Monday, October 28, 2013

October 28, 2013 Don Bosch

One return today....

Don Bosch
was signed by Pittsburgh in 1960 and got into 3 games with the Pirates in 1966. He was traded to the NY Mets and played with them in 1967 and 1968. He then played for the Montreal Expos in 1969.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

October 24, 2013 Three Returns Today

Don Hood
was mostly a relief pitcher during his career but he did have his share of starting assignments. He came up with the Baltimore Orioles in 1973 and was traded to the Cleveland Indians with Boog Powell in 1975.

I had sent a fourth card to be signed but Mr Hood said it was not him but Dave LaRoche.....

Vince Colbert
pitched for the Indians for three years from 1970 to 1972. His best year was 1971 when he pitched in 50 games and went 7-6.

Rick Stelmaszek
was originally drafted by the Washington Senators in the 1967 amateur draft. He played with the Senators, Angels and Chicago Cubs as a backup catcher.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

October, 22, 2013 Johnn DeMerit

One return today.....

John DeMerit
was signed by the Milwaukee Braves in 1957 and played during that World Championship season in 33 games. He was later chosen by the NY Mets in the 1961 Expansion Draft and played in 18 games for the 1962 Mets.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

October 19, 2013 Albie Pearson and Bobby Locke

Albie Pearson
When he came up with the Washington Senators in 1958, he was one of the smallest players in baseball at 5'5" but he was named the 1958 American League Rookie of the Year. He was traded to the Baltimore Orioles in 1959 and played with them until the 1960 Expansion Draft when he was selected by the Los Angeles Angels. His best season was 1963 when he made the AL All Star team, led the league in singles with 161 and finished third in the batting race with a .305 average.

I finally finished the Angels All Star card after getting Ken McBride and Bill Moran to sign it.

Bobby Locke
pitched with the Indians, Cardinals, Phillies, Reds and Angels from 1959 to 1968

Friday, October 18, 2013

October 18, 2013 Dave Duncan, Bob Miller and Russ Heman

Three returns today...

Dave Duncan
made his major league debut at 18 years old in  1964 with the Kansas City Athletics. He caught for the A's until 1972 and then was traded to the Cleveland Indians for Ray Fosse. He finished up with the Baltimore
orioles in 1976. After retiring , he became a coach and has followed his former teammate, Tony laRussa, to the White Sox , A's and Cardinals.

Bob G Miller
In 1953 the Detroit Tigers signed two "bonus baby" free agents, one was Bob Miller and the other was Al Kaline. Because of the amount of the bonuses, they both had to stay on the major league roster for two years. He made his debut at 17 years old and stayed with the Tigers until 1959 when he was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds and then finished with another Bob Miller with the NY Mets in 1962.

Russ Heman
pitched for the Cleveland Indians and Los Angeles Angels in 1961, his only year in the big leagues. He started in 1952 with the White Sox organization and finished in the Braves system in 1963

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

October 16, 2013 Seven Returns Today

Returns are still coming in from my big mailing a few weeks ago......

Jim Snyder
played with the Minnesota Twins in 1961 and 1962. He had started in 1952 with the St Louis Browns organization and played in the minors until 1965 with the Washington Senators organization. In 1988 he was the Seattle Mariners' interim manager after Dick Williams got fired.

Dick Lange
pitched with the California Angels from 1972 to 1975 with a 9-15 record in 70 games.

Carl Mathias
pitched for the Cleveland Indians in 1960 and the Washington Senators in 1961.

Joe Amalfitano
played with the NY/SF Giants, Houston Colt 45s and Chicago Cubs from 1954 to 1967. After retiring, he was a coach for another 30 years, mostly as the LA Dodgers third base coach.

Jim King
first made the major leagues with the Chicago Cubs in 1955 but spent most of his career with the Washington Senators. He finished his career with the Cleveland Indians in 1967

Johnny James
played with the NY Yankees from 1958-1961, pitching mostly in relief. He was traded to the LA Angels in 1961 and pitched in 36 games.

