Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Van Lingle Mungo in cards?

Back in the late 1960s, songwriter David Frishberg turned a former Dodger pitcher into his most successful single, spinning the chorus "Van Lingle Mungo" over verses built from baseball contemporaries like Johnny Mize, Augie Bergamo, and Stan Hack. (Full player list at Baseball Almanac.)

1934 Diamond Star #19, Van Lingle Mungo

Here's the song with superimposed player pictures.

Some guys mentioned served as "fill-ins" during WWII--including the aforementioned Bergamo--but even Augie picked up two TCMA retrospective cards in 1975 and 1983. Anyone seen a video or blog cover the song (i.e., its players) in actual cards?

For the record, these #5s profilees also appear in Frishberg's tune.

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