Sunday, December 13, 2009

HoJo was Born with a 'stache

A lot of players make their MLB debut clean cut or with stubble thin enough they could shave with a credit card. Howard Johnson was not one of those players.

I don't think I've ever seen a card of Howard Johnson without some sort of facial hair. I'm beginning to think he was born with a 'stache.

This is a 1985 Fleer card of Howard Johnson in his Detroit Tigers uniform. I can't believe I didn't have this HoJo card until a few weeks ago!

I need to do a serious inventory of these Howard Johnson cards.


Voluntarheel said...

I can't believe that you are a HOJO collector. He was my favorite player growing up. I have a big collection of him as well.

I also bought a HOJO jersey a while back. it's the only jersey I own. I love the guy. VERY underated in his day due to the Canseco's of the world.

Nice to see someone writing about it.

Tim said...

I believe he only shaved it off once towards the end of his career...I think. He's my fav as well. Adam Lind is my replacement.

James said...

@Voluntarheel: Yes, I was (and still am) a big HoJo fan. You are right, it's amazing that guy in NY could get underrated, but I think that was the case for HoJo.

@Tim: Did he shave it off when he was in Col? I have to find a card with this. I have one card with Keith Hernandez without the 'stache, but none with HoJo.