Completed Page: Sox style

In today’s offering, I give the Joy of a Completed page — Boston Red Sox style. This completed page is part of six-inch, heavy-duty album carrying my All-Time Boston Red Sox collection. This album features cards of every player to appear in a Red Sox uniform. You can view my current needs list for this project here.

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All-Time Red Sox Album Pau–Pel

Card that completed the page: 1940 Play Ball John Peacock. Picked up this card about a month ago at the Mansfield, MA monthly card show. Paid under $10 as I also purchased a number of 1959 and 1965 Topps cards from the same dealer. Even got a well loved 1975 Topps Yaz and Fisk for a quarter each.

Favorite card: 2016 Topps Heritage Dustin Pedroia Short Print card. Got this in one of my first Heritage packs from last year. His team-first, hard-nosed play has made him a Sox favorite, one of the guys that will sorely be missed when he hangs them up.

Best photograph: Any card showing the fabled Green Monster in the background is already got the leg up, and this 2015 Topps Update of Carlos Peguero does just that. Peguero’s stay in Boston last four game and six plate appearances, yet Topps thankfully found a spot for him in the end of the year set. He was picked up in late May of ’15 and believe his cameo came in September as the Sox were playing out the string.

Best career: The Pedroia Destroya by far. Jake Peavy did win the National League Cy Young Award in 2007 going 19-6 with the Padres, but Dustin will go down as one of the best second basemen to done the red stockings.

Interesting fact: During WWII, Eddie Pellagrini played for a U.S. Naval baseball team — the Great Lake Bluejackets — made up of professional players from all levels; they successfully beat local semi-pro clubs and upset several major league teams in local exhibitions. During 1943, Eddie was pacing the club in homers while tied with teammate and future Hall of Famer Johnny Mize with a .463 batting average. In 1944, while Pellagrini was serving in the Pacific Theatre, he teamed with Mize and Pee Wee Reese to lead the 14th Naval District to a 9-0 win over a U.S. Army All Star team.

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I Spy a Moe

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1940 Play Ball #30 Morris “Moe” Berg

Just a quick post here thanking fellow Red Sox Super Collector Mark Hoyle for the tip on this eBay auction! I definitely am buying you a couple of rounds one of these days. You see, this 1940 Play Ball card of Moe Berg right now on eBay runs at $105 on the low end all the way north of $750. This “Buy it Now” … $20.00 with shipping!!! Sure the corners are soft and the back has some paper loss and old glue — but this is a tough card to get! Landing it for the cost of an upcoming 2017 Topps Retail Blaster in two weeks, yes please! And hey, not everyday you get to land a card of a World War II spy too.

 

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Over the span of a 15-year career, Berg spent five of those years with the Sox from 1935–1939. Over the course of the 148 games in the Hub, he went .262/.289/.325 … pretty much your typical backup backstop. Three of his six career long balls came in his time here. Moe was an excellent defensive catcher. Possessing a strong arm, was adept at calling games, and his knowledge of the hitters put him in great demand around the league.

“… the strangest man ever to play baseball.”

– Casey Stengel describing Moe Berg

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In 1934 Berg’s career took the turn that made him the stuff of legend. Now a member of the team of Americans that took baseball to Japan, he presumably walked the streets of Tokyo dressed in a long black kimono. At this point, if you’ve never read about Berg, here is a good overview on the real mystery of one of the game’s most interesting men.

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MLB All-Stars Team 1934 Japan Barnstorming Tour (Berg in red circle)
Top Row, L-R: Doc Ebling, Earl Whitehill, Clint Brown, Eric McNair, Frankie Hayes, Connie Mack, Babe Ruth, Bing Miller, Joe Cascarella, Lefty O’Doul, Lou Gehrig, Umpire John Quinn.
Bottom Row, L-R: Earl Averill, Rabbit Warstler, Charlie Gehringer, Lefty Gomez, Jimmie Foxx, Moe Berg.

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Picking Up My Sox

Good to steal a couple minutes to bang out a long awaited post. I think I’ve had this is draft mode for a good two weeks but just can’t find to the time to write. So in my pursuit of my All-Time Red Sox collection, I managed to cross off a number of cards between a couple of eBay sellers. Without further ado …

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1907 T207 Charlie Hall Recruit Factory No. 240

Picked up this beauty as the price was right and beat having a reprint in the collection. This set often gets overlooked compared to the more colorful T205 and T206 sets. True, the 207s are more drab with their brown backgrounds, but when you can pick up a card that is almost 110 years old(!!!!!)—yes please all day long! This is my second T207, I have a slabbed PSA 4 Duffy Lewis. Charley pitched for nine seasons, five of those as a Red Sox. He was part of the 1912 World Series team going 15-8 with a 3.02 ERA. Over his time with the Sox, Hall was used as both a starter and reliever.

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1940 Play Ball #31 John “Jack” Wilson

Jack during his seven years (1935-41) in Boston was a .500 pitcher going 67-67 while sporting a 4.44 ERA. Man, doesn’t get any more bland than that! His best year was 1937 when he went 16-10 and a 3.70 earn run average. I’ve always liked these Play Ball cards from the 1939-40, the backs contain a nice bio and you can’t beat some of the old black and white photography.

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1940 Play Ball Gene Desautels

Gene is actually a local boy, being born just a couple of towns away in Worcester, Massachusetts and playing for Holy Cross. Desautels at one part was the backup to Hall of Famer Rick Ferrell and later had World War II spy Moe Berg backing him up. That’s quite the pairing there behind the plate. During his four years with the Sox (1937-40), he played in 351 games while hitting .254.

