Saturday, April 2, 2016

ANOTHER GREAT CARD: 1971 LEE MAY

Here’s another great in-action card from the 1971 Topps set, Lee May:


Nothing fancy. Just a nice in game shot of the big man at first base holding a man close to the bag.
It’s a wonder why Topps screwed up their “In-Action” sub-set the following year when they had so many good action cards in the 1971 set (Munson, McDaniel, etc).
Nevertheless, a classic shot on a classic set right here.
Sadly for May, he was about to find himself in Houston as part of the trade that brought Cincinnati their final piece of the “Big Red Machine” puzzle, Joe Morgan.
While the Reds would go on to arguably be the team of the decade with Morgan as their spark plug, May would play for the Astros and then the Orioles, missing out on all that Reds glory.

5 comments:

  1. One of My All Time Favorite Cards, The Reds in Their Gray Road Uniforms, Against the Phillies in Old Connie Mack Stadium, A True Classic. Love it.

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  2. Yep always felt for Big Lee and Tommy Helms. Must have been hard to watch from afar.

    I think the 1971 Chris Short card with Pete Rose on second was taken during the same game as May's card. The ALPO sign in the outfield is in background of both.

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  3. Looking at the Phillies runner - using Retrosheet, and the partial uniform number, the only two men it could have been was Ron Stone or Dick Selma. Stone had a distinct look, though, and I don't think I see it here, even in profile. Dick Selma - a relief pitcher? In a game played on August 25, he reached in the 10th inning on an error by the Reds' pitcher, Clay Carroll. I think it's probably Selma.

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  4. Not a lot of people in the stands for that titanic struggle in Philadelphia...

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  5. The runner is Ron Stone. Selma wore # 38. This has always been one of my favorite cards. The ALPO sign in the backround always brings back memories of old Connie Mack.

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