Friday, January 20, 2012
A little past their prime
As baseball fans, we always talk about guys who are "in their prime", or "past their prime".
I'm not sure how much further away you can get from your prime by playing in the Senior League. But it just shows the pure love of the game that these guys have.
These are among the most interesting cards I own. I had no idea that they even made Seinor League cards, but apparently a company called TM Sports produced some in the late '80s.
The team names in the Senior League are just awful. Bobby Bonds plays for the "St. Lucie Legends". Fergie Jenkins is proud to be a member of the "Winter Haven Super Sox". Super Sox. Really?
I also find it funny that Bobby Bonds is listed as a DH on the front of his card. How old do you have to be to get to be a DH in the Senior League?
Who better to be Senior League Commissioner that Curt Flood?
Apparently the famous pose of a guy flipping a baseball in mid-air extends to the front office as well.
Pacific, the most underrated card company of all-time, also produced a Senior League set in 1990.
Apparently, Graig Nettles managed the St. Lucie Legends. Hopefully he never had Bill Lee on his roster, as that probably wouldn't play out very well.
And the "Orlando Juice"? I hope the team wasn't on steroids or something.
Dave Kingman is one of the last guys I thought would play in a senior league. That's former big-leaguer Toby Harrah and current Rangers manager Ron Washington extending congratulations to Kingman on that card.
Bert Campaneris was 48 when this card was released.
Still not as old as Jamie Moyer.
This is by far my favorite of the bunch.
Al Hrabosky was 41 when this card came out. But not a lot has changed.
He's still got the awesome beard (although it's starting to gray a little), and it looks like he's still got quite a bit of force behind his pitches.
I love these cards. It just goes to show you that these guys are just trying to stay in the game of baseball for as long as they possibly can.
Can you blame them?