Saturday, October 10, 2009

Final Card: Jim Piersall (#584)

What can be said about Jim Piersall's career and his off-field struggles that hasn't already been said? (I'll leave that for you to Google.)

He played 8 seasons with the Red Sox, 3 with the Indians, and then bounced around for 6 more years. Here is his 1967 card. Since it's a high number card, Topps has updated it with an announcement of Piersall's retirement. They were also thoughtful enough to tell us he moved into a job with the Angels' promotion department!

As they often do with long-time veterans, Topps has left Piersall's minor league stats off the card. He played in the minors from 1948 to 1952. (From his minor-league stat page, you can link over to his major-league stats, to find that his last game was on 5/1/67. He had 5 plate appearances in his last season.)

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