Someone recently mentioned that there hadn't been a poll on this blog for some time. I normally don't reward people for telling others what to do on their blog. But I'm in the right kind of vintagey mood, and a poll is needed for this.
It's time to determine the best 1970s card of another '70s star. I apologize for the blog title. But it's hard to come up with something catchy for Carl Yastrzemski. He wasn't the kind of player who drew attention to himself.
Yastrzemski was a constant presence when I grew up. He was already an aging veteran by the time I started following baseball, and it wasn't long before I knew that this was a guy that you revered. He played the game right and anyone who followed the Red Sox looked up to Yaz. In fact, I'd say that anyone who wasn't a Yankees fan had respect for Yastrzemski.
Yaz seemed to be a living, breathing example of the Red Sox's nearly century long struggle to win a World Series title. I wasn't around when Yaz won the Triple Crown, so maybe the game was easy for him as a youngster, but when I knew him it seemed like a bit of struggle. He was all concentration and business. But he always seemed to have a pained look on his face. During his final years, his body wasn't holding up.
He made the final out in the Red Sox's loss in the 1975 World Series and again in the 1978 special playoff game against the Yankees. I remember watching his foul pop to third base in the basement rec room of a Yankee fan.
So, Yaz WAS the Red Sox for me, and when I heard his 3,000th hit on the radio (yes, the radio), I was as thrilled for him as a family member.
Without too many more words, here are his 1970s cards. Vote for the best in the poll on the left.
1970: This is one of three 1970s Yaz cards that I don't have. Here, Yaz poses in Yankee Stadium. He grew up on Long Island. I wonder if he was a Yankee fan?