Who doesn't love batting practice shots? This one's especially good with a nice, tight crop. While I usually like to see the bat being swung and perhaps the ball coming off it, the shadows add a unique dimension, bathing Mike Hegan with crisscrossed netting lines. This is art as much as action.
He has an interesting expression. Did he just miss a homer? Pop up? He also has a cool sideburn shaped like an F5 tornado.
Then there's that classic A's sleeveless jersey, slight tilt of the body to create a diagonal line, all wrapped inside that great '72 card design.
Hegan's had some noteworthy bullet points in his 12-year career.
- One of two Seattle Pilots selected to the All-Star Game in '69 in their only year of existence.
- Hit the franchise's first home run.
- A member of the A's '72 world championship team.
- Was the last batter in old Yankee Stadium in '73 before the renovation.
- Hit for the cycle in '76.
- Held the record for error-less games at first base (178) until '07, when Kevin Youkilis broke it.
Still, I go back to the image on card No. 632, imagining sitting in the stands, sun out and hearing the crack of the bat echoing in the park.