Friday, May 29, 2020

2 eBay purchases

I'm always look for decent deals of former South Siders on ebay.  Both were under 15 dollars shipped so I was happy to get them.

Miguel Olivo ball came with a Topps Reserve Hologram on it.  I don't know much about those but still nice.  I remember really liking him before the Freddy Garcia trade and then not hearing much about him.  I was surprised to read that he played until 2014 after his 3 years in Chicago from 2002-2004.
Like Miguel, Bill Fischer played his first 3 years in Chicago (1956-1958).  He was part of a trade that brought Bob Shaw and Ray Boone to the 1959 Go Go Sox.  

1956 Team-9/41-21.95% Complete-Cal Abrams, Luis Aparicio, Jim Derrington, Bill Fischer, Jack Harshman, George Kell, Minnie Minoso, Billy Pierce, Jim Rivera
1957 Team-9/36-25.00% complete-Luis Aparicio, Jim Derrington, Bill Fischer, Jack Harshman, Jim Landis, Barry Latman, Minnie Minoso, Billy Pierce, Jim Rivera
1958 Team-11/40-27.50% complete-Luis Aparicio, Ray Boone, Bill Fischer, Jim Landis, Barry Latman, Billy Pierce, Tom Qualters, Jim Rivera, John Romano, Bob Shaw, Al Smith, Early Wynn
2002-8/35-22.86% complete-Mark Buehrle, Jon Garland, Willie Harris, Bob Howry, D'Angelo Jimenez, Paul Konerko, Carlos Lee, Damaso Marte, Miguel Olivo, Aaron Rowand, Frank Thomas
2003-13/40-32.50% complete-Roberto Alomar, Mark Buehrle, Bartolo Colon, Neal Cotts, Carl Everett, Jon Garland, Willie Harris, D'Angelo Jimenez, Paul Konerko, Carlos Lee, Damaso Marte, Miguel Olivo, Aaron Rowand, Frank Thomas
2004-18/42-42.86% complete-Roberto Alomar, Jeff Bajenaru, Mark Buehrle, Jose Contreras, Neal Cotts, Ben Davis, Carl Everett, Freddy Garcia, Jon Garland, Willie Harris, Paul Konerko, Carlos Lee, Damaso Marte, Miguel Olivo, Cliff Politte, Aaron Rowand, Frank Thomas, Juan Uribe

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Cups of Coffee on the South Side

As much as I love getting things signed by the big name players, I love the stories, the chase of the short cups of coffee players for the White Sox. Today, I got back one of these players when Mike Heathcott sent back a ball I sent to him.  Regardless, I admire these athletes and wanted to make note of their careers.

Here are the pitchers with the shortest time on the South Side that I have a signed ball in my collection:
Tim Stoddard-1 IP in 1975.  Went on to have 12 more years in the majors with the Orioles, Cubs, Padres, Yankees and Indians.

Vito Valentinetti-1 IP in 1954.  Afterwards, he pitched for the Cubs, Indians, Tigers and Senators from 1956-1959.
Mike Heathcott 3IP in 1998.  He struck out 3 in his only game.
Joe Shipley 4.2 IP in 1963.  Prior, he had three years with the Giants from 1958-1960.
Don Ferrarese-4 IP in 1960.  Overall had an 8 year career with the Orioles, Indians, Phillies and Cardinals from 1955-1962.

Sunday, April 26, 2020

ROMLB Purchases February-April (Part 3)

My last batch of purchases since SoxFest.
Scott Podsednik (2005-2007; 2009)-When I played baseball as a youth, I always wanted to be the stolen base guy so while I loved Carlos Lee, I was very intrigued by Pods.  Although many would argue that the Brewers got the better player, He brought some great things to our team and some iconic moments.

Jimmy Rollins (2016)-My third consecutive post that I mention that his last year of his MLB career was with the White Sox.  He was basically a placeholder for Tim Anderson.  He started off the year well.

Juan Uribe (2004-2008)-A very fun player to watch.  I'll never forget the last two outs he made while my friend and I were the only two watching the game at a bar.

Hoyt Wilhelm (1963-1968)-It is crazy to think he debuted at 29 and had a 21 year career in the majors.  He made the Hall of Fame in 1985.

Early Wynn (1958-1962)-The Ace of the Go Go Sox of 1959.  He made the all-star team 3 times during his years on the South Side and also earned a Cy Young award.  He was inducted in the hall of fame in 1972.

