Wednesday, August 14, 2019

2019 National Free Signer - Ralph Garr

I waited in line for a long time at the National to get Ralph Garr.  As the show progressed over the week, I was able to get the free signers quicker and quicker, as I began to avoid getting in line, and instead, just checking back every so often, until I could get in the line and get through.

Garr signed slowly, and also took the time to speak to everyone and thank them for meeting him.  He was really nice, and I was glad to get this 1975 SSPC signed that Max gave me years ago.

Garr (b. 1945) played in the majors from 1968 to 1980 for the Braves, White Sox and Angels.  He had 1,562 hits, 75 home runs and a .306 batting average.  He was the 1974 NL Batting Champion, when he hit .353 and collected 214 hits over the season.  That year was his only All Star appearance, and he finished a career-best 12th in the NL MVP race.  In his career, Garr had three seasons where his had 200 or more hits.

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