Thursday, February 4, 2010

Unpossible Autograph-Cal Abrams

Cal "Abie" Abrams 1954-55 (died 1997)

Even though Cal was on the '54 Orioles, he wasn't an original member of that inaugural squad as he was traded to the O's from the Pirates in late May. That would prove to be the best season of his career and he finished in the top 10 of the American League in triples, on-base percentage and adjusted OPS+. For his efforts, he received an MVP vote, the only one he received over his 8 season MLB career.

Cal played in just under two full seasons for the Orioles towards the end of his time in the Bigs. He also played for the Brooklyn Dodgers, Cincinnati Redlegs, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Chicago White Sox. He served in WWII before he played in the Majors, and that probably shortened his time there.

He wore the number 18 over most his career to celebrate his Jewish heritage; 18 is a spiritual number of the Hebrew word for life. He was inducted into the B'nai B'rith Jewish American Sports Hall of Fame in 1996, one year before his death.

Cal died from a heart attack on February 25, 1997 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and was buried in his Brooklyn Dodgers uniform. That really shows his lifelong dedication to baseball.

I bought this card in a lot on eBay and was happy to be able to add Cal to my collection.

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