Wednesday, December 15, 2010

1996 Leaf Signature Extended Autographs Chip Hale

Who is this? Mets third base coach Chip Hale
What is this? An autographed card from the 1996 Leaf Signature Series set
Where'd I get it? Purchased from
How much did it cost? 99 cents

Why is this so special? Chip Hale is the Mets third base coach and was a finalist to become their manager after Jerry Manuel was let go at the end of the season.

Between 1989-1997, Hale played in the major leagues for 7 seasons with the Minnesota Twins and Los Angeles Dodgers. He was never a regular, but he served a useful utility role. He retired with a .277 career average, 7 home runs and 76 RBI.

Hale's autograph is fairly legible, but I'd read it as "Chip Dale" if I didn't know better.

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