Saturday, September 29, 2012

September 29, 2012 Jay Hook

Jay Hook
Jay started his career with the Cincinnati Reds in 1957 and was later taken by the New York Mets in the 1961 Expansion Draft.  After losing their first nine games, Mr Hook won the first game in NY Mets history beating the Pirates 9-1 in Pittsburgh in April 1962. 


September 28, 2012 Ed Hobaugh

 Only one return today.........

Ed Hobaugh
Ed Hobaugh pitched for the Washington Senators from 1961 -1963. He had a pretty good rookie season starting 18 games with a record of 7-9. All the photos is used were originally black and white photos that I colored.

He signed them on the back.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

September 27, 2012

Got back four returns today........

Jerry Lumpe
Jerry played second base for the Yankees from 1956-1959 and was the regular second baseman for the  Athletics and Tigers from 1956 to 1967. He was a member of the 1964 AL All Star Team.

Don Lock
Don was originally signed by the Yankees and was traded to the Senators in 1962. After becoming a starter he hit 27 homers in 1963 and 28 in 1964.

Gordon Lund
Gordon Lund spent most of his career in the Pacific Coast League but he did make to the majors with the Cleveland Indians in 1967 for 3 games and then 20 games with the 1969 Seattle Pilots. I've been on a Pilots kick lately so another Pilot is off my list. I had no nice photos of Gordie in a Pilots uniform so I Photoshopped one.

Dave Cash
Dave played with the Pirates from 1969-1973 but had his best years with the Phillies from 1974-76. He made the NL All Star Team all 3 years,. led the NL in at bats all three years and averaged over 200 hits a season.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

September 25, 2012

 Five returns today.....

Buzz Stephen
Buzz pitched with the 1968  Minnesota Twins and was selected by the Seattle Pilots in the 1968 Expansion Draft. He never played for the Pilots in Seattle.

Bob Gebhard
Bob pitched for the Twins and Expos from 1971-1974. After retiring a a player, he became an executive with the Expos and Twins. He then became the first GM of the Colorado Rockies.

Mike McQueen
Mike pitched for the Braves from 1969 until 1972 and then finished his career with the Reds in 1974.

Chuck Taylor
Chuck Taylor pitched in the majors from 1969-1976 with the Cardinals, Mets , Brewers and Expos. He was signed by the Cardinals in 1961 and was traded to the Colt 45s in 1964. In 1965 he was traded back to the Cardinals.

Fred Kipp
Fred was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1953 but made the team in 1957 and in 1958 went west with them to LA and played with them. In 1959 he spent most of the year in the minors and finished with the Yankees in 1960.

Monday, September 24, 2012

September 24, 2012 Nine Today

Monday's are always good mail days......

Neil McPhee
Neil McPhee never played in the major leagues. He never made it above A ball but he has been the baseball coach at Northeastern University the last 28 years and has won 625 games in his career.

Hal Smith
This Hal Smith played for the Cardinals and Pirates from 1956-1965. I finally finished my Hal Smithmulti player card.

Daryl Spencer 
Daryl played for the NY Giants, St Louis Cardinals and LA Dodgers. He eventually finished his career in Japan from 1964-1972

Dave Baldwin 
 Dave  Baldwin was a relief pitcher for the Washington Senators, Seattle Pilots and Milwaukee Brewers. 

Red Wilson 
 Red Wilson played catcher for the Chicago White Sox Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers from 1951-1960. He also played football at the University of Wisconsin.

Bill Wakefield 
 Bill Wakefield pitched for the NY Mets in 1964 going 3-5 in 62 games.He included his own picture.

Eddie Fisher
Eddie was one of the better relief pitchers of the 1960s. In 1965 he led the American League in appearances with 82 while going 15-7 and finishing fourth in MVP voting.

Gary Sutherland 
Gary played mostly with the Phillies, Expos, Astros and Tigers from 1966 to 1978.

Dick Lemay
Dick pitched for the SF Giants in 1961-1962.and the Cubs in 1963. he signed the Giants and Colt 45 cards but didn't sign the 1966 Cardinals.


Saturday, September 22, 2012

September 22, 2012 Ten Returns Today

Nice mail day as I got back 10 TTM back........

Ray Sadecki

Ray pitched mostly for the Cardinals, Giants and Mets from 1960-1977. In 1964, he won 20 games for the World Champion St Louis Cardinals. He was traded to the Giants for Orlando Cepeda in 1966.

Dave Nelson

Dave played second base for the Cleveland Indians, the Washington Senators / Texas Rangers and the Kansas City Royals from 1968-1977. He currently is employed by the Milwaukee Brewers.

Chuck Estrada

In 1960 as a rookie pitcher in the "Baby Birds" rotation, Mr Estrada tied with Jim Perry for the American League lead in wins with 18. The next year, 1961,  he won 15. He hurt his elbow after the 1963 season and was never the same again. He later would be a pitching coach for several teams.

Jim Duckworth

Jim played for the Washington Senators from 1963-1966. In June 1966, he was traded to the Athletics and traded back to the Senators a month later in July.

Doug Rau

Doug was a starting pitcher for the great  Dodger teams from 1972- 1978, He won 81 games with them.

