Wednesday, September 5, 2012

September 5

1965 Topps #81 - Don Buford

On this day in 1967, Don went three for five with a run scored and an RBI.

Don's big day came to a head in the eighth inning, when he hit the go-ahead home run off of Dooley Womack, to put the White Sox ahead for good against the New York Yankees. After a Fred Klages start that would last only one and a third innings, Wilbur Wood finished out the second inning for the Pale Hose. Steve Jones came in the game to start the bottom of the third inning and pitched four and a third innings to earn the victory in relief.

Buford signed with the White Sox in November 1959 and made his debut in 1963. While his best years would be in Baltimore, the foundation of those years came during the first half of his career in Chicago. In 1966, Don led the league in sacrifice hits with seventeen. Buford was second in the AL in stolen bases in 1966 and 1967, including his career high of fifty-one in '66. He was traded to the Baltimore Orioles, along with Bruce Howard and Roger Nelson on November 29, 1967 for Luis Aparicio, John Matias and Russ Snyder.

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