Benny Ayala had one more card story to share:
"I have about 7 or 8 different cards . I know that in one of them that the picture was taken in Chicago that I like a lot ; Brooks Robinson told me that I was looking good. That was a perfect day to take the picture. He said 'looking good Benny today in case you have a bad game today.'
After that I always shave before the game, good hair cut, shine shoes, complete clean uniform, brand new hat. In case I have a bad game always looking good."
I can't figure out which card was taken in Chicago - none of those on the Beckett site look like they were taken there. Perhaps it is an oddball card like an Orioles postcard that he is referring to?
Even his card in the 1981 Donruss set, where most AL players were photographed at Comiskey, doesn't appear to have been taken there, due to the red seats in the background. He does look good, though.
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