Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Musical Interlude #1 - Go on and Strut girl!

Yet another common post theme these days is matching songs to cards or players.  The latest "fad" is to put up music that you were into as a teenager.

As I am always up for giving my take (and generating more post material), I present the first in a line of songs that I enjoyed when I was a high schooler.  The first album I ever bought myself was by this gushingly adorable Scottish lass with the electric eyes and sweet yet sassy demeanor.  This is Sheena Easton's most popular track in the US.  Circa 1984. 
(Note: the majority of my musical selections have a much more "metallic" flavor.  Stay tuned.)


This song is all about going against the stereotype and being a strong woman.   Not just being eye candy.  (Though Sheena sure has that going too).  

While most of the time when you think about women on trading cards, the first thing that comes to mind is BenchwarmersNow, I could do a post on that too, I have my favorites and a few sets.  But maybe another time.  But in 1993 and '94, Ted Williams card company put out two sets that included some legit females who were members of the AAGPBL (All-American Girls Pro Baseball League) that ran from 1943 to 1954.  Here are a couple examples.


Seems ol' Pepper was a tough cookie - she knocked the guy out!  And the back of Sophie's card says they had to change the rules of the league because she was stealing too many bases.    She stole 201 bases in 203 tries and only 113 games!  Take THAT, Rickey Henderson!

The other group of strong women has been portrayed in the last couple years by Topps in their First Pitch Series.  Mixed in with other celebrities, several notable females are featured.

 Agnes McKee, still cranking at 105.  Only to be
outdone the next year by Evelyn Jones at 108.

 Gabby Giffords, the congresswoman who rebounded from an assassin's bullet.

 13-year-old Mo'Ne Davis fired a strike from back at the pitcher's rubber.

And Rebekah Gregory, who after losing a leg to the Boston Marathon bombing, finished the race the next year.

All these girls can bring it just like the boys, or better!  Strut proudly, gals!

1 comment:

Tony Burbs said...

I guess Pepper was not one to be messed with!

It's to see some strong women presented on baseball cards. I have to wonder, how long is it before one of them is being featured for breaking into the Majors?