Tuesday, May 31, 2016

1970 FANTASY COACH CARD- JOE DIMAGGIO

Of course if I was creating a 1970’s “coach-card” set, you know eventually I’d come around to “Joltin Joe” DiMaggio and his time spent as a coach for the Oakland A’s at the end of the 1960’s, allowing me to create this 1970 card for him:


Almost 20 years after his retirement as a player, DiMaggio found himself a couple of years short of the highest level of pension from the Major Leagues, and owner of the Oakland A's franchise, Charlie Finley, was happy to oblige the “Yankee Clipper” with a title of Vice President while he suited up in the Oakland green
for the 1968 and 1969 seasons, which was near his hometown.
Convenient all-around, no?
Needless to say, the stunt got DiMaggio what he wanted, and Finley was able to leverage the legend of DiMaggio with the fans of the organization’s new home out west, where they moved from Kansas City after the 1967 season.

2 comments:

  1. Who's the Yankee coach/manager chatting with him? For a brief second it looked like Don Zimmer but I know it's not him.

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  2. I think it is Ralph Houk.

    Weird seeing him in anything other than Yankees pinstripes. Same for the Ted Williams (with the Senators) card from that same year (1970).

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