Wednesday, October 2, 2013

19814 Donruss, Sal Butera

#530 Sal Butera

Next up is the Sal Butera card that was signed through the mail. I sent this card to Sal in January and I had it back thirteen days later.

Sal played in the Majors for parts of nine seasons with the Twins, Tigers, Expos, Reds, and Blue Jays. He was mainly a back-up catcher who never played in more than 67 games in any season. His best season was probably with the Twins in the strike-shortened 1981 season. He saw the most at-bats that year and he hit .240 with career highs in hits (40), doubles (7), RBI (18), and walks (22).

For his career, Sal was a .227 hitter with 8 home runs and 76 RBI. Though he made his Major League debut in 1980, he would not hit his first Major League home run until 1985. He went on to hit three of his eight that season.

Sal had the privilege of pitching in two games during his career. He racked up two scoreless innings with no hits, a walk, and a strikeout. The one strikeout belonged to the Cubbies Chico Walker.

Sal's son, Drew, saw a few games with the Dodgers this past season.

'81 Donruss Tracker: 161/100

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