Monday, October 27, 2008
Tournament poll #4
We're talking The Hawk here, folks. One of the baddest looking dudes to ever swing a bat, Dawson had both great power and great speed. Topps always reserved card #500 for the best power hitter and this man smacked 49 homers in 1987 to earn the spot. Over 400 homers, over 300 stolen bases, over 500 doubles, over 1500 RBI...need I go on?
There's a lot to like about this card. Aside from being one of the best managers of the 1980s, Lasorda was an icon around this time, in particular due to his spokespersonship for Slimfast. The fact that he wasn't afraid to look heavy both physically and philosophically on this card is amusing and lovable. To top it off, it's just a great spring training photo. This card captures a whole lot of what baseball was about in 1988.