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.


  1. As much as I hate the Cardinals, they just look so good. That is a beauty of a signature. I was just reading yesterday about the origins of the cardinals on the bat logo. It seems that for years one woman embroidered them onto the uniforms.

  2. Briles personally ruined my 11th birthday (Game 3, 1967 World Series).