Lately i haven’t been buying allot of new stuff out there. It’s not money issues, or places to find cards. I’ve just been bored with whats out there right now. I miss Upper Deck and really wish they could get there shit together. But one thing that i’ve been doing is sending out allot of baseball to players in hopes of getting them back with a sweet auto. Which is the case today when i got home and saw something on the table for me. One of my packages had returned home, and in it i knew it was an autographed baseball. Of who, i had no idea but i did know it was a baseball.
Opened up the package and out it came a lovely autographed baseball of the one and only Jose Tartabull father of Danny Tartabull. Jose had a great MLB career, but he known for and remembered by Red Sox fans for throwing out the Chicago White Sox’ Ken Berry at home plate on August 27, 1967, to win a key game during the 1967 American League pennant drive. In the bottom of the ninth inning with Boston leading 4–3 with one out at Comiskey Park, in the first of two scheduled that day, the contending White Sox had the fleet Berry at third base with one out. Pinch hitter Duane Josephson lofted a fly ball to Tartabull in medium right field — a probable sacrifice fly that would have tied the game. Tartabull was not known for a strong arm, but his throw, though high, arrived in time to beat Berry to home plate, where Red Sox catcher Elston Howard made the catch while blocking the plate, then swept a tag on Berry to end the game. The Red Sox would win the AL championship by a single game on the final day of the season. The play is the subject of a novel, Tartabull’s Throw, by Henry Garfield, published by Simon & Schuster in 2001. Tartabull also was known for his speed and was always a threat to steal on the basepaths.
Jose is now 73 years young and lives in Miami, Florida. Thank you so much Jose for a great autograph and being a bad-ass player from Cienfuegos, Cuba.