The writing bug is back (somewhat). While flipping through some Blue Jays binders looking for a little inspiration, I came across a couple of early 80's cards that featured Bob Davis...
1981 Topps #221
1981 Fleer # 428
The one thing that struck me right away about both photos is the fact that Bob has a healthy (or unhealthy as the case may be) wad of chewing tobacco prominently featured in his right cheek. Fast forward 35 years, and I don't even recall seeing cards of players with a mouth full of seeds or bubble gum.
I took a quick look through a few more pages of Jays cards from that area, and I found one more card that I could positively identify as having a wad of chew in the cheek.
1978 Topps # 196
Another Bob, this time Bob Bailor is featured with a nice wad in his left cheek. Not sure if this was just a Bob thing on the Blue Jays back in the early days...
I'm sure that there are plenty of other cards from back in the day that featured players with a big hunk of chew tucked delicately into their cheek, and I'm sure that you have probably seen other bloggers write about this topic (leave a link to the post in the comments if you so desire, I'd love to see what other people's take on this was).
At least in a couple of photos there was some semblance of a smile on their faces.
Someone should teach Mr. Strasburg that skill.
Thanks for reading, Robert