Thursday, February 25, 2010

1967 Topps Woody Woodward Atlanta Braves

The mailbox was kind to me today. The 462nd entry into my collection of the 1967 Topps Autographed Baseball cards was waiting for me as I opened the box. It was Woody Woodward, second baseman for the Atlanta Braves. Card number 546 in the 1967 Topps Baseball set of 609 cards.

This autographed card was obtained by using a through the mail request to Woody Woodward at his home in Florida on February 12, 2010. Mr. Woodward returned the card signed with a black ball point pen autograph 13 days later. Thank you Woody!

Woody Woodward's career in Major League Baseball lasted 9 seasons from 1963 to 1971. He primarily played for the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves then ended his career with the Cincinnati Reds. In his 880 games, Woody combiled a .236 career batting average, 517 base hits, included one home run in 1970, and 148 runs batted in. Woody has appeared in the 1970 World Series against the eventual champion, Baltimore Orioles. He had one hit in 5 at bats in the 4 games he played. Teammate Wayne Granger said "We've figured it out. It will take him 4,189 years to catch Babe Ruth."  after Woodward finally hit his first home run in his eighth season.

After Woody retired, he became the head baseball coach at Florida State University from 1975 to 1978. Woody Woodward also spent time as general manager of the New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies and Seattle Mariners. As general manager, Woody drafted some notable players such as Alex Rodriguez, Raul Ibanez, Barry Zito and Jason Varitek. He is currently a scout for the Mariners.

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