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Badass Beards – Roy Howell

27 Feb
1981 Topps - Roy Howell

1981 Topps – Roy Howell

Did you know that Roy Howell was an American League All-Star in 1978?  I’ll bet you didn’t – but now you do.

Did you also know that Roy Howell, while rocking the shit out of the no-flap helmet, had an absolutely spectacular beard for a guy with almost no visible eyebrows?  Now you do.

Roy was one of the best players on some absolutely brutal baseball teams in Toronto, and set the stage in the city for another guy who had some success with the no-flap helmet, even though that guy wore it in the field.  Still, good job, Roy.

On This Date: The Buck Martinez Legend Begins

10 May

1981 Topps – Buck Martinez

May 10: On this date in 1981, Buck Martinez was traded by the Milwaukee Brewers to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for Gil Kubski.  This is what Buck Martinez looked like on his 1981 Topps baseball card.  I’d like to call for an immediate return of his mustache.

Martinez would play for the Jays from 1981-86, batting a cumulative .222 in 454 games.  Gil Kubski never played in the Majors after this trade.  Also, this trade started Buck’s long-standing connection to the Toronto Blue Jays.  He has played, managed and broadcasted, he even wrote books, all to varying degrees of success.  However, all of it led to this website, leading me to say, advantage to the Blue Jays on this one.  Another win for Pat Gillick.

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