Sunday, December 6, 2020

December 6, 2020 Johnny Bench, Dave KIngman, Darrell Chaney, Chris Chambliss, Tom Paciorek, Johnny Lemaster, Ted Sizemore

 Johnny Bench

No explanation needed on who Johnny Bench is.... 


Dave Kingman 

I remember watching Dave with the Mets at Shea and even his pop ups were awesome....


Darrell Chaney

played all the infield positions with the Big Red Machine of the early 1970s.


Chris Chambliss

was the first baseman for the great Yankees teams of the late 1970s and hit the game winning home run in the 1976 A.L. Championship series against the Kansas City Royals. 



Tom Paciorek
was drafted by the Dodgers in the 1968 and was named The Sporting News' Minor League Player of the Year in 1972.


 Johnny LeMaster

was a shortstop for the San Francisco Giants from 1975 to 1985. He made his big league debut on September 2, 1975 and in his first at bat hit an inside the park home run becoming only the second player ever to do that.


 Ted Sizemore

was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 15th round of the 1966 Major League draft in 1966 as a catcher. He was switched to outfield and then infield and was named the 1969 National league Rookie of the Year. He was traded to the St Louis Cardinals in 1970 in the Richie Allen trade.



Saturday, December 5, 2020

December 5, 2020 Bobby Morgan, Jim Gentile, Merlin Nippert, Bob Blaylock, Don Gile, George Kernek, Derrell Griffith, Gary Kroll, Gordon Richardson

 These are some baseball customs that I have gotten TTM or through private signings......

Bobby Morgan

was a utility infielder for the Brooklyn Dodgers from  1950-1953 who had the misfortune of playing behind Pee Wee Reese, Jackie Robinson, Gil Hodges and Billy Cox. He also played for the Phillies, Cardinals and Cubs. 

 Don Gile

was a first baseman, catcher who played college baseball at the University of Arizona before signing with the Red Sox in 1955. He bounced up and down between the Red Sox and the minor leagues from 1959 to 1962.


Bob Blaylock

 was a pitcher for the St Louis Cardinals in 1956 and 1959.  He had a 1-7 lifetime record but led the American Association in strikeouts in 1958 with 193.


Merlin Nippert

pitched for the Boston Red Sox in four games during the 1962 season after being called up from Seattle of the Pacific Coast League where he had a 8-2 record with a 2.00 ERA.


Gary Kroll

was signed by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1959. He made his big league debut with them in 1964 and pitched in two games before he traded to the Mets for the original Frank Thomas. In 1965, he stuck with the Mets and pitched in 32 games, starting 11 of them.


Gordon Richardson

pitched for the 1964 World Champion St Louis Cardinals as a rookie in 1964 after a fine minor league season at Jacksonville where he had a 9-3 record with a 1.55 ERA. He was traded to the Mets in 1964.


 Jim Gentile 

was one of the best hitting first baseman in the American League in the early 1960s. He was an American league All Star from 1960 to 1962, His best season was in 1961 when he hit 46 home runs, had 146 RBIs and a .302 average and finished third in MVP voting behind Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle.

Derrell Griffith

signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1962. He batted .290 in 78 games with the Dodgers in 1964. In 1965 he was moved to the outfield when Tommy Davis broke his ankle but only hit .133 before he was replaced by Lou Johnson. He was traded to the Mets in 1966 and then the Astros in 1967.


George Kernek

was signed as a free agent in 1961 by the St. Louis Cardinals.  After batting .295 with 17 homers and 86 RBIs with Jacksonville in Triple A in 1965, he was recalled in September; he got into ten games with the Cardinals. In 1965 the Cardinals traded Bill White and George started on Opening Day 1966 at first base. he didn't hit well and the Cardinals traded for Orlando Cepeda.




Friday, December 4, 2020

December 4, 2020 1969 Super Bowl Jets, Miami Dolphins and other football

It's been a long while since I have posted any new customs but since I had some time I decided to post some autographed  customs from the last year. All were either TTM or through private signings.

