Friday, June 24, 2011
Unpossible Autograph Friday- Greg Biagini
Last week, I posted asking everyone to help me decide whether or not to include managers and coaches in my Orioles autograph collection. Your responses echoed my own thoughts, so I am now officially collecting autographs of the Orioles managers and coaches.
To commemorate the official start of my new collection, I'm featuring former Orioles hitting coach, Greg Biagini (be-ah-genie) for a few reasons. One, this signed O's postcard has been in Kalina's autograph collection for many years, and she was kind enough to give it to me to kickstart my new collection. Two, we happened to see Greg's son, Tanner, play for the Hudson Valley Renegades, the Rays' short season A affiliate, against the Aberdeen Ironbirds this past Sunday.
Greg was the Orioles hitting coach from 1992-94 while Johnny Oates was managing the Birds. Before and after his stint with the O's, he was a successful minor league manager and led two different AAA teams to a league championship.
He sadly passed away due to kidney cancer in 2003 at the way too young age of 51. RIP Greg and Good Luck with your baseball career Tanner.
Regarding my new coaches and managers collection, you can see who I need on the new tab on the left of my main page, conveniently titled, Orioles Managers & Coaches Need List. If you don't want to do that, here's the list of players I need. Please let me know if you have any of these guys, as I would like to add them to my collection!
Cal Ripken Sr.