Monday, November 1, 2010

1988 Pacific Legends Bobby Shantz


Who is this? Former New York Yankees pitcher Bobby Shantz

What is this? An autographed card from the 1988 Pacific Legends set

Where'd I get it? I bought it at a baseball card show last month

How much did it cost? $3

Why is this so special? Bobby Shantz was born in Pottstown, Pa. – the same town where my father grew up.

Shantz spent 16 seasons in the major leagues, from 1949-1964. His lifetime record is 119-99, with a 3.38 ERA.

In 1952, he went 24-7 with a 2.48 ERA. In 33 starts, Shantz pitched a remarkable 27 complete games. He won the AL Sporting News Pitcher of the Year Award and the American League MVP. Amazingly, another pitcher – Allie Reynolds – was the runner-up. Mickey Mantle was the only position player to win a first place vote.

Shantz also won 8 Gold Gloves and was a three-time All-Star.

Shantz seems to enjoy signing autographs through the mail – he generally responds to requests sent to his Ambler, Pa. home in about a week. Unlike many modern ballplayers, you can even read his signature. Smile

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