Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Mike Darr was drafted by the Tigers in 1994 and traded to the Padres in 1997 for Jody Reed. He played for three seasons with the Padres from 1999-2001, he played in 1988 games with 105 in 2001. He was beginning to be a regular on the Padres, but during spring training of 2002 he was killed in an auto accident. He was not wearing his seat belt and was legally drunk at the time of the accident, a friend of his who was also not wearing his belt was also killed. Pitcher Ben Howard, who was wearing his seat belt suffered only minor injuries in the single card accident. The Padres wore a black with Darrs' number 26 on it for the 2002 season. I bought the card on eBay.
Alvin Ralph Dark played in 1,828 games in the majors and managed 1,950 games in the majors, winning a world series in 1974 with the A's. He managed the Padres for 113 games in 1977 leading the team to a fifth place finish. He was known as the Swamp Fox for some reason. I got this card from ABC Unlimited.
Frank Gerald DaVanon played in a whopping 24 games in 1969 for the Padres. He was orginially drafted in 1966 by the Cardinals, then the Padres drafted him in the expansion draft and then after 24 games the Cardinals traded a couple of guys to the Padres to get him back. He played over 8 seasons in the major leagues. I got the card off of ebay.
James Houston Davenport was drafted by the New York Giants in 1955 and played his entire career for the San Francisco Giants. He retired in 1970 and became a coach, this card is a 1975 SSPC card when he was a coach for the Padres. I this signed through the mail a few years ago.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
Deivi (Garcia) Cruz was signed as an amateur free agent by the Giants in 1993. He made his major league debut in 1997 with the Tigers. After 5 years with the Tigers he signed with the Padres before the 2002 season. He played in all but 11 games in 2002 with the Padres at SS, 1B and pinch hitting. He played three more seasons in the majors. I believe I got the card signed through the mail. Cesar Antonio Crespo has a World Series ring, having only played three seasons in the major leagues. He was drafted by the Mets in the 1997 draft, and then traded to the Marlins in 1998, then in 2001 the Marlins traded him to the Padres with Mark Kotsay. After playing parts of the '01 and '02 seasons with the Padres he was traded to the Red Sox for Luis Cruz (see above). While with the Padres he played in 80 games playing every outfield position, 2B, SS and 3B. He won a World Series ring with the Red Sox in 2004 playing in 52 games and not getting on the field at all during the Series. He played in the minors through 2007. I don't remember how I got the card signed.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Daniel Bernard Combs was 11-20 over two years with the Padres after being with the .45s' and Astros for 7 years. 1971 was his last year in the majors. I got this card off of eBay.
Scott Robert Coolbaugh was part of the Padres organization for two years but only played in 60 games at the major league level for the Padres. I don't remember how I got this card signed.
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009
I choose a few cards from each shipment to highlight. The ladies at Dinged Corners sent several great bundles of Padres. Marcus Giles looks excited to be playing alongside his brother, too long that didn't last too long. Evereth Cabrera had a great night last night almost single handily defeating the Doggers. One of my friends got his autograph for me while he was here on a rehab assignment. Chip Ambres are you one of those guys who waits for the off season to answer your mail. I sent you this card in spring training and you still have it. Andy Ashby fishing, one of my favorite cards and one that should end up on Baseball Cards come to Life. Greg Maddux on a Future Stars card? By the time he was with the Padres he was a lock for the hall of fame. What was UD thinking? Joey Cora was one of the nicest people I met, I remember giving him and some other players a ride to their hotel. Jake you forgot to sign one of your cards. I have a picture of my oldest son in almost that same uniform at about the same age. Patricia and the girls sent me their books recommendations as did Kerry. I have never read any of the books the Dinged Corner crew recommended. I will be putting the books on hold at the library as soon as I can. I read Kerrys' recommendation a couple of years ago, not a big fan of the book.
Kerry also sent some great Padres cards. Tony Gwynn sporting the airbrushed logo less uniform. Reminds me of the Pro Track meet I once worked at, each event was sponsored by a corporation. Jim Ryun and Kip Keino ran in the Post Cereal 1500 meter run, each sporting a post cereal logo on their singlet. Any time Tony smiled made for a great card. Mickey Lolichs' parents used to come in each time he was coming back to Portland to buy a dozen official balls for him to sign while he was there. One time they brought him in with them and we got some stuff signed (they let us know they were bringing him) and this was one of the things I got signed.
Thanks for the great cards and the book recommendations.
Baseball in Fort Wayne by Chad Gramling; 2007; 127 pages; Arcadia Publishing, Charleston, SC; 0-7385-4129-X; 6/27/09-6/28/09
This is one of a series called Images of Baseball, I reviewed a while back, Baseball in Portland. Chad Gramling who also writes the Baseball in Fort Wayne blog does an awesome job of chronicling baseball in Fort Wayne, IN in all it's different forms. The Kekiongas were the first team, so named for the Natives Americans that used to live in the area. He effectively uses pictures taken over time to work with the text to chronicle the changes in baseball in Fort Wayne. There seems to have always been baseball in some form in Fort Wayne since prior to the Civil War. One of the most well known teams in Fort Wayne were the Daisies of the All American Girls Baseball League, which was immortalized in the movie A League of their Own. I started following baseball in Fort Wayne when the Wizards became a farm club of the Padres, they have since changed their name to the Tincaps, but are still a Padres farm club, so it is a good place to find information on the Padres up and comers. RRR