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Baby born at San Diego’s Petco Park the second coming of “Prince?”

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , on September 27, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

Earlier this week there was a child born at San Diego’s Petco Park, the first to have come into the world at the Padres’ home stadium.

Surely this is not the first kid to be born at a stadium, but there was once a baseball player/entertainer who claimed to have been born in the same exact spot where “The House That Ruth Built” once stood in New York.

The man on this 1939 Play Ball card is Al Schacht, a former pitcher/coach/entertainer who thrilled crowds during the early part of the 1900s. And as it would have it, the rear of this card furthers Schacht’s claim to have been born where the original Yankee Stadium stood.  

Schacht was born in 1892, some 30 years before the original Yankee Stadium — which was demolished in 2010 — was erected at present day West 161st Street and River Avenue.  

Schacht spent much of his life in baseball, although he actually only played in the Majors for a handful of years with the Washington Senators. He’s better remembered as the “Crown Prince of Baseball,” due to his comedic acts on the field as a third base coach — nonsense that flew during the period but would have no place on the game today.

The child born this week in San Diego reportedly is a boy named Levi, who arrived just outside the gates of Petco Park during the fourth inning of a contest between the Padres and division rival San Francisco Giants.

In this piece at “The National Pastime” Schacht is documented as not only having been born where Yankee Stadium stood, but also notes that Schacht spent his youth sneaking into the Polo Grounds to hang out with players, particularly one Christy Mathewson. Mathewson of course pitched for the New York Giants, the team that ultimately would move to San Francisco, the same franchise that played in San Diego this week when baby Levi was born. 

Perhaps baby Levi is the second coming of Schacht and he was “sneaking” into Petco to see the Madison Bumgarner, the team’s modern day ace who just happened to be starting that game. 

(Side note: The NEW YORK Giants played the WASHINGTON Redskins on this night as well in a Thursday Night Football contest.)

Or maybe it’s just a coincidence.

Regardless, it’s a fun narrative to consider. After all, this is baseball. Romanticism is part of the lore of the American Pastime.

He won more World Series titles than Ric Flair had major World Heavyweight Titles

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , on March 6, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

Ric Flair is widely recognized as having held a major wrestling Heavyweight Championship title in the WWE(WWF), WCW, and NWA 16 times. Did you know there is a baseball player/coach who won more World Series titles than Flair held wrestling heavyweight belts?

Enter Frank Crosetti of the New York Yankees. Crosetti played 17 seasons in the majors and after his playing days went in to coach the Yankees. In all, he made 23 World Series appearances and was a member of 17 championship teams. Here he is pictured on his 1933 Goudey rookie card, one that I recently picked up from


1973 Topps Lou Gehrig spotted in “The Goonies”

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , on December 1, 2014 by Cardboard Icons

This is probably old news to many of you — or maybe not — but there is a baseball card shown in the 1985 flick, “The Goonies.”

In the movie there is a story about a guy who went missing in 1934 while hunting for treasure underground. The group of kids who star in the movie find the man and a book of his. The book market? The Lou Gehrig card.

Gehrig was a stud in the 1920s and 1930s as you know. But the card on which he is shown is NOT from that era. It’s actually a 1973 Topps card.

Like I said, it may be old news to you, but it’s new to me.


Small bit of Topps advertising “hidden” on 1953 card

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , on November 26, 2014 by Cardboard Icons

I was just looking at this Clem Labine card from the 1953 Topps set, which is perhaps one of the nicest sets ever produced.

I’ve probably looked at this card a hundred times. But today I saw something that I had missed every other time.

Look over Labine’s right shoulder. Look at the advertising panel on the wall behind him. Although we can’t see the entire panel, it would appear that this is an advertisement for Topps Gum. I love “hidden” items like this.



Completed: Golden Age Woodward and Bernstein autographs

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , on November 24, 2014 by Cardboard Icons