Saturday, November 19, 2016

MISSING IN ACTION- 1972 WOODY WOODWARD

Here’s a “missing” 1972 card for Woody Woodward, who closed out a nine-year playing career in 1971 before moving on to the front office as a General Manager:


Woodward, who came up with the Milwaukee Braves in 1963, played out his career in 1971 with the Cincinnati Reds, the only other team he suited up for in the Majors.
He batted .242 in his swan song season, with 66 hits over 273 at-bats in 136 games as an infielder.
For his career he ended up with a .236 batting average with 517 hits in 2187 at-bats over 880 games, but it was his post-playing career as a Major League General Manager where he really left his mark on the game.
He first became a GM with the New York Yankees for a year in 1987 before moving on to the Seattle Mariners, where he would build the team up to the eventual powerhouse that included Randy Johnson, Ken Griffey Jr and Edgar Martinez.
He would hold that position before retiring in 1999.
Not a bad baseball life!

1 comment:

  1. Apparently, he announced his retirement at the end of the 1971 season (at age 28??), which would account for Topps not giving him a 1972 card.

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