I have decided to embark on a new on-going project called Familiar Faces / Strange Places. Baseball history is filled with situations where a player makes a name in one city, only to find himself in a strange uniform for one reason or another. Using my favorite baseball card template (the 1974 Topps design is the best in history) I plan on displaying these strange but fun oddities.
Before he was a Yankee, Reggie Jackson was a Oriole. Already a baseball superstar as a member of the Oakland A's with three championship rings, his road to glory in New York City went thru Baltimore. Traded on April 2nd, 1976, he was in the final season of his contract and free agency had just begun. The owner of the Athletics, Charles Finley, was not going to spend the money to keep his dynasty together and began selling and trading his players at will. Reggie played the 1976 season with the Orioles and, shortly afterwards, signed as a free agent with the Yankees.