Monday, August 19, 2013

AUTOS FROM THE ARCHIVES: FRANK HOWARD


SLUGGER DELUXE.




COMING OFF HIS BEST SEASON.



THE CARD

  • A super 1971 knock-off of one of the '60s' most powerful hitters. Frank Howard once whistled a drive past the ear of Hall of Fame third baseman Brooks Robinson, who said Hondo was the one right-handed pull hitter who always had him on edge. No wonder.
  • Interestingly, Howard is listed at first base, even though he played primarily in left field beginning in '65.

THE AUTOGRAPH

  • As sweet as that first nibble of carnival cotton candy while strolling the midway.

THE PLAYER

  • Howard cracked 382 homers during his 16-year career that began in earnest in '60 when he was named the NL Rookie of the Year. Known as The Capital Punisher, Howard was a hulking and intimidating presence at the plate despite a genteel personality.
  • His glasses, almost as big as his biceps, became a trademark in '63, correcting 20/40 vision in his right eye and 20/60 in the left. Afterward, he hit three homers in four games.
  • Living in Green Bay, Wis., during many an off-season, how many residents do you figure mistakened the 6-7, 250-pound behemoth as a member of the Packers?
  • And how many of them ever called him Four Eyes or Bug Eyes?


HOW COOL WERE THOSE BATTING HELMETS?




PHYSICALLY BIGGER THAN MANY GREEN BAY PACKERS.

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