Friday, March 11, 2011
But that doesn't really taint his career overall. He won a ring with the great 1971 Pirates team, and was a strong visual impression in the black and gold. He finished his career with an impressive .303. I remember Al shipping off to Texas and taking his last initial as his uniform number - 0. He played like anything other than a zero. I know this paved the way for Odibe McDowell doing it with the Rangers later on in the 80's. Or at least I think so.
Cartoon: Al is showing off his new Rawlings first baseman's mitt. Al made numerous pitches to Willie McCovey and Willie Stargell to adopt the same piece of leather, but to no avail.
Ballpark background: Candlestick Park.