Today's entry for my 1967 Topps Autograph Baseball card set is Jim Lonborg, pitcher for the Boston Red Sox. Card number 371 in the 1967 Topps Baseball card set of 609.
The autograph was obtained January 15th, 2009, 9 days after I mailed the card to his residence in Massachusetts. He returned the card with a nice blue signature and an extra inscription stating "CY Young '67." A real quick turnaround with the bonus inscription, thanks Mr. Lonborg.
Jim Lonborg's career lasted 15 years and he played for the Boston Red Sox, Milwaukee Brewers and ended with the Philadelphia Phillies. During his career, he won 157 games, had a career 3.86 earned run average and struck out 1475 batters. His best year was 1967; winning 22 games while striking out 246 batters for the American League Pennant winning Red Sox. He was voted the Cy Young Award winner that year, an award for the best pitcher of the season. During the 1967 World Series versus the Cardinals, Jim pitched a one-hit shutout in Game 2 after retiring the first 19 batters.
After his playing days were over, the Stanford University Grad attending Tufts University Dental School and practiced dentistry in Massachusetts.
As a side note, Sam Malone's character on the television show "Cheers" was based on Jim Lonborg. To learn more about Jim Lonborg's career, go to his biography at wikipedia.org.
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