1955: Humanity’s Bad Face Year

Can someone explain to me what was going on in 1955? Was everyone contorted by fear of Communist infiltration? Were chemical mutagens being released experimentally into major league clubhouses? Did Topps photographers surprise players on their way out of the bathroom? And then run their portraits through Photo Booth for Mac?

Part of it, I think, was that flying saucers were everywhere.

Also, Duke Snider really would like to find a toilet.




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  1. ppabich says:

    Wait, Jamie Moyer pitched in 1955? Makes sense.

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    • Hayves says:

      Jaime Moyer aka Tony Jacobs

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      • reillocity says:

        The similarities with modern-era players struck me too. Windy McCall resembles a young John Olerud. Leo Kiely looks like Wandy Rodriguez. Thornton Kipper looks familiar, too – perhaps Ted Lilly?

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      • ppabich says:

        I actually thought that Thornton Kipper was Jamie Moyer, but I see Tony as well.

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  2. nu? billy baroooo says:

    the Duke was lookin’ for spies.

    also, Topps 1955 headshots were recycled 1954 card headshots… hence the beginning off the “Green” movement.

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  3. reillocity says:

    Aliens of the 1950s probably had nightmares in which Don Mossi and Leo Kiely visit their planet.

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  4. Guy says:

    Hey Duke! I have a toilet we can share!

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  5. MustBunique says:

    Great Moments in Unibrows: Wally Moon

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  6. Dr. Feelgood says:

    For those who are unsure, the image can be clicked and, as a result, embiggened.

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  7. deadhead says:

    Where do you click to get the ok to marry your cousin?

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  8. dp says:

    You managed to find the one reasonably normal-looking photo of Don Mossi in existence, which is no mean feat. Bravo.

    The one issue, however, is that Mickey Mantle existed and played baseball in 1955. Just look upon his face, and feel forlorn at innocence lost and hopeful at the prospect of a brighter future: http://www.amazon.com/Mickey-Mantle-Topps-Years-Yankees/dp/B00513FK6U I submit that it is impossible to have a year in which this baseball card was issued to the general public be a ‘bad face year’, for the sheer power of Mantle’s Good Faceā„¢ overwhelmed the surrounding horrors.

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  9. Anon says:

    It’s amazing Snider hit so well considering the unorthodox stance shown in the last image.

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  10. dp says:

    Also notable is that Tom Wright (third row, second card in montage) is listed as a player for the “Washington Nationals.” He looks aptly befuddled.

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  11. MVPrado says:

    Duke Snider’s legs don’t make any sense to me.

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