Today's entry of the 1967 Topps Autographed baseball cards is about a pitcher who could almost be known more for his words than his playing days. It is Jim Bouton, pitcher for the New York Yankees. Card number 393 in the 1967 Topps Baseball set of 609 cards.
This autograph was obtained by sending Jim Bouton a request through the mail to his home in Massachusetts. The card was sent to Mr. Bouton on July 13, 2009 with a requested donation. Jim Bouton returned the card signed 12 days later with a nice blue sharpie autograph.
Jim Bouton played in 10 seasons from 1962 to 1978. He started his career with the Yankees from 1962 to 1968. Then he was part of the Seattle Pilots' expansion draft in 1969 and pitched parts of two seasons with the Houston Astros. He retired in 1970 and attempted a comeback with the Atlanta Braves in 1978. His career statistics include 62 wins versus 63 losses, a career 3.57 earned run average and 720 strikeouts. Jim Bouton's best seasons were 1963 and 1964 when he won a combined 39 games and struck out 273 batters. He was named to the 1963 American League All-Star team for his efforts. Jim also participated in two World Series winning 2 games versus 1 loss.
Jim Bouton has achieved fame for his books he has written about his playing days. His first book, "Ball Four", chronicled his time in the major leagues and portrayed a behind the scenes look at the players and teams. A controversial book at that time of publishing, but it is a comical look at the real happening of a baseball team and players.
To learn more about Jim Bouton and his career, go to his official website at www.jimbouton.com.
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