Thursday, June 23, 2011
A Major Addition
Willie Kirkland was one of three living former Orioles who I didn't have an autograph of; that is until an autograph website recently conducted a private signing with him and fixed my problem.
Willie's autographs occasionally turn up online but I was holding out for this signed Crown card since it's really his only Orioles card. His '64 Topps card is listed as an Orioles card, but blatantly shows him in an Indians cap, so I guess they didn't want to put in the "effort" to superimpose an O's logo as they did on other cards from this era. In the end, things worked out for me, and I don't have to worry about adding Willie's autograph anymore.
Kirkland played in the Majors from 1958-66 with the San Francisco Giants, Cleveland Indians, Orioles, and Washington Senators, spending a majority of his time with the Giants and Indians. Willie's time in Baltimore lasted all of 66 games during the first half of the 1964 season, which explains why he has so few Orioles cards. He was mainly a big power, low average type of hitter and hit 148 homers with a .240 batting average over his nine season career.
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