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biff pocoroba, 1977 topps #594, braves

Player: Pocoroba, Biff

Card: 1977 Topps #594

Position: C/3B

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"Braves owner Ted Turner called him the next Johnny Bench. Pocoroba had an arm that could nail the swiftest of base thieves and a glove that could spear Phil Niekro's wildest knuckleball. He was also a .290 hitter and was supposed to play a major part in the Braves' future success. Then, Biff Pocoroba's right shoulder quit working." - Staff Writer Jay Lawrence The Palm Beach Post (03/01/1981, Pocoroba Hoping He Can Catch Up On His Lost Time, Section E)

Born in Burbank, California, Biff Benedict Pocoroba was a catcher who played ten seasons for the Atlanta Braves from 1975 to 1984. Although his primary position was catcher, he played at third base as well.

Biff was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in 1971 and played for four of their minor league affiliates until 1975, when the Braves promoted him to the major leagues. He was selected as an All-Star in 1978. After shoulder injuries resulted in him losing playing time, he played his last game on April 20, 1984. He subsequently started a sausage business outside Atlanta.

Noted as a fine contact hitter, Biff finished his career with more walks (182) than strikeouts. As of this writing, he is the last MLB player to be named "Biff." His brother, Joseph, was a minor league infielder 1978-1979.

He was memorialized in a follow-up to the song "Van Lingle Mungo", called "Biff Pocoroba."

(excerpted from Baseball Almanac, BR Bullpen, and Wikipedia)


1976 Topps #103
1978 Topps #296


Biff Pocoroba is part of the Topps Card Tour – 1977 Topps – Go to the Next Stop

Biff is part of the All-Star Player Tour – Go to the Next Stop

Biff is also part of the Braves Players Tour – Go To the Next Stop

See all Biff’s baseball cards at TCDB

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