Joy of a Completed Page

Ahh, another page down in my 1965 Topps set. This completed page was made from a recent trade with Shane over at Shoebox Legends. Thank you again Shane!!!


1965 Topps #136-144

Card that completed the page: 1965 Rookie Stars – Pirates (#143). On April 1, 1969, John Gelnar now with the Kansas City Royals, would be sent packing with Steve Whitaker to the Seattle Pilots for one Lou Piniella. All Sweet Lou did in 1969 was be named the American League Rookie of the Year. Besides looking like a space cadet, Jerry May actually had a 10-year career as a backup backstop.

Favorite card: Not sure I have one that really stands out. I pretty much like any World Series out there, especially back in the days when the had the box scores on the flip side.

Best photograph: The Cards Celebrate (#139), like the Chicago Cubs the other night, there’s nothing like watching the celebration of winning a World Series. Here the Redbirds have every right to jump for joy as they would defeat the New York Yankees. 1964 was the Yanks last shining moment till the mid-late 1970’s.

Best career: Bob Gibson (#138). A Hall of Famer and one of the most intimidating hurlers to ever step on the bump. He’s one of three guys on this page to throw Major League no-hitters. The other two—Monbouquette in 1962 and Dean Chance threw one as a Minnesota Twin in 1967. In August of ’71, Gibson tossed his against the would be World Series Champion Pittsburgh Pirates, 11-0.

Number of Red Sox: One. Bill Monbouquette (#142). As the Red Sox made a beeline for last place, Monbo threw a no-hitter against the White Sox on August 1. A tight 1-0 game, Boston scored its one run in the eighth inning off Early Wynn. Bill is also a member of the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame.

Past/Future Red Sox: Zero.

Interesting fact: Charlie James (#141)… James had a Friday-night-performance phenomenon that proved quite newsworthy for the 1962 season. On Friday nights he batted .411 with 23 hits and six of his eight home runs (with 23 RBIs). For the season, he batted .276 with 59 RBIs.

Hopefully I’ll come out of tomorrow’s GBSCC Shriner’s Show. Haven’t been to this event in maybe 6 years so looking forward to seeing what I’ll find!!!


OTD Smoke Rose


1913 National Game

Born on this date 1889, Boston Red Sox Hall of Famer Smokey Joe Wood. This was another card I picked up over the last year. Out of all my Pre-War graded cards, this one is my highest graded specimen. It’s a beautiful card of what could have been an all-time great pitcher.

Smokey was by no means large or overpowering, standing just under six feet tall and weighing in at 180 pounds. Concealed in that lanky frame was one of the most overpowering fastballs of the Deadball Era. He anchored the 1912 World Series Champion Red Sox, by going 34-5 with a 1.91 ERA, 35 complete games, and 10 shutouts! Oh, he also threw 344 innings too.

Wood’s reign as one of the most dominating pitchers in baseball history lasted a mere two seasons. And while brief, he left an indelible impression on those who saw his greatness first-hand.

“Without a doubt, Joe Wood was one of the best pitchers I ever faced throughout my entire career.”
– Ty Cobb, Detroit Tigers Hall of Famer


One of those dominating appearances occurred on July 29, 1911 when Smokey no-hit the St. Louis Browns 5-0. It would be the fifth such feat thrown by a Boston hurler in the early years of the fledgling American League.

His heavy usage would lead to arm troubles. Fast forward to 1915 when he led the American League with a career best 1.49 ERA, in just 157.1 innings of work. Those fears arose in early October when Joe was seen clinging to his shoulder in pain in his final start of the summer, a 3-1 loss to Walter Johnson. He did not factor into Boston’s 4 games to 1 World Series victory over Philadelphia two weeks later.

The Deadball Era is replete with story upon story of pitchers whose careers were cut short by shoulders torn to shreds. Smokey Joe Wood would be elected to the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame in it’s 1995 inaugural class.

“I was the king of the hill, top of the heap, right along with the very best.”
– Smokey Joe Wood, Boston Red Sox 

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….

Shoot em up Tex

On this date September 27, 1942…

A day before Ted Williams, Dom DiMaggio, and Johnny Pesky enter military service, Sox hurler Cecil “Tex” Hughson strikes out only one batter. That one strikeout was enough to tie Buck Newsom for the American League Strikeout Crown with 113. Not since Cy Young in 1901, had a Red Sox pitcher led the league in strikeouts. Tex also won 22 games that season, also leading the junior circuit. Boston would go on to win 7-6

1949 Bowman #199 Cecil “Tex” Hughson

img_3832img_3833Tex Hughson was a big right-handed power pitcher out of the University of Texas who principally wore the number 21 during his tenure with the Red Sox, just like another big Texan, Roger Clemens. Despite military service and arm problems, Hughson pitched his entire big-league career for the Red Sox during the decade of the 1940s with three straight all-star selections.

Tex was especially effective against the World Series-bound Yankees in 1942, going 5-1 and prompting the quote below.

“I would rather beat the Yankees once than any other team twice … They were the best, and they were cocky, particularly in New York with those Yankee pinstripes on. It was as if you ought not to beat them. You ought to just go out there and rather politely lose.”

Along with his 96-54 career record, Hughson had a 2.94 ERA, 10th on the Red Sox all-time list (through 2014) among pitchers with at least 1,000 innings. He struck out 693 and walked only 372 in 1,375 2/3 innings. His 99 complete games place him 10th on the Red Sox all-time list, and his 19 shutouts place him in a tie for seventh place on the list. The 13 consecutive wins at home in 1944 tie him with Boo Ferris for the Red Sox record in that department.

I picked up this card earlier this summer as I was obtaining members of the Red Sox Hall of Fame. Cecil “Tex” Hughson was inducted on November 14, 2002.