Thursday, September 27, 2012

RBI (108) Orioles Magic...

The Orioles are in the midst of a remarkable 2012 season fueled by an incredible streak of wins when the game comes down to 1 run or reaches extra innings. They're continuing a legacy of Orioles Magic that 3rd baseman Doug DeCinces is credited with helping bring to bear with a game winning 2-run shot he hit off the Tigers.

DeCinces was drafted in the 3rd round of the 1970 amateur draft by the Baltimore Orioles. He debuted in '73 and for 3 seasons had minimal big league playing time until '76 when he became a fixture in the line up and Orioles lore playing a career that eventually would have him inducted in the Orioles Team Hall of Fame. He would go on to be an Angel after the Orioles traded him to make room for Cal Ripken Jr. He would play for the halos and St. Louis before retiring after 15 seasons.

When he retired from the game he was a 1 time All-Star and Silver Slugger award winner. His career average would stand at .259 with a .329 OBP and .445 SLG that was boosted by the 237 Home Runs he smacked throughout his career.
I got this Doug DeCinces autographed 1987 Topps card as part of the Angels 50th Anniversary celebration during the 2011 season at Angel Stadium.

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