Monday, April 8, 2013

Just Plain Ugly (’60s Version, Black Guys)

Like I said before, Really Bad Baseball Cards is an equal opportunity discriminator.  Last week, we looked at some ugly white dudes.  This week, we look at some ugly black dudes.  Celebrating diversity – it’s in our blood!


Really just your basic, run-of-the-mill ugly dude. 

Sounds like Al Jackson had a lot in common with Roger Craig.  Unlike Craig, though, Al started out with the Mets.  Before: 40-73 record and two 8-20 seasons.  After: a 27-26 record and a top 10 finish in complete games, ERA, and WHIP in 1966. 

Al came back to the Mets in ’69,  his last year in the majors.  Unfortunately, though, he wasn’t around for the big fun at the end of the year.


This is actually a good shot of Danny.  There’s some scary stuff out there on Google Images, believe you me!

Another Met.  In true Met fashion, Danny Napoleon’s career amounted to a .162 average over 130 at bats.   Hard to believe he hit .351 with 36 homers in the minors the year before this card. 

By the way, Napoleon was the only MLB player in history with that illustrious surname. 

Hmm, might be the expression.  Felix doesn’t look so bad in other shots I’ve seen of him.

Not a bad player, Felix Mantilla stuck around for 11 years and almost 1000 games.  Somehow or other, he hit 30 homers in 1966.  That’s from a 6’0”, 160-lb string bean, whose previous high was 11.  If this didn’t happen in 1964 (when performance-enhancing drugs included Seagram’s and PBR), I’d be a little suspicious.

And, yes, he did play with the Mets – in 1962, no less.

Like Felix, Ed was not that ugly.  The photographer just seems to have caught him in an unfortunate pose.

Another decent ballplayer, Ed Charles was up for eight years and was a starter for seven of them.   He seems to be a man of many nicknames – The Poet, the Glider, Gum, and Ez.  Great bio right here.

Yup, another Met.  And he was there in ‘69. 

Once again, I’m not sure if this is a true image of this guy or if he was making a funny face for the camera.  A quick look on the Internets, though, convinces me this is definitely a case of the former.  Poor Dick.

Another string bean, Dick Simpson was 6’4” and 176 lbs.  Supposedly known for his speed, he unfortunately had a little trouble getting on first, finishing his career with a .207 average.

Not a Met!

Couldn’t decide which one was worse.  This one …


… or this one.  Whichever you pick, I’m pretty sure this guy was an alien.

A very good ballplayer and a major character, Leon Wagner was known as “Daddy Wags,” surely one of the best baseball nicknames ever.   Over 12 years, “Daddy” totaled 211 homers, hitting 37 in one year with the Angels.  He was a two-time All Star for them.  Plus, he never played for the Mets!

Good bio on him right here.


I debated putting Nate under Noses, or maybe Teeth.  The dude’s got it all goin’ on, doesn’t he?

Nate Colbert’s skills were very similar to Leon Wagner’s.   Over 10 years, Colbert drilled 173 homers, hitting 38 twice for the Padres.   He was a three-time All Star.   Oh, one other thing … he never played for the Mets!

As a kid, I remember him well as the face of the early Padres.   Hmm, was that the right metaphor to use here?

Here's a little better look at ol' Nate. 

* - author has this card

And here's some more ugly - from the 50s, and the 70s.

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