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Old 10-07-08, 12:31 PM
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Re gloves: Can you all recall the players autographs in the pocket of your gloves.
When I played high school ball I wore a Carl Yazstremski model. Wore it out - had to have it re-laced twice. Like you, the padding wore out, and it became very painful to catch with. I still have it on my bookshelf.

Later in life, I had an opportunity to hit against Dave Hamilton, who was the 5th starter for the Oakland A's during their 70's championship runs. At the time I ran across him, he was the high school BB coach here in town.

Even at 50, he could serve it up, and when I was in the box he put the ball in exactly the same place time after time. In short order I was roping him all over the yard, and that lasted until his HS squad started giggling about seeing coach having his peas bounced off all the fences. He let me have my fun, but soon every pitch was about 1/2" closer to me than the last one as he walked them into me and pushed me off the plate. It was an amazing thing to experience.

I used to be a season ticket holder for the the SF Giants, and had my seats right on the rail at the Giants bullpen. It was so much fun gabbing with Norm Sherry, Goose Gossage, Atlee Hammaker and the rest of the bullpen, as well as assorted other players like Jack Clark, Pat Sheridan, etc. I got to meet and chat with Joe Morgan and Vin Scully during post-season play, and ran into the Baby Bull, Downtown Ollie Brown, Chevron Shipley, and a host of the older guys the hung out and haunted Candlestick long after their careers were over.

I was in attendance during the 1987 NLCS series when Jeffrey Leonard did his "one flap down" nonsense against the Redbirds.

I was there when Will Clark and Mark Grace put on a hitting clinic and dueled with their bats, hitting everything in site during the 1989 playoffs. And I was sitting in section 25, upper deck when the earthquake hit.

I remember seeing the Orioles pitch a 4-pitcher no-no against the A's in Oakland, and I remember seeing Jim ****t turning a double play in Fenway to end the game.

I once took a business trip across country from CA to MA and back, and along the way saw 21 professional games (minor and major) in 11 days. That included a a few double-headers (the minors are great for that), as well as the only triple header I ever attended - the Pawtucket Red Sox vs the Maine Phillies in Pawtucket, RI. We didn't get out of there till 2am.

I remember the 1st World Series game I ever saw - my brother scored tickets to the 1974 Dodgers-Yankees game #3 at Chavez Ravine. I had to call in sick to go, as it was on a Friday. I went with my brother and father, and I remember going weak in the knees when Linda Ronstadt came out in a Cub Scout uniform to sing the National Anthem.

But most of all, I remember going to the park with my dad when I was a kid. We had very little money, but he had a passion for the game that was bigger than Montana. He always found a way to get the stubs and get us in. Those were magical times.

Then the pukes went on strike, canceled a World Series, and ruined everything. I turned my back on them, and have never paid for a ticket to the majors since. I'll still go see the minors, and I'll still go see a pro game if the ticket is a comp from work or something. But the pros will not get any more of my money.
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Old 10-07-08, 12:41 PM
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When I played high school ball I wore a Carl Yazstremski model. Wore it out - had to have it re-laced twice. Like you, the padding wore out, and it became very painful to catch with. I still have it on my bookshelf.

Later in life, I had an opportunity to hit against Dave Hamilton, who was the 5th starter for the Oakland A's during their 70's championship runs. At the time I ran across him, he was the high school BB coach here in town.

Even at 50, he could serve it up, and when I was in the box he put the ball in exactly the same place time after time. In short order I was roping him all over the yard, and that lasted until his HS squad started giggling about seeing coach having his peas bounced off all the fences. He let me have my fun, but soon every pitch was about 1/2" closer to me than the last one as he walked them into me and pushed me off the plate. It was an amazing thing to experience.

I used to be a season ticket holder for the the SF Giants, and had my seats right on the rail at the Giants bullpen. It was so much fun gabbing with Norm Sherry, Goose Gossage, Atlee Hammaker and the rest of the bullpen, as well as assorted other players like Jack Clark, Pat Sheridan, etc. I got to meet and chat with Joe Morgan and Vin Scully during post-season play, and ran into the Baby Bull, Downtown Ollie Brown, Chevron Shipley, and a host of the older guys the hung out and haunted Candlestick long after their careers were over.

I was in attendance during the 1987 NLCS series when Jeffrey Leonard did his "one flap down" nonsense against the Redbirds.

