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tim foli expos

Player: Foli, Tim

Card: 1974 Topps #217

Position: SS/2B/3B

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Timothy John Foli was born in Culver City, California. He was a former player, coach and minor league manager. He played for the New York Mets, Montreal Expos, San Francisco Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates, California Angels and New York Yankees from 1970 to 1985. At age 17, Tim was the first pick in the Major League Baseball Draft in 1968.

A talented but hot-tempered infielder who played 16 years in the majors for six teams, and won it all with the Pirates in 1979. Foli was a free swinger, especially in 1982 when he walked only 14 times.

On April 21-22, 1976, he became the first Expos player to hit for the cycle, in a game against the Chicago Cubs. He got the four hits in order - single, double, triple and homer - but the game was a weird one at Wrigley Field, as it was delayed repeatedly by rain, and by the time Tim came up in the 5th, the Expos had a big lead and just wanted to get the game over with. Thus, when he hit a line drive to the left field corner, he kept on running until easily tagged out at home, getting credit for a triple.

After his playing career ended, Tim was a Texas Rangers coach in 1986 and 1987 and a member of the Milwaukee Brewers coaching staff from 1992 through 1995. He spent 1996 on the Kansas City Royals staff. He was the New York Mets' minor league infield/baserunning coordinator from 1998-2000 and moonlighted as the manager of the Kingsport Mets in 1998. From 2001 to 2003, Foli was a Cincinnati Reds coach and was skipper of the New Orleans Zephyrs in 2005 and 2006. Tim was also the Washington Nationals Minor league field coordinator in 2007, managed the Columbus Clippers in 2008 and managed the Syracuse Chiefs in 2009.

Tim's brother Ernie Foli was a minor league IF/OF (1962-1968). His son, Daniel Foli, was a 31st round draft pick by the Chicago Cubs in 2001 and played professionally from 2001 to 2009, never reaching the bigs.

(excerpted from SABR, BR Bullpen & Wikipedia)


1972 Topps #707
1972 Topps #708
1976 Topps #394
1981 Fleer #379


Tim is part of the Topps Card Tour – 1974 Topps – Go to the Next Stop

Tim is also part of the Pittsburgh Pirates Players Tour – Go To the Next Stop

Tim is also part of the New York Yankee Players Tour – Go To the Next Stop

Tim is part of the New York/SF Giants Players Tour – Go To the Next Stop

“Crazy Horse” is part of the Great Italian American Player Nicknames Tour – Go to the Next Stop

See all Foli’s baseball cards at TCDB

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