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

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

A Pitching Coach Makes an Appearance in My Collection

Anyone following the Orioles from 1968-77 knows the name George Bamberger, as the pitching coach. He groomed more than 15 20-game winners, 4 in 1971 alone and was a huge part of the Orioles dominance. What most people do not know is that he never recorded a decision in his big league career. He finished his 3 year career, spanning 9 seasons, with a 0-0 record and 9.43 ERA. His sole season in Baltimore, 1959, did see his name in the box score, garnering his only save.

His minor league career was a different story. He compiled 213 wins over 18 seasons and 3 decades. He had over 1100 strikeouts and an ERA under 4.00, but couldn't get it together when called up. I guess it is true what they say, "Those who can't do, teach". No disrespect, just an observation.

George left Baltimore to manage his own club, the Milwaukee Brewers. He was their skipper from 1978-80, leading them to 2 winning campaigns in his only full seasons there. He landed in New York but never cracked .500 and headed back to Milwaukee to rekindle the magic. That didn't work. He finished his managerial career with a 458-478 record.

George Bamberger 1991 Orioles Crown #19

Just added this bad boy to my collection, not even a week after bringing this one home as well:

George Bamberger 1977 Orioles Photo Album #2

I did some research and am confident this is the 1977 O's Photo Album card but am not certain. Every year they put out a set of photos or postcards that looked exactly the same and were without numbers. Makes things a might bit confusing.

If interested the postcard is available for trade or sale. It is one of the few times I would sell an autograph because I did just buy it. Trades are preferred, but LMK either way.

There should be a good bit more activity on the blog this week as I have a bunch of new additions to get to and am planning on going to at least one game this week.

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