Sunday, July 8, 2012

Player Profile: Ramon Aviles

First off, check out my post, "Memorabilia and the Politics of the Hall of Fame," my entry in the "HOVG Heroes" series which has included posts by a collection of awesome contributors including Sam Fuld, Taylor Mattingly, and baseball card blogger Steve Cook of The Greatest 21 Days, who recently wrote about Hugh Kemp.
I have five cards of Ramon Aviles. This one is from 1981 Fleer.

Playing career: Infielder Ramon Aviles played for the Red Sox and Phillies from 1977 to 1981. His best season was 1980, when he hit .277 in 51 games as a backup infielder for the World Champion Phillies, briefly appearing in the postseason.

Interesting facts: Uncle of current Red Sox shortstop Mike Aviles.

Where he is now: After his playing career he was a minor league manager for many years. He is now retired and living in Puerto Rico.

My memories: Only know him from his card.

Google Autocomplete results: He is second when you type Ramon Av, between Ramon Avila, a marketing professor at Ball State, and Ramon Avancena, Chief Justice of the Philippines from 1925 to 1941. Another prominent Ramon Aviles is a musician in Mexico.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Josh Axelson.

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