Monday, June 4, 2012

1977 alvis woods

alvis woods looks pleased as punch to have a card of his very own, complete with his facsimile autograph, thanks to o-pee-chee.  here is his 1977 o-pee-chee card:
here's the topps front:
it's tough to soar like a blue jay when you are sharing space with three other guys.

now the o-pee-chee back:
walter johnson apparently hid home plate from the opposing base runners but must have flung it like a frisbee towards the catcher just before delivering each pitch.

and the topps back:
alvis woods was selected by the blue jays in the expansion draft from the minnesota twins.  he became the second pinch hitter in blue jays' history when he came to bat for steve bowling in the fifth inning of their inaugural game against the white sox.  moments later, woods became the first blue jay to hit a pinch-hit home run, as well as the first blue jay to hit a home run in his first major league at bat.  woods' second home run of the season (and his career) was also as a pinch hitter.  in fact, woods hit exactly four pinch hit home runs in his career - the first two and the last two.  quite a set of bookends.

voici à vous, 1977 alvis woods!

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