Monday, February 22, 2010

1967 Topps Al Ferrara Los Angeles Dodgers

On Monday, February 22, 2010, the mailbox had a great prize waiting for me. It is an autographed 1967 Topps Baseball card of Al Ferrara, outfielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Card number 557 in the 1967 Topps Baseball set of 609 cards. It marks the 461st autograph in my collection.

The Al Ferrara autograph was obtained by sending him the card through the mail on February 12, 2010 and he quickly returned the card signed with a nice blue sharpie. Al also included a signed index card and a note about a game he played. On May 15, 1965, Dick Ellsworth was pitching a no-hitter until the eighth inning when he gave up a walk and an error, then Al Ferrara came up as a pinch hitter and he a 3-run home run. The Dodgers won the game 3-1 and Ferrara had the only hit for the Dodgers.

Al Ferrara played in the major leagues for 8 seasons from 1963 to 1971. He played for the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1963 to 1968 and then he was selected by the San Diego Padres in the 1969 expansion draft. Al played for the Padres until 1971, when he was traded to the Cincinnati Reds, where he ended his career that same year. Al Ferrara's career spanned 574 games during which he hit 51 home runs, drove in 198 runs and had a career .259 batting average.

Al "The Bull" Ferrara grew up in Brooklyn, New York and went to school with Joe Torre and Joe Pepitone. He participated in the 1966 World Series and was 1 for 1 in a pinch hitting appearance. Al Ferrara once played piano at Carnegie Hall and appeared on several television shows in the late 1960's. He appeared in 3 episodes of "Batman", an episode of "Gilligan's Island" and one on "Baretta."

To learn more about Al Ferrara's career, go to his biography at

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