Sunday, November 8, 2015

1991 - Josh Gibson postcard



Josh Gibson postcard distributed with Magnum Comics Mickey Mantle #2. Magnum produced biographic comics on Mickey Mantle, Brooks Robinson and Duke Snider, each packaged with 2 postcards featuring the art work of Joe Orsak...


Monday, August 31, 2015

Campbell's Field, Camden, NJ

2015.08.30 - attended a Camden Riversharks game at Campbell's Field on the Camden Waterfront and noticed this plaque outside the stadium's main gate.

Camden Walk of Fame
Negro Baseball Major League Professional Players
John T Banks Sr
Floyd  Darden
Pete "Golden" Sunkett, Sr
Willie Wynn
2012


John T banks, played for the Philadelphia Stars. Floyd Darden played for the Baltimore Elite Giants. Golden Sunkett played for the Philadelphia Stars and Chicago American Giants. Willie Wynn played for the Newark Eagles and the Philadelphia Stars...

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Civil Rights and Baseball



While visiting Cooperstown, my boys participated in a scavenger hunt to answer questions about the Hall. Their prize was a pack of Cooperstown baseball educational cards. The cards featured subjects like the above Civil Rights card showing Satchel paige, along with cards about Disabilities in Baseball, Geography and Baseball, Labor History, Character Education, Artifacts, Science, Communication Arts...

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Elston Howard

Elston Howard (1929-1980)
Commemorative stone on the path to Yankee Stadium

Elston Howard became the first African-American to play for the NY Yankees, when he took his position as catcher against the Baltimore Orioles on April 20, 1955. Prior to being signed by the Yankees, Howard signed with the KC Monarchs out of high school. Howard had turned down several scholarships to play football to sign with the Monarchs in 1948. 

In 1950 the Monarchs would sell his contract to the New York Yankees. Howard would start his Yankee career with the Class A Muskegon Clippers, by 1954 the Yankees brought Howard to their "Yankee Prospects School" during spring training.  April 14, 1950 Howard would make his Yankee debut at Fenway Park, getting a base hit and an RBI in his first at-bat. On April 20, Howard would make his debut at Yankee Stadium. Howard would stay with the Yankees until 1967, when he was traded to the Boston Red Sox. In 1969 Howard would return to the Yankees as the first black coach in the American League.

July 21, 1984 the New York Yankees would honor Howard by retiring his number 32 and placing a plaque in Monument Park. Roger Maris was honored on the same day as Howard...

Elston Howard Jersey Retirement Commemorative Cover


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Larry Doby First Day Cover


The official July 20, 2012 Cooperstown, NY black and white and color first day cancels for the Baseball All-Stars: Larry Doby, Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams and Willie Stargell...

The official Cooperstown, NYJuly 21, 2012 first day of sale (nationwide) for the Baseball All-Stars: Larry Doby, Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams and Willie Stargell...
Official black and white and color first day of sale cancels - Cleveland, Ohio for the Larry Doby stamp.
The other stamps had cancels for New York (DiMaggio), Williams (Boston) and Stargell (Pittsburgh)..

Several post offices around the country offered special cancels for the Baseball All-Star set including the above from Aug 23, 2012 Patterson, NJ and the below from West Sacramento, Ca (July 20) which had cancels for all four players...
Raley Field is home to the Sacramento River Cats (AAA-affiliate of the Oakland Athletics).

July 26, 2012 - Camden, SC

Sunday, July 8, 2012

2012 Larry Doby honored

Larry Doby (1923-2003)
July 5, 1947 a few months after Jackie Robinson broke the Major League Baseball color barrier, Larry Doby made his debut for the American League Cleveland Indians. Doby would go on to appear in seven All-Star games and finish second in the 1954 American League MVP voting.

  • 1998 inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1994 the Indians retired Doby's #14 
  • 2007 the Indians again honored Doby on August 10, 2007 as Larry Doby Day..
  • 2010 inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame
  • 2012 Indians rename Eagle Ave next to the Indians' Progressive Field as Larry Doby Way


Starting his career with the Newark Eagles 1942-1943, 1946, he would move on to the Indians from 1947-1955, 1958, Chicago White Sox 1956-1957, 1959, Detroit Tigers 1959 and finally in Japan with the Chunichi Dragons in 1962. Doby would also manage the Chicago White Sox in 1978 (becoming the second black manager in the Major Leagues following Frank Robinson)...

July 20, 2012 Cooperstown, NY - the USPS will honor Doby along with Joe DiMaggio, Willie Stargell and Ted Williams, four players who captured the imagination of the public for their exploits on and off the playing field. The stamps were designed by Kadir Nelson and based on historic photographs of each of the men.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Buck Leonard


Babe Ruth first day cover signed by Bill Terry and Buck Leonard. (both obtained through the mail)
Bill Terry (1898-1989) Major League first baseman and manager with the New York Giants, 1923-1941. Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame 1954...
Buck Leonard (1907-1997)  played for the Homestead Grays 1934-1950, Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame 1972 by the Negro Leagues Committee...
A 3-time Negro League World Series champion, 12-time All-Star, Leonard also played for Indios de Mayaguez, 1940-41, Algodoneros de Terreon, 1951-53, Minor Leagues 1953, Durango 1955.

