Wednesday, December 25, 2013

AUTOS FROM THE ARCHIVES: BILL LEE


ONE OF THE BEST ARCHIVE AUTOGRAPHS.



EASY TO IMAGINE SPACEMAN WEARING A SOMBRERO ON MOUND.


THE CARD

  • "It's a beaut, Clark! It's a beaut!" This 1974-styled Topps Archives Bill Lee captures the Spaceman in mid-delivery, giving a fine look at a Christmas in July red stocking. Topps and its normally lazy elves actually did a nice job cobbling together this reprint.

THE AUTOGRAPH

  • As loopy as the signer could be at times, and one of the most artsy autographs you'll see. Spaceman's signature pretty much hasn't changed after all these years.

THE PLAYER

  • Lee was coming off his first season in the rotation entering '74 after winning 17 games and making his only All-Star team.
  • He won another 17 games in '74 despite giving up a major-league high 320 hits.
  • On Sept. 21, Lee's final victory of the season was a complete-game 6-5 10-inning marathon against the Orioles. Because of rain delays, the 3-hour and 6-minute game took 6 hours, 27 minutes. Wonder what he did in the clubhouse with all that free time?
  • Spaceman pitched 282.1 innings in '74 after 284.2 innings in '73. 


THE ORIGINAL IS PRETTY NICE, TOO.



RED STOCKINGS ON THE FRONT AND GREEN HOLLY ON THE BACK.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS

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