Monday, August 17, 2020

Negro League Baseball 100th Anniversary

Aug 16, 2020

Major League Baseball honored the 100th Anniversary of Negro League Baseball. All players and umpires wore the above patch on they jerseys to commemorate the event. The original date to wear the patch was June 27 had to be moved to Aug 16 due to the implications of the COID-19 virus 

The Negro Leagues established in 1920 was the first structured league that lasted for an extended period of time. The logo used was a derivative of the official logo created by the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, located in Kansas City, Mo

Patch worn on a Kansas City Royals jersey

 

Monday, August 10, 2020

1938 League Stars pinbacks

Gus Greenlee started his career in baseball, by financially backing the Crawford Giants. He would continue to invest and bring in the best ballplayers available, building the team as the Pittsburgh Crawfords. In 1933 he organized the first East-West Classic, at Comiskey Park, Chicago.

In an effort to generate funds for the financially faltering league, Greenlee organized another All-Star game in 1938 to be played at Yankee Stadium on September 18. The game was rained out and Greenlee. The game was rescheduled for September 15 and moved to the Polo Grounds. These pinback buttons were created to commemorate the event

baseball pinbacks

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Hinchliffe Stadium



Hinchliffe Stadium, Patterson, New Jersey

One of the few remaining stadiums associated with the Negro Leagues. The concrete Art Deco styled stadium was built in 1932, the stadium was owned by the Paterson Public Schools since 1963 and was closed in 1996. The facility fell victim to neglect and vandalism. At its peak the stadium was home to Negro League baseball, high school events, boxing, auto racing, rock concerts....

Larry Doby, star athlete at Patterson Eastside High School was discovered by the Newark Eagles on this field. Dob would become the first black baseball player in the American League and the second in Major League Baseball

The Colored Championship of the Nation, was the first baseball event held at Hincliffe in 1933.
The New York Black Yankees played their home games at Hinchliffe for 12 seasons, starting in 1934. The New York Cubans called the stadium home for the 1935 and 1936 seasons

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Larry Doby

July 3, 1994 Cleveland, Oh
The Cleveland Indians retired Larry Doby's jersey #14

The Cleveland Indians retired Larry Doby's jersey #14.Doby was the second back baseball player to cross the color barrier, when he entered the game on July 5, 1947, as a pinch-hitter for relief pitcher Bryan Stephens. Doby struck out in his first at-bat. He would get his first hit the following day in the second game of a double-header against the Chicago White Sox.

Doby would go on to play for the Indians (1947-1955, 1958) Chicago White Sox (1956-1957, 1959) Detroit Tigers (1959) Chunuchu Dragons (Japan 1962)

Doby's career batting average was .283, 253 home runs, 970 RBI
  • 7x All-Star (1949-1955)
  • 2- AL home run leader (1952, 1954)
  • AL RBI Leader (1954)
  • Cleveland Hall of Fame (1966)
  • Cleveland Indians retired #14 (1994)
  • National Baseball Hall of Fame (1998)

Larry Doby would also manage the White Sox in 1978

Prior to breaking into the Major Leagues, Larry Doby played for the Newark Eagles (Negro Leagues 1944, 1946-1947) and San Juan Senators (Puerto Rico 1946)
pinback button 1950s (1.75 inch)

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Uganda - 2013

Willie Mays, Dan Bankhead, Stachel paige, Larry Doby
Jackie Robinson, Quincy Trouppe
Uganda stamp issue honoring famous people of African origin - Baseball players

Saturday, February 25, 2017

2001 Stitches in Time




2001 Fleer Traditions - Stitches in Time.

I was recently introduced to this set by a friend. A 25 card insert sub-set of the 2001 Fleer Traditions cards, dedicated to the Negro Leagues. Parallels include autographs (Banks, Black, Irvin, O'Neil, Radcliffe and Wilson). Mays did not agree to sign any cards. Unsigned cards have appeared on the secondary market with forged signatures
Relics cards - game used bats (Campanella, Doby, Howard) uniform swatch (Mays, Robinson)

uno (1ST) - Henry Kimbro - Baltimore Elite Giants
2ST - Ernie Banks - Kansas City Monarchs
3ST - Cool Papa Bell
4ST - Joe Black - Baltimore Elite Giants
5ST - Roy Campanella - Baltimore Elite Giants
6ST - Ray Dandridge - Newark Eagles
7ST - Leon Day - Newark Eagles
8ST - Larry Doby - Newark Eagles
9ST - Josh Gibson - Homestead Grays
10ST - Elston Howard - Kansas City Monarchs
11ST - Monte Irvin - Newark Eagles
12ST - Buck Leonard - Homestead Grays
13ST - Max Manning - Newark Eagles
14ST - Willie Mays - Birmingham Black Barons
15ST - Buck O'Neil - Kansas City Monarchs
16ST - Satchel paige - Kansas City Monarchs
17ST - Ted Radcliffe - Chicago American Giants
18ST - Jackie Robinson - Kansas City Monarchs
19ST - Bill Perkins - Pittsburgh Crawfords
20ST - Rube Foster - Chicago American Giants
21ST - Judy Johnson - Hilldale Giants
22ST - Oscar charleston - Pittsburgh Crawfords
23ST - Pop Lloyd - Brooklyn Royal Giants
24ST - Artie Wilson - Birmingham Black Barons
25ST - Sam Jethroe - Cleveland Buckeyes

The Henry Kimbro card is unnumbered and believed to be 1ST.
The Cool Papa Bell card was originally believed not to exist, however some cards have been found on the secondary market after Fleer ceased operations.

Thanks Greg




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.