"Let's wrap it up, and bring it home!" -Michael Geisen, 2008 National Teacher of the Year
To round out this flurry of trading, a triple header marks today. The tradees: myself and Andrew, Smed, and Jeremy. First off, a trade with Andrew of Andrews Baseball Cards-results below:
|O Andrew, how far have you fallen...|
I love me some vintagey vintage, albeit well-worn. Paul Casanova on 1975 Topps...WINNER!
|I'm going to have to post on Uggla soon.|
|This 09 OPC is growin' on me...|
Rowland Office was one of many 1980 Topps cards Jeremy sent my way...really love the vintage unis!
On the back we are told Rowland Office (who is this guy, again???) is "still" credited with making the greatest catch ever in Atlanta Stadium (aka Fulton-County Stadium, or The Launching Pad), to rob Homer, which at first looks like a player's name. Okay. Google test time.
....Sounds of me googling....
-So he has a site, which is not run by him: http://rowlandsoffice.wordpress.com/about/
-His catch has since been "topped" by Otis Nixon: http://1980toppsbaseball.blogspot.com/2009/05/who-was-this-player-rowland-office.html
-The Palm Beach Post wrote a somber article on him, referencing his catch, in 1982 after he was dealt to Montreal: http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1964&dat=19820311&sjid=-c0FAAAAIBAJ&pg=2904,446920&id=wAAtAAAAIBAJ
...And after some long, penetrating research (largely drawing on deduction and http://baseball-reference.com/), I've narrowed down this game to one of these four:
Braves Game #11 04-19-1977 vs San Diego Padres 4-1 W 6-5Braves Game #11 12 04-20-1977 vs San Diego Padres 2-0 W 7-5
Braves Game #11 71 06-26-1977 vs San Diego Padres 8-5 W 27-44
Braves Game #11 141 09-09-1977 vs San Diego Padres 8-6 W 52-89
These are the only 1977 games both Mike Ivie (the batter that hit the ball Office caught) of the Padres, and Office played, in Atlanta, with Office playing in the field for at least part of the game. Anyone able to deduce this down to one game??? I offer up a prize of undisclosed identity to whoever can figure it out, just to make things interesting. Next,
|Dale Murphy + Mini = Awesome/Cool + classic|
|A poorly attended game in the background here...is that a Pirates catcher there behind Diaz?|
Topps Big is like 1989 Bowman's cousin. I wouldn't be surprised if they were cut with the same machines.