ken mcmullen, a dodger double dipper and third baseman, lost his 30-year old wife bobbie to breast cancer in april of 1974, just five months after she had given birth to their third child. he laid his wife to rest on april 8 while most of his teammates (i believe don sutton attended the funeral) were in atlanta to take on the braves. that night, the dodgers wore a black armband on their left sleeves in honor of mcmullen's wife. that also happened to be the night that hank aaron hit career home run number 715 to break babe ruth's career home run record. here's the 1994 topps card that celebrates the 20th anniversary of hammerin' hank's historic home run.
it's too bad that topps didn't find a way to incorporate photos from the game into the 1975 set. while i appreciate the 1994 card, i decided to try my hand at making some cards that should have been.
here's the card that topps did include in the set - at number 1, in fact.
speaking of downing, even though he allowed the home run (which tied the game), there's no shame in being linked to that kind of history. so, why not use a photo from that night on his card in the set?
i like this card better than his actual card from the set
downing walked the next two batters after allowing the home run to aaron, and was removed from the game by manager walt alston. here's a card showing downing on his way back to the dugout with alston having just handed the ball over to mike marshall
here's the full mound scene, with marshall and garvey, and davidson, i believe.this article from the associated press. as for the dodgers, they have not worn black armbands since this particular memorial. fortunately, lots of evidence of the memorial worn for ken mcmullen's wife exists, just not much on cardboard.