Tuesday, March 30, 2010

518 - Bob Veale

About This Player
Bob Veale played 13 seasons in the Major Leagues.  Veale was best known for his days with the Pittsburgh Pirates with which he was selected twice as an All-Star and pitched once in the 1971 World Series.  Veale came to Boston in 1972 when the Red Sox purchased his contract.  Veale would finish the last three seasons of his career as a member of the Red Sox.

About This Card
There's always something about posed pitching shots, but I'm not sure what it is.  Of course, the posed pitching shot is very common in vintage Topps sets, as well as today's sets.  I guess it is that the pose itself is never natural.  If you were to look at film of a pitcher's delivery and look at each frame, you would not find one shot that looks similar to this photo.  When you have a photographer asking you to pose like you're pitching, this is what you come up with.

UPDATE: Even though Bob Veale played in 1973 and 1974, this card would be his final regular issue card.

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