MLB Little League Classic to be played in Williamsport PA on Aug 20

MLB Little League Classic

Final preparations are underway for an event widely anticipated and heralded since MLB made the announcement this past March. An absolute jewel of minor league baseball, BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field, will be showcased during the MLB Little League Classic on August 20. ESPN will televise the game. The match up features the Pittsburgh Pirates taking on the St. Louis Cardinals. The ballgame will take place during the annual Little League World Series in Williamsport PA. Major League Baseball will host all of the visiting Little League players and their families at this very intimate ball park.  BB&T Ballpark at Bowman Field has undergone many changes to bring it up to Major League specifications.

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Below are links to view additional information on the upcoming MLB Little League Classic as well as the changes that have taken place to the ballpark.

Getting Ready for Major League Baseball in Williamsport

Bob Gibson and Andy Van Slyke pay a visit to Bowman Field

Major League Baseball Little League Classic will bring back Clint Hurdle and others

 

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Video Board under construction.

MLB Little League Classic

Bob Gibson and Andy Van Slyke paid a recent visit to promote the game.

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Temporary Clubhouses in the works.

 

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Buying Baseball Cards before the Internet

Baseball Cards before the Internet

There was a time, before the Internet, when baseball cards were bought, sold, and traded through mail order catalogs, hobby shops, and sports card conventions. If you were a collector, you remember what it was like to visit your local hobby shop or go to a convention. It was the highlight of the weekend. You never knew what you might find. Many treasures awaited as well as instant gratification. Ordering through the mail, had a different dynamic. There had to be some trust built into the transaction, because you never held the card in hand before the purchase. The upside was the day the mailman arrived with your cardboard acquisition. The wait was worth it.

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“The Collector Talks”

The very first card catalog I subscribed to was “The Collector Talks”. It was a quarterly, thin, flimsy, construction paper, mailing. I waited eagerly for it to arrive at the change of each season. It was through this catalog, that I began to acquire the taste for older cards. My first “older” card was a 1959 Topps Duke Maas. I bought it for no particular reason, other than the year. I wanted something that would surge past the 60’s and went right back to the 50’s. That card, which was 18 years old at the time, changed my approach to card collecting. (If Mrs. V wants someone to blame, it was Duke.) I started chasing older baseball cards from that point.

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This was my first “old” card. It seemed ancient to me because it was from the 1950’s. My perspective has changed since then.

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The first publication I subscribed to. I probably found their ad in the back of the “Sporting News”.

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This was my oldest card for years. I bought it from “The Collector Talks” for $3. (Love to know what the need for the punch hole was.)

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I picked up this offer.

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I wish I had picked these up. BTW, O.J. is up for parole.

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200 different 1959 Topps Baseball Cards…$17.75.

“The Sports Collectors Bible”

I would spend hours trying to determine what my next purchase would be, always cross referencing “The Sports Collectors Bible“, which would give me an idea of worth. “The Sports Collectors Bible” (Published 1977) was a tremendous resource for every type of sports collector. The information contained within was staggering.

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A gold mine of information in the 1970’s and still relevant today.

I still reference it frequently. It opened my eyes to a whole world of sports collectibles…and I wanted them all. (Again…if Mrs.V is looking to blame..) This book, purchased 40 years ago, was the driving force in my passion for collecting. I am sure many other collectors have the same feelings.

The Chicago Card Company published “The Collector Talks”. Neither of which seem to be in existence anymore. Those flimsy, thin, construction paper flyers will always have a special place in my collection.

Just an FYI….I am still revelling over this.

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1987 New York Mets

Gallery of 1987 New York Mets Players–Taken PreGame

1987 New York Mets

During the summers of 1987 and 1988, every time the New York Mets played the Pirates, we would visit Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh. We would always arrive early to get autographs and photos as the fellows entered the stadium. These are photographs of, primarily, the 1987 New York Mets. I hope you like them and I also hope they churn up some memories of a different New York Mets era.

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1987 New York Mets

“Hojo” looking “Hollywood”

1987 New York Mets

“The Kid”

1987 New York Mets

Always activity around “The Straw”

1987 New York Mets

Doug was a member of the “scum bunch”

1987 New York Mets

“Mazz” was one of my favorites.

1987 New York Mets

Mookie

1987 New York Mets

Nothing Like “Doc”

1987 New York Mets

Davey had fans

1987 New York Mets

He was the spitter on the grassy knoll

1987 New York Mets

Dressed up for getaway day

1987 New York Mets

Lenny Dykstra and Kevin McReynolds. Young looking fellows. Great ballplayers.

1987 New York Mets

Our 1986 World Champion shortstop.

1987 New York Mets

Ralph lived an amazing life.

1987 New York Mets

I touched his right arm taking this photo

1987 New York Mets

Mr 30-30

1987 New York Mets

“The ball gets by….” You know the story,

1987 New York Mets

“Bobby O” was awesome in 1986.

I was never able to get everyone. I have no idea how Ron Darling, Sid Fernandez and a few others ever entered that stadium. Must have parachuted.

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