Monday, January 25, 2010

1967 Topps Phil "Vulture"Regan Los Angeles Dodgers

Today's addition to my 1967 Topps Autograph Baseball card set is Phil "the Vulture" Regan of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Card number 130 in the set of 609.

This autographed was obtained on August 8th, 2009 after sending him the card care of the St. Lucie Mets, where Mr. Regan was the pitching coach. He returned the card signed beautifully with a black sharpie.

This was my second attempt through the mail to get Phil Regan's autograph. On the first attempt I mailed the card to his home address in Michigan on March 18, 2009. After the season ended and 182 days after sending the card, Phil Regan send me the card back also signed with a black sharpie. I thought it was lost forever.

Phil Regan's career lasted 13 years and played for the Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox. Mainly used as a reliever throughout his career, he posted 96 wins, 92 saves and a 3.84 career ERA. His best season was 1966 for the Dodgers when he had 14 wins versus 1 loss. He gained the nickname of "the Vulture" from his teammate and Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax
because he would come into a game late with the team losing or tied and the team would rally and win, resulting a Regan getting the Vulture win.

After his playing days were over, Phil Regan continued his involvement in baseball by being a coach, scout and eventually a Major League Manager for the Baltimore Orioles in 1995.

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