Thursday, September 21, 2017

Sergio Manesio

(1994 - )

Birth Name: Sergio Manesio

Birthplace: Cabinda, Angola

Association footballer. He is currently a midfielder for Ottawa Fury FC of the United Soccer League.

Youth Career:

Defensive Midfielder (DM)

- Tottenham Hotspur (2005-2009)
- West Bromwich Albion (2010-2013)

NCAA:

Defensive Midfielder (DM):

- Cleveland State Vikings (2013-2016)
- 2 Time All-Horizon League
- 2 Time Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year (2015-2016)
- Appearances: 69
- Goals: 16

Senior Career:

Midfielder (M):

- AFC Cleveland (2015) (National Premier Soccer League)
- Ottawa Fury FC (2017-present) (United Soccer League)

Sent a letter, self-addressed stamped envelope and a custom index card care of Ottawa Fury FC. Received my card back signed and personalized.

Sent: 9/8/17
Received: 9/21/17

Monday, September 18, 2017

Marion Butts

(1966 - )

Birth Name: Marion Stevenson Butts, Jr.

Birthplace: Worth County, GA, USA

NFL player, best known for his time with the San Diego Chargers.

NCAA:

Fullback (FB):

- Florida State Seminoles (1987-1988)
- 1 Time Fiesta Bowl Champion
- 1 Time Sugar Bowl Champion

NFL:

Fullback (FB):

- San Diego Chargers (1989-1993)
- New England Patriots (1994)
- Houston Oilers (1995)
- 2 Time Pro Bowl

Accolades (Los Angeles Chargers):

- #1 (tied) Rushing Attempts, Regular Season, Game (39: 12/17/89)
- #1 Rushing Attempts by Rookie, Regular Season, Game (39: 12/17/89)
- #1 Rushing Yards by Rookie, Regular Season, Game (176: 12/17/89)
- #1 Yards per Rushing Attempt, Playoffs, Game (7.93: 1/2/93)

Sent a letter, self-addressed stamped envelope and a trading card care of his residence in Albany, GA. Received my card back signed and an additional signed card.

Sent: 1/26/17
Received: 9/18/17

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Shawn Johnson

(1992 - )

Birth Name: Shawn Machel Johnson

Birthplace: Des Moines, IA, USA

Artistic gymnast and television personality, known best for her appearance with Team USA in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, winning one gold and three silver medals.

International (Team USA):

All-Around:

- 2007 American Cup (Jacksonville - Gold Medal)
- 2007 Pan American Games (Rio de Janeiro - Gold Medal)
- 2007 World Championships (Stuttgart - Gold Medal)
- 2008 American Cup (New York - Silver Medal)
- 2008 Summer Olympics (Beijing - Silver Medal)

International (Team USA):

Balance Beam:

- 2007 Pan American Games (Rio de Janeiro - Gold Medal)
- 2008 Summer Olympics (Beijing - Gold Medal)

International (Team USA):

Floor:

- 2007 Pan American Games (Rio de Janeiro - Silver Medal)
- 2007 World Championships (Stuttgart - Gold Medal)
- 2008 Summer Olympics (Beijing - Silver Medal)

International (Team USA):

Team:

- 2007 Pan American Games (Rio de Janeiro - Gold Medal)
- 2008 Summer Olympics (Beijing - Silver Medal)
- 2011 Pan American Games (Guadalajara - Gold Medal)

International (Team USA):

Uneven Bars:

- 2007 Pan American Games (Rio de Janeiro - Gold Medal)
- 2011 Pan American Games (Guadalajara - Silver Medal)

Other Awards & Honors:

- Immortalized by a statue at the Iowa Hall of Pride (Des Moines, IA)
- Longines Prize for Excellence (2007)
- October 17th proclaimed "Shawn Johnson Day" by the Governor of Iowa (2007)
- Ranked #5 on the Associated Press's Female Athlete of the Year voting (2008)
- 2 Time Teen Choice Award (Best Female Athlete - 2008-2009)
- Dancing With the Stars Season 8 Champion (2009)
- ESPY Award (Best Female U.S. Olympian - 2009)
- James E. Sullivan Award (2009)
- Named "America's Most-Liked Sports Figure" by Forbes Magazine (2009)
- Ranked #27 (1 of 2 female athletes) in AOL's 100 Most Searched Females on the Internet (2009)
- Ranked #1 of Most Appealing Athletes on E-Score Celebrity Metric (2010)
- Ranked #7 of America's Favorite Female Sports Stars by Harris Interactive (2010)
- U.S. Gymnastics Hall of Fame Class of 2013 (2007 U.S. World Team)

Received a signed 5x7 photo card in the mail, completely out of the blue.

Received: 9/14/17

Mike Krukow

(1952 - )

Birth Name: Michael Edward Krukow

Birthplace: Long Beach, CA, USA

MLB player and broadcaster, best known for his time with the San Francisco Giants. He is currently a color commentator for the San Francisco Giants.

