Monday, April 18, 2022

1952 Pittsburgh Courier All-Time All-America Team.

This month marks the 70th anniversary of the Pittsburgh Courier naming an All-Time All-Star team.

The Courier was an African American Weekly with a lot of baseball coverage.  In 1952 the paper surveyed 31 of the top baseball men in the country 

On April 19th 1952 they published the results: 


As part of our latest ArtCard Project we have taken the 1952 Courier Selections and created cards for several of the players using the 1976 Topps All-Star subset. 

Battery

First we have the Battery. LHP John Donaldson was a showman who created a blueprint of how to make money outside of segregated MLB - this same idea would be adopted by Satchel Paige. To show this relationship we added a nod to Paige in the form of a US postage stamp behind Donaldson. Smoke Joe Williams and Biz Mackey who played for the Philadelphia area Hilldale Daisies round out the battery selections. 

Infield

The Infield is let by Jackie Robinson who we show here "Breaking Barriers" of the card/frame. We don't know a lot about Oliver Marcelle but his nickname was ghost, an image we added above his right shoulder. Above his left shoulder we have his son Ziggy Marcell who played in the 1930s era Negro Leagues. 

Outfield 

We conclude with the Outfield. Both Cristobal Torriente and Martin Dihigo are natives of Cuba and we have added the countries flag for each. There flairs on Monte Irvin's card represent the day that he went out to purchase a saxophone but instead came home with a baseball glove.

If you want to delve more into the Pittsburgh Courier selections here is the full page from 1952. You will need to click on the image and expand it to read the details.




Sources and Links
Pittsburgh Courier 1952 April 19 

Saturday, February 5, 2022

1960s Topps All-Star Rookie Cup Tournament - Finals!!!

Our Final features two teams from the Middle 1960s. The challenger is the overall #4 seeded 1966 squad Oliva's Army led by fresh HOF inductee Tony Oliva. They will face #1 seeded team from 1965 captained by Joe Morgan. Both teams enter the final undefeated at 4-0. 

1960s Final Game 1:

Oliva's Army 1965 (4-0)2 - 8 - 1
Little Joe's 1966 (4-0)1 - 5 - 0
W: Wally Bunker (3-0)L: Frank Linzy (2-1)
HR: None
 
Oliva's Army gets the upset in game 1, Wally Bunker moves to (3-0) as he shuts down Little Joe's on 5 hits and a single run. 

Game 2

Oliva's Army 1965 (5-0)4 - 6 - 0
Little Joe's 1966 (4-1)5 - 9 - 3
W: Marcelino Lopez (3-0)L: Bill McCool (2-1)
HR: Joe Morgan 66 2 (2), Bert Campaneris 65 (1)



Little Joe's Even the series behind a pair of Home Runs from the Captain himself. 

Game 3
Oliva's Army 1965 (5-1)0 - 6 - 3
Little Joe's 1966 (5-1)1 - 11 - 1
W: Frank Linzy (3-1)L: Wally Bunker (3-1)
HR: None

For the 2nd time in the final Frank Linzy and Wally Bunker square off in a pitchers battle. Linzy (3-1)  avenges his game 1 loss with a 6-hit shutout. The W gives Little Joe's a 2-1 advantage going into game 4. 

Game 4
Oliva's Army 1965 (5-2)5 - 7 - 0
Little Joe's 1966 (6-1)6 - 7 - 0
W: Marcelino Lopez (4-0)L: Bill McCool (2-2)
HR: Tony Perez 66 2 (3 ,4), Bert Campaneris 65 (2),
 
Little Joe's capture the 1960s Tournament with a 6-5 victory over Oliva's Army.

Tony Perez hits a pair of Home Runs to run his tournament total to 4 and takes home MVP Honors


1966 Topps Tony Perez

Marcelino Lopez goes through the tournament undefeated with 4 victories. 

Final Standings - All-Star Rookie Tournament 1960s

Final StandingsWL
1Little Joe's 196671
2Oliva's Army 196553
3Charlie's Hustlers 196423
4Team Boog 196344
5Team Mad Hits 196812
6Team Davey J 196712
7Team Torre 196222
8Bench No Drips 196902
9Santos Squad 196112
10Team McCovey 196002

Biggest Surprise 1963 Team Boog seeded 7th finished 4th
Biggest Disappointment 1969 Bench No Drips 5th Seed finished 8th

Stats
PitchingWLPctO/U .500
1960Jim O'Toole01.000-1
Jim Perry01.000-1
1961Chuck Estrada11.5000
Dick Stigman01.000-1
1962Don Schwall11.5000
Jack Curtis11.5000
1963Al Jackson31.7502
Dean Change13.250-2
1964Ray Culp11.5000
Gary Peters12.333-1
1965Wally Bunker31.7502
Bill McCool22.5000
1966Marcelino Lopez401.0004
Frank Linzy31.7502
1967Jim Nash11.5000
Woody Fryman)01.000-1
1968Dick Hughes101.0001
Tom Seaver02.000-2
1969Jerry Koosman01.000-1
Stan Bahnsen01.000-1



Home Runs
Tony Perez 66 2 (3 ,4),4
Bert Campaneris 65 (2)2
Joe Morgan 66 2 (2)2
Manny Jimenenez 63 (2)2
Rod Carew 68 2 (2)2
Tom Tresh 63 (1)2
Jim Gentile 61 (1),1
Tommy Davis 61 (1)1
Curt Blefary 66 (1)1
Dick Allen 65 (1)1
Ed Charles 63 (1),1
Floyd Robinson 62 (1),1
Fred Whitfield 63 (1),1
George Scott 67 (1)1
Jimmie Hall 64 (1),1
Joe Torre 62 (1)1
Lee May, 68 (1)1
Mike Brumley 65 (1)1
Paul Schall 66 (1), )1
Rico Carty 65 (1)1
Ron Swoboda 66 (1)1
Sonny Jackson 67 (1)1
Tommie Agee 671
Tommy Harper 64 (11
Tony Conigliaro 65 (1),1


Whats Next

Now that we have found the best rookie cup team of the 1960s we are going to move to a more recent decade.

