Friday, February 6, 2015

NICKNAMES OF THE '70'S #22: "SAY HEY KID" WILLIE MAYS

Though not necessarily a nickname from the 1970's, I just had to design a 1972 format "Nickname" card for all-time great Willie Mays, the "Say Hey Kid":


Fun card to work on!
I figured a cool '72 template with an image from the period before he went over to the Mets would be a nice addition to the series.
By 1972 Mays was wrapping up one of the greatest baseball careers anyone had the privilege to see. A career that saw him hit 660 home runs, but also top 300 stolen bases, 3000 hits, 2000 runs, 1900 runs batted in and a .302 batting average.
What DIDN'T he do?!
A Rookie of the Year in 1951, two Most Valuable Player Awards (1954 and 1965), TWENTY All-Star seasons and twelve Gold Gloves.
Just incredible.
When it was time for the Hall of Fame to come calling, he was about as easy a selection as there ever could be, getting 94.7% of the vote (I guess 5.3% of the voters were piss-drunk when they selected!).
The "Say Hey Kid", still going strong at 83 years of age…

6 comments:

  1. Looks like something from Sgt. Peppers. Nicely done.

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    1. Ha! Exactly what I was going for. LOVE that '72 set as a commentary on that era! Perfect design by Topps, like the 1971-72 basketball set.

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  2. Now you need a Blue Meanie card.

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  3. It's a testament to the incredible amount of talent on the diamonds in the 50s and 60s that he 'only' had two MVPs.

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    1. Incredible isn't it!? Main reason why a guy like Vada Pinson got no support for the Hall of Fame. Just TOO much historic talent!

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  4. My Man, The Say Hey Kid Played the Game at a Totally Different Level than the Rest. Great Looking Card Design. I Wish it was Real. So Cool. Thanks.

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