|Mays & Mantle were past their peak / ready to retire,|
but Harmon's finest hours were yet to come, post '68.
Chico couldn't pinch himself hard enough: "How'd I get in a
picture with these guys?" Latin rhythms, indeed...
Ah, the serendipitous, weird and woolly circumstances of the origins of certain Topps baseball cards. Cards #480 and #490 from that wild and historic summer could also be titled "Chico and The Men," or "Three Stars En Fuego," respectively (to mirror the incendiary, messy themes in matters political and cultural).
|Marvin Miller: a cool cucumber - even while being told by |
Joel Shorin what he could do with his proposal.
"Shorin eventually caved to Miller’s demands. The newly negotiated contract required Topps to pay each player $250 (double the previous $125) per year and, more importantly, Topps would pay the Players’ Association 8% of sales up to $4 million and another 10% after that. The way that Topps compensated the players had changed forever..."
No, this wasn't an attempt to showcase
new Twin Ron Perranoski's 'do. Topps
just didn't have any thing else to offer,
following the relievers trade from the
Dodgers in exchange for Zoilo Versalles
and Mudcat Grant. At least it was better
than all those putrid black cap shots...
...such as that used for Manager
Cal Ermer and scores of players.
Topps had to scramble with this
one that seems to picture him in his
former employ (from the late '50's
no less) of the Detroit Tigers.
(Special thanks to Twinscards.com for letting me plunder and pillage their vintage Perranoski & Ermer stock. And to myself for taking the time and extraordinary human effort to scan and display featured cards #480 & #490 from my own arsenal)So, say what you want about Miller increasing greed, avarice, his later disruption of team rosters with the movement of free agents, causing the downfall of the Soviet Union, or creating mass halitosis through the availability of more Red Man Chewing tobacco in locker rooms - the 1968 Topps set owes him some credit for indirectly creating some monuments to a couple of classic Minnesota Twins players.Happy New Years - May 2011 See Your Taters Fly Far! - TT