Friday, April 18, 2014

Airbrushed Fridays: 1974 Topps #116

The golden locks of the '70s ballplayer.

Who is he? Jerry Reuss was kind of your everyman starting pitcher. He threw a no-hitter, picked up some awards, checked into a couple of All-Star games and won a World Series ring. He's worked mostly as a broadcaster after his playing career ended and seems like one of the more likable guys in the game. He started his career in his hometown of St. Louis and pitched for 8 different franchises before all was said and done.

How did he get here? Reuss's second stop was in Houston, and after the 1973 season he was dealt to Pittsburgh for erstwhile catcher Milt May. It would be the first of his two stints as a Pirate.

Repeat offender? No

Other versions of this card: None, but his 1973 Topps card is clearly from the same photo session. Jerry, can you, uh, remove your cap there? I have a feeling you might be traded again someday.

Airbrushed Score: 3

Comments: This is kind of the minimalist version of airbrushing, where they only had to bother with his neckline.

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