Saturday, October 12, 2013

Player Profile: Jim Beattie

I have 21 cards of Jim Beattie. This one is from 1979 Topps.

Playing career: Jim Beattie pitched nine seasons in the major leagues for the Yankees and Mariners. He had a complete game victory in game five of the 1978 World Series for the Yankees against the Dodgers. A fuller account of his career can be found at the 1980 Topps blog.

Where he is now: After his playing career, he has become a baseball executive. The General Manager of the Expos from 1995 to 2001 and the Orioles from 2003 to 2005, he is currently a Major League Scout for the Toronto Blue Jays.

My memories: His playing career was from before my time, but I was very interested in the 1978 Yankees as when I was growing up they were the most recent World Champion Yankee team. I would often read about Beattie’s regular season struggles and how he turned it around in the postseason.

Interesting stories: He shared a baseball card story with this blog in 2010.

Google Autocomplete results: He is first when you type Jim Beat, ahead of Jim Beatty Ohio State, a physics professor. Another prominent Jim Beattie founded the band Primal Scream.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Blaine Beatty.

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