Monday, August 15, 2016

no. 564 - al fitzmorris

Who is the man: Al Fitzmorris pitched in his first full season in 1970, appearing mostly in relief for the second-year Royals.

Can ya dig it: Those palm trees on either side of the telephone pole. I dig that.

Right on: This is Fitzmorris' first solo card.

You see that cat Fitzmorris is a bad mother: Fitzmorris finished fifth in the American League in ERA in 1974 at 2.79. He was second on the Royals staff behind Steve Busby's 18 victories with 16 win in 1975.

Shut your mouth: Fitzmorris admits to butting heads with two Royals managers of the 1970s, Jack McKeon and Whitey Herzog. Knowing the personalities of both of those managers, I'm sure just about everyone butted heads with them.

No one understands him but his woman: Fitzmorris has been a singer and musician most of his life, including during his baseball career. When he was first arriving in the major leagues, he was the singer for a five-man rock band called Blond Cobra.

(A word about the back): Fitzmorris came to bat 406 times in 1966 while in the minors with the White Sox. Pitchers who started out as hitters in the pros always interest me.

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