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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Happy Birthday to My Favorite Player

 Today would have been Ron Santo's 81st birthday.  Ronnie's been gone for 10 years now but he's certainly not forgotten.  I'm not a religious man but it's nice to imagine him reminiscing with all of the guys who passed in the last year, including his infield-mate Glenn Beckert. 

This is my favorite card.  It's a TTM from the days following Ron's retirement in the 1970's.

When Santo's jersey was retired by the Cubs in 2003 he famously said to the crowd at Wrigley Field, "This is my Hall of Fame."  
Ron finally did make it to the Hall of Fame but it's still sad to many of us that he didn't get to enjoy it in life.  I've never worn this shirt.  It's a really nice tribute.

I heard the cake discussion live on the radio.

Rest in Peace Ron!

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Chicago Baseball Parks 1937

 Baseball season is almost here.  Spring training games begin in less than two weeks. Opening Day is about 6 weeks away.  The White Sox, who look to have an exciting team, will not be playing in Comiskey Field.  Did the Sox ever play in Comiskey Field?  As far as I know it was always Comiskey Park.  The Cubs, as they have been since 1916, will be playing in Wrigley Field.

This card dates from 1937.  I tried my best to figure out where the Wrigley image came from.  I had no luck at all.  Was it taken from an actual photograph?  Note all the fans standing on the field.   Can anyone date it? 

Thursday, February 18, 2021

(I'm Late to) Project 2020

I wasn't sure how I felt about Topps Project 2020 when it began.  I may have even been a bit confused by it.  I certainly didn't understand the frenzy.  There was a frenzy, right?  So now it's 2021 and I noticed some really low starting prices on the one player I'm most interested in, Sandy Koufax.  Impulsively I bid on the one I found most interesting, the Tyson Beck.

I'm going to ask the most obvious question.  What's the deal with the barbed wire?  I Googled and don't think I found a definitive answer.  I'd like the card better without it.  Maybe I'd like it better if I understood it.
So now I have a Project 2020 card.  I don't have any buyers remorse, nor am I that excited.  Pardon me if I sound like the guy late to the movie who's asking what's going on but how do you feel about the set at this point.  Did you buy any?  Planning to?

This is my only vintage Sandy.

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Happy Valentines Day?

My wife and I don't actually celebrate Valentine's Day.  The cynic in me sees it as an over-commercialized  excuse for companies to guilt us into buying cards, flowers, chocolates etc. at marked up prices.  It's not that I don't love my wife or enjoy giving her gifts. (Truth be told I did buy her a couple of bags of Ghirardelli  heart chocolates yesterday.  The dark chocolate sea salt hearts are her current favorite.)  I just don't like feeling that it's an obligation.  I'm probably in the minority.  Is there a Cranky Old Men Anonymous? 

On a more positive note here are some Valentine related cards. 

I like to play up my crankyness but I really am just a sentimental old fool.  My postcard collection includes about a hundred early 20th century romantic images.  I saw this one and loved illustration.  It dates from around 1906.

This card actually deserves it's own post.  You may see it again.

Bob Love's #10 jersey was the second in Bull's history to be retired (Jerry Sloan's #4 was first).  He was a key member of the first Bulls teams I remember watching as a kid.  These days he's the Director of Community Affairs and Goodwill Ambassador for the Bulls.

There have certainly been times in my life when Valentine's Day was sad and lonely.

Mr. Valentinetti turned 92 last September.  As you can see Vito is in the "played on both Chicago teams" club.  I think this photograph is from his time with the Cubs.  He wore #57 on the North Side.
If you're alone today, have some chocolate.  If you're in love, have some chocolate.  Chocolate's always good.  (Unless you can't eat it for medical reasons).  What's your favorite chocolate?

Thursday, February 11, 2021

This Day in Sports

 On this day 50 years ago Jean Beliveau scored his 500th goal, just the fourth player in NHL history to reach the milestone.  Gentleman Jean won 17 Stanley Cup Championships, 10 as a player and an additional 7 as an executive.

Jean had one of the all-time great signatures. As classy as he was. This card is never leaving my collection.

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