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Monday, August 10, 2020

TTM Success - Sam McDowell

Here are a few really cool cards that I got back signed from Sam McDowell.  The above 1973 Topps Boyhood Photos of the Stars turned out really well, I thought.  I had one of these signed by Jim Palmer, and I was glad to be able to get this one done by McDowell.
I also had McDowell sign his 1965 and 1974 Topps cards.  I like the 65 set, and getting them signed is getting fewer and farther in between.  I'm glad to add them when I can.

McDowell (b. 1942) played in the majors from 1961 to 1975 for the Indians, Giants, Yankees and Pirates.  He had a career record of 141-134 with 2,453 strike outs and a 3.17 ERA.  He led the league in strike outs in 1965, 1966 and 1968 through 1970.  He had over 300 strike outs twice in his career, and was a 20-game winner in 1970.  That season, he finished 3rd in the AL Cy Young race.  He was a 6-time All Star (1965, 1966 and 1968 through 1971) and finished a career best 16th in the AL MVP race (1970).

McDowell appeared on the 1981 Hall of Fame ballot, but didn't receive any votes.

I mailed to McDowell on May 11 and got the cards back signed on June 1, for a 21-day TAT.  I paid McDowell's fee of $5/card.

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