Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Countdown to 2016 Topps #29: Angels and Devils

We've all seen the plot device used to depict the inner conflict of a character- you know the one, it features the angel on the right shoulder (representing the conscience) and the devil (representing temptation) on the left. I encountered this conflict while trying to choose the card for today's countdown; only instead of a card, I was tempted to feature a 1964 Woodie Held. But since it was a Topps coin, I followed my conscience and am left with this...

Jim Hegan might have had a difficult time finding the playing field in today's game. His career slash line read .228/.295/.344/.639 over a 17 year career and yet he was a 5x All-Star (as well as a 3x World Series champ). 

With the Indians, Jim caught a staff that led the AL in ERA six times (including four consecutive seasons from '48-'51). In 1951, 1952 and 1956, the Indians staff featured three 20-game winners. Hegan also caught three no-hitters during his career. Much of the pitching staff's success can be attributed to the Jim's superior defensive skills and the ability to call pitches that was second to none.  

The first thing that caught my attention with this card is that the bottom of the card is too busy. And with the insert photo on the right side and Chief Wahoo on the left, it certainly looks like Jim is conflicted over something. Perhaps he's trying to decide whether or not to call for a Feller fastball high and tight.

1 comment:

  1. He's got that..."If you don't take that camera outta my face..." look.