06 March 2010

don demeter through the mail success!

former brooklyn and la dodger outfielder don demeter was kind enough to sign and return my 1960
and 1961
topps cards through the mail late last year.

in 1956, demeter struck out in his first big league at bat (against vinegar mizell), but homered in his second major league plate appearance the next day against don liddle.  he spent all of 1957 in the minors, but was up to stay after a late season call up in 1958. he was a member of the 1959 world champion dodgers, appearing in all six games against the white sox.

the dodgers traded demeter to the phillies in early 1961, and he responded by putting together three very good seasons in philadelphia, including a 1962 season that saw him place 12th in the mvp vote.  eventually, the phillies sent him to detroit in the jim bunning deal, and later don also played for the red sox and indians.

i understand that there is a story about a fan throwing an apple at demeter while don was in the field.  supposedly, don picked the apple up and took a bite.  i wish i had thought to ask him about that...

thanks don!

1 comment:

Carl Crawford Cards said...

Nice! Those are two great looking cards.