilton

Tom Satriano has never been “Surfing With The Alien”, because that was Joe Satriani, not Tom Satriano.
1970 Topps Tom Satriano

Best Card  Rico Petrocelli All-Star:
1970 Topps Rico Petrocelli AS

Best Cartoon – Steve Hamilton:

1970 Topps Steve Hamilton Cartoon
Baseball-reference.com says that Hamilton played alongside Elgin Baylor… I know jack about basketball, but even I know of Elgin Baylor.

Eight cards added to my set! Freakin’ A! Now I have 446 with 274 to go (61.9%).