Saturday, June 23, 2018

Willie Mays - Say Hey Kid

Aug 20, 1983 Jersey Retirement
Sep 29, 1984 - commemorative cover for the 30th anniversary of the "catch" during the 1954 World Series between the SF Giants and the Cleveland Indians
Feb 14 1985 re-instated into baseball
1979 Mays signed as an Ambassador for an Atlantic City, NJ casino. Commissioner Bowie Kuhn thought that high profile former players hanging out with gamblers was bad for baseball. Kuhn banned Mays and Mickey Mantle, who signed with a casino in 1983, from the game. both had been paid coaches for spring training. Peter Uberroth took over the position as Commissioner in 1985 and looked into the case. He felt that since both players were only attending casino sponsored golf outings and not gambling events, he re-instated both players

Willie Mays joined the Birmingham Barons of the Negro American League at age 16. The New York Giants purchased his contract in 1950, and made his debut May 25, 1951. He would win Rookie of the Year honors. He would play 21 seasons with the Giants, interrupted by a 2-year stint in the Army.

1972 he moved from San Francisco back to New York to play for the Mets until his retirement in 1973.
  • 24-time All-Star (1954-1973)
  • World Series Champion (1954)
  • 2-time NL MVP (1954, 1955)
  • 12-time Gold Glove Award (1957-1968)
  • NL Batting Champion (1954)
  • 4-time home run leader (1955, 1962, 1964, 1965)
  • 4-time stolen base leader (1956-1959)
  • Roberto Clemente Award 1971

The Giants retired #24 May 12, 1972
Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame 1979
Named to the Major League Baseball All-Century Team, chosen by fans in 1999

Career batting average .302 (hit over .300 10-times)
660 career home runs
338 stolen bases

additionally Mays has been honored on stamps from:
 Granada - 1988
 St Vincent - 1989
Ras Al Khama (member of the United Arab Emirates)

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

World Series - 1983 Baltimore Orioles v Philadelphia Phillies

1983 World Series.. The Baltimore Orioles defeat the Philadelphia Phillies 4 games to 1
Rick Dempsey was voted Series MVP

This was Cal Ripken Jr's only World Series appearance

The Post Office offered machine printed versions of the postmarks with the game information inserted into the boxes. The actual postmarks applied at the time of the game being played have the boxes empty to allow the fans to fill in the information

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

World Series - 1989 Oakland A's v San Francisco Giants

Game 1 (alexander cachet)
Game 2 (AJS cachet)
Game 2 (Gateway cachet)
Game 3 ( LE Bailey photo-cachet)
Writers Connection Limited

The 1989 World Series was held from October 14 - October 28.
The Oakland Athletics sept the San Francisco Giants 4 games to 0
Dave Stewart was named Series MVP

Sunday, June 10, 2018

World Series - 1984 Detroit Tigers v San Diego Padres

American League Playoffs
Detroit Tigers defeat the Kansas City Royals
National League Playoffs
San Diego Padres defeat the Chicago Cubs

The USPS provided envelopes with printed postmarks in a souvenir folder
hand made envelope showing the grip for the sacrifice bunt

The 1984 World Series began on October 9 and ended on October 14. The American League's Detroit Tigers defeated the San Diego Padres 4 game to 1

Alan Trammell named series MVP

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Rafael Palmero - 400th Home Run

Sep 23, 2000 Arlington, Tx

Rafael Palmeiro Corrales played his career of the Chicago Cubs 9186-1988, Texas Rangers 1989-1993, 1999-2003, Baltimore Orioles 1994-1998, 2004-2005

Palmeiro was named to the All-Star team 4-times and won 3 Gold Gloves. A member of the 500 home run club, this cover commemorates his 400th home run, hit off Scott Karl of the Angels in a 15-4 losing effort

Monday, June 4, 2018

Alvin Davis - Rookie of the Year

Nov 21, 1984 New York, NY

Alvin Davis was named Rookie of the Year for the 1984 season. The Seattle Mariner first baseman finished the season with 567 at bats in 152 games and a .284 BA. Davis had 27 home runs, with 116 RBI. Davis made his debut on April 11 at Boston's Fenway Park, hitting home runs in his first 2 games played.

Davis would play for the Mariners from 1984 - 1991, California Angels 1992, Osaka Kinetsu Buffaloes 1992

Davis finished his career with a .280 Ba, 160 HRs, 683 RBI

Selected as an All-Star 1984
Inducted into the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame 1997

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Bud Smith - No-hit game

Sep 3, 2001 San Diego, Ca

Bud Smith had a short major league career, finishing with a 7-8 record over 2 years (2001-2002) with the St Louis Cardinals. Smith pitched in a total of 27 games, with 24 starts.

In 2001, Smith became the 18th rookie to pitch a no-hit game, defeating the Padres 4-0. Smith gave up 4 walks, and threw 134 pitches. Smith finished 4th in voting for Rookie of the Year after a 6-3 season and an 3.83 ERA

The Cardinals received help from Albert Pujols, who homered in the 1st inning to give Smith a 2-0 start. Placid Palanco also picked up an RBI. The Padres had 1 error in the game.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Roberto Clemente Statue Dedication - 1994

July 8, 1994
Roberto Clemente statue dedication at PNC Field, Pittsburgh
Karoline's Cachets #/25

1994 the Pittsburgh Pirates honored Roberto Clemente with a statue
overhead schematic of the Clemente statue from the dedication program

Honus Wagner bronze statue by Frank Vittor, created to honor former Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop. Originally dedicated April 30, 1955 at Schenley Park, the statue was relocated in 1972 to Three Rivers Stadium and then relocated to PNC Park

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

New York Giants - World Series 30th Anniversary

Found this unique 30th Anniversary cover commemorating the New York Giants on an auction website.
September 29, 1954 - Dusty Rhodes of the New York Giants pinch hitting for Monte Irvin homered with Willie Mays and Hank Thompson on base in the 10th inning of the 1st game of the World Series to give the Giants a 5-2 victory. they went on to defeat the Cleveland Indians 4 games to 0. Rhodes got 4 hits in 6 time at bat, drove in 7 runs and hit 2 home runs in the 4 game sweep

the cover is signed by Hoyt Wilhelm, Dusty Rhodes, Willie Mays, Alvin Dark and Don Mueller

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants

April 15, 1958 San Francisco, Ca

A beautiful internet find, a 1958 cover commemorating the inaugural game on the Pacific Coast between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants at Seals Stadium

The Giants and Dodgers, arch-rivals for 68 years in New York, faced each other on the opening day April 15 of the 1958 season. The Giants blanked the Dodgers 8-0 behind Ruben Gomez' complete game, six-hit shutout. Gomez struck out 6, with no walks.

Daryl Spencer hit the first home run for the San Francisco team, followed by rookie Orlando Cepeda. Willie Mays had 2 RBIs. 

Don Drysdale took the loss for the Dodgers.

Attendance at the minor league stadium was 23,448

The Giants were approached by Dan Francisco mayor George Christopher to move the franchise to the Pacific Coast, around the same time the Dodgers' owner Walter O'Malley was approached to move to Los Angeles. The National League determined that the Dodgers could not re-locate unless another team also moved to the Pacific Coast. By the Summer of 1957 the Dodgers and the Giants would leave New York City.