Saturday, June 26, 2010

Final Card: Ossie Chavarria

Ossie Chavarria (#344) was a utility infielder who played a season and a half with the Kansas City Athletics.

Ossie (from Panama) was signed by the Cubs before the 1959 season, but after only 1 season in their system, was traded to Kansas City. He spent 6 seasons with various Athletics' farm teams. Primarily a 2nd baseman, he also saw significant playing time at 3rd base and shortstop, as well as occasional games at 1st base and in the outfield.

Chavarria made his major-league debut on April 14, 1966, and spent the entire 1966 season with Kansas City. In 1967, he split his time evenly between Kansas City (38 games) and triple-A Vancouver (40 games). His final major-league game was in early August 1967.

Ossie spent the next four seasons in the minors, playing for the Athletics' AAA team in 1968-69, and for the Yankees' AAA team in 1970-71. After the 1969 season, the A's traded Ossie and 1st baseman Danny Cater to the Yankees for pitcher Al Downing and catcher Frank Fernandez.

Chavarria never played for the Yankees. After the 1971 season, he was traded to the Mexico City Tigers for 3rd baseman Celerino Sanchez.

1 comment:

Steve Scott said...

Greetings Jim,

I stumbled across your sites after recently launching my own 1974 Topps set blog. I started collecting in '71 at the age of seven, but my biggest year was '74, as I collected nearly the entire set from wax packs. In our teens, my kid brother started collecting the '68 set and later the '67 set. It's my opinion that the photography was at its tops (pun intended) in those two years.

I love the A's gold vest uni's in the late 60's.

If you want to stop by my '74 site, here's the link:

Steve Scott