Card fact: This is the only card in Reed's long career in which he is shown wearing a mustache. It's strange. Before this card, no mustache. After this card, no mustache. I'm starting to wonder whether this is actually Ron Reed.
What I thought about this card then: Well, interestingly, because he is showing a mustache, I thought he was cool. It was a prized card that, nonetheless, was traded away for some '75 minis.
What I think about this card now: Reed is 6-foot-6, but he doesn't look that tall to me in this photo. ... Damn, maybe that really ISN'T Ron Reed.
Meanwhile, I'm enjoying the dugout scene in the background with the hanging towels and the random bat resting on the bench.
Other stuff: Reed was kind of the Deion Sanders/Bo Jackson of his time -- a guy who could play professionally in two different sports. I don't believe Reed played in the NBA and in the major leagues in the same calendar year, like Sanders and Jackson did, but it's impressive anyway. Reed, a star for Notre Dame, played in the NBA from 1965-67.
My knowledge of the NBA is nil. Did they make NBA trading cards in the '60s? Can you find a Ron Reed NBA card? I might have to research this myself.
Another thing: I once read an article in a magazine that detailed the signing habits of major leaguers of the day. The article said Reed was rather unpleasant. I don't know if that was a fair representation of him, but that stuck with me all this time.
Back facts: Look, Reed is the answer to the trivia question on his own card!
Other blog stuff: I've got nothing, so I'll go with a birthday of an actress I quite like. Amanda Peet is 38 today.
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