Upon receiving the above cover autographed by Buck Leonard the above typed note was sent along with the cover.

Dear Baseball Fan:
I Have recently had a stroke and am recovering from it now. I am walking, but it will take some time before I am fully recovered.
I am learning how to write with my throwing hand (Left hand), but will you please hold off on your autograph requests until at least January. Would you also please just send one item.
Thank you very much for your interest in me.
Sincerely
Walter F. (Buck) Leonard

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Rube Foster - Negro Leagues

July 15, 2010...the USPS issued 2 stamps to honor Rube Foster and the Negro Leagues, which operated from 1920 into the 1960s. The se-tenant stamp features a scene painted by Kadir Nelson...
The stamps were issued at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Kansas City, Mo. In attendance as honored guests to the dedication ceremony were Mamie "Peanut" Johnson and Cleophus Brown...

Original sketch of the stamp design by Kadir Nelson, as shown on the site Beyond the Perf.
The US Postal service decided not to focus on one particular player, especially since Josh Gibson, Stachel Paige and Jackie Robinson had recently been honored as part of the Legends of Baseball, 2000. Working with art director Howard Paine, Nelson choose to create a se-tenant design with the image stretching across both stamps. The left-hand stamp shows the excitement of the game, while the right-hand stamp features Rube Foster, founder of the first successful Negro baseball league.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Babe Ruth First Day Cover - Negro Leagues


Jimmy Dean "The Original"
Pitcher - (1946-1950)
Philadelphia Stars
NY Black Yankees
NY Cubans


Willie "Curly" Williams
Newark Eagles (1945-1948)
Houston Eagles (1949-1950)
New Orleans Eagles (1951)
Mayaguez, Puerto Rico (1949-1951)
Chicago White Sox system (1951-1952)
-Colorado Springs
-Toledo, American Association
-Scranton, Eastern League
Carmen Cardinals, ManDak League (1953)
Lloydminster Meridians, Western Canada League (1955-1960)
Lloydminster Green Caps, Northern Saskatchewan League (1961-1963)

Max Manning "Doctor Cyclops" - Pitcher
Newark Eagles (1938-1948)

Jim Walker
Newark Eagles

Jim Cohen "Fireball" - Pitcher
Indianapolis Clowns (1946-1952)
Venezuela (1948-1949)

Wilmer "Red" Fields - Pitcher, Outfield
Homestead Grays (1939-1950)
Branford, Canadian League (1951, 1953-1955)
Toronto, International league (1952)
Fort Wayne (1956-1957)
Mexico City Reds, Mexican League (1958)
Winter Leagues - Venezuela (1950-1952), Puerto Rico (1947-1951), Colombia (1955-1956), Dominican Republic (1953), Panama, Cuba...

Bill "Ready" Cash - catcher
Philadelphia Stars (1943-1950)
Mexican Pacific League (1950)
Brandon Manitoba, Canadian League (1951)
MLB Minor Leagues (1952-1953)
Satchel paige All-Stars (1946)
Bismarck, North Dakota (1955)

Warren Peace - Pitcher
Newark Eagles 1945-1948

The Jackie Robinson stamps was the issued in , to honor Robinson's contribution to "breaking the color barrier". In 1983 the USPS issued a stamp to honor Babe Ruth, and the stamp was issued in Chicago to coincide withe the 50th anniversary of the All-Star game. I had the privilege of being a part of a group that had the stamps shipped from Chicago on the day of issue, to New York, where our group traveled the area to obtain unofficial first day cancels. Along with some friends, Bob and Billy, we went to the Brooklyn Main Post Office to request hand cancels on several covers. After some time the postmaster agreed to our request and had the covers canceled. I choose to add the Jackie Robinson stamp to the covers since both Ruth and Robinson had worn the Brooklyn Dodgers uniform. Ruth served as a first base coach for the last few months of the 1938 season.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Jackie Robinson


Jackie Robinson is probably the most honored player from the Negro Leagues, due to his being the first black player to enter Major League Baseball (1947-1957 Brooklyn Dodgers). Memorabilia ranges from his rookie baseball cards (1948 Bowman and 1948-49 Leaf), programs, comic books, magazines and books, photos, buttons (the yellow border button from my collection) and many other items still being produced.Major League Baseball honored Robinson by retiring his number from all major league teams on April 15, 1997...On the 60th anniversary of Robinson entering the MLB, Ken Griffey Jr requested of Robinson's widow Rachel if he could wear the number 42 on Jackie Robinson Day in his honor. The request was granted and extended to all players, which continues to this day.
I am in favor of honoring Jackie Robinson, I don't necessarily agree with every player wearing the number 42. My reasoning is there were many others in baseball who are not getting recognition. Larry Doby gets little mention as the first black to play in the American League, second to Robinson overall. MLB does not honor Native Americans, the first being Louis Socalexis playing in 1897 along with Chief Bender, Jim Thorpe, Zack Wheat and many others. The first Japanese player Masanori Murakami 1964, not followed until Hideo Nomo came in 1995. Esteban Bellan 1871 joined by a long list of players...

