Monday, February 8, 2010

When they photograph you in the locker room it ain't good: Gordy Coleman

A lot of folks around are really into airbrushing, so I thought I'd trot out this 1960 Gordy Coleman.
I'm guessing the original photo is him with Cleveland in 1959, retouched a bit to make him look like he's in a Reds uni. But the closer you look, the more it falls apart in all its photoshopped disaster glory. For starters, there's no name on the front of the jersey in either pic. But then take a closer look at the grey jersey. The piping is perfectly straight but there are NO buttons running down the jersey. Moreover, it makes Gordy's right side WAY off in proportion to the left given that the front is perfectly straight. There'd need to be a good bit of extra fabric around to make that happen.

Despite being the only BB player ever photographed for a bb card while in a locker room, Coleman actually had a solid 9 year career for the Reds during which he posted a lifetime 107 OPS+, his best year perhaps being 1965. Redlegs fans think enough of Gordy that he's in the Reds HOF, which is a pretty great honor for a guy whose career started out fairly inauspiciously. 

Have a good one everybody and goodnight Pumpsie Green, wherever you are!

1 comment:

  1. Wow, he had two seasons where he had more than 100 hits, 20 homers and 80 RBIs, and then he couldn't even get to a 100 hits after that. The Reds must have some pretty lenient Hall standards.