Wrigley Field frowns on autograph collectors

Posted April 20th, 2015 by Tom Owens and filed in Atlanta Braves, Ron Santo, Wrigley Field
The new sign should read: "Don't Go Where Cubs Fans Have Gone Before." Michael Barera [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0), CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

The new sign should read: “Don’t Go Where Cubs Fans Have Gone Before.” Michael Barera [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0), CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

Everything is connected.

Wrigley Field’s remodel includes an anti-autograph shield keeping players segregated from signature-seeking fans outside the ballpark.

Re-read the Ron Santo biography A Perfect 10. His sons discussed how he’d sign everywhere, stopping the car along the route home.

The Atlanta Braves spring training address confounds collectors. Mail gets rejected, RTS, without rhyme nor reason.

Teams are redefining us. Not in a good way. Speak up for yourself, and your hobby, every chance you get. 

 

 

Look closer at that baseball card!

Posted April 16th, 2015 by Tom Owens and filed in SSPC
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Don Mossi and 15 other Detroit players, coaches (and even trainer) appeared beside new Fords in a postcard set in 1962. The stories about this day would amaze!

I loved Rich Klein’s recent “Ramblings” column on the so-fun Sports Card Daily site.

“What should I ask about in a letter?” is a common question.

Even the smallest career (or non-career) may have been depicted on at least one baseball card.

Retired players may not have great insights about teammates or opponents. However, I’m guessing they won’t forget the details surrounding one of their few card appearances.

Former Twin Jerry Terrell, more than three decades prior, loved looking at his SSPC cards. He rolled his eyes, laughed and told me that the sweaty-faced photo was from a hot Florida spring training afternoon, right after running wind sprints. 

Where was the photo taken? When (early spring training or regular season)? Who suggested the pose (player or photographer)?

The only thing better than an autographed card is one that comes with a bonus history.

 

Giants broadcaster Lon Simmons gone at age 91

Posted April 13th, 2015 by Tom Owens and filed in Uncategorized
Tags: KSFO
From a 1971 magazine ad for Giants flagship station KSFO. Check out Lon's baseball memorabilia in the background! By KSFO [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

From a 1971 magazine ad for Giants flagship station KSFO. Check out Lon’s baseball memorabilia in the background! By KSFO [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

I remember the kind, detailed reply from announcer Lon Simmons. 

Three blog posts were needed to share all of Lon’s memories.

Want to collect great stories? Find the broadcasters. 

Meanwhile, enjoy this great retrospective from fans who remember the voice of the Giants.