I don't know which Athletics are chilling in the dugout behind Wayne Causey, but I think it's pretty cool that we got that sneak peek.
Fun facts about Wayne Causey:
-Wayne was born in Ruston, LA and signed with the Orioles in 1955 as a bonus baby.
-Due to the rules of the time, he stayed on the major league roster for the entirety of 1955 and 1956. He also spent a bit of time with the O's in 1957. He was not quite ready for prime time, batting .187 with two home runs in 135 games in that span.
-Wayne was sent to the minors for a few years, and by the time he was ready to return Brooks Robinson and Ron Hansen had established themselves on the left side of the Baltimore infield. In 1961, he was traded to the Athletics and hit .276 with 8 homers and 49 RBI in 104 games.
-In 1963, Causey led the A's with 32 doubles and a .280 average.
-1964 was a career year for Wayne, as he led the American League in total times on base with 265. That number included 88 walks, helping him to a .377 on-base percentage. He again paced Kansas City with a .281 average and 31 doubles.
-On September 11, 1964, he went 4-for-5 with three doubles, three runs scored, and three RBI in an 8-0 romp over the Orioles.
-As his production dipped in the mid-1960s (due partially to a dislocated shoulder in 1965), he was dealt to the White Sox to clear the way for Bert Campaneris. In parts of three seasons with Chicago, he hit only .223.
-He had a good eye, as he walked 390 times in his career and only struck out 341 times.
-Wayne's career came to an ignoble end in 1968, as he totaled 22 hits in 148 at-bats (.149) for the White Sox, Angels, and Braves. In parts of 11 major league seasons, he batted .252 with 35 home runs and 285 RBI.
-After doing some scouting work for the Royals, Causey eventually returned home to Ruston and worked at the Ball-Incon Glass Company, climbing the ladder to become plant manager. He is now retired and lives with his wife Patsy.
I can remember playing with baseball cards as a toddler, but I actually started collecting them when I was ten. Now I'm an adult looking for an outlet to talk about my hobby without receiving blank stares in return. You can contact me thusly.