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danny boitano, 1980 topps #668, brewers

Player: Boitano, Danny

Card: 1980 Topps #668

Position: RHP

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Danny Jon Boitano (born March 22, 1953) is an American former professional baseball pitcher, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1978 to 1982 and pitched for the Phillies, Brewers, Mets and Rangers. The Sacramento, California product was drafted no fewer than five times, including twice as a first rounder by the Phillies who chose him in June 1972 at 16th overall out of Fresno City College and then again the following year in the June-Secondary Phase.

In his first professional season, Boitano got off to a fast start, going 8–3 with a 2.08 earned run average for the New York–Penn League Auburn Phillies. From there, his minor league numbers tailed off a little, and his Win–Loss record was 37–43 when he made his major league debut on October 1, 1978 in a 5–3 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. During Spring training the following season, he was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers for Gary Beare.

Boitano toiled in the Brewers' farm system for two seasons, making sixteen major league appearances when he was purchased by the New York Mets prior to the 1981 season. At the end of the season, he was traded with Doug Flynn to the Texas Rangers for Jim Kern (who was then packaged with Greg Harris and Alex Treviño for George Foster from the Cincinnati Reds). After one season in Texas, Dan retired without having ever lived up to the early potential he showed. Overall, Boitano pitched in 51 games in Major League Baseball over parts of five seasons.

At the conclusion of his five-year professional baseball career, Dan joined the Valley Wide Beverage Company, becoming a well-respected Vice-President for the beer wholesaler.

(excerpted from Baseball Almanac, Matt Veasey: Phillies 50, The Amazing Shea Stadium Autograph Project, BR Bullpen & Wikipedia)


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Boitano is part of the Born in San Fran/Oakland/Sacramento Tour – Go to the Next Stop

Danny is also part of the Philadelphia Phillies Player Tour – Go to the Next Stop

See all of Danny’s baseball cards at TCDB

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