danny frisella was only 30 years old when he died in january of 1977 from injuries sustained in a dune buggy crash. he had split the 1976 season between the cardinals and brewers, and had established himself as the brew crew's closer with 9 saves and a 2.74 era in 32 appearances.
the team subsequently wore black armbands during the 1977 season as a memorial for their teammate. cecil cooper's 1978 o-pee-chee card is a good example.
cooper's 1978 card(s - topps and o-pee-chee) will always make me think of my swimming lessons in the summer of 1978. it's a great card, but i like it all the more because the first one i ever saw was lying near the pool at which i had those swimming lessons. this was pre-ymca or swim school, so the lessons i had were at a motel pool across the street from the 7-11 where my friends and i would buy our 15 cent packs. the card was creased and had some water damage (not as much as you might think), but i took it home. eventually, it was replaced in my set and collection by a pack fresh version. still, it was the first card i ever found just lying around somewhere.
even though i really like cooper's card, the one that makes the memorial binder is charlie moore's 1978 topps card