Friday, April 26, 2019

#42 Sandy Amoros - Brooklyn Dodgers

Edmundo Isasi Amoros
Brooklyn Dodgers

Bats:  Left  Throws:  Left  Height:  5'7"  Weight:  170
Born:  January 30, 1930, Matanzas, Cuba
Signed:  Signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers as an amateur free agent before 1952 season
Major League Teams:  Brooklyn Dodgers 1952, 1954-1957; Los Angeles Dodgers 1959-1960; Detroit Tigers 1960
Died:  June 27, 1992, Miami, FL (age 62)

The greatest moment of Sandy Amoros' professional baseball career was the catch he made in left field in the sixth inning of Game 7 in the 1955 World Series.  His improbable catch of a Yogi Berra (#110) fly ball helped keep the narrow 2-0 lead the Dodgers held over the Yankees, and Brooklyn would hold on to win their first and only World Series title.  The catch by Amoros is often shown during World Series highlights showcasing the game's best and most important all-time catches.

Although he played in parts of seven seasons, Amoros only saw regular playing time with the Dodgers between 1955 and 1957.  He appeared in 517 games during his career, hitting .255 with 43 home runs.

Building the Set
August 13, 1989 in Bridgeton, NJ - Card #80
We went nuts at the Bridgeton Baseball Card Show in August 1989, buying 12 different cards for our 1956 Topps set, all at $1.50 a piece.  That's an impressive haul for $18!

I have no other information on the location of this show, other than it was held in the nearby city of Bridgeton, NJ.  What I do have however is the checklist I brought with us to the show.  I believe this is the second full checklist we carried around, having retired the prior version I created in 1988 and posted with the William Harridge (#1) card.

Just looking at this checklist brings back fond memories of finding the cards, deciding to make a purchase, negotiating a price and then finding a flat surface so that we could cross off the newest additions.

The Card
Berra makes yet another cameo, having just appeared on the Bob Kennedy (#38) card.  The play shown here is a little more consequential than what was shown on the Kennedy card, as it features Amoros sliding home in the fourth inning of Game 4 of the 1955 World Series.  Jim Gilliam (#280) doubled home Amoros to put the Dodgers on the board in what was then a 2-1 Yankees advantage.  The Dodgers would battle back to win the game, 8-5.

The first panel on the back of the card celebrates Amoros' big catch, making it look as if he brought a ball back from over the fence.

Amoros is one of six Cuban born baseball players in the 1956 Topps set along with Carlos Paula (#4), Pedro Ramos (#49), Camilio Pascual (#98), Willie Miranda (#103) and Minnie Minoso (#125).  Topps is two years off with Amoros' birthday, as he was actually born in 1930.

Only 300 more cards to go!

1956 Season
Amoros had another steady season for the Dodgers in 1956, hitting .260 in 114 games with 16 home runs and 58 RBIs.  He was the team's most regular left fielder, sharing the outfield with Duke Snider  (#150) in center and Carl Furillo (#190) in right.  The Dodgers made it back to the World Series, but lost to the Yankees, 4 games to 3.  Amoros struggled in the Series, hitting just .053 (1 for 19).

1955 Topps #75
1957 Topps #201
1958 Topps #93
1960 Topps #531
Other Notable Baseball Cards
First Mainstream Card:  1955 Topps #75
First Topps Card:  1955 Topps #75
Last Topps Card (as a player):  1960 Topps #531
Most Recent Mainstream Card:  1995 Topps Archives Brooklyn Dodgers #98 and #143
Topps Flagship Set Appearances (5):  1955-1958, 1960

I'm changing up how I'm presenting each players' "Other Notable Baseball Cards," as prior posts would have featured just Amoros' 1955 and 1960 Topps cards - his first and last Topps cards.  My thought is that it's better to see more cards than less, so where possible I'm including up to four cards for each player going forward.

30 - Amoros non-parallel baseball cards in the Beckett online database as of 2/20/19.

Baseball Reference
Beckett Database
The Trading Card Database

In some cases, the first and last cards listed above are subjective and chosen by me if multiple cards were released within the same year.  Most recent mainstream card may also be subjective and does not include extremely low serial numbered cards, buybacks or cut autograph cards.

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Order Collected: #330 Jim Busby - Cleveland Indians / #275 Jim Greengrass - Philadelphia Phillies

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