Thursday, June 7, 2012

#60 - George Hendrick

What a card: This card is one of George Hendrick's final ones as a Cardinal, a team with whom he's most identified. He was traded to the Pirates in August of 1985 and missed out on St. Louis' World Series appearance that year.

My observation on the front: It appears that Hendrick's helmet has no logo on it. That is very distracting. The most distracting examples of this, though, are the 1979 Topps George Foster and Junior Kennedy cards, each of which feature Reds helmets with no logos.

More opinion from me: Hendrick compiled some great cards in his career. Some of my favorites are his 1973, 1976, 1980 and 1981 cards. The '85 Traded card, which we'll see here eventually, is also pretty good.

Something you might know: Aside from Hendrick's long career as a successful hitter, he is probably most known these days as being the father of modern baseball pants. Hendrick wore his pants very low, down to his shoes, and that has been the fashion trend among many players for a number of years now.

Something you might not know: George Hendrick was dissatisfied with his time in Oakland early in his career. The A's wanted him to start the 1973 season in the minors. He asked to be traded. One of the teams he asked to be traded to was ... Cleveland. Very bizarre for a native of Los Angeles to ask to be traded to a team that was known for being horrid in the 1970s.

Hendrick was traded to Cleveland.

My observation on the back: Hendrick was known by many as the best amateur player in the country when he was drafted by the A's in the late 1960s.

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1 comment:

MoltenLava said...

I always thought Hendrick was bad-ass. He compiled some impressive power numbers for lousy teams in the 70's.