Card fact: This is the first full-body action shot in the set. And, believe it or not, it won't be the last one.
What I thought about this card then: I really missed out. I never saw it, and I would have loved it.
What I think about this card now: It has a lot going for it: warming up in the bullpen, the teammates lounging in the background, the powder-blue unis, the chain-link fence. If only Taylor was sporting a mustache.
Other stuff: Chuck Taylor was a mediocre pitcher who bounced around from team to team and pitched mostly in relief. Unfortunately, he's not the guy who invented the world famous sneaker of the same name that is a fashion icon among a wide variety of musical genres, from '50s greasers to punks to grunge wailers to girl garage rockers. Nope, Chuck was just a guy who pitched for a living.
Back facts: "Fireman" was a common term for relief pitchers when I was a kid. I don't know when that term was phased out. Early 1980s, I'm guessing?
Also, the wording at the bottom is odd. I've never heard of anyone "banging" into a double play.
Other blog stuff: Coming up with a name for this color combo is difficult because there are so many things that use red and blue together. But if we throw yellow into the mix, I could call it the "primary colors" combo. Hmmmm.
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