Tuesday, August 27, 2013

"ON SECOND THOUGHT-THE WILD LIFE AIN'T FOR ME": JACK HEIDEMANN

I remember seeing an item on another blog about the quick 360ยบ turnaround that former player Jack Heidemann made between his 1973 baseball card (#664) and his 1977 card (#553).
Between those two years he only had an additional 1975 card (#649), as Topps didn't include him in the 1974 and 1976 sets.
But looking at those three cards (73, 75, 77), you wonder what kind of wild times Heidemann had before he "cleaned up" by his 1977 issue.
Let's take a closer look:

Clean as a whistle...

...to a sure-fire Harley owner...

...back to the clean life.

Pretty funny don't you think?
Seems that St. Louis brought out the rebel in him before he went over to that other beer town, Milwaukee.
Heidemann was pretty much out of the big leagues when his 1977 card came out, appearing in only five games for the Brewers, going 0-1 at DH/2B.
But I noticed that there should have been a card issued for him as a New York Met in 1976, as he got into 61 games, good for 145 at-bats in 1975, so I'll be creating a "missing" card for sure. I already found a decent image of him in a N.Y. uniform that's perfect for a card. So keep an eye out for that one, all you Jack Heidemann fans out there!
In the meantime, enjoy a man's journey through the hairy side of life...

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