To paraphrase Bob Gibson screaming at Tim McCarver, the only thing Joe Simpson knows about baseball is that he can’t hit them.

Braves Card of the Day: 1950 Bowman Del Crandall #56

If we were to make a Mount Rushmore featuring only Braves catchers, Del Crandall would have to be one of the names, right? Joe Torre, Brian McCann, Javy Lopez, and Del Crandall.

1950 Bowman Crandall 56a1950 Bowman Crandall 56b

Braves Card of the Day: 1955 Bowman “Lou” Burdette #70

Damn Bowman, you too? #LewNotLou

Braves Card of the Day: 2018 Topps Ozzie Albies #276

My new favorite baseball player on a perfectly OK baseball card from a really stupid baseball card set.

2018 Topps Albies 276b

Braves Card of the Day: 1957 Topps Lew Burdette #208

So, here’s the conspiracy theory behind Topps getting Lew Burdette’s name wrong for years. They did it intentionally to get Lew back for the joke he played on this card. Burdette was a righty, but he borrowed Warren Spahn’s glove and posed as a lefty for Topps.

Would Topps purposely get his name wrong for years after this incident??? #LewNotLou

Braves Card of the Day: 1956 Topps Lew Burdette #219

There you go Topps. It’s Lew. Not Lou. Lew. Short for Lewis. #LewNotLou

Why did you get this wrong so many years?

1956 Topps Burdette 219a

Braves Card of the Day: 1962 Topps “Lou” Burdette #380

It’s LEW not LOU!!!! Why? Why? Why? LEW Burdette. LEW! LEW! LEW! LEW! LEW! LEW! LEW! LEW! Come on Topps. #LewNotLou

Braves Card of the Day: 1977 Topps Mike Marshall #263

I’m partial to Mike Marshall because Ball Four is my favorite book. I’m also partial to Marshall because he liked to stir shit up, even though it may have gotten him blackballed from the game.

1977 Topps Marshall 263b

Just watched the Bolts and the Devils, and I gotta say, New Jersey is a bunch of babies. Losers.

Braves Card of the Day: 1981 Topps Bruce Benedict #108

“In a race with a pregnant woman, he’d (Bruce Benedict) finish third.” - Tommy Lasorda

True, but I’d wager in a race between a pregnant woman, Benedict, and Lasorda, that Lasorda would finish fourth. Then and now.

Braves Card of the Day: 1979 Topps Braves Prospects #715

I like weird curiosities in baseball cards. For example, this card is 715 which is a pretty magical number in Braves history. And yesterday (I think) was the Anniversary of that home run.

Braves Card of the Day: 1981 Topps Al Hrabosky #636

I give you the evil eye. Look away or I shall destroy! I am the MAD HUNGARIAN!!!! BE AFRAID!!!! BE VERY AFRAID!!!!

Braves Card of the Day: 1958 Topps Harry Hanebrink #454

These days, a player like Hanebrink with a short career as a utility man would be lucky to get a single card during his career. Hanebrink got 2. Of course, while in the minors, he’d get a billion Bowman cards.

Braves Card of the Day: 1952 Topps Sibby Sisti #293

1952 Topps Sisti 293a

It’s hard for me to see the appeal of Sibby Sisti, but then again, I wasn’t in Boston in the late 1940s. Sisti was a thoroughly mediocre baseball player who was so loved by Boston Braves fans that he was one of the inaugural players inducted into the Boston Braves Hall of Fame, along with Warren Spahn, Johnny Sain, and Tommy Holmes. From a purely baseball point of view, Sisti’s name doesn’t belong among those others. It isn’t even close.

1952 Topps Sisti 293b

On the other hand, I love Mark Lemke. I’m guessing a lot of young guys don’t understand that!

Braves Card of the Day: 1957 Topps Danny O’Connell #271

1957 Topps OCconnel 271a

It’s always fun to just find a card of an old player that you know nothing about, and then read a bit about him online. Often, it allows you to shine a little extra light on bits of history about your favorite team. For instance, I know that Hank Aaron has credited the Braves trade for Red Schoendienst as providing one of the sparks that would lead to the Braves 1957 World Championship. It was Danny O’Connell, along with two other players, who was traded to the Giants for Schoendienst.

1957 Topps OCconnel 271b

Braves Card of the Day: 1956 Topps Braves Team Card #95

The lack of true team cards in modern Topps flagship sets is indicative of the degradation of said sets. The entire focus of sets are now on the hits, the rookies, and the stars. The regular guys that make up the majority of the rosters for most teams are considered irrelevant. They are just incidental content. That’s a shame.

Is this card fairly priced?

Braves Card of the Day: 1951 Bowman Willard Marshall #98

1951 Bowman Marshall 98a

Many years ago, I wrote a post about collecting Willard Marshall cards at Talking Chop. I wrote a lot of posts back then about vintage Braves cards and the players on them, but I never gave him much thought after.

1951 Bowman Marshall 98b

Almost 4 years after that post went up, I received a sweet email from a man who got a baseball from Marshall with the signatures of the 1949 New York Giants. He had seen Marshall play with the Giants and the Braves. It’s the kindest email I’ve ever received.

Braves Card of the Day: 1981 Topps Jeff Burroughs #20

1981 Topps Burroughs 20a

Burroughs won the American League MVP in 1974 with the Texas Rangers. He’d have an even better year with the Braves in 1978, but his decline as a player would match the rise of Bob Horner and Dale Murphy. If he had maintained his peak just a little longer, maybe the Braves would have been decent before 1982? (No. They would not have been.)

1981 Topps Burroughs 20b

This would be Jeff’s last card with the Braves as his value had declined to the point that the Braves dealt him straight up for Carlos Diaz following the 1980 season.

Braves Card of the Day: 1958 Topps Joe Adcock #325

1958 Topps Adcock 325a

Everyone looks awkward on their 1958 baseball card. Adcock just looks flat out strange. Removing the background from a baseball card really isn’t a very good idea.

1958 Topps Adcock 325b