Monday, May 13, 2013

Mamaz Boyz

It’s not the manliest sport.  I know, I know, it’s not ping pong or curling or croquet.  At the same time, though, it’s not exactly rugby or bull riding or mixed martial arts. 

Okay, okay, I don’t want to wear a Justin Verlander fastball, or get into a fight with Nolan Ryan, or try to tag out Ty Cobb stealing a base.  That said, I just can’t stop thinking about George Carlin’s great monologue comparing baseball and football. 

I do know that these guys sure don’t look like Verlander, or Ryan, or Cobb, or even George Carlin.  Actually, though, they do look a little familiar somehow.  You know, I’m pretty sure I may have seen some of them before.  I know!  It was down at the local croquet court!  With their mamas!!


Okay, Gil.  One, two, three, simper!

Not a lot to say about Gil Blanco.  He was up for a cup of coffee with the Yanks one year and then for another cup with the A’s the next.  His full name was Gilbert Henry.

The Stalk-Forrest Group, which would later become the Blue Oyster Cult, had a song called “Gil Blanco County.”  I have no idea what these two have in common.


Bruce spent ten minutes in front of the mirror before he was “ready.”

Bruce Howard actually had a fairly decent six-year career.  He finished with a 3.18 ERA and had 349 Ks in 530 innings of work.  His son, David Howard, also played in the majors.

It’s the lapels.

Dick Calmus was another bonus baby.  You may remember that the rules back then forced teams to add any player they signed over a certain amount to their 40-man roster for a season. 

For Dick, that meant a pretty decent first year with the Dodgers (3-1 record and a 2.66 ERA at age 19).  That, unfortunately, was followed by some arm trouble, a trade, a lot of time in the minor leagues, and a mere four innings (with an 8.33 ERA) four years later with the Cubs.

Lapels, right?

Billy McCool (what he’s usually called) was a decent relief pitcher for a couple of years with the Reds.  He was second in the NL in saves in ’65 and ’66 and was also an All Star in ’66 as well. Totally awesome name too, by the way.

And here's another vide of Billy lookin' cool.


Wait a minute, I think it’s mama!

Yes, he really did look like that.  No other card – or photo – is as scary as this one, but it’s definitely not an aberration.

Bill Hands was once a 20-game winner, with the Cubbies in 1969, the year that they choked big-time down the stretch and lost to the Miracle Mets.  Overall, he finished with over 100 wins in 11 years.  His nickname was “Froggy." 

More pretty boys right here.

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