Tuesday, September 3, 2013

#209 - Bill Campbell

What a card: Bill Campbell completed his first and only season with the Phillies in 1984. By the time many collectors received this card, he was already pitching for the Cardinals. He was dealt to St. Louis in early April, 1985.

My observation on the front: They're not going to let you pitch in a game in that T-shirt, Bill.

More opinion from me: Campbell always looked like a scraggly mountain man to me, especially in his '70s days with the Twins and Red Sox.

Something you might know: One of the first big free agents, Campbell won 17 games all in relief for the 1976 Twins and was signed by the Red Sox in the offseason. He enjoyed one stellar year with Boston and then hurt his arm, decreasing his effectiveness for the rest of his career.

Something you might not know: When Campbell signed with the Red Sox, Boston raised ticket prices the same winter. During the season, a fan made a sign that said "Sell Campbell, bring back $1.50 bleachers" and displayed it during games. Campbell began to struggle so much that fans hassled him. The man who made the sign apologized to Campbell and offered to buy him lunch. Campbell said he'd go to lunch ... if he could have the sign. He got the sign.

My observation on the back: Campbell was a member of the 101st Airborne when he served in Vietnam.

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