Wednesday, July 22, 2020

#181 Al Zarilla

#181 Al Zarilla
53 of 274
19.3% complete

"His Walk About" - Al Zarilla played ten major league seasons, losing one year to military service in 1945, primarily with the St. Louis Browns.  He also spent a few seasons with the Red Sox and White Sox.  A .276 career hitter, Zarilla batted .325 or higher in two separate seasons and made an All-Star team.  He retired with 975 hits and 61 home runs, and was an everyday starter for the NL Champion St. Louis Browns in 1944.

"That's Not a Knife" - It's the only pair of "Z's" to play in the same outfield.  For four games in 1951 Zarilla started in the outfield for the White Sox with Gus Zernial.  It's the only time in MLB history that two players with last names starting with "Z" have played in the same outfield.

"More of a love bite really..." - This card has some issues along it's edges, rounded corners, and that "dirty" look that is starting to become somewhat familiar to me with these 53's.  None of that really matters to me, and it's a more than acceptable copy for my set.

"Down Under" - Al is card #70 in the 1952 set. My copy isn't in very good shape, but it wouldn't make much difference even if it were pristine.  I'd still prefer the '53. That extends the '53 sets lead to 25-18-4.

"At the Oscars"
All-Star '48
18th AL MVP Voting '48
4th AL Batting Average '48
5th AL Batting Average '50
10th AL Batting Average '44
9th AL Hits '48
4th AL Doubles '49
6th AL Doubles '48
7th AL Doubles '50
4th AL Triples '50
6th AL Triples '46
5th AL Stolen Bases '48

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