Friday, January 12, 2018

Jimmy Waite

(1969 - )

Birth Name: James Dean Waite

Birthplace: Sherbrooke, QC, Canada

NHL player and coach and junior league coach, best known for his time with the Chicago Blackhawks. He is currently the goaltenders coach for the Chicago Blackhawks.

Juniors:

Goaltender (G):

- Chicoutimi Saguenéens (1986-1988) (Quebec Major Junior Hockey League)

Minors:

Goaltender (G):

- Saginaw Hawks (1988) (International Hockey League)
- Indianapolis Ice (1989-1991; 1992; 1994; 1995-1997) (International Hockey League)
- Hershey Bears (1991) (American Hockey League)
- Utah Grizzlies (1998) (International Hockey League)
- Springfield Falcons (1999) (American Hockey League)
- St. John's Maple Leafs (1999-2001) (American Hockey League)
- James Norris Memorial Trophy (1990) (IHL Best Goaltender) 
- 1 Time Turner Cup Champion (1990) (IHL Champion)

NHL:

Goaltender (G):

- Chicago Blackhawks (1988; 1989; 1990; 1991-1993; 1994; 1995; 1996)
- San Jose Sharks (1993-1994)
- Phoenix Coyotes (1997; 1998)

Foreign:

Goaltender (G):

- Essen Mosquitoes (2001-2002) (Deutsche Eishockey Liga - Germany)
- Iserlohn Roosters (2002-2003) (Deutsche Eishockey Liga - Germany)
- Ingolstadt ERC (2003-2009) (Deutsche Eishockey Liga - Germany)
- Nuermberg Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers (2009) (Deutsche Eishockey Liga - Germany)

International (Team Canada):

Goaltender (G):

- 1987 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships (Czechoslovakia)
- 1988 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships (USSR - Gold Medal)
- World Junior Ice Hockey Championships Best Goaltender (1988)

Coaching:

- Chicoutimi Saguenéens (Goaltenders Coach) (2011-2014) (Quebec Major Junior Hockey League)
- Chicago Blackhawks (Goaltenders Coach) (2014-present)
- 1 Time Stanley Cup Champion (2015)
- 1 Time Western Conference Champion (2015)

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

Sent: 10/25/17
Received: 1/12/18

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Jalen Miller

(1996 - )

Birth Name: Jalen John Miller

Birthplace: Atlanta, GA, USA

MiLB player in the San Francisco Giants organization. He is currently a second baseman for the San Jose Giants of the California League.

Minors:

Second Baseman (2B):

- AZL Giants (2015) (Arizona League)
- Augusta GreenJackets (2016) (South Atlantic League)
- San Jose Giants (2017-present) (California League)

Got an autographed 2015 Panini Contenders rookie card in a pack I purchased at Target in Henrietta, NY.

Purchased: 1/9/18

Grayson Long

(1994 - )

Birth Name: Grayson Ray Hays Long

Birthplace: Houston, TX, USA

MiLB player in the Detroit Tigers organization. He is currently a pitcher for the Erie SeaWolves of the Eastern League.

NCAA:

Pitcher (P):

- Texas A&M Aggies (2013-2015)

Minors:

Pitcher (P):

- Orem Owlz (2015) (Pioneer League)
- Burlington Bees (2016) (Midwest League)
- AZL Angels (2016) (Arizona League)
- Inland Empire 66ers (2016-2017) (California League)
- Mobile BayBears (2017) (Southern League)
- Erie SeaWolves (2017-present) (Eastern League)

Other Leagues:

Pitcher (P):

- Scottsdale Scorpions (2016) (Arizona Fall League)

Got an autographed 2015 Panini Contenders rookie card in a pack I purchased at Target in Henrietta, NY.

Purchased: 1/9/18

Greg Ward, Jr.

(1995 - )

Birth Name: Gregory Mario Ward, Jr.

Birthplace: Tyler, TX, USA

NFL player. He is currently on the practice squad for the Philadelphia Eagles.

NCAA:

Quarterback (QB):

- Houston Cougars (2013-2016)
- 1 Time Armed Forces Bowl Champion
- 1 Time Peach Bowl Champion
- 1 Time BBVA Compass Bowl
- 1 Time Las Vegas Bowl
- 1 Time AAC Champion
- Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award (2015) (Integrity, Teamwork and Sportsmanship)

NFL:

Wide Receiver: (WR):

- Philadelphia Eagles (2017-present) (Practice Squad)

Got an autographed 2017 Panini Contenders rookie card in a pack I purchased at Target in Henrietta, NY.

Purchased: 1/9/18

Monday, January 8, 2018

Pat Hentgen

(1968 - )

Birth Name: Patrick George Hentgen

Birthplace: Detroit, MI, USA

MLB player, coach and executive, best known for his time with the Toronto Blue Jays over two stints. He is currently a Special Assistant to the Toronto Blue Jays.

