Thursday, April 26, 2012

Player Profile: Ed Armbrister

I have one card of Ed Armbrister, from 1978 Topps.

Playing career: The last living Bahamian major leaguer, outfielder Ed Armbrister played for the Reds from 1973 to 1977, hitting .245 with 4 HR and 19 RBI in 224 games.

Interesting stories: He is best known for a play in Game Three of the 1975 World Series, where he collided with Red Sox catcher Carlton Fisk on a bunt attempt in the tenth inning in a game the Red Sox would go on to lose. The umpires ruled that Armbrister did not intend to interfere with Fisk and thus called him safe. The Red Sox and their fans have been whining about it ever since.

My memories: He is from before my time, but I remember reading about the controversial bunt play.

Where he is now: Since his retirement he has worked in the casino business. He is also a consultant to the Bahamas Ministry of Sport. Recently, he started the Ed Ambrister Baseball League to promote youth baseball in the Bahamas.

Google Autocomplete results: He is second when you type Ed Ar, between Ed Arnold, a news anchor in California, and Ed Argenziano, a high school band director in New Jersey. There do not appear to be any other prominent Ed Armbristers.

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