Sunday, March 19, 2017

1961 Fleer Autograph Project - Part 5

After the big 1963 Fleer Mays pickup, I have been sleeping off the hobby hangover that came with it.  I have had one post in my drafts folder for an auction I won prior to the 1963fest:

I won this for a bit over $18 delivered.  Allie Reynolds is a native Oklahoman. He was born in Bethany, which is now an OKC suburb (not sure if it was back in 1917 when Reynolds was born.)  He died in OKC 77 years later. He had a 13 year career between 1942 and 1954, with the first five years in Cleveland and the final eight with the Yankees.  In those 8 years with the Bombers, he played on six winning World Series teams.

He retired after the 1954, in which we was still effective turning in a 13-4 record with a 3.32 ERA and a better than league average ERA+ of 105.  After his playing career, he was active in the oil and gas business in Oklahoma, becoming the owner and President of the Atlas Mud Company which appears to be still extant 23 years after his death from complications of lymphoma and diabetes.

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