Saturday, June 26, 2010

Unpossible Autograph: Sam Bowens

Sam Bowens played for the Orioles in 5 of his 7 seasons in the Big Leagues from 1963-67. He only appeared in more than 100 games in 1964, when he played 139 games and had career highs in almost every offensive category that season. He actually hit 22 HR, 25 doubles and 71 RBI, which are all solid numbers, but was kept from regular playing time behind the likes of Boog Powell, Paul Blair, Curt Blefary, and Frank Robinson over the remainder of his time with the Birds. Throughout his career, Sam's OF defense was regarded as being very good.

I picked this card up on the bay, so Sam didn't wish me "Best Wishes" but rather someone else. This is one of a very few cards that I have that's signed in red. Potzie over at Eutaw Street Cardboard did a post on player's signing in red a while back, if you are interested I'm sure that you can find it on his blog. I generally don't prefer it but the red works on the blue sky on this card.

Sam passed away in his hometown of Wilmington, NC in 2003 at the age of 64. Rest in Peace Sam.

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