Wednesday, February 14, 2018
#754 - Larry Milbourne
What a card: Larry Milbourne completed his second tour of duty with the Mariners in 1984, appearing in 79 games. He last played for the Mariners from 1977-80.
My observation on the front: It appears to be cold at the game. Also, I think I see a security guard or usher in the background. Or just a guy in a jacket.
More opinion from me: That 2B-SS-3B designation underlines his utility role, which lasted his whole career.
Something you might know: Milbourne proved to be a valuable asset for the 1981 Yankees, appearing in 14 games that postseason. He hit .316 against the Brewers in the ALDS and .462 against the A's in the ALCS.
Something you might not know: Milbourne played a small part in the biggest controversy of the decisive Game 6 of the 1981 World Series. With the score between the Yankees and Dodgers tied at 1-1 in the fourth inning and the Yankees' Graig Nettles on second base with two out, Milbourne came to the plate. The Dodgers walked Milbourne intentionally, bringing up pitcher Tommy John's spot in the order. But Yankees manager Bob Lemon replaced John with pinch-hitter Bobby Murcer, who flew out. The Yankees bullpen blew the game as the Dodgers scored eight more runs and won the World Series.
My observation on the back: Something about this write-up isn't correct. There is no "Milville High School." There is a "Millville High School" that is in New Jersey, but it is in Millville, N.J., which is in southern New Jersey and not anywhere near Port Jervis, which is in New York (Port Jervis is where you can stand in one spot and be in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania all at the same time. I enjoyed that quite a bit when we would go through there when I was a kid).
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