Wednesday, April 24, 2019

WSC All-Stars: Luke Appling 1947

Card #27 - Luke Appling

Luke was selected to his seventh and final All-Star game in 1947. He was selected as a reserve shortstop for the game played at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois.

Appling would pinch hit for right fielder Buddy Lewis to start the top of the sixth. Luke would hit a single to left field off of St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Harry Brecheen. Boston Red Sox left fielder Ted Williams would single to right field, enabling Appling to get to third base. New York Yankees center fielder Joe DiMaggio ground into a double play, but Luke would still score on the play, tying the game, one all. New York Yankees outfielder Tommy Henrich would replace Appling for the bottom of the sixth in right field.

The American League would end up winning, 2-1, on an RBI single by Washington Senators center fielder Stan Spence, scoring Boston Red Sox second baseman Bobby Doerr in the seventh inning.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Friday, April 19, 2019

Card Spotlight: 4-19-19

2016 Topps Update #287b - Tim Anderson

Currently the American League average leader, Tim Anderson has had a wonderful start to the 2019 season. He's certainly grabbed everyone's attention this year. Tim has vowed to be himself, have fun and entertain the crowd. So far, he has done just that. Even if it annoys the competition.

Bat flips and celebrations are nothing new. Neither is showboating. The actions this week from Tim Anderson as he hit a home run, were nothing out of the ordinary. Still, the opposition took offense. Even as, MLB tweeted out a celebratory tweet about Tim and his home run, that was the catalyst in a long standing uneasiness between the White Sox and Royals that dates back to at least the mid-seventies.

When these teams get together, things can get explosive. Feelings get hurt and tensions arise with the fragility of an eggshell. It takes one little thing. Add in an umpire that likes to stir the pot, especially against the White Sox, and things get out of hand quickly. That's what happened this week, which led to three ejections and three suspensions, including Tim Anderson.

Tim Anderson, with some help from Jose Abreu, took the high road, stayed out of the melee and just wanted to take the base. A screaming Heath Fillmyer, didn't ease tensions at all. Who is Heath Fillmyer and why does he want to get involved in something that he has no direct stake in. One can argue that he's sticking up for his teammates. That's one take, but it would be misguided.

I can understand why manager Rick Renteria got bent out of shape. While the incident was over and calmer heads tried to prevail to first base, two huge waves of royal blue came from two different directions towards first base. This led to a near confrontation between managers, then some jawing between Renteria and former White Sox short term infielder/current Royals hitting coach Dale Sveum.

So, out of all that posturing, only three people were ejected from the game... Royals pitcher Brad Keller (for throwing the pitch intentionally that started this whole mess), White Sox manager Rick Renteria (who just yelled at some people and almost fought physically) and Tim Anderson. For what, you might ask? Tim was suspended for "racially-charged language". He basically said to the Caucasian pitcher who hit him was a "weak-ass f-ing N-word".

So if we are going to open this can of worms, why hasn't this type of ejection been more prevalent? I don't think there's a Caucasian slur out there that would personally offend me, but I would expect it to carry the same amount of weight as any racial slur against any other race, color or creed. If it doesn't, then that would be racial discrimination by definition.

Would Tim still be suspended if he had called Keller a Caucasian slur, instead of the N-word? I guess we'll never know the answer to that. Does a racial slur matter if the insulted party is not the slur's race? Would it have mattered if Keller had called Anderson a racial slur?

I could play devil's advocate all day with all of the scenarios, but at the end of the day, it does not matter. I'm expecting to hear more players and coaches being ejected this year for "racially-charged language". If not, then there's something very fishy going on. I have ears at the ballpark. I can hear things that are said on the field. This was not an isolated incident. But timing is everything and those overheard racial slurs were not said in the heat of the moment after a bench clearing incident. They were said casually and laughed about. Does context of speech matter? Apparently so.

But don't let this all discourage you. This was just one game in a season of 162. There are plenty more games that will be incident free. This should not detract from another beautiful season of baseball. Tim Anderson will continue to have a wonderful season. The White Sox will continue in their rebuild mode. The Royals will still play in Kansas City. Everything will continue as it should.

Shouldn't it?

WSC Gierman '19 - Nicky Delmonico

Card #43 - Nicky Delmonico

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

WSC All-Stars: Luke Appling 1946

Card #26 - Luke Appling

Luke made it back to the All-Star game for the first time since 1943. Like last time, Appling made the team as a reserve shortstop. This time, Luke got the call, pinch hitting for Cleveland Indians pitcher Bob Feller to lead off the bottom of the third inning at Boston's Fenway Park.

Appling hit a grounder to Chicago Cubs pitcher Claude Passeau, who threw to New York Giants first baseman Johnny Mize for the first out. Luke was replaced by Detroit Tigers pitcher Hal Newhouser to start the fourth inning. The AL All-Stars won handily, 12-0.

WSC Gierman '19 - Bernado Flores Jr.

Card #41 - Bernado Flores Jr.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Card Spotlight: 4-12-19

1952 Topps #70 - Al Zarilla

This week I bit the bullet and finally purchased my first 1952 Topps card. I can tell you that I was pretty excited pulling the trigger on the card! I've been meaning to do this for years. I found a great deal on this one.

It's far from perfect. The two major flaws with the card are the centering and the upper right corner. The card is slightly tilted, so I'm assuming there is an entire sheet worth of cards that have the same tilt. The upper right corner has a tiny chunk taken out of it.

You know what? I don't care. It's a 1952 Topps card and the first to grace my collection. It is the culmination of thirty-six years of collecting. The 1952 Topps set has been an unobtainable goal since I was a kid. Topps was the first cards that I opened and it remains a goal to have every White Sox team set from the flagship sets. The only thing that might top this would be a T206.

You have to start somewhere and I started with Al Zarilla. It's a nice addition to my White Sox collection and I'm sure it won't be the last 1952 Topps card I'll pick up. It's also a nice surprise to see in the mail today after a very early start at my job.

So begins an adventure that will likely involve patience, thrills, disappointments and ultimate victory... completing a 1952 Topps White Sox team set. However it turns out, it will be an adventure.

WSC Gierman '19 - Kelvin Herrera

Card #36 - Kelvin Herrera

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