Card fact: I just looked up all of Borbon's Topps cards. He is not smiling on any of them. None.
What I thought about this card then: I did not like Pedro Borbon as a kid. He played for the Big Red Machine, which I hated. And he had that damn Grinch look on his face all the time. He seemed most unpleasant. I wished him ill.
What I think about this card now: I'm not as anti-Borbon as I once was, but I'm still wondering why he couldn't muster a smile for a single card.
Other stuff: Pedro Borbon was a reliable relief pitcher for the vaunted Reds teams of the 1970s. He put up some impressive season win totals for a reliever, which is a testament to his offense.
Borbon's son, also named Pedro, pitched nine years in the majors, including a season for the Dodgers in 1999. I wasn't aware he lasted so long in baseball.
Now, when you mention Pedro Borbon, folks will mention two things:
1. The "Airplane" movie line: "Pinch hitting for Pedro Borbon, Manny Mota ... Mota ... Mota."
2. The fact that he tore apart a Mets cap with his teeth during the 1973 NLCS Rose-Harrelson brawl between the Reds and Mets.
Back facts: I should keep track of how often the Dodgers are mentioned in the cartoon. It has to be almost in double figures now. There are also a lot of guns in these cartoons.
Other blog stuff: Shirley Partridge, a.k.a., Shirley Jones, was born on this date in 1934. The Partridge Family actually was off the air by 1975. Fortunately, I have never seen an episode.