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Thursday, January 6, 2022

2021 National Pickup - Johnny Oates Signed Card

The next signed card I found at the National was this 1992 Topps signed by former Orioles manager, Johnny Oates.  I knew how tough finding Oates's autograph is, so I picked it up from the same vendor where I found my Cal, Sr. autographed card.

Oates (b. 1946 - d. 2004) played in the majors in 1970 and from 1972 to 1981 for the Orioles, Braves, Phillies, Dodgers and Yankees.  He had 410 hits, 14 home runs and a .250 batting average.  

Oates managed the Orioles from 1991 to 1994 and the Rangers from 1995 to 2001.  His overall record was 797-746 (.517 win %).

Fun fact, one of my son's elementary school gym teachers was the widow of one of Oates's coaches (Greg Biagini).

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