THE PITTSBURGH PIRATES - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED BASEBALL CIRCA 1980 CO-SIGNED BY: STEVE NICOSIA, BOB SKINNER, CHUCK (CHARLES WILLIAM) TANNER, MIKE EASLER, JOHN "THE CANDY MAN" CANDELARIA, KENT "TEKE" TEKULVE, MANNY SANGUILLEN, PHILIP M. "SCRAP IRON" GARNER, JIM BIBBY, EDDIE "BUDDY" SOLOMON, BERT BLYLEVEN, DALE BERRA, ENRIQUE ROMO, TIM FOLI, LEE LACY, WILLIE STARGELL, RICK RHODEN, ED OTT, DAVE ROBERTS - HFSID 137266
Sale Price $450.00
THE 1980 PITTSBURGH PIRATES
Twenty members of the NL East team signed this baseball in ink
Baseball Signed: “Jim Bibby”, “Rick Rhoden”, “Tim Foli”, “Lee Lacy”, “Chuck Tanner”, “Kent Tekulve”, “John Candelaria”, “Bert Blyleven”, “Steve Nicosia”, “Willie Stargell”, “Dave Roberts”, “Bob Skinner”, “Mike Easler”, “Manny Sanguillen”, “Ed Ott”, “Dale Berra”, “Eddie Solomon”, “Enrique Romo”, and “Philip Garner”. One unidentified signer, located between Bibby and Rhoden's signatures. All of the signers were employed by the Pittsburgh Pirates during the 1980 MLB season. The Pirates went 83-79, finishing third in the NL East behind the Philadelphia Phillies and the Montreal Expos. Official Rawlings baseball. JIM BIBBY (1944-2010) was a right-handed pitcher who played for the Pirates for five years. RICK RHODEN (b. 1953) pitched for the Pirates from 1979 to 1986, earning two All-Star selections during that time. TIM FOLI (b. 1950) played for the Pirates from 1979 to 1981, then returned to the team for his final season in 1985. He won the World Series with the Pirates in 1979. LEE LACY (b. 1948) spent sixteen seasons in the MLB, primarily in right field. CHUCK TANNER (1928-2011) played in the 1950s before becoming manager. He managed the Pirates for nearly a decade until 1985. Reliever KENT TEKULVE (b. 1947) played for the Pirates for 12 seasons. JOHN CANDELARIA (b. 1953) pitched for the Pirates for 12 seasons, winning 177 games over the course of his 19-season career. BERT BLYLEVEN (b. 1951) was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2011. The Minnesota Twins retired his number. STEVE NICOSIA (b. 1955) played catcher for the Pirates and three other teams during his eight-season career. WILLIE STARGELL (1940-2001) was inducted into Cooperstown in 1988. His #8 is retired by the Pittsburgh Pirates. DAVE ROBERTS (1944-2009) is considered one of the best Jewish pitchers of all time. A career journeyman, he played for eight teams over 13 seasons. BOB SKINNER (b. 1931) was one of the infield coaches for the Pirates. He also played and managed. MIKE EASLER (b. 1950) batted .338 in 1980, a career high. MANNY SANGUILLON (b. 1944 in Colón, Panama) sat behind home plate for the Pirates for 13 seasons, from 1967 to 1976 and again from 1978 to 1980. ED OTT (b. 1951) spent most of his playing career with the Pirates. DALE BERRA (b. 1956) could be seen in the infield for the Pirates from 1977 to 1984. EDDIE SOLOMON (1951-1986) died in a car accident when he was just 34 years old. He retired from baseball in 1982. ENRIQUE ROMO (b. 1947 in Santa Rosalia, Mexico) played in the MLB for six seasons, four with the Pirates. PHIL GARNER (b. 1949) played in the MLB for 16 seasons from 1973 to 1988 and later worked as an MLB manager for another 15 seasons into the early 2000s. Light staining throughout. All signatures legible. Printed Rawlings type lightly faded. Otherwise, fine condition.
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