Saturday, January 7, 2012

1949 BOWMAN MURRY DICKSON

DID NOT LOSE PART OF HIS RIGHT ARM
IN WWII. I CHECKED.
THAT RING GIVES YOU SPECIAL POWERS.

THE FRONT PAGE

  • Like liverwurst and Michael Bolton, these Bowmans are an acquired taste. If you start collecting them, they will grow on you. Before you know it, you'll have all of these cute little cards getting lost in the couch cushions like loose change. The good news is at the end of the day you can gather and store them neatly in empty Altoids tins.

THE BACK PAGE

  • Cool, an Official Baseball Ring! Didn't I see this while flipping the channels late last night for only four payments of $29.99?
  • Murry Dickson was a junkballer for 18 seasons. In '49, he went 12-14 with a 3.29 ERA.
  • His '51 season was noteworthy because he went 20-16 for the Pirates, who won only 64 games. He had 19 complete games and was ninth in the MVP voting.

PHOTO PLAY

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EXTRA, EXTRA

  • Dickson was known as "Thomas Edison Jr.'' by longtime manager Eddie Dyer because of his penchant to experiment with pitches and deliveries. 
  • Here's an interesting story I would've loved to hear ol' Murry recount at a social gathering. While pitching in an American Legion game in 1933 (for some reason held at the friendly confines of the Lansing, Kan., state prison), a little fracas arose in the stands (a gang of convicts led by "Tri-State Terror'' Wilbur Underhill took the warden hostage during a prison break). The game was called in the sixth inning (after guards surrounded the field with tommy guns drawn). Team Terror was the big winner of the day (using that spectacular grab to escape).
  • Wonder if Dickson came up with any special new pitches afterward? The Prison Breaking Ball? It's Never Too Late To Change-up? Split-Head Fastball? "Come back to the old ballpark tomorrow for Free Shiv Day. The first 20 fans, 8 and older, get an authentic prison shiv, suitable for sticking or digging, courtesy of Remington Steel." 
  • Put four of these Bowman cards together and you've got yourself one thirsty bar coaster. Try this at home.

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