Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Raining On a Parade

This card is one of the most well-known vintage cards due to its action, especially coming from an era where action shots weren't part of baseball cards:

However, when I look at it I see all sorts of wrong things: it definitely isn't a major league field (and looks like a municipal park rather than a Spring Training facility), the player -- rumored to be Phil Rizzuto -- is sliding the wrong way into second and the edges of the photo are underexposed for a set that lauded itself for its full-color photography.

Despite seeming like I've gone into full "Get the Hell off my yard!" geezer mode, I think it should be recognized as one of the first attempts to get some action into card photos. That was gutsy in 1953; even Topps didn't attempt to do that until 1971.


  1. I don't remember the Dodgers ever wearing such color-contrasted under sleeves. That red does not go with the blue.

  2. Definitely a staged photo, but could the runner have had a big lead going to third, the ball was hit high to second base, and he's just returning to the bag?

  3. Not to be a prude, but he's sliding into second trying to break up a double play. Greatest card ever, case closed.

  4. Gritz76, don't consider yourself a prude, we can all have an opinion and yours is no less valid than mine.

    But there aren't even any fielders roaming the outfield. The slider isn't kicking up dust. The photo is certainly staged.

    But you're right, it's a great image.

  5. that card is the reason why my 'greatest double play card of all-time' tournament is probably going to be a waste of time.

  6. looks like Bowman was the first to try a little gimmickry before Topps.

    Boy, Topps sure has made up for that. In spades.
    What the heck does in spades mean anyways?

  7. Blue definitely would have worked perfectly there.