Sunday, September 1, 2013

1981 Donruss, Jim Frey

#464 Jim Frey

Here is the Jim Frey card that I got signed through the mail. I sent this card to Jim at the end of October and I had it back two weeks later.

Jim managed in the Major Leagues for for parts of five seasons with the Royals and Cubs. He debuted with the Royals in 1980 and lead the club to the World Series where they lost with to Phillies in six games. He was then fired by the club twenty games into the second half of the strike-shortened 1981 season.

He was picked by the Cubs to lead them in 1984 and the club won the division before losing to the Padres in the NLCS. For his efforts, Frey was named the National League Manager of the Year. The team slipped to fifth place the following season and Jim was fired fifty-six games into the 1986 season when the club was eleven games under .500.

Two years later, Jim was hired as the Cubs general manager, a position he held for four seasons.

'81 Donruss Tracker: 149/100

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