Friday, November 21, 2008
Emil Joseph Bavasi was nicknamed Buzzie because as a child he was always buzzing around, so his sister began calling him Buzzie and it stuck. He was involved in 3 franchises from the 1940's to the 80's. During the 40's he was involved with Branch Rickey in integrating the minor leagues prior to Jackie Robinson breaking the color line. He was responsible for locating teams in cities where integration wouldn't be as much of a problem. He was with the Dodgers at the major league level from 1951-1968 as the General Manager. He left the Dodgers after the '68 season to become President and part owner of the 1969 expansion team the San Diego Padres. He was with the them until 1984. He passed away in May of 2008 at his home in La Jolla, CA.
The card is part of a team issued set of schedule cards that were issued in 1977, with each card containing the schedule on the back. I think I sent this to Bavasi a couple of years ago, but I could have got it off ebay.