Monday, April 2, 2012

Sam Ellis: All-Star Autograph

Cincinnati Reds pitcher and All-Star Sammy Ellis had one hell of a year in 1965. Ellis punched a 3.79 ERA while hurling for a solid 263.2 innings. Sammy struck out a whopping 183 sluggers. Sam Ellis made the 1965 All-Star team along with National League greats Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Willie Stargell, Dick Allen, Joe Torre, Ernie Banks, Pete Rose, Maury Wills, and Juan Marichal. Sam Ellis clocked in as a reserve pitcher along with Koufax and Gibson; other notable NL reserves were Roberto Clemente, Leo Cardenas, and Frank Robinson. The NL won the game 6 to 5. The NL sealed the deal in the top of the 7th when Santo singled driving Clemente across the plate.

My 1967 Topps Sammy Ellis autograph card:

Sam also signed a picture for my daughter Abbie. Abbie, who is two and a half now, loves getting autographs from whomever she can, even her own at times. She also likes getting AAGPBL player autos and will one day prove a positive influence on a young althletic woman. Abbie has already got one of the meanest swings a kid can have her age.

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