We have the 1990s Rookie Cup All-Stars tournament on-deck!

Monday, January 17, 2022

1960s Topps All-Star Rookie Cup Tournament - SemiFinals

We are down to the final four of the Topps 1960s All-Star Rookie Cup Tournament. 

These four teams will be featured in a pair of best of 3 SemiFinals to determine which two face off for the best of the 1960s Final. 

SemiFinal A - Team Boog (1963) vs Olva's Army (1965) 

Team Boog 1963 (4-2)2 - 5 - 2
Oliva's Army 1965 (2-0)3 - 6 - 3
W - Wally Bunker (2-0)L: Dean Chance (1-3)
HR: Dick Allen 65 (1)

Oliva's Army take game 1 behind the strong pitching of Wally Bunker and a Home Run from the Phillies Dick Allen. 


1965 Topps Dick Allen

Team Boog 1963 (4-3)2 - 10 - 1
Oliva's Army 1965 (3-0)3 - 11 - 3
W: Bill McCool (2-0)L: Al Jackson (3-1)
HR: Rico Carty 65 (1)

In game 2 Oliva's Army completes the sweep, Rico Carty's Home Run is the difference maker. 

With that sweep the undefeated Oliva's Army (4-0) become our first team to advance to the Final. 

Lets see who they will face.

SemiFinal B - Charlies Hustlers (1964) vs Little Joes (1966)

Charlie's Huslers 1964 (2-1)0 - 2 - 0
Little Joes 1966 (2-0)1 - 10 - 1
W: Frank Linzy (2-0)L: Ray Culp (1-1)

Frank Linzy pitches a Gem and Little Joe's take game 1

Charlie's Huslers 1964 (2-2)4 - 4 - 0
Little Joes 1966 (3-0)5 - 6 - 2
W: Marclino Lopez (2-0)L: Gary Peters (1-2)



HR: Paul Schall 66 (1), Tommy Harper 64 (1)

Little Joe's (4-0) eliminate overall #1 Seed Charlies Hustlers which sets up a Final between two undefeated teams. 

Finals

The Pitching matchups will be as follows.

For odd numbered Games 

Oliva's Army 1965 (4-0)Wally Bunker (2-0)
Little Joe's 1966 (4-0)Frank Linzy (2-0)

For Evens

Oliva's Army 1965 (4-0)Bill McCool (2-0)
Little Joe's 1966 (4-0)Marcelino Lopez (2-0)

Two Undefeated teams, Little Joes will go in as the top seed. Originally the Little Joes were seeded 2 and Oliva's Army 4. 

Sunday, January 16, 2022

1960s Topps All-Star Rookie Cup Tournament - Major Bracket Elimination Round

Two teams have gotten into the Semi-Finals, The Little Joes (1966) and Oliva's Army (1968). Today we will feature four games that to establish their opponents, and eliminate four teams

Round 2 - Elimination Games. Winners get a chance to face losers of yesterdays Winners Round. Losers will be eliminated. 

Bench No Drips 1969 (0-1)0 - 3 - 1
Charlie's Hustlers 1964 (0-1)4 - 7 - 0
W: Ray Culp (1-0)L Stan Bahnsen (0-1)
HR: None

In our first elimination matchup Ray Culp pitches a Shutout and Charlie's Hustlers remain alive. Bench No Drips are eliminated with a tournament record of (0-2)


Team Mad Hits 1968 (0-1)6 - 10 - 1
Team Torre 1962 (2-1)5 - 7 - 1
W: Dick Hughes (1-0)L: Jack Curtis (1-1)
HR: Lee May, 68 (1) Rod Carew 68 2 (2)

Team Mad Hits get a pair of Home Runs from Rod Carew and pick up a 6-5 victory to eliminate Team Torre. 

WTA Round 

This sets up two Winner Take All games. The winners advance to the Semi-Final, while the Losers are eliminated. 

Charlie's Hustlers 1964 (1-1)6 - 10 - 2
Team Davey J 1967 (1-1)5 - 7 - 1
W: Gary Peters (1-1)L: Jim Nash (1-1)
HR: Jimmie Hall 64 (1), Tommie Agee 67

Charlie's Hustler get a 6-5 Win and advance to the SemiFinals where they will face the Little Joes. 

Team Mad Hits 1968 (1-1)2 - 6 - 1
Team Boog 1963 (3-2)5 - 9 - 3
W - Al Jackson (3-0)L - Tom Seaver (0 - 2)
HR: Tom Thresh 63 (2)

 In a battle of Mets pitchers we have the biggest upset of the tournament as the #8 Seed Team Boog (4-2) and Al Jackson defeat Team Mad Hits (1-2) and Tom Seaver! 5-2. 

1963 Topps #111 Al Jackson


SemiFinals

The Semi-Final Pairings are set:

Team Boog 1963 (4-2)
Oliva's Army 1965 (2-0)

Charlie's Huslers 1964 (2-1)
Little Joes 1966 (2-0)

In Our Next Posting we will find out which of these four teams will face each other in the Final



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