Sunday, February 13, 2011

Million Card Giveaway is Finished and Spring Training Trip is One the Way.

Now that the Million Card Giveaway is put to rest, I thought I would get back to this blog with a post of my three oldest cards.  One of which I unlocked myself and two of which I received in a trade for my 1977 Reggie Jackson.  Since I already have the Jackson in my collection I figured that I might as well as some 50s cards to the collection.

My 1954 Topps Tom Wright came courtesy of that trade.  Tom had a 9 year major league career from 1948 until 1956.  He was signed by the Boston Red Sox in 1942 and made his major league debut with them in 1948.  He also played for the St. Louis Browns and the Chicago White Sox.  He was a career .255 hitter with 6 home runs and 99 runs batted in.
My 1955 Ed McGhee was the second card in that trade.  Ed broke in with the Chicago White Sox in 1950.  He did not appear in another major league game until 1953 with the Philadelphia Athletics.  He rejoined the Chicago White Sox in the middle of the 1954 season before finishing his major league career in 1955.  He was a career .246 hitter with 3 home runs and 43 runs batted in.
While I had not heard of the previous two players, I had heard of Wayne Terwilliger prior to me unlocking his card.  Wayne signed with the Chicago Cubs in 1948 and made his major league debut during the 1949 season.  He went on to have a successful major league career with the Cubs as well as the Brooklyn Dodgers, Washington Senators, New York Giants, and Kansas City Athletics.  To current baseball fans he is probably most well known as a major league coach, most notably for handling the first base duties for the Minnesota Twins during their 1987 and 1991 World Series seasons.  Wayne is still in baseball as a coach for the independent Fort Worth Cats.

Now that baseball season is upon us, I hope to do a better job of keeping this blog updated.  The old excuse of work getting in the way would be true in my case, but honestly, this just got put on the pile and forgotten.  As I plan our trip to Phoenix for 2011 Spring Training, I am planning to use this blog to update everyone about the trip.  So if anyone has suggestions for can't miss places in the Phoenix area, just put them in the comments section.

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