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Saturday, November 27, 2021

TTM Success - Lee Mazzilli

Lee Mazzilli was a tougher autograph to obtain for my 1987 set, but I was patient and waited for a private signing to happen.  One finally did, and I was able to cross Mazzilli off of my needs list.

Mazzilli (b. 1955) played in the majors from 1976 to 1989 for the Mets, Rangers, Yankees, Pirates and Blue Jays.  He had 1,068 hits, 93 home runs and a .259 batting average.  He was an All Star in 1979.  He won the World Series with the Mets in 1986.

Mazzilli managed the Orioles from 2004 to 2005 to a record of 129-140 (.480 win %).  The Orioles started out strong during the 2005 season, spending the beginning months of the season in first place.  The wheels fell off in a big way, and by the time Rafael Palmeiro was serving his suspension for a failed steroid test, Mazzilli was on his way out as manager.  I still feel like he got a raw deal and should have been given a longer leash, but that is life as an Oriole fan.

I mailed to the signing on September 18 and got the card back on October 25, for a 37-day TAT.  I paid a fee of $20.00.

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