Smiles are rare on older baseball cards because they were mostly taken of men who were trying to look cool while standing in silly poses. Rogelio knew better! Here's possibly the best smile in the whole 1976 Topps set (this one is obviously for my favorite collectors at Dinged Corners):
Ken Griffey was 25 when this picture was taken. I wonder what he had to smile about:
1. He knew he would win a World Series that year.
2. He knew he would win a second World Series the next year.
3. He was a part of the "The Big Red Machine".
4. He could get from home to first base in 3.5 seconds. (Info found on the back of the card. If only this blog had a name that would make me show you the back of this card.)
5. He had a 6-year old kid who would become one of the greats of the game.
He had a lot of reasons to smile so he did. The Griffeys got the chance to play with each other in Seattle in 1990. They hit back-to-back home runs on Sept 14 of that year. It's too bad Cecil and Prince can't even share a nice tofu salad together.
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