September 28, 2006
Appreciation: 1978 Topps #233: Dick Pole
Sure it’s fun to make fun of guys with unfortunate names, but what makes this even better is that he’s on the Mariners. You could make a case that the only contributions the Mariners made to Major League Baseball before Mark Langston broke in were that they made the American League basement one team deeper and that they had some of the most consistently ugly uniforms. Even by ultra-hip retro fashions, the upside down trident looks like a misplaced afro pick. Just really bad stuff. Pole’s uni looks like it’s made out of polyester. Bad name, bad team, bad uniform: this card is worth framing, or laminating and making into a bookmark, or something that figures prominently into your everyday life so you’re reminded how good you’ve really got it.