Friday, September 21, 2018

"The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase

(1954 - )

Birth Name: Theodore Marvin DiBiase, Sr.

Birthplace: Miami, FL, USA

Professional wrestler, manager, broadcaster and minister, best known for his time in the NWA and WWF. He is regarded by many as one of the most gifted technical wrestlers in history. He is the adopted son of former professional wrestler, the late "Iron" Mike DiBiase and the father of retired professional wrestlers Mike DiBiase II, Ted DiBiase, Jr. and Brett DiBiase.

NCAA (Football):

Defensive Tackle (DT):

- West Texas A&M Buffaloes (1972-1974)
- 1 Time MVC Champion (1972)

Professional Wrestling:

NWA:
 
- 2 Time NWA Central States Heavyweight Champion
- 2 Time NWA Missouri Heavyweight Champion
- 2 Time NWA National Heavyweight Champion
- 1 Time NWA North American Heavyweight Champion (Tri-State version)
- Held 11 other championships

Regional Territories:

- Held 9 championships

WWF:

- 2 Time Million Dollar Champion
- 1 Time WWF North American Heavyweight Champion
- 3 Time WWF Tag Team Champion (with Irwin R. Schyster)
- 1 Time WWF World Champion (Unofficial)

Hall of Fame Inductions:

- St. Louis Wrestling Hall of Fame
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame Class of 1996
- Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame Class of 2007
- WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2010

Other Awards & Honors:

- All Japan Pro Wrestling Champion Carnival Technique Award (1980)
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter Best Technical Wrestler (1981)
- All Japan Pro Wresting Champion Carnival Outstanding Performance Award (1982)
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated Most Hated Wrestler of the Year (1982)
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter Feud of the Year (vs. Junkyard Dog) (1982)
- All Japan Pro Wrestling World's Strongest Tag Determination League Champion (with Stan Hansen) (1985)
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter Feud of the Year (vs. Jim Duggan) (1985)
- Slammy Award (Humanitarian of the Year) (1987)
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter Best Gimmick (1987)
- 2 Time Wrestling Observer Newsletter Best Heel (1987-1988)

- 1 Time WWF King of the Ring (1988)
- Slammy Award (Best Manager) (1994)

PWI Rankings:

- #17 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 (1991)
- #32 of the top 500 singles wrestlers during the "PWI Years" (2003)
- #20 of the top 100 tag teams during the "PWI Years" (with Steve Williams) (2003)
- #24 of the top 100 tag teams during the "PWI Years" (with Stan Hansen) (2003)
- #61 of the top 100 tag teams during the "PWI Years" (with Irwin R. Schyster) (2003)

Sent a letter, self-addressed stamped envelope and a trading card care of the Heart of David Ministry in Clinton, MS. Received my card back signed.

Sent: 9/10/18
Received: 9/21/18

Bruce Crampton

(1935 - )

Birth Name: Bruce Crampton

Birthplace: Sydney, NSW, Australia

Professional golfer. He was ranked among the top five golfers in the world in 1972 and 1973.

Career:

- Turned Professional: 1953
- Former Tour(s): PGA Tour, PGA Tour Champions
- Professional Wins: 44

Number of Wins by Tour:

- PGA Tour: 14
- PGA Tour Champions: 20
- Other (Regular): 8
- Other (Senior): 2

Best Results in Major Championships:

- Masters Tournament: T2 (1972)
- U.S. Open: 2nd (1972)
- The Open Championship: T13 (1956)
- PGA Championship: 2nd (1973, 1975)

International (Team British Commonwealth and Empire):

- 1 Time Slazenger Trophy (1956)

International (Team Australia):

- 5 Time World Cup (1957, 1963-1964, 1967, 1972)

Accolades (PGA Tour):

- #64 (tied) Wins, Career (14)

Accolades (PGA Tour Champions):

- #9 (tied) Wins, Career (20)

Other Awards & Honors:

- 2 Time Vardon Trophy (Scoring Average Leader) (1973, 1975)
- Senior PGA Tour Money Leader (1986)
- Sport Australia Hall of Fame Class of 2001

Sent a letter, self-addressed stamped envelope and a trading card care of his residence in Severna Park, MD. Received my card back signed and personalized.

Sent: 8/31/18
Received: 9/21/18

Stephen Zimmerman

(1996 - )

Birth Name: Stephen Eric Zimmerman, Jr.

Birthplace: Hendersonville, TN, USA

NBA player under contract with the Washington Wizards. He is currently a center for the Capital City Go-Go of the NBA G League.

NCAA:

Center (C):

- UNLV Runnin' Rebels (2015-2016)

NBA D-League:

Center (C):

- Erie BayHawks (2016-2017)

 NBA:

Center (C):

- Orlando Magic (2016)

NBA G League:

- South Bay Lakers (2017-2018)
- Capital City Go-Go (2018-present)

International (Team USA):

- 2014 FIBA Americas Under-18 Championship (USA - Gold Medal)

Other Awards & Honors:

- McDonald's All-American (2015)

Sent a letter, self-addressed stamped envelope and a trading card care of the South Bay Lakers. Received my card back signed.

Sent: 1/19/18
Received: 9/21/18

CPT Charlie Krueger, USA, Ret.

(1937 - )

Birth Name: Charles Andrew Krueger

Birthplace: Caldwell, TX, USA

NFL player and U.S. Army veteran, best known for his tenure with the San Francisco 49ers. He is the older brother of former NFL player Rolf Krueger.