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Assorted 1950’s Bowmans

I absolutely love the artwork on the 1950-52 Bowman sets!!! I’d love to pick up some non-Red Sox. Something about the old plank fence on the 1950 Ken Keltner screams of sandlot ball. One of my favorite all-time sets has got to be the 1955 Bowman set. I don’t know what it is, but that old television set just draws me in. Maybe its all the cool stadium architecture in the background or the different write ups on the back. If I ever came into some serious money I could blow, it might be on this set. If anyone has any of these drop me a line and I’ll see what I can trade you. Would mind trying to put together the 2004 Heritage version as well.

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1952 Topps Gumpert & Wood

Next up a couple of ’52 Topps in Randy Gumpert and Ken Wood. Surprisingly, Gumpert appears as a Red Sox in the set as he pitched in only 10 games before he was shipped off to Washington with Walt Masterson for Sid Hudson. And speaking of short-timers donning the red stockings, Wood had 24 plate appearances with the Sox in 1952 before being traded in June of that year to Washington for Archie Wilson. Archie Wilson would make an appearance in the 1952 Topps set as a Sox and I believe it’s a semi-hi number at #327.

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Assorted 1960’s Topps

No special names here, just all guys I needed from the mid 1960s.

• 1964 Topps Pete Smith
• 1964 Topps Dave Gray
• 1965 Topps Jay Ritchie
• 1966 Topps Ken Sanders
• 1966 Topps Bob Sadowski

Picking up from the above paragraph—more short-timers! Pete Smith pitched in only 7 major league cards over the parts of 1962-63, all with the Sox while yielding a 6.75 earn run average. Dave Gray pitched in only nine games in the majors as a 21-year old in 1964, and it’s no wonder why. In thirteen innings of work, he gave up 18 hits, 20 runs, 3 HRs, walked 20 and also had 4 wild pitches. YIKES!!!

Jay Ritchie pitched for the Sox during the summers of 1964-65 as a relief pitching. Nothing special and while he sported a 3.00 ERA with them, he also had a WHIP of 1.419. Not good my friends. Ken Sanders put together a 10-year major league career over the course of eight teams, he one season with the Sox was in 1966 when he went 3-6 with a 3.80 ERA. His best year came in 1971 with the Milwaukee Brewers when he led the American League in games, games finished, and saves while finishing 16th in the MVP voting. Bob Sadowski occupies a hi-number slot in the 1966 Topps set. He would finish he short career in Boston pitching in only 11 games while going 1-1 and 5.40 ERA.

All in all, no big names, but all names I needed for the All-Time collection.

 

A Trade with Highly Subjective and Completely Arbitrary

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A couple weeks ago, while blog hopping, I came upon Brian over at Highly Subjective and Completely Arbitrary. A couple of emails later, and the above package arrived. He will have a nice return coming back his way in the form of some vintage 60’s HoFers as he’s working on a bunch of sets. Without further ado and since many will be looking for a distraction tonight …

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Brian sent along a bunch of clean, sharp 1959 Topps cards for my growing set! These cards are absolutely beautiful and helps boost the appearance of my set. A couple of former Red Sox in the form of Mickey Vernon and Gus Zernial. Sal Maglie tossed a no-no with the Dodgers in 1956 and I love the classic baseball pose of one Harry Simpson.

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All in all, I was able to cross off nineteen numbers with this trade—that’s a great mail day!!! Billy Muffett would be appear as a Red Sox in the 1961 and 1962 Topps sets.

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And I have always liked these Sporting News Rookie Stars. This handful contains the Ron Fairly rookie and future Red Sox Willie Tasby, who would appear in the 1961 Post Cereal issue.

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Next up V-I-N-T-A-G-E SOX!!!!! A couple of Pre-War issues here to boot—all three will go nicely into my All-Time Sox album. On the left, is a 1934 Diamond Stars issue of Max Bishop. This is the first ’34 Diamond Stars card in my collection. Bishop had one particular notable game that year — on July 8, 1934, when he walked eight times in the doubleheader in Boston, tying his own major-league record.

In the middle is a 1940 Play Ball card of Denny Galehouse. Denny actually pitched for the Red Sox on different occasions. His first stop during 1939–40, he went a combined 15-16. Returning to the Hub in 1947–49, he would finish winning 19 and losing 15.

And on the right, a 1949 Bowman Jack Kramer. Before coming to Boston, Kramer was a two-time all-star as a St. Louis Brown. In 1948, Jack led the American League with a .783 winning percentage as he finished with 18 wins (AL-6th).

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And lastly, two more Sox cards. Don Buddin adorning a 1961 Post Cereal and a 1965 Topps Rico Petrocelli rookie card for my Sox rookie card collection. Both are welcome additions, especially Rico where I have a dupe of this card, but that one sits in my 1965 Topps album.

Brian also included a nice stack of 1984 and 1986 Topps cards. In the last week plus, I have made a serious dent in both of these sets thanks to a couple of bloggers. Thank you again Brian and I’ll be sending out your cards on Thursday morning—hope to trade again as your list is pretty lengthy!

Better Late Than Never

Born on this date… Just throwing a quick post here for two members of the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame. Of course, Double XX is also a member of the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. I picked up these two cards earlier this past spring off of eBay. With the T206 Carrigan, that auction also contained a graded Carrigan Sweet Caporal Pin too. I’ll post that item later down the road.

As I sit here watching the Cubs three outs from a trip to you know where, I feel it has the makings of a great Series with the Tribe. But, them again, we have three more outs to deal with….