Sunday, February 11, 2018

1961 Fleer Autograph Project - Part 15

Well that last one was fun, but it is time to move back to the shallow end of the pool.  Here is my 15th autographed 1961 Fleer card, Ossie Bluege. 

I picked this up for $19 delivered. 

Ossie Bluege had an 18 year MLB career between 1922 and 1939, all with the American League Washington Senators. He put up a .272/.352/.356 slash line over that career.  That is just slightly above replacement level, as he put up a total of 28.3 WAR over his playing days.  He was considered one of the better third baseman of his era and modern fielding metrics support this notion.  He also managed the Senators from 1943 through 1947. Overall, during his 5 years at the helm, he out up a 375-394 win-loss record, though he did lead the team to two second place finishes in 1943 and 1947.

His on-field career ended after 1947 and he went on to a long career in the front office, first as a one man farm director and later as the team comptroller (he was an accountant in the off-season during his playing career and executive secretary.

While he could be considered a baseball lifer, he probably isn't all that well known by modern fans.  One claim to fame that should resonate with modern baseball aficionados is the fact that he was the guy that originally scouted and signed future Hall-of-Famer Harmon Killibrew

What I am listening to: Psycho Killer by Talking Heads

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