Sunday, April 26, 2015
Sunday, April 19, 2015
Tommy Henrich was already an old-timer in 1950, playing in his final MLB season, which began with the Yanks in 1937. He was an All-Star during each of his final four years between 1946-1950, but made the team for the first time in 1942 before serving 3 years in the military during WWII. Henrich hit Triples and scored Runs, which probably means he was relatively fast. He was nicknamed "Old Reliable", and "The Clutch". He appeared in four different World Series with the New York in 1938, 1941, 1947, and 1949--all victories. Henrich remained on the ballot for the Hall-of-Fame between 1952-1970, earning over 20% of the voting during his peak year.
Sunday, April 12, 2015
This Luke Appling aquisition bring my total '50B missing card count to only 15 more to go. Appling was inducted into the MLB HOF in 1964 after a 20-year playing career that spanned from 1930-1950--all with the Chicago White Sox. He appeared in 7 All-Star games and often ranked among the league leaders in Batting Average, Hits, On-Base %, and Games Played throughout his playing years. While watching the 1982 World Series a couple years ago, I saw Appling hit a homerun against Warren Spahn at the age of 75 years old during an old-timers game at RFK stadium in Washington, D.C.
This card completed my '50B Chicago White Sox team set as well. Beginning with Luke Appling, there is: Mickey Haefner, Hank Majeski, Phil Masi, Bill Salkeld, Randy Gumpert, Floyd Baker, Dave Philley, Bill Wight, Bob Kuzava, Gus Zernial, Bob Cain, Howie Judson, and Cass Michaels.
Mantle's don't come cheap. I found this one for sale at less than 5% BV, and jumped on the opportunity to complete the last missing star card outside of the final series in the '66T set. It's also my 2nd regular-issue Topps Mantle card. This one is in really bad shape, but complete and readable.