Wednesday, March 16, 2016

TTM Success: George "Doc" Medich

In addition to a few spring training TTMs, I also sent out a few vintage cards for signatures. Per usual, the assist goes to Mark Hoyle, as the vintage I send out usually comes from him.

I like the 1974 Topps set. It's rather simple, but in a good way. So when Mark sent me a batch recently, I knew I wanted to send a few out.
In just 8 days, George "Doc" Medich returned my card signed. He pitched from the Yankees from '72 to '75, winning 49 games total for them. He certainly enjoyed the best years of his career with them, although the teams weren't great. The Yankees then used him in their infamous Ken Brett/Dock Ellis/Willie Randolph 1975 trade with the Pirates. The Yankees certainly got the best end of the deal due to Randolph alone.

It's also crazy to see him wearing #42 in this card. Obviously #42 on NY, while retired for Jackie Robinson, belongs to Mariano Rivera. Out of curiosity, I wanted to see who else wore that number as a Yankee. Notably, Jerry Coleman wore if from 1949 through 1957. It was also worn by a collection of coaches from 1977 through 1989. The last player to wear it for the Yankees before Rivera was Domingo Jean.

Anyhow, Medich later got his medical degree, although his medical license is suspended due to legal reasons.

Reagrdless, I appreciate him taking the time to sign for fans, and I'm very happy to add this autograph to my TTM collection. Thanks, Doc!


  1. Great return. My request to the Doc was also a '74 Topps card (which he signed).