Saturday, October 19, 2019

Bruce Sutter

(1953 - )

Birth Name: Howard Bruce Sutter

Birthplace: Lancaster, PA, USA

MLB player and coach, best known for his time with the Chicago Cubs. He holds several distinctions for a Hall of Fame pitcher:

- 1st pitcher inducted having never started a game
- 1st inductee to end his career with less than 1,700 innings pitched
- 1 of 4 pitchers inducted with a losing record (Rollie Fingers, Satchel Paige, Trevor Hoffman)
- 4th relief pitcher inducted

 Minors:

Pitcher (P):

- GCL Cubs (Gulf Coast League) (1972)
- Quincy Cubs (Midwest League) (1973)
- Key West Conchs (Florida State League) (1974)
- Midland Cubs (Texas League) (1974-1975)
- Wichita Aeros (American Association) (1976)
- 1 Time Gulf Coast League Champion (1972)
- 1 Time Texas League Champion (1975)

MLB:

Pitcher (P):

- Chicago Cubs (1976-1980)
- St. Louis Cardinals (1981-1984)
- Atlanta Braves (1985-1986, 1988)
- 1 Time World Series Champion (1982)
- 1 Time NL Champion (1982)
- 6 Time All-Star
- NL Cy Young Award (1979)
- 4 Time NL Rolaids Relief Man of the Year (1979, 1981-1982, 1984)
- 5 Time NL Saves Leader (1979-1982, 1984)
- #42 retired by St. Louis Cardinals

Coaching:

- Philadelphia Phillies (Minor League Consultant) (2010-2014)

Accolades (MLB):

- #29 (tied) Saves, Career (300)
- #39 Games Finished, Career (512)
- #57 WHIP, Career (1.1401)

Accolades (St. Louis Cardinals):

- #2 Games Finished, Season (63: 1984)
- #3 Adjusted ERA+, Season (227: 1984)
- #3 ERA, Season (1.43: 1984)
- #3 (tied) Saves, Season (45: 1984)
- #4 Games Finished, Career (203)
- #4 Saves, Career (127)

Hall of Fame Inductions:

- National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum Class of 2006
- Missouri Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2007
- St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2010
- St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame Museum Class of 2014

Other Awards & Honors:

- NL Pitcher of the Month (05/1977)
- 6 Time NL Player of the Week (7/3/1978-7/9/1978, 4/16/1979-4/22/1979, 8/23/1979-8/29/1979, 9/13/1979-9/19/1979, 4/9/1984-4/15/1984, 9/3/1984-9/9/1984)
- 300 Save Club (9/9/1988)

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

Sent: 10/7/19
Received: 10/19/19

Friday, October 18, 2019

Cliff Fletcher

(1935 - )

Birth Name: George Clifford Fletcher

Birthplace: Montreal, QC, Canada

NHL executive and international executive. He is currently a senior advisor for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Executive:

- Montreal Canadiens (Scout) (1956-1966)
- St. Louis Blues (Assistant General Manager) (1966-1972)
- St. Louis Blues (Scout) (1966-1967)
- Atlanta Flames (General Manager) (1972-1980)
- Calgary Flames (General Manager) (1980-1991)
- Toronto Maple Leafs (General Manager) (1991-1997, 2007-2009)
- Toronto Maple Leafs (President) (1991-1997)
- Tampa Bay Lightning (Senior Advisor) (1998-2000)
- Phoenix Coyotes (Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations) (2000-2001)
- Phoenix Coyotes (General Manager) (2000-2001)
- Phoenix Coyotes (Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations) (2001-2004, 2005-2007)
- Toronto Maple Leafs (Senior Advisor) (2009-present)
- 7 Time Stanley Cup Champion (1957-1960, 1965-1966, 1989)
- 3 Time West Division Champion (1968-1970)
- 2 Time Clarence Campbell Champion (1986, 1989)
- 2 Time Presidents' Trophy (Most Regular Season Team Points) (1988-1989)

International (Team Canada):

General Manager:

- 1982 Ice Hockey World Championships (Finland - Bronze Medal)
- 2000 IIHF World Championship (Russia)

Hall of Fame Inductions:

- Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2004 (Builder)

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

Sent: 9/23/19
Received: 10/18/19

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Amos Otis

(1947 - )

Birth Name: Amos Joseph Otis

Birthplace: Mobile, AL, USA

MLB player, best known for his time with the Kansas City Royals. On September 7, 1971 he became the first player since 1927 to steal 5 bases in a single game.

