A standing O for Rich Mueller, editor of SportsCollectorsDaily.com.
With Sports Collectors Daily, he’s giving proof that “baseball by the letters” can build a one-of-a-kind collection.
Hand-written questionnaires from baseball legends. What could be better?
Consider what the profits from the All-Star game auction will get used for.
Hunt Auctions promises that 100 percent of the net proceeds will go towards the digitization of the questionnaires. The San Diego Baseball Research Center housed at the San Diego Public Library will host the collection of nearly 125,000 questionnaires assembled by historian Bill Weiss in seven decades. Imagine being able to view all of these online, for free. Sigh…
Meanwhile, each of us can only dream of full mailboxes with even a fraction of Weiss’s successes. Keep sending those baseball letters, and swing for the fences!
Ron Locke knows he pitched for a Hall of Famer in 1964. However, did he think Mets skipper Casey Stengel was anything like the zany character reporters claimed?
“I thought Casey was a great man. He liked young kids coming up from the minors. he liked talking to young ballplayers to see what they knew about the game.
“But as far as a manager, he thought he had the Yankees. He liked to drink booze and staying up late at night. He really didn’t tell you much about the game.
“He liked talking to sports writers. I think the reporters hit the nail on the head when talking about Casey.”
I was delighted to hear from Ron Locke, a pitcher for the 1964 Mets.
Locke appeared on Topps cards in 1964 and ’65. I asked him about the experience. Did he remember details of the photos? Was cardboard immortality fun?
“It’s what they tell you what poses they were going to take and what position they wanted you to do. It was a great feeling to even make the majors. But, when you have baseball cards, it was a great feeling to show your friends.”