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Joe Rudi Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

JOE RUDI
Born: September 7, 1946 in Modesto, California
Player Career
Bat: Right Throw: Right Height: 6' 2" Weight: 200
First Game: April 11, 1967 ; Final Game: October 3, 1982
Awards and Achievements
Named outfielder on The Sporting News AL All-Star Team (1972, 1974 and 1976)
Won AL Gold Glove as outfielder (1974 to 1976)
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Joe Rudi
This article was written by Rory Costello and is presented in part, courtesy of the Society for American Baseball Research
Solid left fielder Joe Rudi was a core member of the Oakland A's 1972-74 dynasty. He was runner-up for the American League's Most Valuable Player twice during this period, and he also won three straight Gold Gloves from 1974 through 1976. Rudi's numbers with the bat don't look dazzling today, but he did lead the AL in total bases in his best offensive season, 1974. He also hit .300 in 71 World Series at-bats and made one of the top catches in Series history in 1972.

It took Joe several years and a lot of hard work to mature as a major-leaguer. This and his quiet, low-key nature on a team with many flashy characters gave him a reputation as "underrated." As Bill James wrote in his New Historical Abstract, "the press. . . continued to say this for years after it was no longer true. . .Rudi himself finally put an end to it." [1] Joe said in 1974, "Sometimes all I get is ink about not getting ink. I wish people would just concentrate on the job I do on the field."[2]

Joseph Oden Rudi (the family name is Norwegian) was born on September 7, 1946 in Modesto, California. Joe's father, Oden Rudi, was born and raised in the small town of Waterford, about 20 miles east of Modesto. Oden met his wife, Bessie Courtney, while he was stationed in Georgia serving with the Air Force in World War II. Joe was the second of their three children; he had an older sister named June and a younger brother named Paul. Oden was originally a meat cutter, but he mainly worked in the Sharpe Army Depot while Joe was growing up.[3] Bessie was employed by Sears as a bookkeeper and later went to work for Stanislaus County.

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