Saturday, November 21, 2009

#37 - Dave Freisleben

Card fact: The green-light green cards are starting to pull away from the other color combos. This is the fifth one featured on a player card. Only the orange-brown design of the Highlights cards has been featured more often.

What I thought about this card then: We didn't follow baseball regularly in 1975. We collected cards. But as far as sitting down and watching games on television, or tracking boxscores in the newspaper, that was still a couple years down the line. But even in that hazy state, we still knew the Padres were not a good team. Must've been something about those stats on the back.

What I think about this card now: How the heck do you pronounce this guy's last name? I tried to look it up a month or so ago with no success. Now, I'm too lazy to try it again.

Is it:

a) Freez-el-ben
b) Fries-el-ben
c) Friz-el-ben
d) Freez-lee-ben
e) Fries-lee-ben
f) Friz-lee-ben
g) Freez-lee-bin
h) OK, that's enough now
i) None of the above

I am semi-obsessed with the fact that I don't know how to pronounce so many early 1970s players' names.

Other stuff: Friesleben (man, I really have to focus in order to spell his name correctly) is now a pro golfer. Also, I'm not the only one wondering how his name is pronounced.

Back facts: Another Halloween baby. That makes two so far. Am I going to have to start a count on that? ... This is another one of my favorite cartoons from my childhood. I actually thought Ebbets Field had a roof like a gingerbread house.

Oldie but goodie: Here is the original 1975 Friesleben that I touched with my own 9-year-old hands:

No sharp corners on that thing. It's baby-proof!

Other blog stuff: I scanned card No. 333 a couple days ago. That means I've scanned more than half the set.


Jim from Downingtown said...

I always thought it was FRIES-leb-en, but I guess that's just phoenetic, and not my remembrance of hearing it spoken on the radio.

This reminds me of back in 1967, when my brother & I were starting to collect cards, we would pronounce these guys as such:

Hank A-gwire (Aguirre)
Julian JAY-vee-er (Javier)
Jim BOOT-en (Bouton)
Pete SIM-in-o (Cimino)
Bobby kin-OOP (Knoop) (Maybe I was right?)
Carl yas-tra-ZEM-ski
Reen LOCK-man (Rene Lachemann)
Jerry a-DARE (Adair)
Red SHOW-en-deenst (Schoendienst)
Norm SIGH-burn (Siebern)

Jim from Downingtown said...

Oh, and Al ka-LINE (as in the battery!)

Eggrocket said...

Spicko Spinks
Willie Star-gull
Joe Tore
Manny Trill-o
Ron Kee (Cey)
Pedro BORE-bun
Tito Few-nts (Fuentes)
Jim Kate (Kaat)
Manny San-jew-lin (Sanguillen)
Doug DEE-sinces (DeCinces)
Ed Arm-buster (Armrister)