Monday, September 26, 2016

All I've Got of Him: Jose Cardenal

Let's go back in time to the mid-Seventies, a time when fros were flowin'.  Oscar Gamble probably has the most famous fro, but Jose Cardenal also ranks up there.  His Cubs career went from 1972 - 1977 and they were the best six years of his 18-year career.

My Jose collection contains 22 cards.  I usually arrange the tile alphabetically by brand name.  With Jose I decided to go chronologically, which give us a chance to see the growth of his super-fro over the years.

The first four cards have pictures taken from the same photo shoot at spring training in 1972.  All of the pictures in the second row were probably taken in 1973 and you can see things have gotten puffier.  As you work down the rows, the fro continues to grow.  On some of the cards it looks like his hat is barely on his head.

The MSA disk picture is interesting because he's wearing a batting helmet, meaning his from was half smashed.

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