Friday, March 15, 2013

Airbrushed Fridays: 1978 Topps #457

Basketball is stressful! The Oregon Ducks, once a top 10 team this season, have become one of the most frustrating things I've ever bothered to look at. Since their starting point guard went down, things have gone rather topsy-turvy, to the point where even their "lock" status for berth in the so-called Big Dance has been called into question by more than one writer. Fortunately, in the middle of the night tonight in Vegas, they squeaked out their third win of the season over the hated Washington Huskies. A date with Utah (ugh) awaits tomorrow night at the same late hour. Oh yeah, this is supposed to be a baseball card blog. Well, if you're still with me so far, enter the hoops contest and stick around for some recycled baseball stuff.

Who is this week's victim, and why do we care? It's Bob Bailey, a repeat offender! Per last time around:
Bob Bailey was a third baseman of average (by MLB standards) skill and great longevity. He spent 17 years in the league, winning a title with the Reds in 1976. Bailey seems to have retired from a life full of baseball and the need for Wikipedia updates some time after the late '80s.

Why is this a thing? Bailey was sent packing mere days before the end of the 1977 season, and Boston scooped him up for all of 2 at-bats that year. He would play his final season in a Boston uniform the following year, before he retired to a life that I assume was full of gold dubloons and astroplanes.

Airbrushed Fridays is a weekly feature as the name seems to imply. If you know of a card with an altered photograph that you'd like to see featured, please contact me. You probably won't win anything other than a hyperlink and a minor league contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks, but you never know!

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