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Jim Dwyer St Louis Cardinals OML Autographed Signed Baseball COA Minnesota Twins

THIS ONE IS A BEAUTY!!

Great looking, single signed baseball by former St. Louis Cardinal...Jim Dwyer.

Jim began his career in 1973 with the St. Louis Cardinals. He played for the Cardinals 1973-75, 1977-78, Montreal Expos 1975-76, 1989, New York Mets 1976, San Francisco Giants 1978, Boston Red Sox 1979-80, Baltimore Orioles 1981-88 and Minnesota Twins 1988-89, 1990. Jim played in 1328 career games and pounded out 719 hits (including 115 doubles, 17 triples and 77 HR's) in 2761 at bats for a .260 career batting average. He had 402 walks, 349 runs batted in and scored 409 runs. Jim signed the sweet spot of this OML Allan H. Selig baseball with a blue ballpoint pen. Jim originally signed this baseball on Sunday February 10, 2008.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia...

James Edward Dwyer (born June 3, 1950 in Evergreen Park, Illinois) is a former outfielder in Major League Baseball who played for seven different teams between 1973 and 1990. Listed at 5' 10", 165 lb., he batted and threw left-handed.

Major League Career

A fastball hitter, Dwyer was used mostly against right-handed pitching and played all three outfield positions well. Selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1971 draft out of Southern Illinois University, he wasted little time in the minor leagues, debuting in the majors in 1973 with the Cardinals. He played for them through the 1975 midseason before joining the Montreal Expos (1975-76) and New York Mets (1976). Then, he rejoined the Cardinals (1977-78) and later played with the San Francisco Giants (1978) and Boston Red Sox (1979-80). Finally, he found a home with the Baltimore Orioles in 1981.

With Baltimore, Dwyer became a role player as a designated hitter, pinch-hitter, and a defensive replacement for outfielders Al Bumbry, Gary Roenicke and John Lowenstein, and first baseman Eddie Murray. He enjoyed a good season in 1982, hitting .304 (74-for-260) in 71 games, but his most productive year came in 1983, when he appeared in 100 games while hitting .286 with eight home runs and 38 runs batted in, helping his team to reach the World Series, won by Baltimore in five games. In Game One of the Series, Dwyer got the Orioles only run with a solo home run off Philadelphia Phillies pitcher John Denny. Then, during the 1987 season he hit a career-high 15 home runs in 241 at-bats.

From 1988-90 Dwyer was technically on five teams, playing with Baltimore (1988[start]) and Montreal (1989 [end]), but he did have three separate stints with Minnesota (1988[end]-1989 [start]; 1990).

In a 18-season career, Dwyer was a .260 hitter (719-for-2761) with 77 home runs and 349 RBI in 1328 games, including 409 runs, 115 doubles, 17 triples, 26 stolen bases, and a .353 on-base percentage. In four postseason games he hit .333 (4-for-12), including one home run, two doubles, four runs, and one RBI . He also collected a career 103 pinch-hits. He also played from 1977 to 1980 with the Mayaguez Indians of the Puerto Rican Winter League, and following his majors career, Dwyer played for the 1990 Sun City Rays of the Senior Professional Baseball Association.

Highlight

•Dwyer, who was one of the most extreme platoon players of the 1980s, started just 11 games in July 1983, playing a complete game just four times that month. He hit .452 in just 48 at-bats, ranking fifth for the Best Month Performance in the all-time list behind:

* Larry Walker .528 in 68 AB, September 1998

* Jim Rice .525 in 66 AB, September 1985

* Sean Berry .524 in 49 AB, August 1998

* Larry Walker .513 in 49 AB, September 1999

Coaching Career [1]

Following his playing career, He coached (1991) and managed (1992-94) the triple A Portland Beavers. In 1995, he became hitting coach of the Minnesota Twins' Double-A affiliate, the New Britain Rock Cats, and has remained within the Twins' organization in one capacity or another ever since. He remained with the Rock Cats through 1996 before becoming Twins' minor league roving hitting coordinator (1997-2005). Currently, he is the hitting coach of Minnesota's advanced A affiliate, the Fort Myers Miracle (2006-present).

Lifetime guarantee in regards to this autographed baseball which also comes with a COA from Gearhart Enterprises, Inc. Member of the UACC. UACC Registered Dealer #RD189.