Saturday, April 19, 2014

April 19, 2014 Larry Wallin "Friend of Ray Peters"

Another return from a former teammate of Ray Peters, 1970 Brewers pitcher.....

Larry Wallin
was a teammate of Ray's with the Portland Beavers in 1970. He was a catcher who signed with the New York Mets in 1965 and caught Nolan Ryan as a rookie with the Marion Mets. Though he never made the major leagues, he came close....

This is an excerpt from a newspaper article from 2011 in the Star Tribune about senior baseball

"Larry Wallin grew up in Spring Lake Park. A big, strong catcher, he signed with the Mets in 1965, went to the organization's rookie team and found himself catching a guy named Nolan Ryan.
"I've never seen a guy throw like that," he said. "He scared the hell out of me in the bullpen."
       Wallin came one injury away from a shot at a cup of big-league coffee. It was 1971 and he was in the Cleveland organization, playing at Class AAA Wichita. Indians catcher Ray Fosse got hurt, but Wallin wasn't available.
      "Two days before Fosse got hurt, I got a foul tip in Iowa," Wallin said. "Tore the tip of my finger off. I was out for the year. Right place, right time, but I was hurt."

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

April 15, 2014 Fred Reahm..."Friends of Ray Peters"

Another return from a former teammate of 1970 Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Ray Peters.

Fred Reahm
was a pitcher and teammate of Mr Peters in 1970 when Mr Reahm was in camp with the Milwaukee Brewers. He started in the Mets organization in 1965 and stayed with them until 1972. In Sept 1970, his contract  was purchased by the Cardinals from the Mets and then in Feb 1971 he was traded to the Brewers for Bob Burda.

April 14, 2014 Dick Snyder

Got a basketball return today....

Dick Snyder
was drafted by the St Louis Hawks in the second round of the 1966 NBA draft.  I remember him with the Seattle Super Sonics and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Monday, April 7, 2014

April 7,2014 Bob Hansen

In another installment of "The Friends of Ray Peters", today I got back.......

Bob Hansen
who played with Mr Peters with the Portland Beavers in 1970. Mr Hansen played with the Milwaukee Brewers in 1974 and 1976, almost always as a DH. I was told by Ray that Mr Hansen didn't like the photo that was used on his 1975 Topps card. So Keith from NYC came up with this nice McCarthy image.....made Mr Hansen happy.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

April 5, 2014 "The Friends of Ray Peters"....Steve McCartney

Recently I mailed out a bunch of custom cards to former teammates of 1970 Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Ray Peters...Got back Fred Rath Sr yesterday and got another return today, leaving just 2 still out there.

Steve McCartney
was a  minor leaguer from 1968-1975 with the Seattle Pilots/ Milwaukee Brewers organization. He was originally an infielder but was converted to left field by the Sacramento Solons when they rejoined the PCL in 1974. Because of the very short left field fence in Sacramento's Hughes Stadium (233 feet), Mr McCartney hit 32 home runs and since there wasn't much outfield in left, he also had 30 outfield assists.

The Sacramento image was colorized from a press photo and the Brewers card was Photoshopped from a Venezuelan card

Friday, April 4, 2014

April 4, 2014 "The Friends of Ray Peters"...... Fred Rath Sr and Jr.

In another installment of "The Friends of Ray Peters"....
1970 Brewers pitcher Ray Peters has been contacting former teammates and opponents from his career and with help from Keith from NYC supplying photos, I have been making custom cards for his former teammates.

Fred Rath Sr
played with Mr Peters in 1971 with the Evansville Triplets in the American Association. Mr Rath pitched in the major leagues with the Chicago White Sox in 1968 and 1969 pitching in 8 games with a 0-2 record.

Fred Rath Jr
pitched in two games for the Colorado Rockies in 1998 but mainly played in the Minnesota Twins organization from 1995 to 2000.

which called for a Father Son card

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

April 2, 2014 Conley, Barnes, Kuberski, Stacom from Doug Keating

Got my cards back from Doug Keating's show last weekend. I recommend Doug to take care of your items during his signings at his card shows.

Gene Conley
played basketball with the Celtics and Knicks and pitched for the Braves, Phillies and Red Sox.

Marvin Barnes, Steve Kuberski, Kevin Stacom