Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Random Card #3

"Please, if there's anyone really up there, don't let me suffer through any more bad uniforms", says Harold Baines.

He wouldn't wear a decent looking uniform until 1989, when he was traded to the Texas Rangers. Throughout the eighties, Harold had to suffer wearing a softball uniform with a collar, a fan-made uniform and a cursive monstrosity that features a lower case "e" on the hat. I know it was supposed to be a "C", but it never looked that way to me.

Harold travelled the United States and Canada in search of better uniforms. Every stop on his journey netted better uniforms than his first stop. He went from Texas to Oakland to Baltimore, and even stayed overnight in Cleveland. He returned to Chicago to find that the Sox had taken his advice and finally had good looking uniforms.

Obligations in other cities had Harold constantly moving, but he always came back for the improved Chicago uniforms. After playtime was done, Harold became a coach with Chicago. It's probably because of the good looking uniforms.

Another card from the Out Of The Mill stack.

6 comments:

Rich said...

It's probably just because I love the color blue used for the border (ironically, also the same color blue they used for Indians cards that year) but I think this is a good looking card, uniform and all.

White Sox Cards said...

I think the first two uniforms in his career looked great, but I am in the minority. The cursive uniforms looked awful though.

This is a great looking card. :)

Kevin said...

Speaking of Harold, I believe the 2008 Harold Baines Cup kicks off tonight. Contreras vs. Loewen. Adam's not exactly an economical pitcher, and we just burned through our bullpen last night thanks to Steve Trachsel's stinkbomb...

Wow, I've gotta work on my trash talk.

White Sox Cards said...

7:05 Eastern. That completely slipped my mind. I'm not sure what to expect from Contreras. Either this will be a high scoring game or a pitcher's duel. Either way it should be fun!

csd said...

The '82 Fleer Fisk card shows him with a look of disgust as well. Was the '81 season that bad? Or did the Fleer photographers just show up on a bad day?

White Sox Cards said...

1981 was a strike year with a wacky split season playoff scenario and Fleer always seemed to pick out the worst photos in the early eighties. It's probably a combination of the two.

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