when i was a kid, i didn't care much for johnny bench. first of all, he was on the reds who at that time were a bigger nl west rival to the dodgers than the giants. secondly, he was the best catcher in the national league and in my mind prevented steve yeager from being an all-star catcher every season. lastly, he had a couple of rings that steve yeager didn't have. over time, i learned to respect the talent (and the cool cards topps made of bench - especially 1973 and 1976) although i have never purchased a can of krylon paint. i don't care if there are 'no runs, no drips, no errors.'
so, imagine my joy when i came across this card - a 1977-79 sportscaster card with steve yeager about to drill the living snot out of bench
bench also had a sportscaster card of his very own, on which he again shared space with a dodger
so, it looks like the background lurker is tom haller. i'm hoping bench dropped the pop up.
here's to you, johnny bench. these two cards, at least, look better with dodgers on them.