Sunday, November 22, 2009

#38 - Buddy Bell

Card fact: Finally, we have reached our first dude who looks like a lady. Or at least that's what we thought when we were kids.

What I thought about this card then: "He looks like a girl."

What I think about this card now: It's quite the light-hearted card. Fresh-faced, long-haired "Buddy" offers a smile and a swing for the photographer. And we smile along with Bell as he admires his blast.

Other stuff: Bell is the third player in the set so far that went on to become a major league manager (Bill Russell and Dusty Baker are the other two).

Back facts: I think I mentioned this before, but Buddy's real first name, David, is also the first name of his son, former major league third baseman David Bell. His middle name, Gus, is the first name of his father, former major leaguer outfielder Gus Bell.

Also, a quick note about the birth dates. When we were kids, any player with a birth date in the 1950s, like Bell, was a youngster. An up-and-coming player. Of course, now all these guys are in their late 50s. I feel old.

Other blog stuff: This color combo just screams summer: blue sky/green grass. But I don't know what to call it.


Matt Runyon said...

We used to think the same thing about guys born in the 50s.

Dave R said...

This card was always one of my favorites from the set. I love the Cleveland "C" logo on the hat and I hope they go back to it at some point.

Eggrocket said...

I always thought he looked a little bit like a puppy on this card and felt that "Buddy" was an appropriate name.

Play at the Plate said...

He was an early Rangers favorite of mine when he made it to Texas.

gcrl said...

call it a 'prairie' combo.