The fifth installment of Night Owl's kiddie cards features a transition.
1976 Topps Dan Driessen CIN #514
1976 Topps Dave Rosello CHC #546
1976 Topps Ed Kirkpatrick PIT #294
1977 Topps Chip Lang MON #132
1977 Topps Bill Campbell BOS #166
1977 Topps Rod Gilbreath ATL #126
1977 Topps Ted Kubiak SDP #158
1977 Topps Steve Dillard BOS #142
1977 Topps Mike Sadek SFG #129
1977 Topps George Mitterwald CHC #124
I want to be where the wind sweeps through your hair under a cloudless sky, and grown men are free to frolic in the grass amongst the palm trees with cute little teddy bears on their clothes. And get paid to do it! How come George Mitterwald doesn't look like he's enjoying himself? Oh, I guess it's because we're supposed to believe he's in the batter's box bracing himself for a J.R. Richard fastball. This is why I love these vintage posed shots.
And now it's 'toon time. This one comes from the flip side of Friggin' Giants catcher Mike Sadek's card, and features the Bambino. Babe Ruth was one of the very few players who didn't receive generic-looking drawings in their cartoon features. And it's not just because of his importance, I don't think, or even primarily for that reason. It's because there's never been a ballplayer who was as much of a living, breathing cartoon hero as the Sultan of Swat. And of the seemingly endless string of impressive numbers and feats piled up by the Babe in his career, this is one of the most defining of his transcendent abilities and his redefinition of how the game was played.
Happy Birthday to Greg, The Night Owl!