NCAA:

Defensive Tackle (DT):

- Texas A&M Aggies (1954-1957)
- 1 Time Gator Bowl (1957)
- 1 Time SWC Champion (1956)
- 2 Time First-Team All-American
- 2 Time First-Team All-SWC
- SWC Sophomore Lineman of the Year (1955)
- Texas A&M Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 1972
- College Football Hall of Fame Class of 1983

NFL:

Defensive Tackle (DT):

- San Francisco 49ers (1959-1973)
- 2 Time Pro Bowl
- 2 Time Second-Team All-Pro
- #70 retired by San Francisco 49ers

Accolades (College All-Star Team):

- Team Captain (1958)

Accolades (Texas A&M Aggies):

- Team Captain (1957)

Other Awards & Honors:

- Houston Post MVP (1957)
- Texas Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2014

Sent a letter, self-addressed stamped envelope and a custom index card care of his residence in Clayton, CA. Received my card back signed.

Sent: 9/10/18
Received: 9/21/18

Monday, September 17, 2018

Brian Hawyard

(1960 - )

Birth Name: Brian George Hayward

Birthplace: Georgetown, ON, Canada

NHL player and broadcaster, best known for his time with the Winnipeg Jets. He is currently a color analyst for the Anaheim Ducks.

Juniors:

Goaltender (G):

- Markham Waxers (Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League) (1976-1977)
- Guelph Platers (Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League) (1977-1978)
- Buckland Trophy Champion (OPJHL Champion) (1978)
- Dudley Hewitt Cup Champion (Central Canadian Junior A Champion) (1978)
- Royal Bank Cup Champion (Canadian Junior A Champion) (1978)

NCAA:

Goaltender (G):

- Cornell Big Red (1978-1982)
- 1 Time NCAA Frozen Four (1980)
- 1 Time ECAC Tournament Champion (1980)
- 1 Time AHCA East All-American
- 1 Time All-ECAC Hockey First Team
- 1 Time All-Ivy League
- Cornell University Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 1991

Minors:

Goaltender (G):

- Sherbrooke Jets (American Hockey League) (1982, 1983, 1985)
- Kalamazoo Wings (International Hockey League) (1990)
- Kansas City Blades (International Hockey League) (1991)

NHL:

Goaltender (G):

- Winnipeg Jets (1982-1986)
- Montreal Canadiens (1986-1990)
- Minnesota North Stars (1990-1991)
- San Jose Sharks (1992)
- 1 Time Prince of Wales Champion (1989)
- 1 Time Clarence Campbell Champion (1991)

Accolades (Cornell Big Red):

- Team Captain (1981-1982)

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

Sent: 6/13/18
Received: 9/17/18

Steve Konroyd

(1961 - )

Birth Name: Stephen Mark Konroyd

Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, Canada

NHL player and broadcaster, best known for his time with the Calgary Flames. He is currently a TV studio host for the Chicago Blackhawks.

Juniors:

Defenseman (D):

- Markham Waxers (Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League) (1977-1978)
- Oshawa Generals (Ontario Major Junior Hockey League) (1978-1981)
- Bobby Smith Trophy (OMJHL Scholastic Player of the Year) (1980)

NHL:

Defenseman (D):

- Calgary Flames (1981-1986, 1994)
- New York Islanders (1986-1988)
- Chicago Blackhawks (1988-1992)
- Hartford Whalers (1992-1993)
- Detroit Red Wings (1993)
- Ottawa Senators (1994)
- 1 Time Presidents' Trophy (Most Regular Season Team Points) (1991)

Minors:

Defenseman (D):

- Oklahoma City Stars (Central Hockey League) (1982)
- Chicago Wolves (International Hockey League) (1995)

International (Team Canada):

Defenseman (D):

- 1985 World Ice Hockey Championships (Czechoslovakia - Silver Medal)
- 1991 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships (Finland - Silver Medal)

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

Sent: 6/13/18
Received: 9/17/18

Saturday, September 15, 2018

CAPT Joe Bellino, USN, Ret.

(1938 - )

Birth Name: Joseph Michael Bellino

Birthplace: Winchester, MA, USA

AFL player, high school coach and U.S. Naval veteran, known for his time with the Boston Patriots.

NCAA:

Halfback (HB)/Punter (P):

- Navy Midshipmen (1957-1960)
- 1 Time Cotton Bowl Champion (1957)
- 1 Time Orange Bowl (1960)
- 1 Time All-American
- Heisman Trophy (1960)
- College Football Hall of Fame Class of 1977
- U.S. Naval Academy Sports Hall of Fame

American Football League:

Halfback (HB)/Kick Returner (KR):

- Boston Patriots (1965-1967)

Coaching:

- Saint Columbkille HIgh School (Head Coach) (Brighton, MA) (1976)

Other Awards & Honors:

- Maxwell Award (Maxwell Club College Football Player of the Year) (1960)
- Sporting News College Football Player of the Year (1960)
- UPI College Football Player of the Year (1960)
- Winchester Sports Foundation Hall of Fame Class of 1991
- Namesake of Bellino Park (Winchester, MA) (2004)

Sent a letter, self-addressed stamped envelope and a custom index card care of his residence in Bedford, MA. Received my card back signed and personalized and he also wrote a note on my letter answering my question about why he chose the AFL's Boston Patriots over the NFL's Washington Redskins.

Sent: 9/6/18
Received: 9/15/18