Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Cake or gum? 1976 Larry Hisle

Last time Hostess pitched an 8-0 shutout. Will Topps get on the board this time?

Both photos show Hisle wearing the Twins' powder blue uniforms, but the light and/or printing makes the uniform on the spring training photo on the Hostess card much bluer than the Topps card at Oakland.

Named after Larry Doby, the first black American Leaguer, outfielder Larry Hisle had an up-and-down career before finally putting it all together at age 30, hitting .302 with 28 HR and 119 RBI for the Twins in 1977. He signed with the Brewers after that season and had a great ’78, hitting .290 with 34 HR and 115 RBI. Unfortunately, injuries would limit him to just 79 more games over the next four seasons. Overall Hisle hit .273 with 166 HR and 674 RBI in a 14-year big league career. Hisle, considered one of the nicest men in baseball, is Manager of Youth Outreach for the Brewers and is involved in a number of charitable endeavors. With his son Larry Jr., himself a former minor leaguer, he owns HISLEWOOD, which manufactures the Syndigrip bat grip as well as providing youth hitting lessons.


  1. My vote is for gum. I played summer rec baseball in Milwaukee with Larry Hisle Jr. He went on to play college basketball at UW-Madison.

  2. I'll go Topps as well. Hisle is an underrated player. I didn't know he was named after Larry Doby! He was actually born a couple months before Doby debuted with Cleveland although obviously he was an established star in the Negro Leagues.

  3. Tough choice. I like Hisle's pose on his Hostess card... but the Topps photo was taken at the Oakland Coliseum. I'm gonna go with "gum".

  4. Cake, not only to avoid the clean sweep but I always thought his Topps card was a little boring.