Author: Adam Hughes

Cesar and the Schwinn

More than anything else in this world, baseball cards have the power to transport me back to my childhood in rural Indiana. A single glimpse of, say, a 1983 Donruss Cesar Cedeno card, and I’m floating down Mill Creek in an innertube on a perfect summer afternoon. And sometimes, when I visit the old home place like I did today, the poetry of the game and the images of our boyhood heroes become overwhelming, and I have to cathart. So, if you’ll indulge me, here is a piece I wrote some years back but the sentiment of which hangs...

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Rod Carew Baseball Cards Tug at the Heart

The first year that I really collected baseball cards was 1983, and Rod Carew was everywhere in the packs I opened that summer. A (probably) incomplete listing of his pasteboards from that year include: 1983 Fleer #81 1983 Fleer Star Stickers #26 1983 Donruss #90 1983 Donruss Action All-Stars #38 1983 Topps #200 1983 Topps #201 – Super Veteran 1983 Topps #386 – All-Star 1983 Topps #651 California Angels Team Leaders 1983 Topps Glossy Send-Ins #29 1983 Topps Stickers #39 Before that summer, I was only vaguely aware of Carew — or any other player — but these cards...

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Lou Brock Was Unlikely Hero of Busch Memorial Stadium Opener

You might remember Lou Brock as the good half of one of baseball’s most lopsided trades ever, when the Chicago Cubs gave up on their young outfielder and sent him to the St. Louis Cardinals on June 15, 1964. Baseball cards of the era seem to capture the general mood just about right. Brock’s 1964 Topps issue (#29) shows him pensive if not a little miffed, while his 1965 Topps card features a beaming young man ready to step into the spotlight of superstardom. A year after that first of Brock’s Cardinals pasteboards appeared in wax packs, St. Louis...

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1979 Topps Ron Oester Rookie Card — and Happy Birthday!

When I was a kid, the 1979 Topps Ron Oester rookie card (#717) really bummed me out. Part of my issue with the card was a combination of timing and the other players depicted. By the time I fully embraced the Reds in 1983, they were God-awful terrible, surpassed in badness by perhaps only the 2016 edition of the club. *sigh* Mike LaCoss (waivered, claimed by the Houston Astros) and Harry Spilman (traded to Houston for Rafael Landestoy) were long gone. But Ron Oester was solid. Ron Oester was young (not really, at 27). Ron Oester gave us hope...

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