Wednesday, April 13, 2011
#508 - Bob Hansen
Card fact: This is Bob Hansen's one-and-only Topps card.
What I thought about this card then: Never saw it. Never heard of the man.
What I think about this card now: Hansen has a vaguely maniacal look about him even though a more rational person would pass it off as enthusiasm combined with a sweaty brow. It's quite a memorable card for your only card.
Other stuff: Hansen was a pinch-hitter and first baseman for the Brewers in 1974 and 1976. He was drafted by the Seattle Pilots in 1969. After spending several years in the minors, he finally came up with Milwaukee in '74 and contributed a .295 average in 88 at-bats.
Hansen never made it out of the minors in 1975. He was back with Milwaukee in '76 but hit just .164 in 24 games. That was the end of the majors for him.
Back facts: It looks like Don Zimmer slobbered some tobacco juice on the back of this card.
What an odd cartoon. Zimmer wasn't the only one who chewed tobacco in the majors. Granted, Zim usually looked like he had an excess amount in his mouth.
The bio reads like Topps is straining for words in order to fill space.
Other blog stuff: On this date in 1980, the Kansas City Royals fielded the first "Q" battery. Dan Quisenberry pitched and Jamie Quirk caught.