Monthly Archives: April 2011

Card 47/48 Frank Hayes and Al Brancato

Frank Hayes was nicknamed “Blimp” for no apparent reason. The A’s catcher was 6 feet tall and tipped the scales at only 185, so he was well south of Ernie Lombardi territory. He was a six-time AL All Star and … Continue reading

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Card 49/50 Bob Johnson and Bill Nagel

If Indian Bob Johnson were playing today, would we call him Native American Bob Johnson? And isn’t Johnson a kind of strange name for an Indian anyway? He was one quarter Cherokee.vA very solid player who normally toiled for inferior … Continue reading

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Card 51/52 Buck Newsom and Hank Greenberg

Better known as Bobo, Buck Newsom was one of the game’s colorful characters.  He was an “inning burner’ which made him of value even on the years when he was not performing well or when his team was struggling. The … Continue reading

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Card 53/54 Barney McCosky and Charlie Gehringer

Barney McCosky was a solid outfielder, mostly with the Tigers. The youngest of nine children, he grew up in Detroit in the Great Depression.  McCosky attended Southwestern High School where he was All-City and captain in both baseball and basketball. … Continue reading

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Card 55/56 Pinky Higgins and Dick Bartell

I don’t know of any other set that has two guys named Pinky in it (the other being Pinky May). Pinky Higgins (who was dubbed Pinky as a baby and reportedly detested the name) had a good career, landing on … Continue reading

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Card 57/58 Ted Williams/Jim Tabor

This is the first card I purchased long before I decided to pursue the set. Ted Williams in all likelihood is the best hitter who ever lived. I would recommend Ted Williams: The biography of an American Hero.  It is … Continue reading

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Card 59/60 Jimmie Foxx and Joe Cronin

Joe Cronin‘s appears on two cards in this set and in both cases he’s in good company. One of his cards he shares with Ted Williams, possibly the best hitter ever to swing a bat.  On this one, he is … Continue reading

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Card 61/62 Lefty Gomez and Phil Rizzuto

A card that features two guys who were both great players and true baseball characters, both were major cogs in an amazing run of Yankees championship teams. Lefty Gomez was a seven time all-star and five time world champion. While … Continue reading

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Card 63/64 Joe DiMaggio and Charlie Keller

Joe DiMaggio really needs little introduction.  The 3-time MVP (in a war-shortened career) is generally best known for his 56-game hitting streak, but was also the 5th leading home run hitter of all time at the time of his retirement. … Continue reading

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Card 65/66 Red Rolfe and Bill Dickey

A four-time all star and five-time world champion, Red Rolfe is relatively anonymous among Yankee fixtures on the great dynasty teams.  After a very solid career he managed for the Tigers before becoming AD at his alma mater Dartmouth then … Continue reading

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