In celebration of July 4, here is a player from the past who was a noted for his colorful outlook about life:
In 1952, Billy Loes flubbed a ground ball during game six of the World Series, claiming he'd "lost it in the sun." This card appeared in 1954 as part of a promotion by the New York Journal-American, an afternoon newspaper in the city that rose from a 1937 merger between two papers owned by William Randolph Hearst and stayed in circulation through 1966, when a decline in afternoon editions doomed it.
I wrote about this set in my Vintage Baseball Cards Website, but one thing you won't find there is a back. Since players from all three New York City teams of the time were featured, each team has a different back featuring the 1954 home schedule on it:
Happy New Year! - I decided that New Year's Day was the perfect time to feature the first card of the 1973 Topps set. That was back in 2011, and today is the first day since...
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