Dal Maxvill

Dal Maxill was the starting shortstop on the World Champion St Louis Cardinals teams of the 1960s. He was a good fielder but a weak hitter but with hitters like Lou Brock, Curt Flood,  Roger Maris and Orlando Cepeda in the lineup, the Cardinals had enough hitting. In 1984 h became the General Manger of the Cardinals.

Ken Szotkiewicz

Ken played shortstop for the 1970 Detroit Tigers playing in 47 games

Jim Donohue

Jim started in the St Louis Cardinals organization. He came up to the major leagues in 1961 with the Detroit Tigers but was traded to the Los Angeles Angels during the season.

George Woodson

George never pitched in the major leagues but he did appear on a 1969 Topps Cleveland Indians Rookie Stars card so his name will live forever. Usually I try to make at least 3 cards of a player but this was the only photo of George I had, so I colorized it.

Charlie Spikes

Charley originally was with the Yankees but he got traded to the Cleveland Indians in the big deal for Graig Nettles. He became a starting outfielder for the Indians the next four seasons.

Friday, September 21, 2012

September 21, 2012

After a few days of no returns, I got back five from a mailing I did last Saturday.........

Billy Cowan

This is a nice return. I had mailed to Billy Cowan back in May 2012. After a few months and I didn't get it back I was a bit worried as Mr Cowan is usually a quick and reliable signer. In early September I got an email from Mr Cowan's son saying that Billy had suffered a bad stroke and was recovering. Today I got my customs cards back and the signatures from Mr Cowan are very strong.

Best of health and full recovery to Billy Cowan  !!!

Claude Osteen

Claude Osteen was the third starting pitcher on the Dodgers after Koufax and Drysdale. He won 147 games for the Dodgers from 1965-1973

Mike Hegan

Mike was originally signed by the Yankees. He later played with the Seattle Pilots and made the 1969 American League All Star Team. His father was Jim Hegan, catcher for the 1950s Cleveland Indians and longtime Yankees coach.

Dave Goltz

Dave pitched for the Minnesota Twins from 1972-1979 and in 1977 tied for the AL lead in wins with 20.He later pitched for the LA Dodgers and California Angels.

Mike Jackson

Mike Jackson pitched with the Phillies, Cardinals, Royals and Indians from 1970-1973. The only images I had of him were from when he was in the Red Sox organization from 1965-1969. He asked for copies of the cards and wanted to know if I could put his stats on the back....should be no problem.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

September 15, 2012

Photobucket had a problem with uploading pictures so I'm posting Friday's returns on Saturday.

Jerry McNertney

Jerry came up with the Chicago White Sox in 1964. He was also the regular catcher for the Seattle Pilots in 1969. He later was a coach in the Yankees organization.

Bobby Wine

Bobby played shortstop for the Phillies in the 1960s and was later with the Montreal Expos in the early 1970s. He didn't hit much but was good defensively.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

September 13, 2012 Custom Cards

Since I didn't get any returns today. I thought I would show some custom cards I made for 2 collectors.

Kansas City Athletics

I made this set for SCN member Ducky1978, who collects Kansas City Athletics. I have been seeing the returns he lists on SCN almost every day.

St. Louis Cardinals

I made these cards for RedBird25 who wanted cards for St Louis Cardinals who didn't have Topps cards

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

September 12, 2012 Three Former Angels

 Got back three former California Angels today.......

Ken Berry

Even though Ken Berry played most of his career with the White Sox, he did play with the Angels from 1971-1973. He was one of the best outfielders in the American League during the 60s and 70s. He also included a business for a children's book he wrote.

Tom Satriano

Tom played with the Angels from 1961 to 1969. He started as a third baseman but switched to catcher and  was mostly a backup to Bob Rodgers, who played most of the games.

Rick Reichardt

Rick played for the Angels from 1964 to 1970. He was a star athlete at the University of Wisconsin playing football and baseball. He received a $200,000 bonus from the Angels to sign.

Monday, September 10, 2012

September 10, 2012 Eight Returns

Monday always brings more returns than other days because of the weekend

Ron Cey

Ron Cey is probably the best third baseman the Dodgers have had since they moved to LA. He played from 1971-1982 and hit 228 home runs. He, along with Dave Lopes, Bill Russell and Steve Garvey played together throughout the 1970s.

Ernie Broglio

Ernie was a pretty solid pitcher for the Cardinals in the early 1960s and even won 21 games in 1960. Unfortunately he will be forever remembered as the guy who got traded for Lou Brock.

John O'Donoghue

John pitched 9 years in the big leagues from 1963 -1971 with five different teams. He led the American League in losses in 1965 with 18.

Jerry Walker

In 1959, Mr Walker was the youngest pitcher to ever start an All Star Game. That year he went 11-10 but he never had another year like that. After he retired , he has worked in the front offices of the Tigers and Cardinals.

Carmen Fanzone

Carmen was a backup infielder with the Red Sox and Cubs from 1970-1974. After he retired from baseball, he started a jazz music career as a horn player

Mike Compton

Mike played in 47 games for the 1970 Philadelphia Phillies but played in the Phillies organization from 1965 to 1973. After he retired he managed for the Phillies and Reds in the lower minor leagues. He included a 1977 TCMA card as a manager in Spartansburg.

Dave Hillman

Dave pitched from 1955 - 1962 mostly with the Chicago Cubs.

Paul Mitchell

Paul pitched with the Orioles, A's, Mariners and Brewers from 1975 -1980