ROMLB purchases February-April (part 2)

Here are some more online purchases.
Austin Jackson (2016)-He seemed to be the consolation prize for not landing the other key outfielders of the free agent class of 2016 (Cespedes, Fowler...).  He did pretty well at the beginning of the year before he disappeared.  I wasn't going to purchase it but I got a discount.  

Jim Landis (1957-1964-One of the first 50's players I got TTM.  He made an all-star team in 1962 and had Gold Glove awards in 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963 and 1964.  

Sparky Lyle (1982)-Another long time veteran who came to the White Sox to end his career.  Has a nice signature.  He pitched 11 games in 1982.

Ivan Nova (2019) Although not a flashy pitcher, he took the ball every time and did some good things last year.  He will be with the Tigers this year.

Don Pavletich (1969)-Unfortunately, he passed away 3/5/2020.  I think it is human nature to look for signatures immediately after someone passes away and this was the case here.  He had a 12 year career with one of them in Chicago.

My collection summary for the years these players were with the White Sox.

ROMLB Purchases February-April

 I made more purchases than I probably should have but here are some items that I got recently.
Chico Carrasquel (1950-1955)-Was one of the original Venezuelan connections with the White Sox.  He was a 4-time all-star on the South Side as well.

Scott Carroll-(2014-2016) I will always remember Scott as I took my son to a game that happened to be his first start and MLB Debut. and we had a great time.  We got tickets for that game because we went to a poorly attended game opening week that they allowed the ticket stub to be used for a May game. (We got the April tickets for going to the last game of 2013).

Tommy Davis (1968) had a solid 18 year career with 2 all-star apperances.  He played in Chicago in 1968 which was probably the first "vintage" team set  that I finish (68 Topps).

Lucas Harrell (2010-2011)-This ball came in pretty cheap (I believe 6.99 with shipping) so I jumped at it.  It is MLB Authenticated which is nice.  

Willie Harris (2002-2005)-I met Willie a couple of times at previous SoxFest events when he was coaching with Winston-Salem.  He was etched in history with his game 4 winning run.  Here is a video of him at the 10-year reunion.

Val Heim (1942)-As we were beginning our quarantine, I was looking around ebay and ran across this ball and I had to get it!  When he was still alive, I sent him a letter asking if I could send a ball and never got a response.  My son is really into WWII so I though he would like this.  

Orlando Hudson (2012)-This came in a bigger lot on a FaceBook group.  It always seemed like the White Sox would get a guy and that would be the end of his MLB career.  He is one I always think about when I think of this kind of player.


Private Signing/Consignment Returns February-April

In my continuation of playing catch-up, here are the private signing returns that I got back so far in 2020:
Wayne Tolleson played one year on the South Side (81 games in 1986).

Reid Nichols played part of 1985 and 1986 in Chicago.  He was traded mid 1985 to Chicago from Boston for Tim Lollar.

Mike LaValliere was part of the post-Fisk catching corps from 1993-1995.  He was released from Pittsburgh early in 1993 and was picked up at the end of April from the South Siders 

Guy Hoffman played 3 years on the South Side (1979, 1980, 1983) before continuing with the Cubs, Reds and Rangers from 86-88.  He was doing a signing with

Donnie Hill played in Chicago for 1987 and 1988.  Although very forgettable years, they were the teams that helped me fall in love with the sport.  Glad to add guys from those years to my collection.

Neal Cotts-He was doing an Hot Stove event with Illinois State.  A big part of the 05 Bullpen who became part of a small Cubs-Sox trade.

Percentage of players in my signed ball collection

Spring Training Consignment Returns

I didn't send much out for spring training consignments as I was hoping to hit alot of minor league games this year and most of the missing White Sox players I had would be back and forth between triple A and the majors.  I did get these back.
Jimmy Cordero a mid season acquisition that had some great performances and great fashion sense

Jose Ruiz-according to SCN, I am the only attempt and success (I sent an index card in 2018) and didn't want to press my luck of being the only 2 attempts so I went the consignment route.  

Ryan Burr-I think I just missed him before he got called up in 2018.  I already got Ian Hamilton so the Hamilton-Burr sett is complete.

The 2018 set is a little more complete (86.27%) than the 2019 (80.85%) but they are the most complete of all the years and am glad to get these relievers in my personal collection.