Saturday, June 2, 2012

Player Profile: Tucker Ashford

I have three cards of Tucker Ashford. This one is from 1984 Topps.

Playing career: Tucker Ashford was a weak-hitting shortstop whos glove wasn’t good enough to keep him in the major leagues. Played in 160 games for the Padres in the late 1970s, then had very brief stints with the Rangers, Yankees, Mets and Royals in the early 1980s.

My memories: Before my time. However, his 1979 Topps card was the oldest card in my collection for most of my youth, one of about seven cards that tied for that distinction.

Where he is now: An instructor at the Fultz Baseball &Softball Academy in Tennessee.

Google Autocomplete results: He is second when you type Tucker As, between Tucker Associates, a real estate agency in Massachusetts, and Tucker Ashley Furniture, referring to a furniture brand sold at the store.  There do not appear to be any other prominent Tucker Ashfords.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Billy Ashley.

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