The other day at the card show, i didn’t buy to many cards because allot of them didn’t catch my eye. But i did see a couple of things i liked and went ahead and grabed them at an overall great price. This is the guy i always buy from and man does me give me a great deal….
First up we got an autographed bat of George Kell, the Hall of Famer who passed away in 09′. Kell’s was a 10 all-star and batted over .300 nine times and topped the league’s third basemen in assists and total chances four times and in fielding percentage seven times. He won his only batting title in 1949 (.343), denying Ted Williams his third Triple Crown; until the final week of the season, Williams had led the batting race. On October 2, 1949, Kell went 2-for-3 while Williams was hitless in two official at bats. Kell’s final mark was .3429, Williams’s .3427. One year later, Kell batted .340, leading the league with 218 hits and 56 doubles, but lost the batting title to Williams’ teammate, Red Sox second baseman Billy Goodman.
Here we have an autographed bat of the great Johnny Blanchard….was a professional baseball player who played in the Major Leagues primarily as an outfielder and catcher from 1955 and 1959-1965. A defensive liability for the New York Yankees for most of his career, Blanchard will always be remembered for his heroic play in the 1961 World Series. He hit 2 home runs in that series against the Cincinnati Reds and batted .400 for the entire series. In his career, Blanchard appeared in the World Series 5 times for the Yankees and holds the Major League record with ten World Series pinch-hit at-bats. Blanchard was the catcher who called the pitch that Bill Mazeroski hit for the first ever series ending home run off Ralph Terry in the 1960 World Series in which the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the heavily favored Yankees. Johnny Blanchard died of a heart attack in North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, Minnesota on March 25, 2009.
And here we have an autographed bat of the 1962 Rookie of the Year Tom Tresh,Tresh started his career with the Yankees as a shortstop when Tony Kubek was in military service. In 1962 he won both the MLB Rookie of the Year and The Sporting News Rookie of the Year awards, after hitting .286 (the highest mark of his career) with 20 home runs and 93 RBI in 157 games. When Kubek returned during the 1962 season, Tresh was moved to left field. At various times with the Yankees, Tresh played shortstop, outfield, and third base.Tresh died of a heart attack at his Venice, Florida home on October 15, 2008.