I was there when Will Clark and Mark Grace put on a hitting clinic and dueled with their bats, hitting everything in site during the 1989 playoffs. And I was sitting in section 25, upper deck when the earthquake hit.
I remember seeing the Orioles pitch a 4-pitcher no-no against the A's in Oakland, and I remember seeing Jim ****t turning a double play in Fenway to end the game.

I once took a business trip across country from CA to MA and back, and along the way saw 21 professional games (minor and major) in 11 days. That included a a few double-headers (the minors are great for that), as well as the only triple header I ever attended - the Pawtucket Red Sox vs the Maine Phillies in Pawtucket, RI. We didn't get out of there till 2am.

I remember the 1st World Series game I ever saw - my brother scored tickets to the 1974 Dodgers-Yankees game #3 at Chavez Ravine. I had to call in sick to go, as it was on a Friday. I went with my brother and father, and I remember going weak in the knees when Linda Ronstadt came out in a Cub Scout uniform to sing the National Anthem.

But most of all, I remember going to the park with my dad when I was a kid. We had very little money, but he had a passion for the game that was bigger than Montana. He always found a way to get the stubs and get us in. Those were magical times.

Then the pukes went on strike, canceled a World Series, and ruined everything. I turned my back on them, and have never paid for a ticket to the majors since. I'll still go see the minors, and I'll still go see a pro game if the ticket is a comp from work or something. But the pros will not get any more of my money.
We were in Section 11, upper deck. I still remember watching the light towers swaying above us and wondering if they might snap right down on us.
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I remember when baseball was fun to watch, and interesting.


Ok - so I'm lying. Sue me.

oh - and while you guys were watching the light towers sway, I was on BART in the 19th St. Station. I never knew tile walls could do the wave.
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I have a harder time watching (and caring) each year....
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Old 10-07-08, 01:14 PM
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I think they'll always call it the Big A. I followed the Angels for a period in the late 70s-early 80s. I had a Bobby Grich model glove so I started paying attention to the Halos. And of course they had Ryan.

Re gloves: Can you all recall the players autographs in the pocket of your gloves. I started with Chris Speier, then Bobby Grich, then George Brett. I literally wore out the George Brett glove. I had to have it restrung and the inside wore out so I could only wear it with a batting glove on my left hand. But I hit barehanded, because George did.
You were a Wilson guy! Me too....started with a Ron Santo, went through a Bobby Bonds and ended up with an A2000...cause Sparky Lyle & Catfish Hunter used one....

I like Rawlings' Heart of the Hides better now.
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Old 10-07-08, 01:18 PM
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You were a Wilson guy! Me too....started with a Ron Santo, went through a Bobby Bonds and ended up with an A2000...cause Sparky Lyle & Catfish Hunter used one....

I like Rawlings' Heart of the Hides better now.
Hah. I was a Wilson guy because that's what our local sporting goods store carried. And by sporting goods store I mean a place that sold a lot more fishing line and shotgun shells than baseball gloves. And it was connected to a tire and brakes shop. One stop shopping for small town America!

All the guys on my American Legion team had A2000s but I couldn't give up my George Brett.
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Living in Houston, TX, I got to see Nolan Ryan pitch many games. Ryans fastball was awesome.

However, in 1958, while working as a drink vendor at the ballpark in Knoxville, TN, I saw a Pitcher whose name was Steve Dalkowski pitch. It is rumored that his fast ball was near 110mph which was the fastest ever known to have been thrown. He could not, however, control his pitches.

Can you imagine being a batter and facing a 110mph fastball and knowing that the pitcher had no idea where it was going????
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I was on a business trip to Chicago and my brother was living in Battle Creek Michigan. He invited me to a Cubs game, and we got seats on the third base side, about the 15th row. He drove down and we had dinner before the night game.

Compared to all of my other games it was almost surrealistic to see no advertising inside the park, only advertising across the street.

I even forget who the Cubs were playing, but then at the 7th inning stretch I sang Take Me Out to the Ballgame with Harry Carey. The game continued into extra innings. I didn't even notice that after a certain time the announcements stopped since we were in a residential area.

In the middle of the 14th inning, we once again sang Take Me Out to the Ball Game without Harry Carey, or at least he wasn't on the PA system... He may have been leading, I just didn't hear him.

The Cubs lost that night, but I left feeling that I had experienced baseball the way it was meant to be.
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Wrigley.

My dad is originally from Chicago and he grew up as a Cubs fan. On a family trip one summer we got tickets for a weekday afternoon game and before the regularly scheduled game they had to finish the previous days game which had gone into the twelfth before being called on account of darkness. It went another two or three innings. Then they took a break and started that day's game. Which ended up being called on account of rain/darkness in the 7th. We saw 10 innnings of baseball but not one complete game that day.

