Monday, March 21, 2011
I don't remember Sosa pitching for the Giants very well, but I do remember his card. The 1974 season would be his last with the Giants, and would go on to play for 8 teams in his 12 years. He would make one World Series with the dreaded Dodgers in 1977, for which I am glad they lost. He also, along with almost every other player in the late 70's it seems, played a short stint for Charlie Finley's A's in 1978.
Cartoon: I'm guessing that Elias' idol is Marichal because they both came from the Dominican Republic. Marichal was known as the "Dominican Dandy." I wonder if Sosa was ever known as Baby Dandy. Who knows. But, the cartoon figure has a high leg kick proving without any doubt whatsoever that the Topps cartoonist knew what he (or she) was doing.
Ballpark background: Candlestick Park. There's no doubt. A Giant in his home uni on AstroTurf with a chain link fence w/ the orange "375" sign and football bleachers tucked under the upper deck. Yup, that's the 'Stick all right.