Friday, January 31, 2014
no. 257 - nelson briles
Who is the man: Nelson Briles was a Pirate in 1971, but a Cardinal one final time on this card. He was shipped to Pittsburgh, along with Vic Davalillo, for Matty Alou and George Brunet in January 1971.
Can ya dig it: Great photo. I love Briles chilling on the dugout step while his teammates (or coaches) casually stand behind him in the background.
Right on: Nice signature, too.
You see this cat Briles is a bad mother: Briles will always be known for his World Series performances. In fact, in his first season with the Pirates in 1971, he received the Game 5 start and staked Pittsburgh to a 3-2 series lead with a two-hit shutout of the Orioles.
Shut your mouth: I totally forgot about this, but USA Network used to air Thursday night major league baseball games in the early 1980s. Briles was a broadcaster on those games between 1981-83.
No one understands him but his woman: Briles is one of the few pitchers to give up a home run to another pitcher in the World Series. It happened in Game 2 of the 1968 World Series when the Tigers' Mickey Lolich hit the first homer of his pro career over the left field wall.
(A word about the back): Briles' numbers were way off in 1970 as he suffered several leg injuries during the season.