Monday, September 30, 2013

RANDOM QUICKIE: 1974 RON CEY

Ron Cey wasn't the tallest player in the big leagues, but at 5' 10", he certainly wasn't short either.
That's why I've always loved this 1974 (#315) card of the "Penguin" that made him look like five feet tall.
I'm sure his stocky build helps, but there seems to be something about the angle of the shot that really contributes to why he looks so small.
I mean, look at home plate! It looks oddly big in relation to Cey.
Hilariously "wrong" looking photo, but a really card overall actually.

Awww, look at the little kid on a Major League field.
Ron Cey is always one of those players that gets lost when talking about star players from the 1970's.
Until Mike Schmidt really hit his stride, Cey was arguably the best third baseman in the National League.
It's easy to forget that Cey was on three all-star cards as the N.L. starting third baseman: 1975, 1976 and 1978, getting beat out by Pete Rose in 1977 and 1979.
But when you look at his career, you see that between 1974 and 1977 he received M.V.P. votes each year while also appearing in every all-star game through 1979.
By the time he retired in 1987 after 17 years in the Majors, Cey pounded out over 300+ home runs with 1100+ runs batted in, and will always be linked the that awesome starting infield for the Los Angeles Dodgers that included Steve Garvey, Davey Lopes and Bill Russell.

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