Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Al Brazle

Tonight I am posting a 1952 Topps Al Brazle Card. This is one of the first old cards I ever traded for. In 1976 a guy had put a ad in the local newspaper wanting to trade baseball cards.So I called about making a trade I told the man I had a lot of 1973 1974 1975 he said had not bought many cards in the 1970's but he had collected many cards when he was a kid in the 1960's and he would like to make a trade with some of my 1970's. so, when he came over to my house and i started looking through his older cards I realized that I did not know many of these guys. But, he had a couple of really old cards and I asked him what they were about? He said, they were 1952 Topps the first year Topps ever made cards. I traded a lot of my 1974's &75's to get about 20-30 old cards and I got 2 of the 1952 Topps. I remember thinking "man, I really have something now!"
Alpha Eugene Brazle (October 19, 1913 - October 24, 1973) was a Major League Baseball pitcher. The left-hander was signed by the Boston Red Sox as an amateur free agent in 1936, and later traded to the St. Louis Cardinals for pitcher Mike Ryba in September, 1940. He played his entire MLB career for the Cards (1943, 1946-1954). In 1954, at the age of 40, he was the oldest player to appear in a National League game that season.
A native of Loyal, Oklahoma, Brazle played 7 1/2 years in the minor leagues before he became a 29-year old Cardinal rookie. He completed 47 of 117 starts, with 7 shutouts, and twice led the National League in saves (1952 and 1953).
His career totals include a record of 97-64 (.602), 441 games, 60 saves, 178 games finished, 1376.2 innings pitched, 554 strikeouts, and a 3.31 ERA. He was a member of two pennant-winning clubs, losing in the 1943 World Series to the New York Yankees, and winning the 1946 World Series against the Boston Red Sox.
"Old Alfie was a terrific relief pitcher because he was a lefthander with good control and a great natural sinker that dipped better the more he worked and the more tired he became. He didn't have much of a curve, but somehow his knee action when he sidearmed lefthanded hitters seemd to drive some pretty good ones crazy." - Hall of Famer Stan Musial in The Man's Own Story (Stan Musial, 1964)

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