Saturday, March 13, 2010

1967 Topps Clay Carroll Atlanta Braves

Today's entry in my collection of 1967 Topps Autographed Baseball cards is Atlanta Braves relief pitcher, Clay Carroll. Card number 219 in the 1967 Topps Baseball set of 609 cards.

This autograph was obtained with a through the mail request to Clay Carroll's home in Florida on July 6, 2009. The card was returned 49 days later from a Chattanooga, Tennessee postmark with a beautiful blue sharpie signatures. It is was one of the prettiest autographs I have received. It is nice to have a player take their time and give a nice autograph. Thank you Mr. Carroll.

Clay "the Hawk" Carroll's career started in 1964 with the Milwaukee & Atlanta Braves and ended in 1978 with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He also pitched for the Chicago White Sox, the St. Louis Cardinals, and was best known as a reliever for 8 seasons for the Cincinnati Reds. As a member of the 1975 World Series Champion Reds, Clay was the winning pitcher in Game 7 of the series against the Boston Red Sox. Clay's career statistics include 96 wins, 143 saves, a 2.94 earned run average and 681 strikeouts in 731 games. He set the National League record for saves in a season with 37 in 1972 for the Cincinnati Reds and held that record until 1984 when Hall of Famer Bruce Sutter saved 45 games for the Cardinals. Clay Carroll was selected to the 1971 and 1972 National League All-Star teams and is a member of the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame. 

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