Norm Angelini
pitched with the Kansas City Royals in 1972 and 1973, all in relief.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

October 15, 2013 Ray Peters 1956 style Portland Beavers Card

 I made this card for former Brewers pitcher Ray Peters after he sent me a photo of him hitting a grand slam homer for the Portland Beavers in 1970. I was on a 1956 Topps style kick so it seemed natural to make one. For the head shot I took a Seattle Pilots photo and changed it into a Portland Beavers image. I colored the hat and cloned a Pirates "P" on the front but smoothed it out. I then cleaned up the photo and colorized it using Photoshop. Usually I don't make backs but for this card, I took a shot and found the absolutely perfect back......a 1956 Ted Williams card. All the cartoons were perfect, in the first one. Mr Peters is very collector  friendly. In the third one, it was perfect for his grand slam. The second one however, was kind of negative regarding his stats in the majors but the cartoon was perfect......Sorry Ray

I cleaned it up and typed in the stats and captions and Voila !!

October 15, 2013 Seven Back Today

Seven returns today....

Jack Kubiszyn
was an infielder with the Cleveland Indians in 1961 and 1962. He went to the University of Alabama and played basketball and baseball.

Buddy Pritchard
was signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1957 but because of his signing bonus, he had to stay in the major leagues all season. He got into 23 games with 12 at bats. He was sent to minors but never made it back to the Pirates. he played in the Pirates organization until 1965.

Bob Allietta
was drafted by the Angels in the First Round of the 1971 amateur draft. He made the Angels in 1975 and got into 21 games with one homer. After that, he played on the Astros, Orioles and Indians organizations until 1980.

Ron Fairly
played 20 years in the major leagues mostly with the Dodgers and Expos. He later became a broadcaster.

Julio Becquer
played with the Washington Senators from 1955- 1960, He belonged to three teams in 1961. He started with  the L.A. Angels for 11 games in 1961, was then sold to the Phillies but played in the minors, then a month later was sold to the Minnesota Twins.

Joe DeMaestri
came up with the White Sox in 1951 and mostly played with the Philadelphia, Kansas City Athletics in the 1950s, In 1959 he was traded to the Yankees with Roger Maris. In the 1960 World Series, Mr DeMaestri was at shortstop for the injured Tony Kubek when Bill Mazeroski hit a certain famous home run.

Gary Schlieve
is another player that former Brewers pitcher Ray Peters got in contact with. Though he never played in the major leagues, Mr Schlieve pitched in the Phillies minor league system from 1965 to 1970, he later had his own insurance agency in Wisconsin


Saturday, October 12, 2013

October 13, 2013 John Penn

This return comes courtesy of former Brewers pitcher Ray Peters who has been looking up old teammates and opponents from his playing days......I've been making cards for his teammates with help from Keith from NYC who helped supply images.

John Penn
was a teammate of Mr Peters when they both played with the Eugene Emeralds in 1971 and it was also Mr Penn's last year of pro ball. Mr Penn never played in the major leagues but he had some success in the Phillies minor league farm system. He went 15-5 in Spartanburg in his first pro season in 1966 and won 16 games in 1969, mostly with Raleigh in the Carolina League.

and a team photo from the 1967 Reading Phillies

October 12, 2013 Six More Today

More TTM returns coming back from my batch last week....

Roland Sheldon
came up with the Yankees in 1961 and went 11-5 in his rookie season. He was traded to the Kansas City Athletics in 1965 and finished with the Red Sox in 1966. He continued playing mostly in the PCL until 1970.

Dick Simpson
was originally signed as a free agent back in 1961 by the Los Angeles Angels. He had a great year in 1962 with San Jose in the California League hitting 42 homers and driving in 113 RBIs and then making his major league debut in September of that year. The Angels traded him to the Orioles in 1965 and he ended up playing for the Reds, Cardinals, Astros, Yankees and Pilots until finishing in the PCL in 1971.

Andy Merchant
played in 1 game for the Boston Red Sox in 1975 and 2 games in 1976. Kind of hard to crack a line up if Carlton Fisk is the starting catcher and Bob Montgomery is his back up.

