#131 Harry Byrd
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"His Walk About" - Harry pitched for five different teams over seven seasons in the bigs. He saw the most action, by a wide a margin, with the Philadephia Athletics in '52 and '53, and was even named AL Rookie of the year in '52 after going 15-15 with a 3.31 ERA. He followed that up with a league high 20 loses in '53. Following the '53 season Byrd had stints with the Yankees, White Sox, Orioles and Tigers, before retiring with a career record of 46-54.
"That's Not a Knife" - It's the "Harry Byrd Highway," or at least it used to be. Byrd's hometown of Darlington, South Carolina named a road after him, before changing it to the "Bobo Newsom Highway" in honor of another local product who made it to the majors. I guess they figured Bobo's 200+ career wins were more worthy of a highway tribute. (Perhaps there is only one paved road in Darlington?)
"More of a love bite really..." - There is a pretty significant scotch tape scar on the front of this card, but otherwise it's pretty sharp. Almost too sharp? I wouldn't be surprised if there was some trimming at some point in this card's history.
"Down Under" - Byrd has no card in the 1952 set. That keeps the '53 set's lead at 20-16-4.
"At the Oscars"
*1952 American League Rookie of the Year
*53 Led AL in Games Started
*53 Led AL in Losses
*53 6th AL Strikeouts
*52 7th AL Wins
*52 7th AL Complete Games
*52 4th AL Losses
*52 8th AL Shutouts