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Sunday, February 28, 2021
Thursday, February 25, 2021
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.
Sunday, February 21, 2021
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
Sunday, February 14, 2021
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.
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.
Thursday, February 11, 2021
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.
Monday, February 8, 2021
I'm sure lots of you keep your eyes open for old sports books (or new ones). I was excited to find this one at a local thrift store. Did you know that in the UK they're called "charity shops"? I like that. I also like their term "wheelie bin" for the plastic garbage can you take to the curb. I call ours that now. But I digress.
Here's the book I found recently. Some of you have probably read it. I think I've seen The Science of Hitting but I don't think I've ever seen any edition of this one. The book is copyrighted 1969. This copy is a 4th edition.
Thursday, February 4, 2021
As I've said, my main postal focus is Chicago but as with trading cards I love variety as well. This is a card that just came in the mail a few days ago. Probably dating from around 1907 it is titled Golden Gate from Lands End S. F. Cal. Yes, that Golden Gate. Take a look into the distance. This photograph would have been taken decades before the beginning of construction of the iconic bridge that bears it's name.