Saturday, January 8, 2011
This photo is a bit strange for an action shot. The ball is seen behind Davey's behind. It is easy to jump to the conclusion that he swung and missed. But... He hit right handed, so this was snapped on his follow through swing. It looks like he either fouled the ball at the plate and it bounced up behind him or maybe it hit off the catcher or umpire and ricocheted back.
Cartoon: Davey is a licensed pilot. Speaking of pilot, here he is shown in a TV cartoon series pilot flying by the Umpire State Building, cutting in front of Bugs Bunny who is waiting on top of the tower to catch that ball. The show never debuted. This blog post used two past tense conjugations of verbs that ended in silent T's, just so you know. Ricocheted and debuted.
Ballpark background: I can see Mets uniforms in the dugout beyond Johnson, and this looks like the Shea Stadium dugout shown in other card shots over the years. So, I'm going with Shea Stadium. Final answer.