I've been sitting on today's card for a while, as it was actually ordered along with the Alex Delvecchio tallboy I posted back in February. Here's the other card I picked up alongside Alex in that order from Dave & Adam's Card World:
I've long been a fan of the 1934-36 Diamond Stars release. I love the smaller-sized vintage cards, and the paintings are well done. If you're not a condition snob you can find them at reasonable prices too, at least as far as cards from the 1930s go. I finished off the Red Sox team set a couple of years ago now, and this "Pie" Traynor is the only other card I've acquired from the set in the time since. Scooped it up for $30 even, which seems like a bargain to me for an 80+ year old card of a bonafide HOFer!
Traynor was with the Pirates for the duration of his MLB career, from 1920 through 1937. During those days he was almost unanimously regarded as the greatest third baseman of all-time. I hadn't realized until picking up this card that he was actually born and raised right in Massachusetts, making this one even cooler and more significant in my book.
"Pie", whose real name is Harold Joseph Traynor, suffered an arm injury that diminished his playing time after 1934, so he was actually serving as player/manager for the team by the time this card was issued. He played in his final MLB game in 1937, and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1948!
Batting - The batter's box measures 4 feet by 3, allowing room for standing in different positions when batting. Study your needs and find the spot which best suits your style. Long armed boys should stand back farther than those with short arms, because of the difference in reach. In recent years, since free swinging from the end of the handle has become usual, major leaguers have tended to stand well in the rear of the box and back from the plate. Remember, the ball must cross some part of the plate to be a strike. Hence stand where you can stretch your bat at arms length and cover the plate. Study "Pie" Traynor, Pirate manager for correct batting style.
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