I'll start off with football......


The Super Bowl New York Jets were my favorites when I was small, I'm sorry to say it's been all downhill for the Jets since then. I was on a Topps Greatest Moments kick when I did these.

Matt Snell 

was the AFL Rookie of the Year in 1964. He scored the only Jets touchdown in Super Bowl III and rushed for a then record 121 yards in the game. He was tough.


Emerson Boozer 

was the halfback and when Matt Snell was hurt, he was the best Jets rusher. He could run, catch and block.Very dependable.


Pete Lammons

was the tight end on the Super Bowl team and caught 32 passes that season. He was drafted by the Jets in the 4th round of the 1966 AFL Draft after playing at the University of  Texas.


 Gerry Philbin

played defensive tackle was an AFL All Star in 1968 and 1969 and had 14 1/2 sacks during the Super Bowl season. He played one year ( 1973) with the Philadelphia Eagles and finished his career in 1974 with the New York Stars of the W.F.L., who also had other Super Bowl Jets on the roster.....George Sauer, John Dockery, John Elliott, Randy Beverly and Babe Parilli. 


 Ralph Baker

played linebacker for the Jets from 1964 to 1974 after going to college at Penn State.



 Larry Little 

was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993.  A guard, he was originally signed by the San Diego Chargers and played for them in 1967 and 1968 before he was traded to the Dolphins and played with them from 1967 to 1980. He was named to the NFL's 1970s All-Decade Team.

 Dwight Stephenson

played his college football at Alabama and was drafted by the  Dolphins in the second round of the 1980 NFL draft. He was voted as an All-Pro five consecutive times from 1983 to 1987 when the Dolphins led the league in fewest sacks allowed from 1982 to 1987. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1998.

Tony Nathan

was a college star at Alabama and was drafted in the third round by the Dolphins in the 1979 NFL draft.

He  was the starting running back in Super Bowl 17 and Super Bowl 19. He had a great game in Super Bowl 19, with 18 yards rushing and 10 receptions for 83 yards.

 Jim Jensen

 Don McNeal

Ed Newman


Jon Giesler


Charlie Babb



Steve August

Greg Roberts


Mark Cotney


Fran Tarkenton

was one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time playing fore the Vikings and Giants. When he retired he held almost all the quarterback passing records. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1986.


Steve Owens

was an All American running back at Oklahoma and won the Heisman Trophy in 1969. He was selected by the Detroit Lions in the 1st Round of the 1970 NFL draft and became the first Lion to ever rush for 1000 yards in 1971.


Monday, June 17, 2019

June 18, 2019 George Toma...The Sultan of Sod

George Toma
wasn't a ballplayer but someone who is just as important...his nickname says it all, "The Sultan of Sod"...he was the famous groundskeeper in Kansas City, first with the Kansas City Athletics and then with the Kansas City Royals. He prepared the field for the first Super Bowl in 1967 and has worked every one since. He is also in a lot of Halls of Fame, check out his business card.
         I have always been sending TTMs to players only but when I saw someone on SCN receive a success from Mr Toma, I checked to see if I had any images of Mr Toma and sure enough I had an image of him with the famous ball rabbit at Municipal Stadium in Kansas City.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

June 13, 2019 More TTM Returns

Continuing from yesterday's post.....

Steve Blass
was probably the best Pirates pitcher of the late 60s, early70s. In 1968, he won 18 games with 7 shutouts and in the 1971 World Series, he pitched two complete games, both wins including Game 7 and he came in second to Roberto Clemente in World Series MVP voting.


Jose "Coco" Laboy
was the Montreal Expos regular third baseman their first two seasons in baseball. In 1969, he had a great 1969 season with 18 homers and 83 RBI while batting .258 but in 1970 he hit only .199 with his power stats dropping off. He originally signed with the Giants in 1959 and played in their system until 1963, when he signed with the Cardinals and played in their system until he was drafted by the Expos as the 54th pick in the 1968 expansion draft.

