Thursday, February 21, 2013

1951 Topps #A-49: Al Zarilla, Chicago White Sox, OF

Al Zarilla was born on 5/1/1919 in Los Angeles, CA.  He began playing RF for the St. Louis Browns in 1943, and was part of the team's only World Series appearance.  Zarilla scored a Run and an RBI in 10 total plate appearances for the Browns in a 4-2  series loss against the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1944 World Series.  Afterward, he served in the military during WWII before going back to the Browns in 1946.  Zarilla earned a career-high .329 batting average, and made the All-Star team during his final year with the Browns in 1948.  He was traded to the Boston Red Sox in 1949, and then to the Chicago White Sox in 1951.  In 1952, Zarilla was traded back to the Browns, and then back to the Red Sox where he finished playing after 1953.  Al Zarilla died on 8/28/1996 in Honolulu, HI at the age of 77.

Completion: 5 of 104 (total 4%) 
Condition: PR 1.0 (worth 5% BV)
Cost: $2.24 (paid 15%-22.5% BV) 
Comments: This card is unquestionably in poor shape.  The severe creasing has resulted in causing difficulty to read the lettering, although completely visible.  The back is missing a piece of paper and has dark smearing on the lower right.  This is the HR card for the Redback set. 

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