Wednesday, April 29, 2015
no. 405 - leo cardenas
Who is the man: Leo Cardenas was entering his third and final season with the Twins in 1971, after playing in 160 games for Minnesota in 1970.
Can ya dig it: That's a very off-center card. I should probably look around for something with a right-hand border.
Right on: This wouldn't be the only time that Cardenas performed the "the fish was this big" pose. He does it on his final card, too.
You see that cat Cardenas is a bad mother: Cardenas was a gold glove shortstop with the Reds in the 1960s and made the All-Star team four times with Cincinnati.
Shut your mouth: This is just the second time that Topps refers to Cardenas by his given name of Leo on his card. For his first 10 cards, Topps called him "Chico" Cardenas.
No one understands him but his woman: Cardenas served three months in jail in 1998 for assault after he broke a co-worker's arm with a bat. Cardenas became irate after spotting his wife sitting in a car having lunch with the co-worker. Cardenas claimed self-defense in the case.
(A word about the back): Cardenas appeared in 160 games in 1969 as well, and led the league by playing in 163 games in 1964.