Citi Field honored Jackie Robinson by erected his number 42 in the Jackie Robinson Rotunda dedicated 2009. I have been to Citi Field twice (for a baseball game and a soccer game) and I think it is a great park, but I have to wonder why the number 42? Why not a statue or plaque?
I have to question why honor Robinson, when he did not play for the Mets, he played for the Dodgers. Why not honor other members of the Brooklyn Dodgers or the NY Giants, why are we selective in honoring one person? You may disagree, and I am not saying Robinson does not deserve the attention he receives, but let's honor all who are just as deserving. After a while honoring one individual can lose it's appeal and meaning...

In 2006 the US Congress designated May 20, 2006 as Negro League Baseball Day...
2006 the Brewers honored both the Negro Leagues and Hispanic players with Negro Leagues Tribute day and Cerveceros Day...
May 30, 2009 Negro League Day at Kauffman Stadium (KC Royals v Chicago White Sox)
May 2010 Maryland initiates Negro League Day
June 12, 2011 the Frederick Keys celebrated Negro League Baseball by wearing the uniform of the Homestead Grays...
May 14, 2011, the Atlanta Braves giveaway an Atlanta Black Crackers baseball hat...
June 10, 2011 San Diego Padres Salute to the Negro Leagues...
July 9, 2011 Milwaukee Brewers Negro League night, players were Negro League uniforms...
July 15, 2011 Detroit Tigers Negro League weekend and 17th annual Negro League Tribute Game...
July 19, 2011 Buck O'Neill Centennial Celebration - KC Royals...


Excellent site for Jackie Robinson pin-back buttons (baseballpinbackbuttons)

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Jackie Robinson - 50th Anniversary Silver Dollar

The 1997 Jackie Robinson Silver Dollar was issued in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Robinson's appearance in a major league baseball game, as the first black player to integrate the league. The obverse of the silver dollar portrays Jackie Robinson sliding into home plate, just as he did in the 1955 World Series game. The reverse of the coin displays the logo of the Jackie Robinson Foundation. Inscriptions read two accomplishments for Rookie of the Year 1947 and Hall of Fame induction 1962.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Legends of the Negro Leagues - Playing Cards


Set of playing cards "A product of the International Society of Athletes, PO Box 44E, Los Angeles, Ca." - Legends of the Negro Leagues...features 56 stars of the Negro Leagues including Red Moore, Chico Renfroe, Sunnie Brown, Billie Harden, "Pee Wee" Butts, Parnell Woods, Fran Matthews, Hilton Smith, Pancho Coimbre Art Pennington, along with all the expected greats of the game. The additional non-suit cards featureDouble Duty Radcliffe as the Joker, and Rube Foster as the Super Joker cards..Wilmer Fields and Connie Johnson have no assigned suit or card number....

Harold Hair

Harold "Buster" Hair - self published card through Contemporary Photo Ent.
Back of the card:
Hometown: Jacksonville, Fla.
Education: 1956 Graduate from A&T State University, Greensboro,
1974 Masters Degree from the university of Florida, Gainesville, Fl
Position: Third baseman, Bat right/Throw right, infield and outfield

Played for the following baseball teams & leagues:
1953 Birmingham Black Barons - Negro League
1955-56 Garson Greyhounds - Nickel Belt League
1956 Hamilton Redwings - P.O.N.Y. League
1957 Edmonton All-Stars - Western Canadian League
1958 Kansas City Monarchs - Negro League

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Chuck Harmon

Topps 1956 baseball card # 308

reverse: Height 6'2", Weight 170, Bats: right, Throws: right, Home: Gloversville, NY
At Toledo University Chuck starred on the basketball team. In a brilliant 5 year minor league career he hit .336. Chuck can play first base, 3rd base, as well as the outfield.

George Crowe

Topps 1960 baseball card # 419

reverse: Height6' 2", Weight 212, Bats: left, Throws: left, Home: Springfield Gardens, NY

Season Highlights
Apr 25: George's 8th inn HR beats LA
May 7: pinch hit HR against Cubs
June 12: 10th inn fly beats Reds
Aug 4: Pinch hits HR vs Pitts
Aug 13: Blasts grand slam homer as pinch hitter against Dodgers
Aug 22: Belts 10th pinch HR of career against Reds to tie a major league pinhc hit record.

George had a .592 slugging percentage last year..