Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Håkan Loob

(1960 - )

Birth Name: Håkan Per Loob

Birthplace: Visby, Sweden

NHL player and foreign league executive, best known for his time with the Calgary Flames. He is currently the General Manager and President of Hockey Operations of Färjestads BK of the Svenska Hockeyligan in Sweden.

Foreign:

Right Winger (RW):

- IK Graip Slite (1975-1976) (Division 2 - Sweden)
- Roma IF Romakloster (1976-1977) (Division 2 - Sweden)
- Karlskrona AIK (1977-1979) (Division 1 - Sweden)
- Färjestads BK (1979-1983; 1989-1996) (Elitserien - Sweden)
- Team Captain (1989-1996)
- 5 Time Swedish World All-Star Team
- 1 Time Le Mat Trophy (1981) (Swedish League Champion)
- 1 Time Guldpucken Award (1983) (Elitserien Player of the Year)
- 2 Time Guldhjälmen Award (1991-1992) (Elitserien MVP)
- #5 retired by Färjestads BK

Monday, March 27, 2017

José Morales

(1944 - )

Birth Name: José Manuel Morales Hernández

Birthplace: Frederiksted, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

MLB player and coach, best known for his time with the Montreal Expos. In 1976, he set the record for most pinch-hits in a single season at 25, a record that stood until 1995.

Minors:

First Baseman (1B):

- Lexington Giants (1964) (Western Carolinas League)
- Fresno Giants (1965) (California League)
- Waterbury Giants (1966-1967) (Eastern League)
- Amarillo Giants (1968) (Texas League)
- Iowa Oaks (1969-1971) (American Association)
- Tidewater Tides (1972) (International League)
- Tucson Toros (1973) (Pacific Coast League)
- Memphis Blues (1974) (International League)
- Indianapolis Indians (1984) (American Association)

MLB:

Designated Hitter (DH)/First Baseman (1B):

- Oakland Athletics (1973)
- Montreal Expos (1973-1977)
- Minnesota Twins (1978-1980)
- Baltimore Orioles (1981-1982)
- Los Angeles Dodgers (1982-1984)

Coaching:

- Cleveland Indians (Hitting Coach) (1990-1993)
- Florida Marlins (Hitting Coach) (1995-1996)

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

Sent: 3/16/17
Received: 3/27/17

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Mike Birbeck

(1961 - )

Birth Name: Michael Lawrence Birbeck

Birthplace: Orrville, OH, USA

MLB player and collegiate coach, best known for his time with the Milwaukee Brewers. He is currently the associate head baseball coach at Kent State University.

NCAA:

Pitcher (P):

- Akron Zips (1980-1983)
- Team Captain (1982-1983)
- 1 Time All-American
- Ohio Valley Conference MVP (1982)
- University of Akron Sports Hall of Fame Class of 1992

Minors:

Pitcher (P):

- Beloit Brewers (1983-1984; 1987) (Midwest League)
- Paintsville Brewers (1983) (Appalachian League)
- El Paso Diablos (1985) (Texas League)
- Vancouver Canadians (1986) (Pacific Coast League)
- Denver Zephyrs (1987-1990) (American Association)
- Colorado Springs Sky Sox (1991) (Pacific Coast League)
- Canton-Akron Indians (1991) (Eastern League)
- Tidewater Tides (1992) (International League)
- Richmond Braves (1993-1994) (International League)
- Norfolk Tides (1995) (International League)
- 1 Time International League Champion (1994)

MLB:

Pitcher (P):

- Milwaukee Brewers (1986-1989)
- New York Mets (1992; 1995)

Foreign:

Pitcher (P):

- Yokohama BayStars (1995-1996) (Nippon Professional Baseball - Japan)

Coaching:

- Kent State Golden Flashes (Pitching Coach) (1997-2003) (NCAA)
- Kent State Golden Flashes (Associate Head Coach) (2004-present) (NCAA)
- 8 Time MAC Champion (2000, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2011-2013, 2016)
- 9 Time MAC Tournament Champion (2001-2002, 2004, 2007, 2009-2012, 2014)

Records & Honors (Richmond Braves):

- 10th Anniversary All-Diamond Team member
- All-Century Team member

Other Awards & Honors:

- Wayne County (OH) Sports Hall of Fame Class of 1990
- Orrville High School Sports Hall of Fame Class of 1993 (Orrville, OH)
- Greater Akron Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2001
- Summit County (OH) Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2001
- ABCA/Baseball America Division I National Assistant Coach of the Year (2012)
- Greater Canton Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2016

Sent a letter, self-addressed stamped envelope and a trading card care of the Kent State Athletics Department. Received my card back signed and an additional signed card.

Sent: 3/17/17
Received: 3/25/17

Bill Barber

(1952 - )

Birth Name: William Charles Barber

Birthplace: Callander, ON, Canada

NHL player, coach and executive and minor league coach, best known for his tenure with the Philadelphia Flyers. He is currently the scouting consultant for the Philadelphia Flyers.

