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1960 Topps #541 Tony Curry

George Anthony Curry

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Tony Curry, from the Bahamas, was the fifth outfielder for the Philadelphia Philliesin 1960, appearing in 95 games at age 22. He was also in the majors in 1961, with the Phillies again, and in 1966, with the Cleveland Indians.

He is one of five major leaguers (through 2008) with the last name Curry.

He was a star in local baseball in the Bahamas for several years, and was signed by the Phillies in 1957. With the Tampa Tarpons in 1957, in his first year in the minors, he hit .333. He hit 20 homers in his second minor league season, with the High Point-Thomasville Hi-Toms in 1958, and 23 with the Williamsport Grays in 1959. Source: Press release from the government of the Bahamas on the occasion of his death.

His exploits are also described in the book Gateway to the Majors, about Williamsport.

After playing from 1964 to 1967 in the Pacific Coast League, he spent 1968 in Mexico playing for the Jalisco Charros. Curry then came back home to the Bahamas, serving as president of the Bahamas Baseball Association in the early 1970s. Toward the end of his life, though, he had grown disenchanted with the BBA.

Tony Curry died from a longstanding kidney ailment on October 16, 2006 at the age of 68.

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