03 February 2011

frank howard was a big, big man

so big, in fact, that this 1964 topps giant card can't contain him!
hondo gets his due thanks to his performance in the 1963 world series, which is recounted on the back of the card:
howard is listed as 6'7", with the afro 6'10" (yes, a 'fletch' reference), and with the extension of his left arm on the follow through, he looks even taller.  if that photo looks familiar, it's because topps used it in their flagship set, although colorized, for the simply awesome world series subset game 4 card:
i like to read that card as 'sealing yanks' doooooooooooooooooooooooooooom' and then cackle like a crazy person.  i also enjoy seeing the old dodger stadium dugout seats on this card, too.  simpler, happier, non-mccourt times, those were.

thanks frank for taking whitey deep and sealing the yankees' dooooooooooooooooooooooooooom!

1 comment:

Collective Troll said...

I miss the days when Topps printed things like Sealing Yankees Doom on cards... I never liked the '64 set, but I have all the WS cards just I like seeing the Yankees doomed... I love what they did with that Giants card. Hondo worked for the Devil Rays way back when and he did all the fan caravans. He was a big, big, really cool, big dude...