Mother’s Cookies For Mother’s Day

I want everybody out there to do something for me…  Spend time with your mother today and do something nice for her. If you can’t spend time with her, give her a call (Your mother just piped in with “Would it kill you to pick up the phone?”)  My mother’s been gone for many years, and Mother’s Day makes me wish I could spend some time with her… So just appreciate her, and don’t take her for granted.

Enough of my sermon… For Mother’s Day, I thought I would  share some of the small handful of Mother’s Cookies cards I own, and intersperse a playlist of songs which have “Mother”, “Mom” or “Mama” in the title.

New Mother Nature – The Guess Who
Mother Popcorn – James Brown
Tie Your Mother Down – Queen
1990 Mother's Cookies Will Clark Set 3 of 4
Mother Nature’s Son – The Beatles
For A Thousand Mothers – Jethro Tull
Mother Of A Girl – Violent Femmes
1988 Mother's Cookies Alejandro Pena
Mother – The Police
Mother’s Ruin – Kirsty MacColl
That Was Your Mother – Paul Simon
1988 Mother's Cookies Jose Uribe
Mama Kin – Aerosmith
Mama – Genesis
Mama Told Me (Not To Come) – Three Dog Night
1988 Mother's Cookies Kevin Mitchell

Other qualified songs which didn’t quite make the cut:
Your Mother Should Know – The Beatles; Mother’s Little Helper – The Rolling Stones; Mother Goose – Jethro Tull; Mother And Child Reunion – Paul Simon; So Long, Mom (A Song For World War III) – Tom Lehrer; Mama Gets High – Blood, Sweat & Tears; Your Mama Don’t Dance – Loggins & Messina; Fresh Air For My Mama – 10cc; Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys – Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson;  Mother – John Lennnon;  Mama Said Knock You Out – LL Cool J;  Mother – Pink Floyd

Any other “Mom Songs” you want to include?  I didn’t include songs that mentioned Mom (like “Our House” by Madness), but I won’t place the same restrictions on you.

1990 Topps Magazine Cards And A Familiar-Looking Image

Earlier this week I was idly sorting through a box of oversized “I don’t know how to properly store this” stuff, and I ran across my Topps Magazine cards, still in sheet form but long since divorced from the magazines they came in.

I think I subscribed to the first 4 issues of Topps Magazine, but decided that it wasn’t exciting enough for me to re-up… Despite the inclusion of special cards which manage the difficult feat of being uglier than the 1990 Topps design.
1990 Topps Magazine TM9 - 12

While I was looking at this particular set of cards, I couldn’t help but notice that the Jim Palmer photo looked familiar…
1990 Topps Magazine TM13 - 16
…and that’s when I realized it might be from the same photo shoot as this past Sunday’s Hostess Card Of The Week:
1979 Hostess Jim Palmer
Although the Topps Magazine card is a bit washed out, both photos were taken in Yankee Stadium on a partly sunny day, both have the Brut cologne ad on the left, and in both photos Jim Palmer’s hair has an unintended flip on his right.

I don’t have a real point to this, other than “Heyyyyyyyy, lookathis!”  Having two similar Jim Palmer photos in the same week was nothing I’d planned, I’m nowhere near that organized… it’s just a serendipitous occurrence (and 25 cents goes in the “Big Word” jar).

Getting back to the 1990 Topps Magazine cards, these are pretty much what you’d expect from 1990 baseball cards.  On the first half of the sheet, we’ve got four ubiquitous-for-1990 faces in Bo (Overhyped 2-sport player) Jackson, Nolan Ryan (who had just reached 5000 K’s), Will “The Thrill” Clark and Robin Yount, the AL MVP of the previous season.

The second half of the sheet features the two 1990 Hall Of Fame inductees in Joe Morgan and Jim Palmer, as well as two players who’d been drafted in 1989 and made their Major League debuts that September.  Ben McDonald was the first overall draft pick, and went on to have a decent career with the Orioles and Brewers.

John Olerud played for 17 years for a number of teams and had a couple of exceptional seasons where he batted .363 and .354.  He’s also notable in that he’s one of those players who went straight to the Major Leagues without making any minor league stops.  In fact, he didn’t play in the minors until he did a brief stint with AAA Pawtucket at the end of his career, in what seems to have been an audition for the Red Sox.

Olerud’s card is interesting in that it lists him as both a first baseman and a pitcher, even though I can’t find any evidence of him having pitched in the pros… although he did pitch in college