George Hendrick – 1977 Topps
March 12, 2012
The Epitome Of Cool
George Hendrick was the coolest, baddest dude on the mid-70’s Indians.
No, he didn’t have a name like Charlie Spikes, or a nickname like “Sugar Bear” Blanks. No, he didn’t have Oscar Gamble’s afro.
But he was the man.
As you know, the mid-70’s Indians unis were, well, um….
I didn’t mind the font, especially on the hat, but the bright red (magenta? fuschia? whatever…) uniforms were just not good at all. The sight of Frank Robinson and Boog Powell cavorting in them were also sad reminders of how unfortunate sartorial choices can make the most distinguished men look like clowns, and the stoutest of men look like marshmallow men.
Hendrick, while he may have donned the uniforms, never had a card that featured him in one.
His ‘blood clot’ era cards featured him in a jacket, covering up the mess underneath.
But that’s not why he’s the coolest. I mean, Don Hood is in a jacket in his 1977 card.
It’s not the well-sculpted fu manchu either, though it’s pretty rad.
It’s the combo of everything, with the kicker of wearing a visor instead of a hat.
In this card, he’s wearing a visor as you can see. He’s saying, “I’m not going to pose unless I do it my way. With my jacket and my visor.”