Saturday, October 20, 2018

October 20, 2018 Joe Stanka

Last month I posted about 2 American baseball players, Gene Bacque and Glenn Mickens, who played in Japan in the 1960s. I was saddened to read last week that another American ballplayer who played in Japan in the 1960s  had passed away on October 15, 2018....

Joe Stanka
played in Japan from 1960 to 1966 with the Nankai Hawks and Taiyo Whales. He began his baseball career with the Brooklyn Dodgers organization in 1950. He made the major leagues with the Chicago White Sox in 1959, pitching in two games. His best season in Japan was in 1964, he won 26 games to receive the league MVP award. He pitched shutouts in Games 1, 6, and 7 of the Japan Series against the Hanshin Tigers to win the Japan Series MVP award as well.

 I mailed these customs to Mr Stanka last year, he signed them and included two of his own cards.


 

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

September 19, 2018 Americans in Japanese Baseball.....Glenn Mickens and Gene Bacque

I was going through some folders on my computer and found I had some images of U.S. ballplayers in Japan....

Glenn Mickens
pitched in 4 games ( starting 2) for the 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers going 0-1. He stayed in the Dodgers organization until 1958 when in 1959, he went to play ball in Japan with the Kintetsu Buffaloes. Mr Mickens won 45 games over 5 seasons, was named to 3 All Star teams and was the first American to win an All Star game. He played in Japan until 1963. After returning to the States, he was an assistant coach for UCLA from 1964 to 1989.




Gene Bacque
was signed by the Detroit Tigers in 1957 and played in their organization until 1960, when he was released. Playing semi pro baseball, he was signed by the Hanshin Tigers in 1962. In 1964, Mr Bacque had a monster season....winning 29 games while losing only 9, striking out 200 batters and pitching 353 innings, unheard of these days. He won the Sawamura Award, the equivalent of the Cy Young Award and the Tigers won the pennant.


 

Friday, August 17, 2018

August 17, 2018 "Friends of Ray Peters"

Been a while since this has updated....so 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