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Classic Sports Card of The Day

04 Oct

1959 Topps baseball card of former major league pitcher Jim “Mudcat” Grant, who pitched for 8 different teams in a 14 year career that spanned 3 decades. His longest stint was with the Cleveland Indians, who he played with for 7 years. His most successful season came in 1965 with the Minnesota Twins, as he posted a 21-7 record with 6 shutouts in helping the Twins reach the World Series. Grant was a two-time All Star and holds the distinction of being the starting hurler in the first game of the Montreal Expos’ existence in 1969. After retiring, he served as a broadcaster for the Indians and Athletics and wrote a book honoring the “Black Aces”, who are the 15 black pitchers to have won 20 games in a season in the major leagues, a list that includes Grant himself.

 

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