Saturday, February 26, 2011

Ozzie Smith

The Wizard, Ozzie Smith started his Hall of Fame career in San Diego.  He was drafted by the Padres in 1977, and played 68 games in Walla Walla, Washington.  He made his major league debut in 1978 and played four seasons for San Diego before being traded to St. Louis for their shortstop Garry Templeton.  He played 15 seasons for the Cards.  He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2002.  I honestly don't remember where I got this signed card. 

Friday, February 25, 2011

Ron Slocum

Ron Slocum played three seasons for the Padres from 1969-1971 after being drafted in the expansion draft from the Pirates.  He played in 80 games over the three seasons.  I believe I got this off of eBay.  I believe that this is the Mike Corkins zombie card, either that or he is doing his Undertaker impression. 

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Termel Sledge

Termel Sledge played for two franchises and three teams.  He made his made league debut with the Expos in 2004, then moved with the franchise to Washington D.C. and became a National.  He was traded to the Rangers, but before he played for them he was part of the trade that brought Adrian Gonzalez to San Diego.  He played for the Padres in 2006 and 2007, spending some time here in Portland.  He played in Japan from 2008-2010.  I couldn't find any indication of his status for this year.  I had two copies of this card and sent them to Termel while he was here in Portland, he signed this one and I told him he could keep the other. 

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Luis Salazar

Luis Salazar racked up frequent flyer miles between Chicago and San Diego.  He played three different times in San Diego.  He played from 1980-1984 before he was traded to the White Sox, then back to San Diego for a year in 1987, then to Detroit for 1988, he split 1989 between the Padres and the Cubs.  He played for the Cubs until 1992 and then has been coaching for the last 10 years in the minor leagues.  I got this signed through the mail.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

The Joy of an almost completed collection

I have posted all of the Bip Roberts cards that I own.  There are less than 15 cards I need.  One of them is a 1/1, some of them I would be willing to buy the set just to get the card I needed.  If you have any of the cards I need please let me know and I will be willing to work something out. 

Monday, February 7, 2011

Don Slaught

Don Slaught made the team out of spring training in 1997.  He then played in 6 games before being released in May.  He played for six teams prior to the Padres and played 15 seasons in the majors before San Diego.  I remember him as mainly as a Pirate, I didn't know he played for Kansas City.  I got this signed through the mail. 

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Bob Skinner

Bob Skinner was and always will be the only Padres manager to have a perfect record as manager.  He managed one game for the Padres in 1977.  This was not his first time with the Padres, he managed the minor league Padres to a PCL championship in 1967 and managed part of the '68 season before taking over for Gene Mauch in Phillie in 1968.  I got this 1977 schedule card signed through the mail.

Go Steelers!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

More Bips

I just added another ten pages of The King of Leon to the Bip Roberts pages.  Those aren't duplicates, those are variations and parallels.

Tommie Sisk

Tommie Sisk was signed as a amateur free agent in 1960 by the Pirates and made his made league debut in 1962.  He played until 1968 with the Pirates and was the then traded to the Padres in 1969.  He played that one season in San Diego going 2-16 with 6 saves in 53 games.  After the season he was traded to the White Sox.  He played in Chicago in 1970 and then retired.  I got this signed through the mail. 

Friday, February 4, 2011

A New Page

I have added a page to show off my Bip Roberts cards.  At the left is a promo sheet that was sent out by Topps.  I have posted the first ten pages of my collection of Bip Roberts. Click on the King of Leon tab at the top of the page to see. 

Todd Simmons

Todd Simmons played 6 seasons in the minor leagues for the White Sox, Padres, Rangers and Brewers.  He played for the Padres from 1985-1988 at multiple levels. I got him to sign this many years later after finding his address somewhere. 

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Walter Silva

Walter Silva played six games with the Padres in 2009 and 23 games with the AAA Portland Beavers that year also.  That is the extent of his American baseball experience.  He has been playing since 2002 with Monterrey of the Mexican League, he was back there last year.  My friend Greg Wibe got this signed at PGE Park after a Beavers game in 2009.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Sonny Siebert

Sonny Siebert finished his major league career in 1975, splitting time between San Diego and Oakland, although he never had a card with the Padres.  His 1975 card is with the Cardinals and his '76 SSPC card is with the A's.  I think between the first time I sent this to Sonny and when I actually got it signed was several years.  He sent it right back the first time, but asked for a payment.  It took me several years to get back to him, but when I did he was very prompt.  I wonder how he would have looked on a SSPC card or '75 or'76 Topps card with the Padres (hint, hint).

Now go watch the appropriate Bill Murray movie.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Eric Show

What would happened if Eric Show had signed with the Twins in 1974.  But he didn't, he signed with the Padres 4 years later.  He pitched for the Padres from 1981-1990.  Evidently his membership in the ultra right wing John Birch Society didn't sit well with everyone in the Padres locker room as did some of his other behavior.  There is an interesting article about Show on .  I got this signed through at some point with Eric was with the Padres.  He was good about returning things and I have a couple of letters where he answered my questions about his music and some other projects.