Sunday, January 15, 2012

1975 TOPPS VIDA BLUE

BLUE IS BEAUTIFUL.
THE SKY WAS THE LIMIT FOR VI.

THE FRONT PAGE

  • Quintessential '75 card. Love the color scheme, pose, autograph, everything. This card is a good example of why this wonderful set is about much more than simply George Brett and Robine Yount.

THE BACK PAGE

  • His full name screams '70s coolness.
  • Through six seasons, Vida Blue was already 27 games over .500. Those great A's teams had something to do with that but no denying Blue was one of the baddest cats around. And a lefty to boot. 
  • He was the talk of baseball in '71, when he won the Cy Young and MVP awards.

PHOTO PLAY

  • Just a great pose enhanced by the wispy clouds. Nothing produced today is any better.

EXTRA, EXTRA

  • Baseball stat guru Bill James said Blue was the hardest-throwing lefty during the '70s and '80s, for whatever that's worth. 
  • Pleaded guilty to attempting to buy cocaine in the early '80s and testified during the Pittsburgh drug trials.
  • On a brighter note, one of four pitchers to start for the AL ('71) and NL ('78) in the All-Star Game. 
  • Along with Chili Davis on the Giants, Vida was the last player to wear his first name on the back of his uniform before Ichiro Suzuki
  • Blue enjoyed some good years with the Giants, winning 18 games in '78 and 14 in both '79 and '80. 
  • The "funk-flavored'' band Vida Blue, formed by Phish keyboardist Page McConnell, is "an adventurous trio.''

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