Chuck Cottier
played for the Braves, Tigers, Senators and Angels from 1959 to 1969 and then was a coach for several major league teams from 1979-2001

Ray Herbert
was signed as a free agent in 1949 by the Detroit  Tigers and made his debut in 1950. He was later sold to the Kansas City Athletics ( 1955) and then was traded to the Chicago White Sox where he won 20 games in 1962 and then in 1963 led the American League in shutouts with 7

Bobby Floyd
played with the Baltimore Orioles from 1968-1970 and then the Kansas City Royals from 1970-1974

Friday, October 11, 2013

October 11, 2013 Big Mail Day 18 Returns

Today is one of my biggest TTM return days ever..... I did a big mailing last week while I was off from work using up some vacation time. Most of the ones I got back today are from the usually reliable signers.

I'm gonna start with the best one first....

Marty Kutyna
When I came home from work, I saw the big manila envelope and it was from Mr Kutyna, he signed my customs and added a signed 8x10 of him with President John F Kennedy, extra pics and an interesting articles about himself and Ted Williams. pretty cool return....

Lew Krausse
signed with the Kansas City Athletics in 1961 as an 18 year old out of high school. He started one week later and threw a shutout against the LA Angels. He also played for the Milwaukee Brewers, Boston Red Sox, St Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Braves and finished with  a 68-91 in 12 years in the major leagues

Carroll Hardy
is probably most famous for  being the only player to pinch hit for Ted Williams, but he also pinch hit for Williams' replacement in LF, Carl Yastrzemski, plus I read he also pinch hit for Roger Maris in Cleveland.
Mr Hardy also played football with the San Francisco 49ers in 1955 and caught 4 touchdown passes so he was a pretty good athlete.

Bill Fischer
I had written Mr Fischer before but then came up with some new images of him so decided to mail to him again.

Lou Klimchock
was mostly a back up infielder in his career. he came up with the KC Athletics in 1958 and played with the Braves, Senators, Mets and Indians until 1970.

Don Lee
is the son of 1930s White Sox pitcher Thornton Lee. Ted Williams hit home runs off both Thornton and Don Lee thus making Ted Williams the only player ever to hit home runs against a father and a son.

Denis Menke
played with the Braves, Astros and Reds and he played all the infield positions. He was on the 1969 and 1970 National League All Star teams.

Jack Curtis
came up to the Chicago Cubs in 1961 and went 11-13 as a starting pitcher. He was then traded to the Braves for Bob Buhl in 1962. and pitched mostly relief in 30 games for the Braves. He finished with the Indians in 1963

Eddie Kasko
was a steady infielder for the St Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds and the Houston Colt45s / Astros from
1957 to 1965. He was the starting shortstop for the 1961 Reds in all 5 of the World Series games. He later managed the Boston Red Sox in the 1970s.

Craig Anderson
was signed as a free agent by the Cardinals in 1960 and made his big league debut in 1961. He was later selected by the NY Mets in the Expansion draft and pitched in 50 games for the 1962 Mets. In 1963 with the Mets, he lost the last game ever at the Polo Grounds.

Frank Cipriani
played in 13 games for the 1961 Kansas City Athletics with a .250 batting average.He stayed with the A's organization until 1966

J.C. Martin
caught for the Chicago White Sox, NY Mets and Chicago Cubs from 1959 to 1972. What I remember him for was his bunt in the 1969 World Series that helped the Mets win Game 4

Dick Hughes
pitched 3 seasons for the St Louis Cardinals and went to the World Series in two of them, 1967 and 1968. He won 16 games for the 1967 World Champions

Mike White
played three seasons with the Houston Colt 45s / Astros from 1963 to 1965

Don Demeter
played outfield for the Dodgers, Phillies, Tigers, Indians, and Red Sox from 1956 to 1967. He held the record for most consecutive errorless games at 266 games until Darren Lewis broke it.

Joe Grzenda
pitched in the major leagues from 1961 to 1972 with the Tigers, Athletics, Mets, Twins, Senators and Cardinals.

Jim Duffalo
pitched from 1961 -1965 with the SF Giants and Cincinnati Reds.

Rich Bladt
wasan outfielder for the Chicago Cubs and NY Yankees