Tuesday, June 12, 2012

#62 - Mike Ramsey

What a card: This is the second airbrushed card in the set and also the second Expo in the set! Damn, the Expos are getting screwed.

My observation on the front: With the blurred-out background that looks almost like a painting, the only thing that appears real in the photo is Mike Ramsey's face.

More opinion from me: Ramsey was airbrushed into an Expos uniform because he was traded from the Cardinals to the Expos on July 1, 1984 for Chris Speier. But by April of 1985, he had signed with the Dodgers, making the Expo airbrushing pointless.

This is also Ramsey's final card. He was released by the Dodgers in June, and signed by the Orioles, but wouldn't return to the majors.

Something you might know: Ramsey was known for his versatility, as you can see by the 3B-SS-2B notation on the card. He played a variety of positions for the 1982 Cardinals, who won the World Series.

Something you might not know: The Dodgers had two players named Mike Ramsey in their organization in 1985. Ramsey, the infielder, and Ramsey, the outfielder. Ramsey, the outfielder, was African-American and playing in Double A in 1985. He'd play briefly with the Dodgers in 1987.

My observation on the back: As the first player to hit a home run in a night game, Floyd Herman is my hero. But Floyd  is better known as Babe Herman, a standout outfielder for the Brooklyn Dodgers -- who drove in 130 runs in 1930 -- and for the Chicago Cubs.

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'30-Year Old Cardboard said...

Wow, that does not look like the face of a utility infielder...

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Brian said...

I assumed this was Jeff Reardon on first glance.