Minors:

Outfielder (OF):

- Harlan Red Sox (Appalachian League) (1965)
- Oneonta Red Sox (New York-Penn League) (1966)
- Jacksonville Suns (International League) (1967-1968)
- Tidewater Tides (International League) (1969)
- 1 Time International League Champion (1968)

Instructional Leagues:

Outfielder (OF):

- FIL Red Sox (Florida Instructional League) (1966)
- FIL Mets (Florida Instructional League) (1968)

MLB:

Center Fielder (CF):

- New York Mets (1967, 1969)
- Kansas City Royals (1970-1983)
- Pittsburgh Pirates (1984)
- 1 Time AL Champion (1980)
- 5 Time All-Star
- AL Stolen Bases Leader (1971)

Accolades (MLB):

- #11 Putouts as Center Fielder, Career (4,743)
- #27 Putouts as Outfielder, Career (4,936)
- #97 (tied) Errors as Center Fielder, Career (42)
- #263 Runs Scored, Career (1,092)
- #274 (tied) Hits, Career (2,020)
- #286 RBIs, Career (1,007)

Hall of Fame Inductions:

- Kansas City Royals Hall of Fame Class of 1986
- Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2003

Other Awards & Honors:

- 2 Time AL Player of the Week (8/5/1974-8/11/1974, 9/11/1978-9/17/1978)
- 3 Time Gold Glove Award (1971, 1973-1974)

Sent a letter, self-addressed stamped envelope, a 4x6 oversized trading card and $5 care of his residence in Las Vegas, NV. Received my card back signed.

Sent: 9/12/19
Received: 10/10/19

Lerrin LaGrow

(1948 - )

Birth Name: Lerrin Harris LaGrow

Birthplace: Phoenix, AZ, USA

MLB player, best known for his time with the Detroit Tigers.

NCAA:

Pitcher (P):

- Arizona State Sun Devils (1968-1969)
- 1 Time College World Series Champion (1969)
- 1 Time WAC Champion (1969)

Minors:

Pitcher (P):

- Montgomery Rebels (Southern League) (1969-1970)
- Toledo Mud Hens (International League) (1971-1973)
- Tulsa Oilers (American Association) (1976)
- Southern League Player of the Year (1970)

MLB:

Pitcher (P):

- Detroit Tigers (1970, 1972-1975)
- St. Louis Cardinals (1976)
- Chicago White Sox (1977-1979)
- Los Angeles Dodgers (1979)
- Philadelphia Phillies (1980)

Hall of Fame Inductions:

- Sun Devil Sports Hall of Fame Class of 1989

Sent a letter, self-addressed stamped envelope and a trading card care of his residence in Scottsdale, AZ.

Received my card back signed.

Sent: 8/10/19
Received: 10/10/19

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Roger Metzger

(1947 - )

Birth Name: Roger Henry Metzger

Birthplace: Fredericksburg, TX, USA

MLB player and coach, best known for his time with the Houston Astros.

