Sunday, April 11, 2010

Final Card: Terry Fox

Here is the final card for Terry Fox (#181). Of the 27 players pictured on Phillies' cards in 1967 (not counting rookie cards), Fox is the only one who did not play for the Phillies that season.

I can remember that my first 1967 Terry Fox card was a beat pup, with 4 badly-rounded corners (and maybe some creases, but not as creased as my first 1967 Bill White card). Some years ago I upgraded to this card, and although you could put an eye out with these corners, the card is badly off-center vertically.

Terry began pitching in 1954 with the unaffiliated class-C New Iberia (La) Pelicans. After 2 seasons there, the Braves picked him up and he eventually made his major-league debut with the Braves on September 4, 1960. After the season, he was part of a 6-player trade with the Tigers.

Fox never started a major-league game. Except for brief (rehab?) stints in the minors in 1962 and 1964, Terry was a fixture in the Tigers' bullpen from opening day 1961 until he was sold to the Phillies on May 10, 1966. In between, he led the staff in saves in 1961-63 and 1965.

With the Phillies for most of 1966, Terry (along with Ray Herbert and Roger Craig) provided veteran bullpen support for rookie closer Darold Knowles.

His final major-league game was on September 25, 1966. Fox spent the 1967 season with Philadelphia's triple-A team in San Diego. He probably didn't feel out of place, because that team had a large collection of ex-major-leaguers, including Ed Roebuck, Dick Stigman, John Tsitouris, Dick Bertell, Jimmie Schaffer, Jim Gentile, Marty Keough, and Lou Clinton!

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