Juniors:

Left Winger (LW):

- North Bay Trappers (1967-1969) (Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League)
- Kitchener Rangers (1969-1972) (Ontario Hockey Association - Junior)
- Team Captain (1971-1972)
- 1 Time NOJHL Champion (1968)
- #7 honored by Kitchener Rangers

Minors:

Left Winger (LW):

- Richmond Robins (1972) (American Hockey League)

NHL:

Left Winger (LW):

- Philadelphia Flyers (1972-1984)
- Team Captain (1981-1983)
- 2 Time Stanley Cup Champion
- 3 Time Clarence Campbell Champion
- 1 Time West Division Champion
- 6 Time NHL All-Star Game
- 1 Time First-Team All-Star
- 2 Time Second-Team All-Star
- Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 1990
- #7 retired by Philadelphia Flyers

International:

Left Winger (LW):

Team Canada:

- 1976 Canada Cup (Gold Medal)
- 1982 World Ice Hockey Championships (Finland - Bronze Medal)

Team NHL All-Stars:

- 1979 Challenge Cup

Coaching:

- Hershey Bears (Head Coach) (1984-1985; 1995-1996) (American Hockey League)
- Philadelphia Flyers (Assistant Coach) (1985-1988; 2000)
- Philadelphia Phantoms (Head Coach) (1996-2000) (American Hockey League)
- Philadelphia Flyers (Head Coach) (2000-2002)
- 1 Time Prince of Wales Champion (1987)
- 3 Time Frank Mathers Trophy (1997-1999) (AHL Mid-Atlantic Division Regular Season Champion)
- 1 Time Calder Cup Champion (1998) (AHL Playoff Champion)
- 1 Time Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy (1998) (AHL Regular Season Champion)
- 1 Time Robert W. Clarke Trophy (1998) (AHL Western Conference Playoff Champion)
- Jack Adams Award (2001) (NHL Coach of the Year)

Executive:

- Tampa Bay Lightning (Director of Player Personnel) (2002-2008)
- Philadelphia Flyers (Scouting Consultant) (2008-present)
- 2 Time Eastern Conference Champion (2004. 2010)
- 1 Time Stanley Cup Champion (2004)

Records & Honors (Philadelphia Flyers):

- Yanick Dupre Memorial Class Guy Award (1981)
- Philadelphia Flyers Hall of Fame Class of 1989

Other Awards & Honors:

- Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2007
- Philadelphia Sports Writers Association Living Legend Award (2013)

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

Sent: 2/14/17
Received: 3/25/17

Friday, March 24, 2017

Ron Cey

(1948 - )

Birth Name: Ronald Charles Cey

Birthplace: Tacoma, WA, USA

MLB player and broadcaster, best known for his time with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Nicknamed "The Penguin" by his collegiate coach for his slow waddling running style. He is currently a broadcaster for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

NCAA:

Third Baseman (3B):

- Washington State Cougars (1967-1968)
- Washington State Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 1982

Minors:

Third Baseman (3B):

- Tri-City Atoms (1968) (Northwest League)
- Albuquerque Dodgers (1969-1970) (Texas League)
- Bakersfield Dodgers (1969) (California League)
- Spokane Indians (1971) (Pacific Coast League)
- Albuquerque Dukes (1972) (Pacific Coast League)
- 1 Time Northwest League Champion (1968)

Instructional Leagues:

Third Baseman (3B):

- AIL Dodgers (1969) (Arizona Instructional League)

MLB:

Third Baseman (3B):

- Los Angeles Dodgers (1971-1982)
- Chicago Cubs (1983-1986)
- Oakland Athletics (1987)
- 1 Time World Series Champion
- 4 Time NL Champion
- 6 Time All-Star
- NL Player of the Month (April, 1977)
- Babe Ruth Award (1981)
- World Series MVP (1981)
- Lou Gehrig Memorial Award (1982)

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

Sent: 3/17/17
Received: 3/24/17

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Dell Curry

(1964 - )

Birth Name: Wardell Stephen Curry I

Birthplace: Harrisonburg, VA, USA

NBA player and broadcaster, best known for his time with the Charlotte Hornets. He is the father of current NBA players Stephen Curry and Seth Curry. He is currently a broadcaster for the Charlotte Hornets.

NCAA:

Guard (G):

- Virginia Tech Hokies (1982-1986)
- 1 Time Consensus Second-Team All-American
- 3 Time First-Team All-Metro Conference
- Metro Conference Player of the Year (1986)
- Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame Class of 1996
- #30 retired by Virginia Tech Hokies

NBA:

Shooting Guard (SG):

- Utah Jazz (1986-1987)
- Cleveland Cavaliers (1987-1988)
- Charlotte Hornets (1988-1998)
- Milwaukee Bucks (1999)
- Toronto Raptors (1999-2002)
- NBA Sixth Man of the Year (1994)

Other Awards & Honors:

- Virginia Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2004

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

Sent: 3/13/17
Received: 3/23/17

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Dick "Ducky" Schofield

(1935 - )

Birth Name: John Richard Schofield

Birthplace: Springfield, IL, USA

MLB player, best known for his time with the St. Louis Cardinals over three stints. He is the father of former MLB player Dick Schofield and Olympian Kim Schofield.

MLB:

Shortstop (SS):

- St. Louis Cardinals (1953-1958; 1968; 1971)
- Pittsburgh Pirates (1958-1965)
- San Francisco Giants (1965-1966)
- New York Yankees (1966)
- Los Angeles Dodgers (1966-1967)
- Boston Red Sox (1969-1971)
- Milwaukee Brewers (1971)
- 1 Time World Series Champion
- 3 Time NL Champion

Minors:

Shortstop (SS):

- Omaha Cardinals (1955-1956) (American Association)
- Tulsa Oilers (1971) (American Association)

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

Sent: 3/10/17
Received: 3/21/17