Al Downing


Alphonso "Al" Downing (b. 1941) pitched in the Major Leagues for 16 years, playting for the New York Yankees (1961-69,) Oakland Athletics (1970), Milwaukee Brewers (1970,) and Los Angeles Dodgers (1971-77).

A two time All-Star and 1971 comeback player of the year, Downing pitched in three World Series. He finished his career with a 123-107 win-loss record.

Downing famously threw the pitch which Hank Aaron hit for his record breaking home run in 1974. After retiring, Downing had a long career as a broadcaster.

Date Made: 1971

Referenced: Milwaukee BrewersMaker: Topps Company, Inc.

Name Of Sport: BaseballLevel Of Sport: ProfessionalMajor LeagueWeb Subject: Sports


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Credit Line: Gift of Stephen M. Falatko

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1980.0201.084Accession Number: 1980.0201Catalog Number: 1980.0201.084

Object Name: Cardcard, baseball

Physical Description: cardboard (overall material)Measurements: overall: 3 1/2 in x 2 1/2 in; 8.89 cm x 6.35 cm


Record Id: nmah_666266

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