The Quest

The Baltimore Orioles have been in town since '54 and have had over 900 men don their uniform. My goal is to obtain a signed card of each player. If you have something I need, or see something you want, don't be shy, we can make a deal.

Collection Statistics

Total Players 877/977 = 89.25%
1991 Orioles Crown Set
Total Players 309/465 = 66.45%
Alive Players 274/369 = 74.25

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Third Time is a Charm

I was starting to think that Willie had something against me. I had two previous attempts come back to me RTS. On both occasions I had seen successes of his from other people the same week. I held off for more than a year trying him and decided to include him on my New Year's list.

Glad I did. 11 days later I received my fourth success of the week. It's been a long time since I saw that many in a week and is a welcome sight. I am tired of the text messages from my brother about all of his Redskins success.

Willie Tasby 1991 Orioles Crown #449

Willie was a hold over from the St. Louis Browns era, having been signed as an amateur in 1950. The first 5 seasons of his career he spent in Class B & C ball before the system changed. His minor league career had him playing in small towns during the '50"s, hitting at nearly a .300 clip. In 1958 the Birds called him up, where he quickly became a starter. He had a memorable rookie season, being selected to the Topps All-Star Rookie team.

His tenure in Baltimore was short-lived as he was traded to the last place Red Sox in 1960 for Gene Stephens. The Orioles needed some pitching to make a playoff push and Tasby was collateral damage. He excelled after his trade to Boston, but his success led to his selection by the Senators in the expansion draft. After moderate success in Washington, he was moved a final time, to Cleveland. He retired following the 1964 minor league season a .250 hitter, with 46 home runs and 174 RBI.


  1. WOAH. I had no idea that Tasby ever signed TTM. Can you please send me the address you used? salsmanado at gmail?

  2. He signs at about a 50% clip. It seems like he signs only in bunches. 4 or 5 at a time, then takes a break. His address is:
    1210 E. Renfro St. Plant City, FL 33563.
    Good Luck. Dilligence may be the key with this one.

  3. Thanks Kirk, I'll hope for some luck here.