Thursday, August 19, 2010

August 19 Report: Former MLB Player Darrell Evans

Darrell Evans played the infield (third base and first base) for two decades. He had spans with the Atlanta Braves (1969-76 and in 1989), the San Francisco Giants (1976–83) and Detroit Tigers (1984–88), with whom he won a World Series.

Evans hit more than 400 HRs in his career and was the first to ever hit 40 HRs in both leagues. When he hit his 400th HR in 1988 he was only the 22nd player to reach that mark.

Evans was twice an All-Star (1973 and 1983).

Day of the Year: 229
Number of Autographs This Year: 238

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Former New Orleans Saints Tackle Stan Brock and PGA Tour Star Joe Ogilvie

Admittedly things have been a bit slow of late on this blog, and that's a direct result of my being sidetracked with other aspects of life. I've been unable to send any requests lately, so everything that's come in over the last month has largely been those that have been out for a while.

Hopefully in the next few weeks I'll be able to resume with the request writing.

In the meantime I am glad to have two successes to report today. First up is Stan Brock, whom I mailed a pair of cards to 152 days ago. They both came back signed today.

Brock was a tackle for the New Orleans Saints from 1980-1992, and then with the San Diego Chargers 1992-1995.

On the golfing front, I've added the signature of Joe Ogilvie to my collection as well today. I wrote Ogilvie 50 days ago.

The former Duke golfer has won four times on the Nationwide Tour. He picked up his first PGA Tour title at the 2007 U.S. Bank Championship.

Day of the Year: 222
Number of Autographs This Year: 237

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

August 4 Report: 1963 British Open Winner Bob Charles

Nothing like a major championship success to bolster your career. Same is true as a terrific way to bolster your autograph collection.

Today I was fortunate enough to get another one of my Claret Jug photos returned as I am slowly building my collection of autographed major championship trophy photos. This autograph fills a real triple need for me, in that not only does it cover a major winner but it also adds a left-hander to that collection and a Hall of Fame member.

Charles was the first left-hander to win on the PGA Tour when he won the 1963 Houston Classic. But the brightest spot on Charles' considerable resume -- it boasts more than 70 worldwide victories and he has been Knighted for his services to golf -- is his win at the 1963 British Open.

Charles continued a trend that most winners of majors have engaged in on my trophy project -- he also inscribed the photo with the year he won the trophy.

Day of the Year: 214
Number of Autographs This Year: 235