Monday, December 6, 2010
One of the things that immediately stood out to me as I read the back of this card was that the great, all-time Hall of Fame name of not only one of the Cardinal greats of all-time, but one of the all-time greats, Stan Musial, is completely missing. Huh? What!!!??? Yeah. There's Hornsby, Brock, Medwick, and Mize on the offensive side, and Dizzy Dean and Bob Gibson on the pitching side. Stan the Man? Yoohoo, where are you? Wow. Have all of his great feats been surpassed by one player or another over the years? This is hard to believe.
For some reason, the Cardinals of the 70's don't register too well with me. I looked at and played with those cards just as much as I did the other teams, but those teams just didn't click with my inner kid. I recognize all the players just like any other team, but the teams didn't make as much of an impression.
Ballpark background: This photo looks like spring training with the big palm tree in the background. There are scores of onlookers behind the team, and it wouldn't surprise me at a Grapefruit League event. Team photos taken during the season in a team's home park usually occur with empty stands in the background.