Today's entry for the collection of 1967 Topps Autographed cards is that of Los Angeles Dodgers Pitcher Bruce Brubaker. Card number 274 in the 1967 Topps Baseball card set of 609.
This card was obtained through the mail, I mailed the card to Bruce Brubaker on May 23, 2009 to his Ford Dealership he owns in Owensboro, Kentucky. I had called the dealership to verify that he accepts autograph requests. Six days later, Mr. Brubaker returned the card with a nice blue sharpie signature and his uniform number, 46.
His career only lasted 2 games in the major leagues, 1 game for the Dodgers in 1967 and 1 game in 1970 for the brewers. He pitched a total of 3.1 innings in the two appearances, giving up 2 home runs. He definitely fits the description of a player who made it to the major leagues for a cup of coffee. However, his minor league career lasted 14 years, where he won 117 games and struck out 1014 batters.
After his playing days were over, Bruce Brubaker purchased the local Ford, Lincoln Mercury dealership in Owensboro, Kentucky and also writes a column in the local paper every Sunday.
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