10.26.2009

1972 Topps questions answered. Or at least mulled.

It's always good news to Lucy when we get cards from Trader Crack's, because that means: pretty stamps! from our neighbor to the north.
Ryan sent some 1972 Topps, the psychedelic tombstones, and we wondered about the back of Tom Haller's card:

Well, to be perfectly honest, we don't know. Fortunately, the card, pre-Google, provides the answer: A.L. umpire Bill Haller. Post-Google, we can add that two of Tom's best hitting seasons with the Dodgers included .285 in 1968 and .286 in 1970. He died in 2004.Do you think Mel ever experienced any teasing because of that last name? He takes a bit of a defensive stance in this portrait, don't you think? And a borderline sneer, like, YOU WANT A PIECE OF ME? Here's the question on the back of his card:
Say what? The card answer is "Arky Vaughan" but a more detailed, Googly way to put it might be: the highest single season batting average for a Pirates shortstop is .385, Arky Vaughan, Pittsburgh Pirates, 1935. But maybe he had the highest Pirate average ever in history even for not a shortstop too. Oh Lord, I don't know this stuff. I know Shakespearean sonnets, though.
Ryan sent six cards, and three of them portrayed the completely unselfconscious, no-style 1972 way of wearing a baseball cap. From this we may deduce that 50 percent is roughly the number of cards in the 1972 set that feature this cappage. Well, maybe not 50, but a lot. It was not a particularly good-looking way to wear a baseball cap, but it was what it was. Maybe it's why in those days, players sure did look into the middle distance a lot; they were thinking of fedoras and Homburgs.

Thank you, Ryan!

2 comments:

deal said...

Tom Haller must of when through some teams back then, because I have a couple of his Phils cards where he looks roughly the same.

And what does Haller have in common with Randy Wolf? aside from being on a Phils card - (Halller never actually made the Phils club)

Tom said...

Gotta love the '72 set! And nice stamps are always a plus (at least to stamp collectors like myself).