NCAA:

Shortstop (SS):

- St. Edward's Hilltoppers (1967-1970)
- 1 Time All-American
- Jersey retired by St. Edward's Hilltoppers

Minors:

Shortstop (SS):

- Tacoma Cubs (Pacific Coast League) (1969-1970)
- 1 Time Pacific Coast League Champion (1970)

Instructional Leagues:

Shortstop (SS):

- AIL Cubs (Arizona Instructional League) (1969)

MLB:

Shortstop (SS):

- Chicago Cubs (1970)
- Houston Astros (1971-1978)
- San Francisco Giants (1978-1980)
- 1 Time Gold Glove Award (1973)

Coaching:

- San Francisco Giants (Assistant Coach) (1980)

Hall of Fame Inductions:

- St. Edward's Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 1987

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

Sent: 8/10/19
Received: 10/8/19

Monday, October 7, 2019

Carl Banks

(1962 - )

Birth Name: Carl E. Banks

Birthplace: Flint, MI, USA

NFL player and broadcaster, best known for his time with the New York Giants. He is currently a broadcaster for the New York Giants.

NCAA:

Linebacker (LB):

- Michigan State Spartans (1980-1983)
- 1 Time First-Team All-American
- 3 Time First-Team All-Big Ten

NFL:

Linebacker (LB):

- New York Giants (1984-1992)
- Washington Redskins (1993)
- Cleveland Browns (1994-1995)
- 2 Time Super Bowl Champion (1986, 1990)
- 2 Time NFC Champion (1986, 1990)
- 1 Time Pro Bowl
- 1 Time All-Pro

Hall of Fame Inductions:

- Michigan Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2011
- New York Giants Ring of Honor Class of 2011
- MSU Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2012

Other Awards & Honors:

- NFL 1980s All-Decade Team
- MSU Male Athlete of the Year (1984)

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

Sent: 9/20/19
Received: 10/7/19

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Darnell Coles

(1962 - )

Birth Name: Darnell Coles

Birthplace: San Bernardino, CA, USA

MLB player, coach and broadcaster and minor league coach, best known for his time with the Seattle Mariners. He is currently the hitting coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Minors:

Outfielder (OF)/Shortstop (SS):

- Bellingham Mariners (Northwest League) (1980)
- Wausau Timbers (Midwest League) (1981)
- Bakersfield Mariners (California League) (1982)
- Chattanooga Lookouts (Southern League) (1983)
- Salt Lake City Gulls (Pacific Coast League) (1983-1984)
- Calgary Cannons (Pacific Coast League) (1985)
- Toledo Mud Hens (International League) (1987)
- Phoenix Firebirds (Pacific Coast League) (1991)
- Nashville Sounds (American Association) (1992)
- 1 Time Northwest League Champion (1980)
- 1 Time Midwest League Champion (1981)

MLB:

Outfielder (OF)/Third Baseman (3B):

- Seattle Mariners (1983-1985, 1988-1990)
- Detroit Tigers (1986-1987, 1990)
- Pittsburgh Pirates (1987-1988)
- San Francisco Giants (1991)
- Cincinnati Reds (1992)
- Toronto Blue Jays (1993-1994)
- St. Louis Cardinals (1995)
- Colorado Rockies (1997)

Japan:

Outfielder (OF)/Third Baseman (3B):

- Chunichi Dragons (Nippon Professional Baseball) (1996)
- Hanshin Tigers (Nippon Professional Baseball) (1997)

Coaching:

- Seattle Mariners (Minor League Hitting Coordinator) (2000)
- Washington Nationals (Roving Hitting Instructor) (2006)
- Vermont Lake Monsters (Manager) (New York-Penn League) (2007)
- Hagerstown Suns (Manager) (South Atlantic League) (2008)
- Syracuse Chiefs (Hitting Coach) (International League) (2009)
- Milwaukee Brewers (Minor League Hitting Coordinator) (2010-2011)
- Huntsville Stars (Manager) (Southern League) (2012-2013)
- Detroit Tigers (Assistant Hitting Coach) (2014)
- Milwaukee Brewers (Hitting Coach) (2015-2018)
- Arizona Diamondbacks (Hitting Coach) (2019-present)

Other Awards & Honors:

- 3 Time Team MVP (Baseball) (1978-1980)

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

Sent: 9/10/19
Received: 10/5/19