Monday, March 15, 2010

1967 Topps Elroy Face Pittsburgh Pirates

The entry for my 1967 Topps Autographed Baseball card collection today is a pitcher who still holds 3 major league records. It is Elroy "the Baron" Face, relief pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Card number 49 in the 1967 Topps Baseball card set of 609 cards.

This autograph was obtained with a through the mail request to Elroy Face's house in Pennsylvania on December 11, 2008. Mr. Face returned the card seven days later with a nice blue autograph. Thank you Elroy!

Elroy Face pitched 17 seasons in the major leagues from 1953 to 1969. His first 16 seasons were with the Pittsburgh Pirates and then he was traded to the Detroit Tigers and then onto the Montreal Expos, where he retired in 1969.  Elroy Face's career statistics include 104 wins, 193 saves, a 3.48 earned run average and 877 strikeouts in 848 games. Elroy was selected to the National League All-Star team each year from 1959 to 1961 and was a member of the 1960 World Series Championship team with the Pirates.

Elroy Face still holds major league records with 96 career wins by a relief pitcher, 17 victories to start a season(1959) and highest winning percentage for a season (.947) also in 1959. He held other records for relief pitchers that have been broken after his retirement as the role of the reliever has been stressed much more in today's baseball. Still, Elroy Face was a pioneer in baseball as one of the original closers along with Hall of Famer Hoyt Wilhelm.   

To learn more about Elroy Face, go to his biography at

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