Thursday, December 20, 2012

no. 126 - danny coombs

Who is the man: Danny Coombs was in his first season with the Padres after playing the first seven years of his major league career with Houston. He'd play one more season for the Padres and that would be the end of his career.

Can ya dig it: Those brown sleeves don't say "big league" to me at all. They say, "I'm going out back to work on the tractor."

Right on: Coombs looks like a tough guy here, which is interesting as you will see later.

You see this cat Coombs is a bad mother: Coombs didn't even play baseball in college. He was a basketball player for Seton Hall. He was noticed by scouts while playing semipro baseball.

Shut your mouth: Coombs went to Brewer High School in Brewer, Maine. Last July, he was honored as the city's "bicentennial athlete" in recognition of its 200th anniversary. Coombs quipped: "Did they look back into the 1800s to see if there was anyone there?"

No one understands him but his woman: OK, look again at Coombs' photo up top. Now look at his card from 1968. Quite the difference, huh? If you look at all of Coombs' other cards, he looks very similar to his 1968 card. He is also called "Dan" instead of "Danny." This is the only card in which he is referred to as "Danny." Sounds like someone wanted to change is identity.

(A word about the back): I love it when Topps mentions that a player on a team that is only two years old has set a franchise mark. Not exactly knocking down Yankees records is he?

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