Thursday, January 31, 2013

#140 - Father/Son: Roy and Roy Smalley

What a card: Here is the second of the two cards in the Father/Son subset in which both father and son share the same name. The elder Roy Smalley is a Junior. The younger Roy Smalley is Smalley III.

My observation on the front: This is the third of the last four cards in which the son was a member of the White Sox. I didn't realize the 1984 White Sox had so many players on their team whose fathers also played in the majors.

More opinion from me: The inset photo on the Smalley card is actually a black-and-white sketch. It looks unfinished, like Topps forgot to include the color.

Something you might know: Former major league manager Gene Mauch was Roy Smalley Jr.'s brother-in-law and Smalley III's uncle.

Something you might not know: Smalley Jr. was the last Cubs starting shortstop before Ernie Banks took over.

My observation on the back: Smalley Jr. appeared on Topps cards only four years between 1951-57 because he was a Bowman card subject in the 1952, 1953 and 1955 sets.

The blog wants to speak now: The Ballgames, Pop Culture and News categories are updated. Names from the past include Von Hayes, Tipper Gore and Karen Ann Quinlan.

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