Saturday, November 18, 2017

José Lind

(1964 - )

Birth Name: José Lind Salgado

Birthplace: Toa Baja, Puerto Rico

MLB player and independent league coach, best known for his time with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was affectionately known as "Chico" to Pirates fans.

Minors:

Second Baseman (2B):

- GCL Pirates (1983) (Gulf Coast League)
- Macon Pirates (1984) (South Atlantic League)
- Prince William Pirates (1985) (Carolina League)
- Nashua Pirates (1986) (Eastern League)
- Vancouver Canadians (1987; 1995) (Pacific Coast League)

MLB:

Second Baseman (2B):

- Pittsburgh Pirates (1987-1992)
- Kansas City Royals (1993-1995)
- California Angels (1995)
- 1 Time Gold Glove Award (1992)

Independent Leagues:

Second Baseman (2B):

- Bridgeport Bluefish (1999-2001) (Atlantic League)
- 1 Time Atlantic League Champion (1999)

Coaching:

- Bridgeport Bluefish (Player-Coach) (1999-2002) (Atlantic League)
- Bridgeport Bluefish (Manager) (2003-2005) (Atlantic League)
- 1 Time Atlantic League Champion (1999)

Sent a letter, self-addressed stamped envelope and a trading card care of his residence in Dorado, PR. Received my card back signed.

Sent: 9/14/17
Received: 11/18/17

Michael Clark II

(1969 - )

Birth Name: Michael Clark II

Birthplace: Kingsport, TN, USA

Professional golfer.

NCAA:

- Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (1988-1991)
- 1 Time ACC Team Champion

Career:

- Turned Professional: 1992
- Former Tour(s): PGA Tour
- Professional Wins: 3

Number of Wins by Tour:

- PGA Tour: 1
- Web.com Tour: 2

Best Results in Major Championships:

- Masters Tournament: DNP
- U.S. Open: Cut (1993, 1997, 2002)
- The Open Championship: DNP
- PGA Championship: T15 (2000)

Other Awards & Honors:

- PGA Tour Rookie of the Year (2000)

Sent a letter, self-addressed stamped envelope and a trading card care of his residence in Rocky Face, GA. Received my card back signed and personalized.

Sent: 2/2/17
Received: 11/18/17

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Gord Murphy

(1967 - )

Birth Name: Gordon J. Murphy

Birthplace: Willowdale, ON, Canada

NHL player and coach and national team coach, best known for his time with the Florida Panthers. He is the father of current NHL player Connor Murphy. He is currently an assistant coach for the Philadelphia Flyers.

Midget Leagues:

Defenseman (D):

- Don Mills Flyers (1983-1984) (Ligue Majeure de Hockey sur Table - Canada)

Juniors:

Defenseman (D):

- Oshawa Generals (1984-1987) (Ontario Hockey League)
- 1 Time Hamilton Spectator Trophy (1987) (OHL Best Regular Season Record)
- 1 Time J. Ross Roberston Cup Champion (1987) (OHL Playoff Champion)
- 1 Time Memorial Cup All-Star Team (1987)

Minors:

Defenseman (D):

- Hershey Bears (1987-1988) (American Hockey League)
- Providence Bruins (1993; 2001) (American Hockey League)
- 1 Time Calder Cup Champion (1988) (AHL Playoff Champion)
- 1 Time John D. Chick Trophy (1988) (AHL South Division Regular Season Champion)

NHL:

Defenseman (D):

- Philadelphia Flyers (1988-1992)
- Boston Bruins (1992-1993; 2001)
- Florida Panthers (1993-1999)
- Atlanta Thrashers (1999-2001)
- 1 Time Eastern Conference Champion

International (Team Canada):

Defenseman (D):

- 1998 IIHF World Championship (Switzerland)

Coaching:

- Columbus Blue Jackets (Assistant Coach) (2002-2004; 2005-2010)
- Florida Panthers (Assistant Coach) (2010-2014)
- Philadelphia Flyers (Assistant Coach) (2014-present)

International (Team Canada):

Assistant Coach:

- 2013 IIHF World U18 Championships (Russia - Gold Medal)

Accolades (Philadelphia Flyers):

- Barry Ashbee Trophy (1990) (Outstanding Defenseman)
- Yanick Dupre Memorial Class Guy Award (1991)

Sent a letter, self-addressed stamped envelope and a trading card care of the Philadelphia Flyers. Received my card back signed and personalized.

