There were not a lot of good things that happened to the Cubs at Shea Stadium in 1969.
There was the black cat....
...a missed call at home plate (he sure looks out to me, Bob Davidson!!)
...and a near-perfect game by Tom Seaver.
The season did not leave Cubs fans with any good feelings about Shea (or the Mets, for that matter!). So what did Topps do? They rubbed it! There were 24 Cubs in the 1970 set and of those, a whopping 20 have pictures taken at Shea, with 16 of them taken in 1969.
These four cards had older pictures.
The photographer who took the 1969 pictures at Shea was pretty predicable.
This first pose is of position players that he told to swing and hold the follow through.
With a few others, he had them do the traditional batting stance pose.
He had these guys do the warm-up thing.
This is the only unique one, with Nate Oliver bunting.
Catcher Bill Heath is the only position player shown without a bat.
With the pitchers it was the same predicable boringness.
We have the follow through pose.
These guys are in the stretch
And only one unique pose, the hands on the knees shot.
That was 20 cards, all shot at Shea, rubbing salt into an 8-year-olds wounds....and 41 years later it still stings!