Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Howard Twilley

(1943 - )

Birth Name: Howard James Twilley, Jr.

Birthplace: Houston, TX, USA

AFL and NFL player, best known for his time with the Miami Dolphins. He was the only member of the original 1966 Dolphins squad to play on the undefeated 1972 team.

NCAA:

Wide Receiver (WR):

- Tulsa Golden Hurricanes (1963-1965)
- 1 Time Bluebonnet Bowl Champion (1964)
- 1 Time Bluebonnet Bowl (1965)
- 1 Time MVC Champion (1965)
- 1 Time Unanimous First-Team All-American
- 1 Time Second-Team All-American
- UPI Lineman of the Year (1965)
- University of Tulsa Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 1984
- College Football Hall of Fame Class of 1992
- University of Tulsa Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2003 (1964 Football Team)
- #81 retired by Tulsa Golden Hurricanes

American Football League:

Wide Receiver (WR):

- Miami Dolphins (1966-1969)

NFL:

Wide Receiver (WR):

- Miami Dolphins (1970-1976)
- 2 Time Super Bowl Champion (1972-1973)
- 3 Time AFC Champion (1971-1973)

Other Awards & Honors:

- Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame Class of 1995

Sent a letter, self-addressed stamped envelope, a trading card and $5 care of his residence in Dallas, TX. Received my card back signed on both sides, an additional signed picture and he wrote a note on my letter. He also returned it in his envelope and returned my SASE.

Sent: 1/2/19
Received: 1/23/19

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Blue Edwards

(1965 - )

Birth Name: Theodore Edwards

Birthplace: Washington, D.C., USA

NBA player and high school coach, best known for his time with the Utah Jazz. He is currently the head basketball coach at Greene Central High School in Snow Hill, NC.

NCAA:

Forward (F):

- Louisburg Hurricanes (1984-1986)
- East Carolina Pirates (1986-1989)
- CAA Player of the Year (1989)
- ECU Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2002

NBA:

Shooting Guard (SG)/Small Forward (SF):

- Utah Jazz (1989-1992, 1995)
- Milwaukee Bucks (1992-1994)
- Boston Celtics (1994-1995)
- Vancouver Grizzlies (1995-1998)
- Miami Heat (1999)
- NBA All-Rookie Second Team (1990)

Greece:

Shooting Guard (SG)/Small Forward (SF):

- Olympiacos (Greek Basketball League) (1999-2000)
- Dafni (Greek A2 League) (2000-2001)

Coaching:

- Greene Central Rams (Head Coach) (Snow Hill, NC) (2018-present)

Accolades (Memphis Grizzlies):

- #18 Points, Career (2,393)

Sent a letter, self-addressed stamped envelope and a trading card care of Greene Central High School. Received my card back signed.

Sent: 1/5/19
Received: 1/22/19

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Mike McCormick (Pitcher)

(1938 - )

Birth Name: Michael Francis McCormick

Birthplace: Pasadena, CA, USA

MLB player, best known for his time with the Giants organization in both New York and San Francisco.

MLB:

Pitcher (P):

- New York Giants (1956-1957)
- San Francisco Giants (1958-1962, 1967-1970)
- Baltimore Orioles (1963-1964)
- Washington Senators (1965-1966)
- New York Yankees (1970)
- Kansas City Royals (1971)
- 1 Time NL Champion (1962)
- 4 Time All-Star
- NL ERA Leader (1960)
- NL Cy Young Award (1967)
- NL Wins Leader (1967)

Minors:

Pitcher (P):

- Rochester Red Wings (International League) (1964)
- Phoenix Giants (Pacific Coast League) (1972)
- Hawaii Islanders (Pacific Coast League) (1972-1973)
- Tacoma Twins (Pacific Coast League) (1973)
- 1 Time International League Champion (1964)

Accolades (San Francisco Giants):

- San Francisco Giants Wall of Fame Class of 2008

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

Sent: 1/5/19
Received: 1/19/19

Carl Willis

(1960 - )

Birth Name: Carl Blake Willis

Birthplace: Danville, VA, USA

MLB player and coach and minor league coach, best known for his time with the Minnesota Twins. He is currently the pitching coach for the Cleveland Indians.

NCAA:

Pitcher (P):

- UNC Wilmington Seahawks (1980-1983)
- UNCW Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 1998
-#42 retired by UNC Wilmington Seahawks

Minors:

Pitcher (P):

- Bristol Tigers (Appalachian League) (1983)
- Lakeland Tigers (Florida State League) (1983)
- Birmingham Barons (Southern League) (1983)
- Evansville Triplets (American Association) (1984)
- Denver Zephyrs (American Association) (1985-1986)
- Nashville Sounds (American Association) (1987)
- Vancouver Canadians (Pacific Coast League) (1988, 1995)
- Edmonton Trappers (Pacific Coast League) (1989)
- Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Pacific Coast League) (1990)
- Portland Beavers (Pacific Coast League) (1991, 1993)
- 1 Time Southern League Champion (1983)

MLB:

Pitcher (P):

- Detroit Tigers (1984)
- Cincinnati Reds (1984-1986)
- Chicago White Sox (1988)
- Minnesota Twins (1991-1995)
- 1 Time World Series Champion (1991)
- 1 Time AL Champion (1991)

Coaching:

