February 8, 2012

Weird Card Wednesday: 1966 Topps Mike Shannon

Welcome to the debut of Weird Card Wednesday!

Every Wednesday, I'll feature a card from my collection that has something unusual or weird about it. The inaugural card is Mike Shannon's 1966 Topps #293.

Mike Shannon was an outfielder, third baseman, and emergency catcher for the Cardinals from 1962 to 1970. Today's fans know him more for his unique play-by-play style of broadcasting Cardinals games on KMOX, for which he was nominated in 2011 for the Ford C. Frick Award for Broadcasters given by the Baseball Hall of Fame. (Former teammate Tim McCarver won the award.)

This has to be a very unflattering card for Shannon. Who wants to have their armpit hair immortalized on a bubble gum card for kids across the country?

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