Tuesday, December 16, 2014

NICKNAMES OF THE '70'S #16: "LE GRAND ORANGE" RUSTY STAUB: AND REST IN PEACE SY BERGER!

Before we go and take a look at my Rusty Staub "Nickname" card, I wanted to pay my respects to Sy Berger, the "Father of the Modern Baseball Card", who passed away at the age of 91.
 
 
If you don't know much about him, do yourself a favor and at the very least read whatever you can online about the guy who helped design the 1952 Topps set, and pretty much formed the "basics" of what sports cards became.
I got to meet Sy a few times over the years and he was a riot anytime we chatted. Such a nice guy and he will be terribly missed.
Rest in Peace Sy!

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Here's one of my favorite nicknames from 1970's baseball: "Le Grand Orange", for former (underrated) all-star Rusty Staub.
Check out my card design:


Now, I know the knee-jerk reaction would be to design a card for Staub as a New York Mets player, but the nickname WAS given to him while he starred for Montreal between 1969 and 1971, so I thought it would be cool to have him as an Expos player.
Besides, I'll always try finding an excuse to design 1971 cards! Love that set…
Staub came up as a 19-year old for the (Then) Houston Colt .45's in 1963, and stuck around the Majors as an active player up until 1985 with the Mets as a pinch-hitter extraordinaire.
In between, the man put together a fantastic 23-year career playing for the Astros, Expos, Mets, Tigers and Rangers, getting named to six all-star teams and garnering some M.V.P. support for every team he played a full season for.
By the time he retired, Staub had over 2700 hits, 499 doubles, 292 home runs, and 1466 runs batted in.
On top of that, he was well-liked wherever he went, and for good reason.
Daniel Joseph "Rusty" Staub, "Le Grand Orange"!
A fan favorite to this day…

3 comments:

  1. Nice card. Love the Expos colors as I've said before. Always liked Rusty too. You're right, my memory of him is either with the Mets or Tigers but you did the right thing since Montreal is where he got the nickname.

    I had a buddy in grade school that loved RS and you gave me a little flashback when I saw the card. Thanks G. Good job as always.

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  2. And RIP Mr. Berger. I've been going thru some of my old cards and I have one 1952 Topps which is a nice looking set. As I kid in the 70's I really didn't like the cards that were from before the mid-60's. The times were changing to colorful unis and longer hair. But looking back now, I really like a lot of those 50's and 60's sets. Well done Mr. Berger, you've brought enjoyment to many.

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  3. I agree that Rusty should be an Expo on his nickname card. I think all Mets fans would agree. Excellent card.

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