Tuesday, December 27, 2016

#611 - Ozzie Virgil

What a card: Ozzie Virgil was coming off his first season as a starter. After four seasons in the majors, Virgil played in 141 games in 1984 with 456 at-bats as the Phillies' main catcher.

My observation on the front: I really like the Phillies' bubble-letter logos from the '70s and '80s.

More opinion from me: Dirty uniform sighting. I wonder if he got that on the bases or diving for a foul ball.

Something you might know: Virgil is part of a baseball family with a third-base-playing father with the same name. Virgil hit 27 home runs for the Braves in 1987.

Something you might not know: Virgil and his father built radio-controlled model airplanes when Virgil was playing and his dad was a coach in the majors. They'd fly them during spring training, and Virgil Jr. once lost a plane in the Gulf of Mexico.

My observation on the back: You don't hear that much about the league leaders in singles, particularly now. The 2016 leaders in singles were Dustin Pedroia (149) for the AL and D.J. LeMahieu (141) for the NL.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

One of my sister's work friends dated Virgil back in the late 1980s. She would take some of my cards from time to time for him to sign, including this one. I thought it was pretty cool knowing someone who knew someone who dated him.