Thursday, September 21, 2017

Winston Salem Pond Giants

Winston Salem Pond Giants business envelopes found on internet searches

The Pond giants are one of the oldest semiprofessional baseball teams in the country, first organized in 1914. The team name came from an area along the Northwest Boulevard and North Cherry Street that flooded after a reservoir broke in 1904.

Before the team integrated in 1956, the Pond Giants were a negro team of men, who held full time jobs and played in their spare time. The players were not salaried, but paid from gate receipts. Many of their games were played at Southside Park, although the Pond Giants traveled throughout the South playing other teams in North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.

As semipro teams popularity declined the Giants continued through to the 1998.

2007 the Winston-Salem Warthogs honored the Pond Giants at Ernie Shore Field

2016 the Pond Giants were honored by the Winston-Salem Dash (Carolina League), when the team wore jersey in honor of the Giants

2007.08 Winston-Salem Warthogs
2016.06 Tim Clodfelter, Winston-Salem Journal

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Inside the Park - Reading Fighting' Phils

 signed by Dave Wallace, manager of the visiting Akron Rubber Ducks (Cleveland Indians affiliate)

I brought the Sluggers first day cover featuring Hank Greenberg, since he was the general manager of the Wilkes Barre Indians when the move to Reading was made.
 signed by Brodie Greene #8, Ben Lively #19, coach Mickey Morandini (Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Toronto Blue Jays)
MLB passport cancel
Jul 14, 2015 Reading Fighting Phils, Reading, Pa
Rubber Ducks defeated the Phils 5-1 after 5 scoreless innings. Ryan Merritt earned the victory and Ben Lively took the loss

FirstEnergy Stadium, was built as Reading Municipal Memorial Stadium in 1947, with the first game being played April 15, 1951 home to the Reading Indians, until 1961. They changed affiliations to the Red Sox 1963-1964 and then to the Phillies 1967- present)

Tuesday, September 19, 2017


1948 Amateur Baseball World Series - Managua, Nicaragua
November 20 - December 12, 1948
 1962 - Japan
17th National Athletic Meet 
1972 - Italy
Women's Intercontinental Softball Tournament
1982 - Taiwan
5th National World Women's Softball Championships
1987 - Peoples Republic of China
6th National Games held in Guangdong Province from Nov 20-Dec 5, 1987
designer of the commemorative envelope is Chen Shubin (Fang Tang)
Stamp Company of Guangdong Province

Monday, September 18, 2017

Softball - 1995 Recreational Sports

USPS Commemorative Panel
USPS Souvenir sheet
Art craft
Postal Commemorative Society
Postal Commemorative Society - Gold Replica
Bevil cachet #/125

These stamps showcase five recreational sports played by millions from the serious competitor to the amateur. 

Softball was invented in 1887 in Chicago, credited to George Hancock, to be played as an indoor variation of baseball. The ball used was softer than a baseball. A tournament held at the 1933 Chicago World's Fair spurred interest in the game. The Amateur Softball Association of America would be founded in the same year.

Softball today played with variation of Fast-pitch, slow-pitch and modified has gone beyond the realm of just being a recreational sport. Softball made it's Olympic debut in 1996 Atlanta.
Softball is played in over 100 countries around the world. The European Softball Federation was formed in 1976

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Colgate University Radiers

Colgate was founded in the first half of the nineteenth century, primarily to educate young men for the ministry. It is currently a private liberal arts college, located in Hamilton Village, Hamilton Township, Madison County, New York
In 1889 Colgate Baseball had a record of 10-9
The team folded in 1996, and currently plays as a club sport

Friday, September 15, 2017