Fun Cards: 1938 Goudey Chris Sabo and Todd Frazier (original artwork)

Chris Sabo 1938 Goudey

Todd Frazier might be my favorite active third baseman, but he has quite a bit of catching up to do if he wants to replace Chris Sabo at the top of my favorites list. In 1988, when I was in sixth grade, I interviewed Sabo (via telephone) for a school homework assignment. Mrs. Gracey wanted us to write about someone we admired, and most of the other kids chose their dads or grandpas. And it’s not that I don’t love my dad, I do! He instilled in me a love for baseball that, though it has waned from time to time, I still cherish. But I wanted to be different from the other kids, so I called the Reds’ general offices after school and asked to speak to the rookie third baseman.

The operator was very kind, took my name and number and the reason for my call. I hung up the phone and headed out back to shoot some hoops. Not much later, my mom started rapping on the kitchen window, motioning for me to come inside for a telephone call. I came in, and Chris Sabo was on the other end.

I asked him about his favorite team growing up (the Tigers), his favorite player (Al Kaline), and what kind of car he drove (Ford Escort). He was extremely polite, very humble, and even left two tickets for a game a couple of weeks out for my dad and I. We got to sit in the “blue seats” (the good seats back then) with other players’ wives and girlfriends. That was pretty cool.

So, Mr. Frazier, though I will vote for you every year for the All-Star Game, and I will call you my favorite current third baseman, unless you come over for dinner and drop a couple of All-Star tickets off, Mr. Sabo will remain at the top of my list.

Todd Frazier

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About JT

Preacher. Author. 911 dispatcher. Baseball fan. Horror nut. Music nerd. Bookworm. Time Magazine's 2006 Person of the Year.

Posted on June 5, 2015, in baseball, baseball cards and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. That’s a great story! I laughed when I read about his car being a Ford Escort, figuring he must’ve been a 27th round draft pick, but then I looked him up and he was drafted in the 2nd round. I don’t know why, but I like to hear stories about prospects driving Escorts rather than going out and buying a Range Rover for each day of the week.

    I love the sketch cards! I’d like to do something like that, and about a year ago I bought some standard-sized blank sketch card stock at an arts & crafts store, but I’ve yet to do anything with them. My problem is that I can draw well enough to draw a picture that looks like *someone*, but I can’t quite get it to look like the person I intend it to look like. Maybe I’ll give it a try sometime soon…

    • These are just drawn on regular index cards, cut down to the 2 7/8 x 2 3/8 size of the 1938 Goudey cards. I can’t bring myself to buy actual art supplies. That would mean I was getting serious about it, and I can’t let myself do that.

  2. That story is amazin’. You think a player would do that these days? For some reason I doubt it. I love these cards. You do capture the essence of the player. I didn’t even have to look to see that was Sabo.

    • Thanks. I’m surprised he did it back then. With Twitter and everything nowadays, it might be easier to set up an interview in that way. I know Brandon Phillips has made it a habit to show up at Little League games that he was invited to via Twitter on occasion.

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