Sent: 10/26/17
Received: 11/16/17

Luis Tiant

(1940 - )

Birth Name: Luis Clemente Tiant Vega

Birthplace: Mariano, Cuba

MLB player, broadcaster, executive and coach and collegiate coach, best known for his time with the Boston Red Sox. He is the son of former Negro League Baseball player, the late Luis Tiant, Sr. He is currently a pitching instructor for the Boston Red Sox.

Foreign:

Pitcher (P):

- Tigres del México (1959-1961) (Liga Mexicana de Beisbol - Mexico)
- 1 Time Mexican League Champion (1960)

Minors:

Pitcher (P):

- Charleston Indians (1962) (Eastern League)
- Jacksonville Suns (1962) (International League)
- Burlington Indians (1963) (Carolina League)
- Portland Beavers (1964; 1981) (Pacific Coast League)
- Richmond Braves (1971) (International League)
- Louisville Colonels (1971) (International League)

MLB:

Pitcher (P):

- Cleveland Indians (1964-1969)
- Minnesota Twins (1970)
- Boston Red Sox (1971-1978)
- New York Yankees (1979-1980)
- Pittsburgh Pirates (1981)
- California Angels (1982)
- 1 Time AL Champion
- 3 Time All-Star
- 2 Time AL ERA Leader (1968, 1972)
- AL Comeback Player of the Year (1973)
- Babe Ruth Award (1975) (Postseason Performance)

Coaching:

- SCAD Savannah Bees (Head Coach) (1998-2001) (NCAA)

Executive:

- Boston Red Sox (Scout) (2002)
- Boston Red Sox (Pitching Instructor) (2010-present)
- 1 Time AL Champion (2013)
- 1 Time World Series Champion (2013)

Accolades (Boston Red Sox):

- Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame Class of 1997

Accolades (MLB):

- #21 (tied) Shutouts, Career (49)
- #41 (tied) Strikeouts, Career (2,416)
- #57 (tied) Games Started, Career (484)
- #66 (tied) Wins, Career (229)
- #72 Innings Pitched, Career (3,486.1)
- #75 Walks, Career (1,104)
- #76 (tied) Putouts, Pitcher, Career (221)
- #77 Batters Faced, Career (14,365)
- #91 Losses, Career (172)

Other Awards & Honors:

- Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame Class of 2002
- Venezuelan Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum Class of 2009
- Latino Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2011

Sent a letter, self-addressed stamped envelope and a trading card care of his residence in Wells, ME. Received my card back signed.

Sent: 6/3/17
Received: 11/16/17

Ken Burns

(1953 - )

Birth Name: Kenneth Lauren Burns

Birthplace: Brooklyn, NY, USA

Filmmaker, known best for his use of archival footage in documentary films.

Partial Filmography:

- The Statue of Liberty (1985)
- The Congress (1988)
- The Civil War (1990)
- Baseball (1994)
- The West (1996)
- Jazz (2001)
- The War (2007)
- Prohibition (2011)
- The Dust Bowl (2012)
- The Roosevelts: An Intimate History (2014)
- Jackie Robinson (2016)
- The Vietnam War (2017)

Award Nominations:

- 2 Time Academy Award
- 2 Time Black Reel Award
- 1 Time DGA Award
- 2 Time Gold Hugo Award
- 1 Time Grierson Award
- 2 Time IDA Award
- 1 Time Independent Spirit Award
- 2 Time News & Documentary Emmy Award
- 1 Time OFTA Film Award
- 2 Time PGA Award
- 9 Time Primetime Emmy
- 2 Time Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize
- 1 Time Video Source Award
- 1 Time WGA Award (Screen)

Awards & Honors Won:

