Wednesday, February 6, 2013

#143 - Father/Son: Ossie & Ozzie Virgil

What a card: This is the last card in the subset. I told you it was a large subset!

My observation on the front: My eyes went right to the player in the background on Ossie Virgil's 1961 card. Pitcher Bob Bruce wore No. 32 for the Tigers in 1960.

More opinion from me: Even though papa Virgil is referred to as "Ossie" on this card and sonny Virgil is referred to as "Ozzie," they are senior and junior. "Osvaldo" is the full first name for both of them.

In fact, Topps was crazy inconsistent with how they referred to papa Virgil during his player career. On his 1957, 1958, 1961 and 1965 cards, he's referred to as "Ossie." But on his 1959, 1962 and 1967 cards, he's referred to as "Ozzie."

Something you might know: Ossie Virgil broke the color barrier for the Detroit Tigers in 1958. They were one of the last teams to feature a black player.

Something you might not know: Ossie Virgil was the first player from the Dominican Republic to play in the major leagues. His first game was on Sept. 23, 1956 for the New York Giants.

My observation on the front: 324 games in 13 years? Had to go to the career stats for that. Ossie Virgil never played in more than 96 games in a season and he had no major league at-bats in 1959, 1963, 1964, 1967 and 1968.

The blog wants to speak now: The TV category is updated.


Jim from Downingtown said...

Senior is named Ozzie on his 1967 card.

night owl said...

Yes, I mentioned that above.