Minors:

Pitcher (P):

- St. Catharines Blue Jays (1986) (New York-Penn League)
- Myrtle Beach Blue Jays (1987) (South Atlantic League)
- Dunedin Blue Jays (1988-1989) (Florida State League)
- Knoxville Blue Jays (1990) (Southern League)
- Syracuse Chiefs (1991-1992) (International League)
- GCL Orioles (2002) (Gulf Coast League)
- Aberdeen IronBirds (2002) (New York-Penn League)
- Delmarva Shorebirds (2002) (South Atlantic League)
- Frederick Keys (2002) (Carolina League)
- Bowie Baysox (2002) (Eastern League)
- 1 Time New York-Penn League Champion (1986)
- 1 Time South Atlantic League Champion (1987)

MLB:

Pitcher (P):

- Toronto Blue Jays (1991-1999; 2004)
- St. Louis Cardinals (2000)
- Baltimore Orioles (2001-2003)
- 1 Time World Series Champion
- 1 Time AL Champion
- 3 Time All-Star
- AL Cy Young Award (1996)
- AL Pitcher of the Year (1996)

Coaching:

- Toronto Blue Jays (Bullpen Coach) (2011; 2013)

Executive:

- Toronto Blue Jays (Special Assistant to the Organization) (2012; 2014-present)

Accolades (Toronto Blue Jays):

- #1 Home Runs Allowed, Game (5: 5/26/1995, 6/25/1997)
- #1 (tied) Walks Allowed, Game (9: 7/15/1995)

Other Awards & Honors:

- Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2016

Sent a letter, self-addressed stamped envelope and a trading card care of the Toronto Blue Jays. After not hearing back for almost 16 months, I sent a letter, self-addressed envelope and a trading card care of his residence in Utica, MI. Received both cards back signed.

Sent (First): 2/22/16
Sent (Second): 6/3/17
Received (Both): 1/8/18

John Wathan

(1949 - )

Birth Name: John David Wathan

Birthplace: Cedar Rapids, IA, USA

MLB player, coach and broadcaster and minor league coach, best known for his tenure with the Kansas City Royals. He is the father of former MLB player and minor league coach Dusty Wathan and former minor league player Derek Wathan.

NCAA:

Catcher (C):

- San Diego Toreros (1968-1970)
- 1 Time All-American
- San Diego Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 1994

Minors:

Catcher (C):

- Waterloo Royals (1971) (Midwest League)
- San Jose Bees (1971-1972) (California League)
- Jacksonville Suns (1972-1974) (Southern League)
- Omaha Royals (1972; 1975-1976) (American Association)

MLB:

Catcher (C):

- Kansas City Royals (1976-1985)
- 1 Time World Series Champion
- 2 Time AL Champion

Coaching:

- Kansas City Royals (Assistant Coach) (1986)
- Omaha Royals (Manager) (1987) (American Association)
- Kansas City Royals (Manager) (1987-1991)
- California Angels (Manager) (1992)
- California Angels (Bench Coach) (1993)
- Boston Red Sox (Bullpen Coach) (1994)

Other Awards & Honors:

- Missouri Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2008

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

Sent: 10/27/17
Received: 1/8/18

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Charlie Morton (Pitcher)

(1983 - )

Birth Name: Charles Alfred Morton IV

Birthplace: Flemington, NJ, USA

MLB player. He is currently the #4 starting pitcher for the Houston Astros. He was the starting and winning pitcher in Game 7 of the 2017 World Series when the Houston Astros won their first title.

Minors:

Pitcher (P):

- GCL Braves (2002) (Gulf Coast League)
- Danville Braves (2003) (Appalachian League)
- Rome Braves (2004-2005) (South Atlantic League)
- Myrtle Beach Pelicans (2006) (Carolina League)
- Mississippi Braves (2007) (Southern League)
- Richmond Braves (2008) (International League)
- Gwinnett Braves (2009) (International League)
- Indianapolis Indians (2009-2010; 2012-2013; 2015) (International League)
- Bradenton Marauders (2013) (Florida State League)
- Altoona Curve (2013-2015) (Eastern League)
- Corpus Christi Hooks (2017) (Texas League)
- Fresno Grizzlies (2017) (Pacific Coast League)

Other Leagues:

Pitcher (P):

- Peoria Javelinas (2007) (Arizona Fall League)

Foreign:

Pitcher (P):

- Toros del Este (2010-2011) (Liga de Béisbol Profesional de la República Dominicana - Dominican Republic)
- 1 Time Liga de Béisbol Profesional de la República Dominicana Champion (2011)

MLB:

Pitcher (P):

- Atlanta Braves (2008)
- Pittsburgh Pirates (2009-2015)
- Philadelphia Phillies (2016)
- Houston Astros (2017-present)
- 1 Time World Series Champion
- 1 Time AL Champion

Received a signed baseball from my dad who got it from the Pirates during the 2011 spring training session.

Signed: 3/21/11
Received: 1/6/18