Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Phil Rizzuto (1917-2007)

I recently picked up three more clean looking index card autographs off eBay. The third is this signature from Yankee legend, Phil Rizzuto. I know of Rizzuto's legendary playing and then broadcasting career, but the thing I remember him most from is the Seinfeld episode which included his likeness on a keychain...

Buck Leonard (1907-1997)

I recently picked up three more clean looking index card autographs off eBay. The second is this Buck Leonard signature. It matches the style of his bumpy signature after his unfortunate stroke, later in his life. Leonard was a hero of the Negro Leagues, and was part of the first class of Negro League stars inducted into the Hall in the 1970s. I'm glad to add this one, even if it doesn't come from a living member of the Hall. 

Whitey Herzog

I recently picked up three more clean looking index card autographs off eBay. The first is Whitey Herzog, a still-living Hall of Fame manager and player (as well as scout and executive!) who was on the baseball field for many years. Herzog was inducted in 2010. His signature is pretty crisp looking and I was happy to get this one for a reasonable price. 

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Non HOF Autographs: Kelly Gruber, Devon White, Ed Sprague, Tom Henke

Several months ago I decided to try and get signatures for every card in this set of McDonald's/Donruss baseball cards from the early 90s. It depicts great moments from the Blue Jays history leading up to their 1992 World Series Championship.

Over the holidays I added a few cards from an eBay seller, then got a surprise when Kelly Gruber returned a request from several months ago! I now have extras from a few cards, but that's okay!

I'm up to 23 autographed cards from the 36 card set (35 player/moment cards plus the checklist). 

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Four Inducted to the Hall

The Hall of Fame announced on Wednesday that Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrero, Jim Thome, and Trevor Hoffman were elected by Baseball Writers as this year's inductees to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Vladdy is someone I've already pursued, but I have yet to try any of the others. I'll have to send out a request in the coming weeks (even though all four have a pretty poor track record of responding to TTM requests).

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Two elected by Modern Era Committee

Two more players will be inducted this summer as the Modern Era Committee has selected a pair of former Detroit Tigers, Jack Morris and Alan Trammell, to be included in next's summer's class of inductees.

This brings the total number of former Blue Jays up to nine in the Hall, as Morris pitched for the 1992 team that won the World Series - the first time it had ever been won by a team outside of the USA. 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Sad News

Heartbreaking news from the baseball world this week as two of baseball's greatest players lost their lives.

One of my all-time favorite players, Roy Halladay, was killed in a plane crash this week. His autograph was one of the first I ever received in the mail, from way back when he still played for the Blue Jays. His tragic death feels somehow more bitter and relatable given that I'm also a father with younger children. I'm not sure if Halladay will ever be elected to the Hall of Fame - I sure hope so!

Bobby Doerr, who had been baseball's oldest living Hall of Famer, also passed away recently, at the ripe old age of 99 years old. I was able to add Doerr's autograph several years ago - also through the mail - and he generously included both a signed index card and a yellow HoF plaque card.

My prayers go out to both families as they mourn and remember these losses.