NCAA:

Pitcher (P):

- Cal Poly Mustangs (1971-1973)
- Cal Poly Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 1987

Minors:

Pitcher (P):

- GCL Cubs (1973) (Gulf Coast League)
- Key West Conchs (1974) (Florida State League)
- Midland Cubs (1974-1975) (Texas League)
- Wichita Aeros (1976; 1978) (American Association)
- Phoenix Firebirds (1988) (Pacific Coast League)
- 1 Time Texas League Co-Champion (1975)

MLB:

Pitcher (P):

- Chicago Cubs (1976-1981)
- Philadelphia Phillies (1982)
- San Francisco Giants (1983-1989)
- 1 Time NL Champion
- 1 Time All-Star

Accolades (Cal Poly Mustangs):

- #1 ERA, Career (1.94)
- #1 (tied) Shutouts, Season (5: 1972)

Accolades (San Francisco Giants):

- San Francisco Giants Wall of Fame

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

Sent: 7/28/17
Received: 9/14/17

Monday, September 11, 2017

Randy Carlyle

(1956 - )

Birth Name: Randolph Robert Carlyle

Birthplace: Sudbury, ON, Canada

NHL player and coach and minor league coach and executive, best known for his time with the Winnipeg Jets. He is currently the head coach of the Anaheim Ducks.

Juniors:

Defenseman (D):

- Sudbury Wolves (1973-1974) (Ontario Hockey Association - Junior)
- Sudbury Wolves (1974-1976) (Ontario Major Junior Hockey League)
- 1 Time OMJHL Second All-Star Team
- 1 Time Hamilton Spectator Trophy (1976) (OHL Best Record)
- 1 Time Leyden Trophy (1976) (OHL Leyden Division Champion)

NHL:

Defenseman (D):

- Toronto Maple Leafs (1976-1978)
- Pittsburgh Penguins (1978-1984)
- Winnipeg Jets (1984-1993)
- 1 Time First All-Star Team
- James Norris Memorial Trophy (1981) (Top Defensive Player)

International (Team Canada):

Defenseman (D):

- 1989 World Ice Hockey Championships (Sweden - Silver Medal)

Coaching:

- Winnipeg Jets (Assistant Coach) (1995-1996)
- Manitoba Moose (Assistant Coach) (1996-2001) (International Hockey League)
- Washington Capitals (Assistant Coach) (2002-2004)
- Manitoba Moose (Head Coach) (2004-2005) (American Hockey League)
- Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (Head Coach) (2005-2006)
- Anaheim Ducks (Head Coach) (2006-2011; 2016-present)
- Toronto Maple Leafs (Head Coach) (2012-2015)
- 1 Time Stanley Cup Champion (2007)
- 1 Time Western Conference Champion (2007)

Executive:

- Manitoba Moose (President) (2001-2002) (International Hockey League)

Accolades (Pittsburgh Penguins):

- Team Captain (1981-1984)

Accolades (Winnipeg Jets):

- Team Captain (1989-1991)

Other Awards & Honors:

- Honoured Member of Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame

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

Sent: 7/12/17
Received: 9/11/17

Glenn Hubbard

(1957 - )

Birth Name: Glenn Dee Hubbard

Birthplace: Hahn Air Base, West Germany (Germany)

MLB player and coach and minor league coach, best known for his time with the Atlanta Braves. He is currently the bench coach for the Lexington Legends of the South Atlantic League.

Minors:

Second Baseman (2B):

- Kingsport Braves (1975-1976) (Appalachian League)
- Greenwood Braves (1976-1977) (Western Carolinas League)
- Savannah Braves (1977) (Southern League)
- Richmond Braves (1978-1980) (International League)

MLB:

Second Baseman (2B):

- Atlanta Braves (1978-1987)
- Oakland Athletics (1988-1989)
- 1 Time AL Champion
- 1 Time All-Star

Coaching:

- GCL Braves (Hitting Coach) (1990) (Gulf Coast League)
- Macon Braves (Hitting Coach) (1991-1992; 1994; 1997-1998) (South Atlantic League)
- Richmond Braves (Hitting Coach) (1993; 1995-1996) (International League)
- Atlanta Braves (First Base Coach) (1999-2010)
- Kansas City Royals (Minor League Hitting Coordinator) (2011-2013)
- Lexington Legends (Bench Coach) (2014-present) (South Atlantic League)
- 1 Time NL Champion (1999)

Accolades (MLB):

- #71 Putouts, Second Baseman, Career (2,795)

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

Sent: 7/26/17
Received: 9/11/17

Lem Barney

(1945 - )

Birth Name: Lemuel Joseph Barney

Birthplace: Gulfport, MS, USA

NFL player, known for his tenure with the Detroit Lions. In his first NFL start, he intercepted a pass from Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr for a touchdown.

NCAA:

Cornerback (CB):

- Jackson State Tigers (1964-1966)
- 3 Time All-SWAC
- Jackson State Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 1983

NFL:

Cornerback (CB):

- Detroit Lions (1967-1977)
- 7 Time Pro Bowl
- 2 Time First-Team All-Pro
- NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year (1967)
- NFL Interceptions Leader (1967)
- Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 1992
- #20 retired by Detroit Lions

Accolades (Detroit Lions):

- Detroit Lions Hall of Fame Class of 1980

Accolades (NFL):

- #1 (tied) Fair Catches, Game (7: 11/21/1976)
- #1 (tied) Interceptions Returned for a Touchdown, Rookie Season (3)
- #18 (tied) Interceptions, Career (56)

Other Awards & Honors:

- Ebony Magazine All-American (1966)
- Pittsburgh Courier All-American (1966)
- Michigan Sports Hall of Fame Class of 1985
- Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame Class of 1986
- Named by Detroit Free Press as the greatest cornerback in NFL history (1997)
- Ranked #97 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Football Players (1999)
- Black College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2011

Sent a letter, self-addressed stamped envelope, a trading card and $15 care of his residence in Commerce Township, MI. Received my card back signed.

Sent: 9/1/17
Received: 9/11/17