Thursday, October 15, 2015

Negro Leagues Baseball Star Sam "Jet" Jethroe

Sam Jethroe played in the Negro Leagues for years and didn't get his chance to play in the Majors until he was 33 . . . and I wonder if there was ever an older Rookie of the Year awardee ! He missed by just two years, and a move to Milwaukee, playing alongside Hank Aaron.

Here's something fascinating about Sam Jethroe. See, in the stats below (from, the remarkable consistency of his offensive stats from his first two seasons, including leading the league in steals both years with 35:

The card shown is from the 1950 Bowman set.

Home base

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Cleveland Browns Bill Glass

Four-time Pro-Bowler Bill Glass starred for the Detroit Lions & Cleveland Browns. He played his college ball at Baylor. More importantly, he became a man of God and now spends his time witnessing to people behind bars. Learn more about that here: Behind the Walls

He was once a neighbor and lived behind us. After I was born my father placed a blue blanket out on the line to dry--this was to hip those in the know that a baby boy had been born. Bill congratulated my dad on it. (Not that I was or am a big deal haha!)

The card is a 1968 Topps. I believe that was my favorite year for football cards. I never had the set complete and don't think I have any at all right now; but maybe, if I win the Lottery someday, I'll snag that old set! There must be about a hundred cards form that set that I've never laid eyes on. If you know what the inserts were for that year, please let me know in the comments.

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Friday, May 15, 2015

The 12 Worst Baseball Cards of All Time

I'm really just "phoning in" this blog update; shame on me. I'm just giving you a link . . . but it's a dandy!

With no further ado:

The 12 Worst Baseball Cards of All Time

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

St. Louis Cardinals Red Schoendienst

I'm certainly no stranger to Red Schoendienst, but I've never even met the guy. You see, he's the guy whose baseball cards I always seemed to get--if I opened up a new pack, there was Red right on top, still managing the St. Louis Cardinals.

Once I even had a dream, maybe closer to a nightmare, that he was on every card of the last pack on earth. So you see, I'm real comfortable with Red, though his name should be Orange; after all, his hair is orange, not red . . .

All kidding aside, it gratifies me to learn, via the Baseball Reference, that the old Hall of Famer is still alive and kickin' at 92! I hope I see you around sometime, old buddy.

The card is a 1962 Topps. I chose it because it's one of Red's I never owned.


Friday, December 12, 2014

Kansas City Chief Jim Tyrer Hall of Fame?

When you see former Ohio State All American Jim Tyrer's page on Pro Football Reference, you will probably be struck immediately by his singular accomplishments on the gridiron.

Let's see . . . Pro Bowl nine times, first team All Pro six times, All Time AFL team as tackle, just to name three.

A sure Hall-of-Famer, huh? Not so fast.

After Jim got out of the game, he didn't have what he considered too much luck or success in the business world. One day, at the end of his rope, he shot his wife and then turned the gun on himself, orphaning his children. He was only 41.

This sad stigma seems to follow him in death, keeping him out of the Hall of Fame, where he belongs, I think. Tell us in the "Comments" below if you think he belongs in the Hall of Fame. Rest in peace, Jim.

The card is a 1971 Topps. I had that set complete at one time and sold it piecemeal on Ebay.

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