Al Downing. It is Andy Kosco, outfielder for the Minnesota Twins. Card number 366 in the set of 609 for the 1967 Topps Baseball cards.
The autograph was acquired by sending Andy Kosco a through the mail, TTM, request to his home in Ohio on January 6, 2009. Andy quickly returned the card signed with a blue sharpie 9 days later. Thank you, Mr. Kosco. If you are interested in sending your own requests to players, there is a great website, sportscollectors.net that can help with addresses.
Andy Kosco's career lasted from 1965 to 1974 and he played for seven different teams. Originally drafted by the Detroit Tigers, Andy was able to make it to the major leagues as a member of the Minnesota Twins. He also played for the New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers, California Angels, Boston Red Sox and finally ending his career with the Cincinnati Reds. He was used as a back up outfielder during most of his career. Andy Kosco was the back up for Hall of Famers Harmon Killebrew while with the Twins and Mickey Mantle during his playing days with the Yankees. Andy's career statistics include a batting average of .236, 73 home runs, and drove in 267 runs in 658 games.
In 1973, Andy Kosco got his only shot at post-season play and went 3-for-10 for the Cincinnati Reds in the National League Championship Series. This was "The Big Red Machine" of Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan, Tony Perez, Dave Concepcion and Pete Rose that lost the NLCS to the New York Mets in five games.
In Game Two, the Mets' Jon Matlack held this feared lineup to two hits -- both singles by Kosco.
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