Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Welcome to The Year Of Dicks!

Months ago, it was decided that I'd do something special on this site for 2014. Initially, I was going to be less specific in my execution of it, allowing for Rods, Johnsons and the like, but as it got closer and closer to go time, it became clear to me that I really wanted to highlight just one terrific bunch of guys, ones very near and dear to my heart...the Dicks.

I present to you, my readers, the first card of The Year Of Dicks, the 1972 Topps Dick Woodson card! If you're unfamiliar with our man Dick, he was a pitcher for the Minnesota Twins, and briefly for the New York Yankees (he also played in the Rangers and Braves minor league organizations after he left the Yanks), who played in the bigs from 1969-1974 as both a reliever and, for '72 and '73, a starter. Not a bad pitcher, his stats are here. I chose him as the first Dick of The Year Of Dicks because he just looks so goddamn happy to be Dick Woodson here, and because I am perpetually 6 years old. Here's to ya, Dick Woodson, wherever you are!

How this is gonna work, moving forward: throughout 2014, I will be showing you cards of what I believe are the greatest Dicks in sports, most of which will be from my personal collection.

I'm not going to commit myself to daily postings. There isn't going to be some elaborate system to how I choose the Dicks featured here, beyond that they'll all be from one of the 4 major sports (with all due respect to Dick Trickle, he's a NASCAR guy, and that's just not my area). I may write at great length about some of these Dicks, and others, I may just post a card and let it stand on its own merits. Mostly, I just want to do the best job I can of showing you all some great Dicks this year, and I'll do my best to hold up my end of the bargain there.

As I was looking through the Dicks in preparation for this, I found a lot of really terrific Dicks who I don't have cards of. Some of these Dicks may not have cards at all. The research is definitely still a work in progress. If there's a really fantastic Dick that I think deserves your attention, it is entirely possible that I will create a custom card for them. No promises, but we'll see. The Year Of Dicks is still a largely blank canvas.

If you have any questions or general suggestions, you can either email me or post comments, but I do ask that you do not request specific Dicks in public comments, as so not to ruin the wonder of Dick discovery for your fellow readers.

I look forward to taking this journey with all of you!


  1. This should be an interesting series... lots of Dicks to choose from. Here's one of my favorites:

  2. I can see that you're not dicking around here.

    1. Nope, Owl, I am not.

      Fuji, no Dick spoilers! (Sadly, I don't think there is a qualifying individual named Dick Spoiler on my list.)

  3. You need a little clip of Jeff Spicoli at the beginning or end of every one of these posts.

  4. Stubby, I love Jeff Spicoli, and actually I love Mr. Hand even more (odd for someone who butted heads with his like in school more often than not), but we are here to celebrate Dicks, not to speak of them in tones Mr. Spicoli would use after his schedule was torn up!

    (I plan on using that YouTube clip to answer a few Facebook comments per week, though.)


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