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In 1994 the tiles in the Kingdome started to fall, so the series between the Mariners and the Red Sox was moved to Fenway. This was right before the series was supposed to start, so everything was rush-rush. The Red Sox sold general admission tickets (anywhere in the park) for $10. I got to the gate early and snagged a seat three rows behind home plate. They're still the best seats I've ever head, and sitting in that same seat now would cost me $325 (for just the one ticket! And that's just the regular season price). Unreal.

I was 15 years old at the time.
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Hah. I was a Wilson guy because that's what our local sporting goods store carried. And by sporting goods store I mean a place that sold a lot more fishing line and shotgun shells than baseball gloves. And it was connected to a tire and brakes shop. One stop shopping for small town America!

All the guys on my American Legion team had A2000s but I couldn't give up my George Brett.
I hunted down and finally got a A2000 infield model - cause it was the one Brett used....I used to have an awesome glove collection; all gone now except a few I used, one or two HoHs (prices are going thru the roof) and the A2000 infield.
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I hunted down and finally got a A2000 infield model - cause it was the one Brett used....I used to have an awesome glove collection; all gone now except a few I used, one or two HoHs (prices are going thru the roof) and the A2000 infield.
Are they? I still have the Carl Yastremsky model I played High School ball with, as well as a slightly earlier Mikey Mantle I picked up at a thrift years ago.

In addition, I have a few vintage ones - a Wilson A2170 "Bill Tuttle", a Wilson A2575 "Hal Smith" cather's mitt, a Spalding 1135 "Al Dark", and a very old Wilson 679 that I cannot read.

Is there any sort of price guide for these?
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Growing up going to Cardinal games means lots of good memories.

Seeing the Cards shutout the Braves in Game 1 of the '82 NLCS. IIRC, Ted Turner caught a bounding foul ball that went into the temporary boxes down the left field line.

Sitting in the 8th row of the bleachers as the Brewers demolished the Cards in Game 1 of the '82 World Series. I didn't think my 4th Grade heart could take such a loss, but seeing Bruce Sutter strike out Gorman Thomas to end Game 7 was euphoria.

1983 - Sitting in the front row right next to the batboys as Bob Forsch shut down the Expos for his second no-hitter. A meaningless late September game, but seeing a no-no in person. Priceless.

2006 - Game 4 of the World Series at the new Busch Stadium. Great back and forth game against the Tigers.

And countless other games at Busch, Wrigley, Sox Park (aka US Cellular), and other parks.

First ballglove in the late 70s.... A Rawlings RPG-44 (I think that was the model) mitt that had Mickey Rivers autograph in the palm. Mickey Rivers! That guy was awesome.
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Are they? I still have the Carl Yastremsky model I played High School ball with, as well as a slightly earlier Mikey Mantle I picked up at a thrift years ago.

In addition, I have a few vintage ones - a Wilson A2170 "Bill Tuttle", a Wilson A2575 "Hal Smith" cather's mitt, a Spalding 1135 "Al Dark", and a very old Wilson 679 that I cannot read.

Is there any sort of price guide for these?
There are, but like all guides, they suck The items are 'worth whatever people are willing to pay for them".

There used to be a guy named Joe Phillips who put guides out - you can try googling him...very nice man down in Texas somewhere...I bought a few Nokona recreations of old 40s style gloves from him - they're a gas to play catch with!

My advice with this kind of stuff is to do searches on ebay, and click "completed auctions" box at left (you may have to be logged in to do this)... this will give you an idea if the item sells on ebay (believe it or not some items are so undesirable, no one bites), and if so, for how much.

The Rawlings HoHs I mentioned are the old PRO models (Pro-T, Pro-12TC, etc, no signatures), made in USA out of that saddle leather that feels like cast iron when new and takes 5 years to break in....no longer made and hard to find unused examples. I could get $300-500 for the ones i have - and one is used.

Old USA A2000s are also desirable. Some Japanese Wilsons or Mizunos are wanted....I just sold my last World Win mitt from the late 80s for just under $300

The signature model gloves usually are not as wanted .... though one in unused or exceptional condition can get a decent price...boxes, price tags, etc. add value, obviously.

There are certainly others here who will know players and baseball memorabilia better than I, but I concentrated on gloves and I can tell you there is a strong core of collectors out there. The same two or three guys bought many of my gloves on ebay....
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The mitts that fetch the most are authenticated game used gloves...I'd love to have something like that....
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