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


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