And Felipe Alou in pinstripes, plus the glare:
Mike Jorgensen (one of the greatest things about '72 is that, except for In Action, mainly it's all about quirky Inaction):
Very silly poses. You can imagine the photographer saying, "Ok, look as earnest as possible!"
Buzz, Leroy, and....Jon Matlack!
The Mets team card is fantastic. It's so old-time good-time Metty.
Rico Petrocelli is a TOUGH sounding name. I can imagine his mama in my old NYC neighborhood breaking up a stickball game by yelling out the window, "RICO! Come up ta dinnah!"
Another great 1972 Topps looking-up-the-nostrils shot. Ron Swoboda was on the Mets from 1965-1970, and he helped win the '69 World Series. It is especially heartbreaking to see him in a Yankee uniform. My Polish mother always pronounced his name properly, kind of like: sva-bo-dah. In the series, Rocky (known for his rocky fielding) made a spectacular rally-snuffing catch of a ball hit by the Baltimore Orioles' Brooks Robinson in the 9th inning of Game Four. The tying run scored on the play, but Mr. Swoboda's catch kept the Orioles from having a big inning and allowed the Mets to rally late and win the pivotal game. (The Mets upset the Orioles in five games.) It would be great if this were the 1972 In Action card for him.