Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Not THAT Chuck Taylor

The name "Chuck Taylor" may remind people of a pair of Converse basketball shoes. However, this guy wasn't the person they named the shoes after. As you can see, he looks really dejected about it:

Card #176 -- Chuck Taylor, Milwaukee Brewers

The airbrushing was necessary, as Chuck Taylor was quite traveled in 1972. He had been traded to the Mets before the season and spent most of the year at their AAA affiliate in Tidewater. He was eventually traded to Milwaukee late in the season, where he pitched 5 games. However, by the time this card began showing up in packs, Taylor had changed teams once Montreal.

1973 was a slow year, as Taylor only saw action in eight major league games. However, 1974 was the best season he became a dependable relief specialist for the Expos. He didn't keep up the same level in 1975 and finished his career the next season.


  1. I know everybody calls them "Chucks", but back in the 1960s and 1970s, we referred to them as "Converse All-Stars".

    It didn't matter though, because my parents would only buy us Keds or PF Flyers, while all the "cool kids" had Converse sneakers (black, of course, and only hightops - any other model was a waste of good "Converse status").

    It wasn't until I started buying my own sneakers in senior high that I got Converse.

  2. What I really like about this one is the really lame airbrush work on the M. You can find this one and some equally awful airbrush jobs on this post: