Saturday, August 28, 2010
Frank Robinson, 2002 Topps 206 #291
Usually, when you see modern-day cards featuring Frank Robinson, they show him in the prime of his playing career. Classic black Orioles cap, lean body, orange stirrups cut and pulled high, bat whipping through the strike zone. There's a different scene going on here. It's 1988, and Frank is 52 years old. He's been pulled in during the season to pilot a rudderless ship. The club will lose his first 15 games, and 107 in total. You can understand why he looks so rankled, can't you?