Monday, February 29, 2016

Leaping Right off the Cardboard

Happy Leap Day!

What are you doing with your extra day this year?  I'll tell you what I'm doing, preparing a blog post that contains nothing but pictures of baseball players leaping on baseball cards.  Really productive, right?

World hunger and peace on earth are covered by other people.

Anyway, Leap Day and baseball go together like peanut butter and jelly; after all, leaping can be found in all aspects of our nation's pastime:

For instance, if you're superstitious ol' Turk Wendell, you leap over the baseline as you make your way to the mound.  Don't ask how it helps anything, just go back to brushing your teeth between each inning.

Or, more conventionally...

Like a middle infielder having to leap over an opponent as they barrel into second base (be careful that you slide legally now, though).  Or...

Leaping to snare a line drive, robbing a sure base hit from an unwitting batsman.  Of course, one could also be leaping to...

...look good on your baseball card.  C'mon, posing like you're about to throw a ball is soooooo boring.  Just make sure you don't look like you're getting hit in the sunflower seed pouch next time, alright Mr. Gustine?

One could also be leaping in celebration of an unexpected and thrilling walk-off win...

...or leaping up to make a spectacular catch up against the wall.

But, my favorite leap in Cubs history was unfortunately never captured on a baseball card.  It comes courtesy of little Tony Campana, the fastest Cub north of Havana:

OK, we sure didn't have much to cheer for in those days; but, that was pretty freakin' cool, no matter what.

I hope you enjoyed this look back at baseball cards that feature current/future/former Chicago Cubs leaping right off of the cardboard.  Can you tell the blogging inspiration is lacking today?

Go do something fun with your bonus day!


  1. I thought about doing something similar with the NBA, but didn't want to put in all the effort to hunt down the images (LOL)

  2. Great Turk Wendell card. I guess Ryan Dempster was all business on the field but I wish there was a card that showed more of his personality. Liked the Campana video, "Little Tony, enormous glove."

  3. Damn... Turk has some mad hops. And Campana... sure loves impersonating Superman. Might need to track down an autograph of the guy just out of respect for someone who give 110% on the diamond.

  4. How could you forget about the all-time great hop? Pee Wee Reese.

  5. We need more players like Turk Wendell.

  6. Yeah, Turk was one of the most fun guys to watch. Great post idea! Love it!