- CINE Golden Eagle Award (Documentary - 1981)
- Organization of American Historians Erik Barnouw Award (1983)
- Organization of American Historians Erik Barnouw Award (1986)
- Peabody Award (1990)
- Humanitas Prize (Documentaries - Special Awards Category - 1991)
- International Documentary Association IDA Award (1991)
- People's Choice Award (Favorite TV Mini-Series - 1991)
- PGA Award (Outstanding Producer of Television - 1991)
- Primetime Emmy (Outstanding Individual-Informational Programming - 1991)
- Primetime Emmy (Outstanding Informational Series - 1991)
- Silver FIPA Award (Documentary and Essay - 1991)
- Telluride Film Festival, US Silver Medallion Award (1994)
- Primetime Emmy (Outstanding Imformational Series - 1995)
- Bronze Heritage Award (Western Documentary - 1998)
- Golden Space Needle Award (Best Documentary - 1998)
- Peabody Award (1998)
- PGA Vision Award (Television - 1998)
- Spur Award (Best Documentary Script - 1998)
- Peabody Award (1999)
- St. Louis International Film Festival Best Documentary Award (2001)
- St. Louis International Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award (2001)
- Christopher Award (Television & Cable - 2002)
- International Documentary Association Career Achievement Award (2002)
- CINE Leadership Award (2003)
- Jefferson Awards S. Roger Horchow Award for Greatest Public Service by a Private Citizen (2004)
- Primetime Emmy (Oustanding Nonfiction Special - 2004)
- Deauville Film Festival Canal+ Award (Best Documentary - 2007)
- News & Documentary Emmy Awards Lifetime Achievement Award (2008)
- Namesake of The Ken Burns Wing at the Jerome Liebling Center for Film, Photography and Video at Hampshire College (2010)
- Primetime Emmy (Outstanding Nonfiction Series - 2010)
- Chicago International Film Festival Audience Choice Award (Best Documentary Feature - 2012)
- Washington University International Humanities Medal (2012)
- Black Reel Award (Best Documentary - 2013)
- Bronze Wrangler Award (Western Documentary - 2013)
- Gabriel Award (Documentary - 2013)
- John Steinbeck Award (2013)
- Peabody Award (2013)
- Television Critics Association Awards Career Achievement Award (2017)
- The Nichols-Chancellor's Medal at Vanderbilt University (2017)

Sent a letter, self-addressed stamped envelope and two bookplates care of his post office box in Walpole, NH. Received both bookplates back signed and personalized, one for me and one for my friend Rye. I affixed the bookplate to my copy of The Vietnam War: An Intimate History.

Sent: 10/17/17
Received: 11/16/17

James Patrick (Hockey)

(1963 - )

Birth Name: James Patrick

Birthplace: Winnipeg, MB, Canada

NHL player and coach and junior league coach, best known for his time with the New York Rangers. He is the son of former CFL player, the late Stephen Patrick, the younger brother of former NHL player Steve Patrick and the uncle of current NHL player Nolan Patrick. He is currently the head coach of the Kootenay Ice of the Western Hockey League.

Juniors:

Defenseman (D):

- Prince Albert Raiders (1980-1981) (Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League)
- 1 Time Centennial Cup First Team All-Star
- 1 Time SJHL All-Star First Team
- 1 Time Abbott Cup Champion (1981) (Western Canadian Junior A Champion)
- 1 Time Anavet Cup Champion (1981)
- Canadian Tier II Player of the Year (1981)
- 1 Time Royal Bank Cup Champion (1981) (Canadian Junior A Champion)
- 1 Time Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League Champion (1981)

NCAA:

Defenseman (D):

- North Dakota Fighting Hawks (1981-1983)
- 1 Time NCAA Champion
- 1 Time NCAA Frozen Four
- 1 Time WCHA Champion
- 1 Time AHCA West All-American
- 1 Time All-WCHA First Team
- 1 Time All-WCHA Second Team
- 1 Time All-NCAA All-Tournament Team (1982)
- WCHA Freshman of the Year (1982)

NHL:

Defenseman (D):

- New York Rangers (1983-1993)
- Hartford Whalers (1993-1994)
- Calgary Flames (1994-1998)
- Buffalo Sabres (1998-2004)
- 1 Time Eastern Conference Champion

Foreign:

Defenseman (D):

- Frankfurt Lions (2005-2006) (Deutsche Eishockey Liga - Germany)

