I’ve been a bit busy lately with some projects that are non-blog related. But I’m still reading and Tweeting and collecting Random Awesomeness to share…
- ’56 of the month: Andy Seminick [Night Owl Cards]
- Angels No-Hit Tribute to Tyler Skaggs [Cards That Never Were]
- 2020 Topps is here [Cards That Never Were]
- 1988 All Star Game Honorary Captains: Bobby Doerr & Willie Stargell [Cards That Never Were]
- The 1967-68 Player Boycott of Topps [SABR’s Baseball Cards Research Committee]
- The Baseball Card Olympics [The Lost Collector]
- Joy of a purchased complete set: 1985 Topps Goonies [Baseball Card Breakdown]
- The Family’s All Here #GB20 [Jason Reitman’s Twitter]
I started putting together this virtual set of “fun cards” near the end of the 2011 baseball season. I intended to begin posting them in November after the postseason wrapped up, but got busy with other projects and real life. Since I have the ’11 date on the front of the cards, I decided I should go ahead and start posting them now!
Featuring all the retired uniform numbers in baseball, this set includes Hall of Famers, managers, some lesser-known players, and even a handful of broadcasters. I used the team pages on Baseball-Reference.com as the main source of what numbers are retired, although they are missing a couple. There are also some discrepencies between B-R and Wikipedia as to which pre-number players are honored by teams. In these cases, I simply went with B-R’s information.
Billy Meyer, Pittsburgh Pirates
We’ll start with #1, retired by seven MLB teams, honoring four Hall of Fame players and three managers. The most curious selection among these is manager Billy Meyer, whose .412 record is nothing to brag about, nor is the 42-112 record in 1957, worst in Pirates history. Regardless of his short and unsuccessful managerial career, the team chose to retire his uniform number in 1954.
Billy Martin, New York Yankees
Bobby Doerr, Boston Red Sox
Fred Hutchinson, Cincinnati Reds
Ozzie Smith, St. Louis Cardinals
Pee Wee Reese, Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers
Richie Ashburn, Philadelphia Phillies