Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Not a 2012 Topps post a 1963 Topps Baseball Project post

Well it looks like the only thing we're going to be talking about for a while is 2012 Topps. And I guess rightfully so.  Football is almost over and for the most part not too much going on in Hockey or Basketball, neither of which I blog that much about anyways.  And I will have plenty to say in the next few days when I finally get my grubby hands on some sweet, sweet new baseball. Until then we'll continue with my ongoing 1963 Topps Baseball set series.  Enjoy a non 2012 post while you can.

First up is a few new guys I got in the mail a few days ago.
#44 Terry Fox

Terry started his big league career with the Braves, but only appeared in 5 games.  He was traded in a big deal with the Tigers the next year and that's were Terry would spend most of his short 7 years in the majors. Terry would be the Tigers main closer for two years and had a very good first two years with the Tigers.  1963 wasn't nearly as good, but he still managed 11 saves.1966 would be it for Terry as he posted a career high 6.30 ERA and was released and then signed with the Phillies were it didn't get much better and at the end of the 1966 season Terry was done.  Terry's still around at the ripe old age of 76.

You might not realize it by looking at him but Bill "Moose" Skowron has 5 World Series rings to his name.  Four with the Yankees and one with the Dodgers.  As a matter of fact his 1963 stint with the Dodgers is the only year he played in the National League and help the Dodgers win it all in 1963 against his old team.  Not only did the Dodgers win the World Series in 1963, but they swept the Yankees. Bill was bought by the Senator's in 1964 and traded to the White Sox later that year. He played a couple of years with the Sox and then was traded to the Angels in 1967, where he finished his career. This 8 time all-star is still around at 81 and lives in Schaumburg, Illinois.

Manny Jimenez was brought up from the Mexican Leagues by the Braves in 1957 and then traded to the KC Athletics in 1962.  As the story goes Manny was having a hell of rookie season when the Athletics owner, Charles O'Finley had a talk with Manny about hitting for homers instead of hitting for average.   Manny went into a two month slump and lost 30 points on his batting average.  After his rookie season he ended up splitting time in Triple-A and the majors the rest of his career. In 1967, Manny went to the Pirates and ended his career in 1969 with the Cubs.

1 comment:

  1. Manny's sporting a uniform variation that was only used for the 1962 season. 1963 would bring the now familiar gold and green.