Monday, December 17, 2012

Just Plain Goofy (’60s Version)

For some reason, ballplayers were much more goofy in the ‘50s than in the ‘60s.  Heck, I managed to fill two whole posts with stupid poses, lopsided grins, bug eyes, and other more winning looks.  For the ‘60s, though, all I’ve got is this single measly post.  Sigh …

It’s not like the guys from the ‘60s weren’t trying though …

Way to get that butt down, Larry! You do have a butt, don’t you?  And a crotch?  You have a crotch, right?  Right, Larry?

You’ve met Larry Burright before, with a mouth stuffed full of tobacco.  By the way, Larry’s got an awesome nickname, “Possum.”  Based on this card, I think “The Human Crab” would have been a good fit too.

There’s a fine line between the ready position and looking like you’re straining on the pot to let one loose.  Too bad I can’t use Photoshop, or I’d really show you what I mean.

Larry Brown’s been in here before, where I made wicked fun of his eyebrows.  I didn’t mention it then, but Larry was up for 12 seasons, starting for a number of years for the Tribe at short.  He led AL shortstops in fielding in 1965.

“Aw, c’mon guys.  Throw me da ball.  Throw it to me right here.  C’mon.”

He’s a handsome fella, isn’t he?  Yup, you saw him before, in ugly mugs of the ‘50s.  One thing I forgot to mention there was that, when he played for the Yankees, Bobby Del Greco was often used as a defensive replacement for none other than Mickey Mantle.  At the end of the Mick’s career, of course.

No sudden moves, okay?

Dave “Quick Draw” Stenhouse was up for three years with the Nats.  Some interesting Stenhousiana:
  • He was an All-Star one of those years
  • His middle name was Rotchford
  • He was the baseball coach at Brown
  • His son, Dave Stenhouse Jr., also made the majors

How about a little more Stenhouse? Just click here.


"Come at me, bro."

Juan Pizarro was a decent, very well-travelled pitcher.  He pitched for 18 years, spanning three decades, from the ’50s to the ‘70s.  He played for nine teams and wore 13 different jersey numbers.

Oh, and make sure you don’t confuse this Juan Pizarro with this Juan Pizarro:

Remember, one’s a pitcher and the other’s a conquistador.  Pitcher, conquistador.  Pitcher, conquistador.  See, it’s easy!

"Whuh?  Whuh did I do?"

Max Alvis held down third base for some very bad Indian teams through most of the ‘60s.  He got 600 at bats for them for three of those years, hitting over 20 HRs in each.  He was also a two-time All Star.

Bet you didn't know Max was blessed with a unibrow, now did you?


"Please, sir, may I have some more?"

Davey Johnson is best known these days as a manager. You may remember him best as the guy who managed the Mets over the Red Sox in the ’86 World Series. He’s actually managed five teams, over 16 years, and with a .588 winning percentage.

Personally, I remember him much better as a player. He was the second baseman for some great Orioles teams of the ‘60s and ‘70s.

Want more goofy? How about some from the '70s.

* - author has this card


  1. Hirsutism on Bobby Del Greco's right forearm!

  2. Pretty major. But it does seem to stop above the elbow. Oddly, I have something very similar - hairy arms and legs, but pretty hairless anywhere else. Okay, that's probably more than you ever wanted to know about me ...