International (Team Canada):

Defenseman (D):

- 1982 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships (USA/Canada - Gold Medal)
- 1983 World Ice Hockey Championships (West Germany - Bronze Medal)
- 1983 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships (USSR - Bronze Medal)
- 1984 Winter Olympics (Sarajevo)
- 1987 Canada Cup (Gold Medal)
- 1987 World Ice Hockey Championships (Austria)
- 1989 World Ice Hockey Championships (Sweden - Silver Medal)
- 1998 IIHF World Championship (Switzerland)
- 2002 IIHF World Championship (Sweden)

Coaching:

- Buffalo Sabres (Assistant Coach) (2006-2013)
- Dallas Stars (Assistant Coach) (2013-2017)
- Kootenay Ice (Head Coach) (2017-present) (Western Hockey League)
- 1 Time Presidents' Trophy (2007) (Most NHL Regular Season Team Points)

Accolades (Buffalo Sabres):

- Team Captain (2003)

Accolades (New York Rangers):

- John Halligan Good Guy Award (1987)
- Player's Player Award (1988)
- Rangers MVP (1988)

Other Awards & Honors:

- "Honoured Member" of the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame
- Ranked #44 in the book 100 Ranger Greats (2009)

Sent a letter, self-addressed stamped envelope and a trading card care of the Kootenay Ice. Received my card back signed and personalized.

Sent: 10/16/17
Received: 11/16/17

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Dave Barr (Hockey)

(1960 - )

Birth Name: David Angus Barr

Birthplace: Toronto, ON, Canada

NHL player and coach, minor league coach and junior league coach and executive, best known for his time with the Detroit Red Wings. He is currently an assistant coach for the San Jose Sharks.

Minors:

Right Winger (RW):

- Pincher Creek Panthers (1977-1978) (Alberta Junior Hockey League)
- Billings Bighorns (1978) (Western Canada Hockey League)
- Edmonton Oil Kings (1978-1979) (Western Hockey League)
- Great Falls Americans (1979) (Western Hockey League)
- Portland Winter Hawks (1979-1980) (Western Hockey League)
- Lethbridge Broncos (1980-1981) (Western Hockey League)

NHL:

Right Winger (RW):

- Boston Bruins (1981; 1982)
- New York Rangers (1983)
- St. Louis Blues (1984-1986)
- Detroit Red Wings (1987-1991)
- New Jersey Devils (1991-1993)
- Dallas Stars (1993)

Minors:

Right Winger (RW):

- Erie Blades (1981-1982) (American Hockey League)
- Baltimore Skipjacks (1982-1983) (American Hockey League)
- Tulsa Oilers (1983-1984) (Central Hockey League)
- Adirondack Red Wings (1990) (American Hockey League)
- Utica Devils (1992) (American Hockey League)
- Kalamazoo Wings (1994-1995) (International Hockey League)
- Orlando Solar Bears (1995-1997) (International Hockey League)
- 1 Time Adams Cup Champion (1984) (CHL Champion)

Coaching:

- Orlando Solar Bears (Player-Coach) (1995-1997) (International Hockey League)
- Houston Aeros (Assistant Coach) (1999-2000) (International Hockey League)
- Houston Aeros (Head Coach) (2000-2001) (International Hockey League)
- Guelph Storm (Head Coach) (2004-2008) (Ontario Hockey League)
- Colorado Avalanche (Assistant Coach) (2008-2009)
- Minnesota Wild (Assistant Coach) (2009-2011)
- New Jersey Devils (Assistant Coach) (2011-2015)
- Buffalo Sabres (Assistant Coach) (2015-2016)
- Florida Panthers (Associate Head Coach) (2016-2017)
- San Jose Sharks (Assistant Coach) (2017-present)
- Matt Leyden Trophy (2006) (OHL Coach of the Year)
- 1 Time Eastern Conference Champion (2012)

Executive:

- Guelph Storm (General Manager) (2004-2008) (Ontario Hockey League)

Sent a letter, self-addressed stamped envelope and a trading card care of the San Jose Sharks. Received my card back signed and personalized.

Sent: 10/25/17
Received: 11/13/17