Wednesday, August 29, 2012

COMMON VALOR: 1972 TOPPS MIKE HEGAN




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.

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