Friday, September 20, 2013

AUTOS FROM THE ARCHIVES: AMOS OTIS


THE '70s WERE THE SANSABELT  ERA.




BAD BLURB: HE STOLE 3 ON APRIL 30 AND 4 ON MAY 1. 


THE CARD

  • The 1979 Topps set doesn't get a lot of respect, and there's a reason: It's the ugliest of the '70s. The design is pedestrian and was beset with off-center cards, chiefly because the borders are minuscule  With Archives, the border was widened and the centering nearly perfectly. However, the font is off, especially on the player's name. Also, the photo used here for Amos Otis doesn't match the era; it's from the early '70s. 

THE AUTOGRAPH

  • Fluid and flowing, it's artsy. The blue Sharpie was made for signing '70s and '80s Royals cards. I wonder if he signs his name as fast as he ran?

THE PLAYER

  • Otis was the first true star of the expansion Royals after being acquired in a steal of a trade from the Mets in December '69, coming over with Bob Johnson for Joe Foy. He played 14 years in Kansas City, making the AL All-Star team his first four from '70-'73.
  • Became a full-time center fielder with the Royals and quickly settled in as a ground-covering flyhawk, winning three Gold Gloves.
  • While he was known for his speed -- averaging 28 steals a season during his 17-year career -- A.O. had some pop. He hit a career-high 26 in '73 and averaged 16 a season.
  • On Sept. 7, 1971, against the Brewers, Otis became the first since the Tigers' Johnny Neun in '27 to steal five bases in one game. He stole second four times and third once. He finished the season with an AL-leading 52 and was caught only eight times.
  • Had a monster '80 World Series against the Phillies. He hit .478 with three homers, seven RBI and scored four runs. In the six-game series, he had 11 hits. He's your MVP if the Royals would've won.
  • Still ranks in the Royals' top five in several offensive categories, including games played (1,891), runs (1,074), RBI (992) and steals (340) despite last playing for them in '83.


ALWAYS LIKED THAT SLEEVE PATCH.




SOME BATTERS NOWADAYS NEED 51 MINUTES 
TO ADJUST THEIR BATTING GLOVES.

1 comment:

  1. Three great sets! Amos has a nice signature. It does have a "speedy" look to while remaining legible.

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