Sunday, November 25, 2012

Knock, Knock

My daughter and I have made a weekly tradition of watching the Sunday Morning show on CBS. Whether it's the profiles, commentaries, or nature segments, there's always something that catches our interest.

Take this morning, for instance. On today's Almanac, we were informed that it was 72 years ago today that Woody Woodpecker made his big screen debut in a cartoon called "Knock Knock."

This got me thinking about the baseball world having its share of Woody's as well...

1966 Topps #49 Woody Woodward
Only hitting one home run in a career that lasted 9 seasons, Woodward once said that at the rate he was hitting home runs, it would take him 4,998 seasons to catch Babe Ruth. He was, however, much more successful after his playing days were over. After two brief stints as the GM of the Yankees and Phillies, Woody went on to become GM of Seattle from 1988-1999. 

2007 Heritage #35 Woody Williams
Signed as a free-agent by the Astros in November of 2006, Gregory Scott Williams pitched only one season for the Astros, going 8-15 in what would be his final season in the majors. With a name that sounds like an old-school player, how fitting is it that Topps captured Wiliams in this set that is a throwback to 1958.

Woodrow Wilson "Woody" Williams
Searching for a baseball card of the former Dodger and Reds infielder came up with nothing but cards of a different Woodrow Wilson-as in our former President. Wilson, who died in 1995 at the age of 82, had a brief career in the majors which included a cup of coffee for Brooklyn and then two-plus seasons in the Queen City. Perhaps his greatest claim to fame occurred in 1943 while with the Reds. Over the course of three games in two days, Woody collected ten hits in ten consecutive at-bats, which tied what was then the record.

1967 Topps #221 Woody Fryman

A veteran of 18 seasons (with six major league teams), Fryman has plenty of cardboard with his likeness. You want 60s? Got it! How about the 70s? Yep. And who didn't have a card in the 80s? Fryman did.

1962 Topps #215 Woody Held

It's only appropriate that there be a Woody in the classic '62 wood-grain frame card.
Coming into the '62 season, Held had homered at least twenty times in three consecutive seasons for Cleveland, and held (no pun intended) the Indians record for most career homers by a shortstop (85) until 2009, when Jhonny Peralta passed him.

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