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tedzan 07-30-2010 12:10 PM

Cooperstown report and BB card acquisitions
Not a big crowd this year in Cooperstown for HOF weekend. The local newspaper estimated only 10,000 were at the HOF ceremonies.
The year Ashburn and Schmidt were inducted, the crowd was 40,000. Recently when Ripken was inducted, the crowd was 75,000.

One of the great aspects of this show are the BB conversations we have with the people that attend. Here is a bit of TRIVIA from a

A Centerfielder once caught a flyball in FOUL territory....apparently, this feat has only occurred once in a regular season Major League
game....who is this Centerfielder ?

The BB card Show at the VFW building in town was well attended. I had a very good show buying and selling. I acquired 12 - T206's
with American Beauty 350 and 460 backs.....and, this T201 Cobb/Crawford. This card appears to be a color error, since the blue sky
is virtually missing on the Cobb portion of this card (consequently, the grass and tree are not as green).

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bbcard1 07-30-2010 01:30 PM

neat T201...I think slabbing really ruins those cards because you can no longer do with them that which they were intended to do....

Rich Klein 07-30-2010 01:43 PM

THE centerfielder is Johnny Mostil c 1927 and I did NOT google that :)


barrysloate 07-30-2010 01:48 PM

I don't think that's the answer Rich.

tedzan 07-30-2010 02:24 PM

Rich K what Barry said.

Anyhow, it's not the answer I'm expecting. Perhaps, it did occur twice.

Regards, and hope to see you in Baltimore.


Peter_Spaeth 07-30-2010 02:49 PM

Rich is right
During a Spring Training game in 1925, Johnny Mostil became the only center fielder in baseball history to catch a foul ball.

tedzan 07-30-2010 03:04 PM

Trivia "?"
The Centerfielder I'm looking accomplished this feat in a regular season game.

He played after 1925, and was one of the fastest CFer's to ever play that position.

Hint....he stole what would have been an inside-the-park HR that Joe DiMaggio hit into "death valley" at Yankee Stadium.


White Borders 07-30-2010 04:45 PM

Hey Ted,

Great trivia question. When I think of fastest center fielders, Cool Papa Bell and Mickey Rivers come to mind, but neither would've played against Joe D. The best guess I can come up with is Ben Chapman, who I believe led the league in stolen bases a few times in the 30's and actually played CF for the Yankees but was traded when DiMaggio came along.

Looking forward to the answer to this one,

Peter_Spaeth 07-30-2010 05:08 PM

Pete Reiser? He would have played against Joe D. in a World Series.

tedzan 07-30-2010 05:48 PM

Peter S
Your getting warm, that event (stealing Joe D's HR) occured in World Series play.

But, it's not Pete Reiser.


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