Friday, August 17, 2018

August 17, 2018 "Friends of Ray Peters"

Been a while since this has here goes

Fred Holdsworth
played for seven seasons in the major leagues with the Tigers, Orioles, Expos and Brewers.

Chico Vaughns
was a teammate of Ray with the 1970 Portland Beavers. He started in the Kansas City Athletics organization in 1966, then the Seattle Pilots / Milwaukee Brewers and then finished with the Phillies and the Mexican League in 1974. He now lives in California. Ray said he hadn't talked to Mr Vaughns since 1970.

David Lindsey
was a first baseman in the Seattle Pilots / Milwaukee Brewers organization his whole career. he was originally drafted by the Dodgers in 1966 but didn't start playing pro ball until 1969. He played in the Brewers system until 1976 and then played in Mexico until 1979. Ray got in touch with David's brother, Kenneth, from info supplied by Chico Vaughns, as David has health issues these days. Mr Vaughns and Mr Lindsay grew up together in Los Angeles.

"Ray Peters":  It was quite enlightening to hear David talk about all the MLB players that he and Chico grew up playing ball with in Watts.!

Gerry Schoen
pitched 3 2/3 innings in 1 game with the 1968 Washington Senators. He was then selected by the Seattle Pilots in the 1968 A.L. Expansion Draft. He was traded to the Baltimore Orioles on April 30, 1969. He pitched in the Orioles system until 1970, when he went to the New York Yankees.

Chuck Loseth
started in the Seattle Pilots organization in 1969. In 1971, he went to the St :Louis Cardinals and stayed in their system until 1974.

Larry Pyle
played baseball at the University of Miami from 1967-1969 and was named to Sporting News 
All-American squad in 1968, along with Ray Peters, who played at Harvard. He signed with the New York Yankees in 1969 after being previously drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in 1966 and the Atlanta Braves in 1968. Mr Pyle played with the Manchester Yankees of the AA Eastern League from 1969-1971.

Jesse Huggins
passed away last year on May 31, 2017. He started his career with the San Francisco Giants organization in 1965. In 1966 with the Decatur Commodores, he was 12-11 with 199 strikeouts. A Vietnam veteran, Mr Huggins was out of baseball in 1967 and 1968. He returned to the Giants in 1969. His contract was purchased by the Seattle Pilots. Ray and Mr Huggins were teammates with the 1970 Portland Beavers and 1970 Jacksonville Suns. His given name is really Jessie not Jesse.

Ray found his obituary and tracked down and contacted his wife. She said that they have a 14 year old grandson and that he is a pitcher like his Grandfather.

Monday, August 13, 2018

August 13, 2018 1940 Play Balls

Mike from Michigan
wanted me to make some 1940 Play Ball team sets for him. He wanted cards of the players who didn't have cards in the regular set.

1940 St Louis Cardinals

1940 Philadelphia Phillies

1940 Chicago White Sox

1940 Cleveland Indians

Saturday, August 11, 2018

August 11, 2018 Custom Cards Signed Through Private Signings

Been close to 10 months since I posted as I had absolutely no time to post any new customs. But since I retired in June after 40 years with the U.S.P.S., I should be posting a little more
frequently......I hope.

 These are customs I made for some private signings

Bobby Sheehan
was signing autographs at Doug Keatings's BB card show on June 17, 2018. I highly recommend Doug for his signings...he always has interesting Boston area former players at his shows.

I remember Mr Sheehan was one of the star players with the NY Raiders of the WHA, along with Ron Ward. He then bounced around to several teams and then he showed up in the 1978 NHL Playoffs with the NY Rangers during their Stanley Cup run and was outstanding.

Freddie Velazquez
was a catcher on the 1969 Seattle Pilots and has been a tough signature since he lives in the Dominican Republic. On SCN, Noel Arcenay and his friend Miguel have frequent signings with Dominican players and this past spring had Fred Velazquez on their list. This could be the only opportunity to get him so I had to jump on this signing.

Freddie started his career in 1958 with the SF Giants organization, played in the Kansas City Athletics organization through the 1960s and made the majors with the expansion Seattle Pilots in 1969. He moved to the Atlanta Braves and played with them in 1973.

Bob Reynolds
pitched for 7 major league teams in 6 seasons but only had his own card as an Oriole in 1974 and 1975. Bob was obtained through a signing with Britt of Autographsink.


 Fred "The Hammer" Williamson
was a hard hitting defensive back in the 1960s American Football League with the Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs. He later became a movie actor and co-starred in the original MASH movie.

Mr Williamson was obtained by Lou from Signatures4U along with the Steelers in the next post.

 John Banaszak, Mike Kruczek and Dennis Winston
were alson obtained through a signing with Lou of Signatures4U


Thursday, November 30, 2017

November 30, 2017 Boston Celtics Play Football

Several Boston Celtics also tried out for pro football......

John Havlicek
was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the seventh round of the 1962 NFL Draft. He played in several exhibition games that summer before the Browns released him.

K.C. Jones
tried out for the Rams in 1958 after coming out of the Army. He injured a thigh muscle and then went back to basketball.


Sunday, September 3, 2017

September 3, 2017 Hockey Colorizations

Happy Labor Day Weekend to everyone....

had some time this weekend and while cleaning up I found a CD with scans of a hockey collection I bought about 10 years ago and sold on Ebay....lots of B&W minor league photos and programs from the 1930s to 60s. While looking over the images, I found there were a lot of interesting uniforms and these were crying out for some color, so with some free time, here goes......

1958 Vancouver Canucks WHL Champions

1961 Omaha Knights

1962 Nashville Dixie Flyers
Pictured are Eddie Dudych, George Knioelberg, Flo Pilote, Emile Gilles

Pete Tkachuk Seattle Ironmen 1950

Chuck Blair Pittsburgh Hornets

Danny Grant Houston Apollos 1967

Eddie Wiseman Chicago Shamrocks 1930


Saturday, January 21, 2017

January 21, 2017 "Friends of Ray Peters" Garry Roggenburk and Gordon Lund

Garry Roggenburk
played for the Twins, Red Sox and Pilots from 1963-1969. He was also a star basketball player at Dayton, leading them to the 1962 NIT title and was drafted by the Warriors.

Gordon Lund  
was signed by the Cleveland Indians as a free agent in 1960 and played in the Indians organization until 1967, where he played in 3 games that season. He again played in the majors with the Seattle Pilots, appearing in 20 games in 1969 before finishing his career with the Angels organization in 1970

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

September 7, 2016 "Friends of Ray Peters"..... Bill Ferrell and Al Yates, Bill McNulty and Garry Jestadt

Bill Ferrell  
Mr Peters got in touch with the son of Bill Ferrell, who passed away in 2005. They were teammates in Jacksonville and Portland in 1970. Bill pitched from 1965 to 1970 after being picked in the 1965 Draft by the Minnesota Twins.

Al Yates
Ray also got in touch with the son of Al Yates, who passed away in 2007. Al  played regularly in the Mets and Red Sox organizations from 1964 to 1970 because of his good bat. He was traded by the Red Sox to the Brewers and he made his major league debut in 1971 against the Yankees.

Bill McNulty
was signed by the Kansas City Athletics as a free agent in 1965 and made his major league debut
with the A's in 1969. A good power hitter, he hit 237 home runs in the minor leagues with 55 coming in 1974 with the Sacramento Solons and their short left field fence.

Mr McNulty's SABR bio is here.....SABR Bio


Garry Jestadt
played infield for the Chicago Cubs , Montreal Expos and San Diego Padres from 1969 to 1972. He then went to Japan to play for a few years.