Friday, June 13, 2014
It's Friday the 13th! I can do what I want.
I wasn't feeling super inspired to write about a random airbrushed card today, but I was pretty excited about a card I got in the mail from a Listia auction. I decided to post something about it instead. Hey, if you don't like it, get your own blog! They're handing them out on the corner for free.
Wilmer Mizell pitched for the Cardinals for 7 seasons, a tenure interrupted by two years that he served in the Army. He won 90 games, more than he lost, and had respectable all around numbers. He went on to serve in the House of Representatives for 6 years.
1958 Topps has some great cartoons and has a great comic book feel to it when you flip the cards over. This one is a bit of a confusing read unless you realize that Vinegar Bend was Mizell's nickname (apparently nicknames came with first and last names back then). The cartoon features a guy who seems way too obese to have existed in the '50s, pre-KFC Double Down, giving the ol' hotfoot to his sleep deprived teammate. It's even less believable that this mass of a man could have been a professional athlete at the highest level of competition in his chosen sport, but hey, I wasn't born until the '70s.