Rick Baldwin
pitched for the New York Mets from 1975 to 1977, mainly as a relief pitcher, He was drafted by the Seattle Mariners from the Mets but never pitched in a big league game for them.

Floyd Wicker 
was a back up outfielder for the Cardinals, Expos, Brewers and Giants organizations.


Wednesday, June 12, 2019

June 12, 2019 Some Recent Returns

Just going to update with some recent TTMs from the last few weeks......

You may notice I'm on a "Greatest Moments" kick lately, I really like the design but I feel they look better with color images instead of the original style B&W.

Al Weis
was a utility infielder with the Chicago White Sox and New York Mets in the 1960s but is most famous for his play in the 1969 World Series. He drove in the game winning run with a single in the ninth inning in Game Two and hit a game tying home run in the seventh inning of Game 5 as the Mets won the Series. He was named the winner of the 1969 Babe Ruth Award as the  player with the best performance in the post season.

J.C. Martin
also was a member of the 1969 Mets. He originally started in the White Sox organization as a first and third baseman but was converted to catcher in 1962. In 1965, he set a major league record for passed balls with 33 mostly because he was catching knuckle ball pitchers Hoyt Wilhelm and Eddie Fisher. He was sent to the Mets in 1967 as the "player to be named later" in the Ken Boyer trade to the White Sox. he was a back up with Duffy Dyer for regular catcher Jerry Grote and was involved in the famous bunt play in Game Four of the 1969 World Series.With the game tied 1–1 in the bottom of the 10th and Rod Gaspar on second, Martin was pinch-hitting for Tom Seaver, he bunted the ball back to the mound and, while running to first, was hit on the arm by Pete Richert's throw, allowing Gaspar to score the winning run from second. The Orioles said he was running inside of the baseline and should have been out.

Bobby Heise 
also played for the 1969 Mets but briefly after the September call ups. He appeared in 4 games batting .300.He was then traded after the season to the San Francisco Giants in the 
Dave Marshall/ Ray Sadecki trade. He played until 1977 with the Giants, Brewers, Cardinals, Angels, Red Sox and Royals.

Jim Lonborg
won the 1967 Cy Young Award after winning 22 games, leading the A.L. with 247 strikeouts and leading, along with Yaz, the Red Sox to the 1967 World Series where they lost to the Cardinals.
During that off season, he hurt his knee skiiing and was never the same pitcher again though he pitched until 1979 with the Phillies. 

 Darold Knowles
when I was growing up was a pitcher that never seemed to age. He was always around helping some major league team, sort of like Jamie Moyer was, the guy with the rubber arm. He was a valuable member of the Oakland A's bullpens of the 1970s. He pitched in all seven games of the 1973 World Series against the Mets. He pitched for 16 years with 7 teams.

George "Doc"Medich
pitched for the Yankees from 1972-1975 going 49-40 in four seasons. He won the last game ever in the Old Yankee Stadium against the Tigers in 1973. In 1975 he was sent to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the Willie Randolph trade.

Roe Skidmore
is one of the few major league baseball players to have a career 1.000 batting average. Brought up to the Chicago Cubs in September 1970, he pitch hit against Jerry Reuss of the St Louis Cardinals and got a single. It was his only Major League at bat, so he has a career 1.000 batting average.

Billy Moran 
started in 1952 in the Cleveland Indians organization. He made the Indians in 1958, playing in 115 games. He was traded to the expansion Los Angeles Angels in mid season of 1961. In 1962 he made the American League All Star team when he hit 17 homers, 74 RBIs and a .282 average. He finished his career with the Indians in 1964 and 1965.

 Dick Nold
spent 1963-1969 pitching in the Washington Senators organization. He pitched in seven games for the 1967 Washington Senators with an 0-2 record.