Friday, February 27, 2009

Ted Williams

Player: Ted Williams

Team: Boston Red Sox

Position: outfield

First mentioned on page: 4

Distinguishing feature: Made $125,000.

Additional information: Dude, it's Ted Williams. The man is a demigod. If you really don't know who Ted Williams is start with Wikipedia, then check out his website, the Red Sox home page has some good info and once you've gone over that, it's time to get some books and start reading. Now, if you don't want to go through all that, here's the condensed version:

The man could hit.

Boy, could he hit.

Rookie Card: 1939 Play Ball #92

Other significant cards:
1940 Play Ball #27
1941 Play Ball #14
1947 Homogenized Bond #48
1948 Swell Sport Thrills #16
1949 Leaf #76
1950 Bowman #98
1951 Bowman #165
1952 Red Man Tobacco AL23
1953 Canadian Exhibits
1954 Bowman #66A
1954 Topps #1 and 250
1955 Topps #2
1956 Topps #5
1957 Topps #1
1958 Topps #1, 321, 485
1959 Fleer - Entire set
1960Fleer #60
1961 Fleer #152
1969 Topps #539 and 650
1970 Topps #211
1971 Topps #380
1972 Topps #510

And a pile of oddballs and modern cards big enough to choke a whale.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Reporting to Tempe

I've wanted to do something like this for decades. From the first time I read the book Ball Four in the '80s, I thought about putting together a baseball card collection of every player mentioned in the book. A couple of times I even started making a list of all the players. Let me tell you, there are a LOT of players mentioned in there. I can probably find one of those half-finished lists if I dig around my files a little. I'm going to give it another go and share my findings.

I'll post each player in the order they appear in the book and include a list of the contemporary baseball cards they appeared on (if any). Front office types like Marvin Milkes will get mentioned in a seperate post every so often. There's no timetable on this project, so enjoy the leisurely ride. I'll start off with the first player mentioned, Ted Williams, and the very last post for the blog will be of the main man Jim.

And away we go...