Tuesday, January 29, 2013
#139 - Father/Son: Bob & Joel Skinner
What a card: This is the second card in the subset that features a 1959 Topps card. There are two other card sets featured twice in this subset -- 1954 and 1961.
My observation on the front: Joel Skinner is wearing a helmet in this card, but a regular cap on his solo card.
More opinion from me: Nothing good can come from the uniforms the White Sox wore in the mid-1980s. Everyone looks awful.
Something you might know: Bob and Joel Skinner are one of only two father-and-son pairs to manage in the major leagues. The other was George and Dick Sisler.
Something you might not know: Joel Skinner managed two teams that I covered as a sportswriter, the Watertown Indians and the Buffalo Bisons. I have interviewed him as well.
My observation on the back: Bob Skinner's write-up mentions him appearing as a coach on Topps cards in 1973 and 1974. He appears as a small mug shot on Padres manager Don Zimmer's card in the 1973 set, and he appears as a floating head on Pirates manager Danny Murtaugh's card in the 1974 set.
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