Sunday, July 3, 2022
Saturday, July 2, 2022
The next Negro league great to get the spotlight here on the blog, perhaps the most important figure in early Black baseball, Sol White:
I first became aware of White when I was hunting down a copy of his incredible early book, “History of Colored Baseball”, from 1907.
According to various records and accounts, White’s playing career spanned about 20 years between 1887-1926, which included his managerial career as well, which started in 1902 when he founded, along with others, the Philadelphia Giants.
Between 1904 and 1907 he led the team to four straight Black Baseball Championships.
It was also in that time that he published his historical publication in 1907, a 128-page pamphlet that was given out at games during their season.
Beginning with the formation of the first black baseball team in 1885 and took readers up to 1907, with what was supposed to be a second edition to be published later on covering the game into the 1920’s.
Sadly this never materialized, leaving us with what could have been an incredible piece of documented history.
Nevertheless, if you want to read more of Sol White, you can easily read his Wikipedia entry, and also see the bibliography included to cover even more.
Totally worth the read and I strongly encourage it!
Friday, July 1, 2022
On the blog today, we add "Sweet Swingin' Billy from Whistler", Billy Williams, to my 1963 "Lost Second Series" Fleer set, released last year:
Thursday, June 30, 2022
On the blog today, adding the great Detroit Tigers legend Al Kaline to my 1970 "In-Game Action" set, which for those of you who purchased Series One a couple months ago, will notice that THIS is the second version, which actually shows the correct player:
Wednesday, June 29, 2022
Thought it'd be fun to revisit my "Nicknames of the 1970's" post from January 23rd, 2015, celebrating "Cobra", Dave Parker, who I feel belongs in the Hall of fame.
Let's dive right in!
Tuesday, June 28, 2022
Today on the blog, a fun card to create, a 1969 career-capper for former slugger Rocky Colavito, from my "Whole Nine" custom set released last year:
He topped 40+ homers three times, with a career-best 45 in 1961 while also leading the American League in 1959 with 42 blasts.
By the time he retired, he hit 374 homers with 1159 RBIs over 1841 games in 14-years, finishing Top-5 in MVP voting three times and making the All-Star team six times.
Monday, June 27, 2022
On the blog today, a fun dedicated manager card celebrating Pittsburgh Pirates skipper Danny Murtaugh, who led the team to two world championships over his 15-year managerial career:
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