- Watertown Indians (Pitching Coach) (New York-Penn League) (1997)
- Burlington Indians (Pitching Coach) (Appalachian League) (1998)
- Columbus RedStixx (Pitching Coach) (South Atlantic League) (1999)
- Akron Aeros (Pitching Coach) (Eastern League) (2000)
- Buffalo Bisons (Pitching Coach) (International League) (2001-2002)
- Cleveland Indians (Pitching Coach) (2003-2009, 2018-present)
- Seattle Mariners (Minor League Pitching Coordinator) (2010)
- Seattle Mariners (Pitching Coach) (2011-2013)
- Columbus Clippers (Pitching Coach) (International League) (2015)
- Boston Red Sox (Pitching Coach) (2016-2017)
- 1 Time International League Champion (2015)

Other Awards & Honors:

- UNCW Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award (1992)

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

Sent: 8/23/18
Received: 1/19/19

Billy Owens

(1969 - )

Birth Name: Billy Eugene Owens

Birthplace: Carlisle, PA, USA

NBA player, best known for his time with the Golden State Warriors.

NCAA:

Forward (F)/Guard (G):

- Syracuse Orange (1988-1991)
- 2 Time Big East Champion (1990-1991)
- 1 Time Consensus First-Team All-American
- 1 Time Third-Team All-American
- 2 Time First-Team All-Big East
- Big East Player of the Year (1991)
- #30 retired by Syracuse Orange

NBA:

Shooting Guard (SG)/Small Forward (SF):

- Golden State Warriors (1991-1994, 2000)
- Miami Heat (1994-1996)
- Sacramento Kings (1996-1998)
- Seattle SuperSonics (1999)
- Philadelphia 76ers (1999-2000)
- Detroit Pistons (2000-2001)
- NBA All-Rookie First Team (1992)

International (Team USA):

Shooting Guard (SG)/Small Forward (SF):

- 1989 Tournament of the Americas (Mexico - Silver Medal)
- 1990 FIBA World Championship (Argentina - Bronze Medal)
- 1990 Goodwill Games (Seattle - Silver Medal)

Other Awards & Honors:

- 4 Time PIAA State Champion (1985-1988)
- McDonald's All-American Game MVP (1988)

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

Sent: 1/9/19
Received: 1/19/19

Friday, January 18, 2019

Boyd Dowler

(1937 - )

Birth Name: Boyd Hamilton Dowler

Birthplace: Rock Springs, WY, USA

NFL player, best known for his time with the Green Bay Packers.

NCAA:

Quarterback (QB)/Wide Receiver (WR):

- Colorado Buffaloes (1956-1958)
- 1 Time Orange Bowl Champion (1958)
- 1 Time Honorable Mention All-American
- 1 Time First-Team All-Big 7
- CU Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2012

NFL:

Punter (P)/Wide Receiver (WR):

- Green Bay Packers (1959-1969)
- Washington Redskins (1971)
- 5 Time NFL Champion (1961-1962, 1965-1967)
- 2 Time AFL-NFL Super Bowl Champion (1966-1967)
- 6 Time NFL Western Champion (1960-1962, 1965-1967)
- 2 Time Pro Bowl
- NFL Rookie of the Year (1959)

Accolades (Colorado Buffaloes):

- CU's All-Century Football Team (1989)

Accolades (Green Bay Packers):

- Packers Hall of Fame Class of 1978

Other Awards & Honors:

- NFL 1960s All-Decade Team
- Colorado Sports Hall of Fame Class of 1972

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

Sent: 1/2/19
Received: 1/18/19

Darrell Walker

(1961 - )

Birth Name: Darrell Walker

Birthplace: Chicago, IL, USA

NBA player and coach, WNBA coach, minor league coach and collegiate coach, best known for his time with the Washington Bullets. He is currently the head coach at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

NCAA:

Guard (G):

- Arkansas-Fort Smith Lions (1979-1980)
- Arkansas Razorbacks (1980-1983)
- 2 Time SWC Champion (1981-1982)
- 1 Time SWC Tournament Champion (1982)
- 1 Time Consensus Second-Team All-American
- 1 Time First-Team All-SWC

NBA:

Guard (G):

- New York Knicks (1983-1986)
- Denver Nuggets (1986-1987)
- Washington Bullets (1988-1991)
- Detroit Pistons (1992)
- Chicago Bulls (1993)
- 1 Time NBA Champion (1993)
- 1 Time Eastern Conference Champion (1993)

Coaching:

- Toronto Raptors (Assistant Coach) (1995-1996)
- Toronto Raptors (Head Coach) (1996-1998)
- Rockford Lightning (Head Coach) (Continental Basketball Association) (1999-2000)
- Washington Wizards (Head Coach) (2000)
- Washington Mystics (Head Coach) (WNBA) (2000)
- New Orleans Hornets (Assistant Coach) (2004-2008)
- Detroit Pistons (Assistant Coach) (2008-2011)
- New York Knicks (Assistant Coach) (2012-2014)
- Clark Atlanta Panthers (Head Coach) (NCAA) (2016-2018)
- Little Rock Trojans (Head Coach) (NCAA) (2018-present)
- 1 Time SIAC Tournament Champion (2017)

Other Awards & Honors:

- Southwest Conference Hall of Fame Class of 2017

Sent a letter, self-addressed stamped envelope and a trading card care of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock's athletic department. Received my card back signed.

Sent: 1/7/19
Received: 1/18/19