2018 Queens Baseball Convention

What separates the holidays and opening day? I can answer that. It is the 2018 Queens Baseball Convention. The Queens Baseball Convention occurs at a time when we need it most. It is a blast for all Mets fans….young, old….optimistic, depressed….every Mets fan will enjoy this experience. Click the photo below for the initial announcement and additional info. Click here for a post about the 2017 convention.

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Some wimpering about the Mets…then “Resources and Links” for the Collector

My Whining

On April 13, 2017 the Mets had a one and a half game lead in the National League East. The season flagged from there. There was an abundance of reasons why the Mets played poorly all summer but injuries were the primary force behind an abysmal season. I do not seek pity by posting the ensuing injury list…but look at Wilmer Flores’ injury on 9/2…it was a foul ball to the FACE. HE hit a foul ball into HIS OWN FACE.

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Some of this list is transactional but you can imagine the scope of the chaos that Met fans were privy to.

9/20/17
Lagares, Juan
CF Thumb soreness Day-To-Day
9/2/17
Flores, Wilmer
3B Face Day-To-Day
8/26/17
Céspedes, Yoenis
LF Right hamstring strain 10-Day Disabled List
8/25/17
Conforto, Michael
LF Dislocated left shoulder 10-Day Disabled List
8/24/17
Conforto, Michael
LF Dislocated left shoulder Day-To-Day
8/21/17
Matz, Steven
P Ulnar nerve irritation, left elbow Day-To-Day
8/19/17
Matz, Steven
P Ulnar nerve irritation, left elbow 60-Day Disabled List
8/19/17
Matz, Steven
P Ulnar nerve irritation, left elbow 10-Day Disabled List
8/16/17
Reyes, José
SS Sore left ribcage 10-Day Disabled List
8/12/17
Lugo, Seth
P Right shoulder impingement 10-Day Disabled List
7/28/17
Pill, Tyler
P Right elbow surgery – out for season 10-Day Disabled List
7/27/17
Rivera, T.J.
3B Partial right UCL tear 10-Day Disabled List
7/23/17
Wheeler, Zack
P Stress reaction in right arm 10-Day Disabled List
7/23/17
Wheeler, Zack
P Stress reaction in right arm 60-Day Disabled List
7/15/17
Céspedes, Yoenis
LF Hip Day-To-Day
7/8/17
Nimmo, Brandon
LF Partially collapsed lung 10-Day Disabled List
6/28/17
Conforto, Michael
LF Bruised left hand 10-Day Disabled List
6/28/17
Gsellman, Robert
P Strained left hamstring 10-Day Disabled List
6/20/17
Wheeler, Zack
P Right biceps tendinitis 10-Day Disabled List
6/16/17
Lagares, Juan
CF Fractured left thumb 10-Day Disabled List
6/15/17
Harvey, Matt
P Stress injury, right scapula 10-Day Disabled List
6/15/17
Harvey, Matt
P Stress injury, right scapula Day-To-Day
6/14/17
Smoker, Josh
P Strained left shoulder 10-Day Disabled List
6/13/17
Cabrera, Asdrúbal
SS Sprained left thumb 10-Day Disabled List
6/12/17
Céspedes, Yoenis
LF Sore left heel Day-To-Day
5/22/17
Milone, Tommy
P Sprained left knee 10-Day Disabled List
5/22/17
Milone, Tommy
P Sprained left knee 60-Day Disabled List
5/14/17
Cabrera, Asdrúbal
SS Sprained left thumb 10-Day Disabled List
5/11/17
Familia, Jeurys
P Arterial clot in right shoulder Day-To-Day
5/11/17
Familia, Jeurys
P Arterial clot in right shoulder None
5/11/17
Familia, Jeurys
P Arterial clot in right shoulder 60-Day Disabled List
5/3/17
d’Arnaud, Travis
C Bone bruise, right wrist None
5/3/17
d’Arnaud, Travis
C Bone bruise, right wrist 10-Day Disabled List
5/1/17
Syndergaard, Noah
P Torn right lat None
5/1/17
Syndergaard, Noah
P Torn right lat 60-Day Disabled List
4/28/17
Céspedes, Yoenis
LF Strained left hamstring 10-Day Disabled List
4/28/17
Céspedes, Yoenis
LF Strained left hamstring None
4/27/17
Céspedes, Yoenis
LF Pulled left hamstring Day-To-Day
4/27/17
Syndergaard, Noah
P Right biceps tendinitis Day-To-Day
4/21/17
Flores, Wilmer
3B Right knee infection None
4/11/17
Harvey, Matt
P Tight left hamstring Day-To-Day
3/31/17
Lugo, Seth
P Right arm fatigue Day-To-Day
3/30/17
Lagares, Juan
CF Left oblique strain None
3/30/17
Lugo, Seth
P Partial tear in right elbow UCL 60-Day Disabled List
3/30/17
Lugo, Seth
P Partial tear in right elbow UCL 10-Day Disabled List
3/30/17
Lugo, Seth
P Partial tear in right elbow UCL None
3/30/17
Matz, Steven
P Left elbow irritation 10-Day Disabled List
3/30/17
Matz, Steven
P Left elbow irritation None
3/30/17
Nimmo, Brandon
LF Strained right hamstring 10-Day Disabled List
3/30/17
Nimmo, Brandon
LF Strained right hamstring None
3/30/17
Wright, David
3B Cervical disc herniation 60-Day Disabled List
3/30/17
Wright, David
3B Cervical disc herniation None
3/26/17
Matz, Steven
P Left elbow irritation Day-To-Day
3/25/17
Lagares, Juan
CF Left oblique strain Day-To-Day
3/12/17
Nimmo, Brandon
LF Strained right hamstring Day-To-Day
3/1/17
Wright, David
3B Right shoulder impingement Day-To-Day
Resources

Can you prove to me He doesn’t? (image courtesy New York Post)

It was somewhere between Brandon Nimmo’s collapsed lung and Wilmer’s foul ball to the face that I began considering a “Resources and Links Page” for this blog. I will move on.

Resources and Links

What follows is a partial list of websites that can be of tremendous help when researching or growing your personal sports memorabilia collection. My hope is to continue to grow and categorize the “Resources and Links Page” in an ongoing manner. For now, this is the beginning. Please reach out to me with any websites you would like to see added. I can’t imagine all of the informative and magnificent sites out there.

 

Great Information

KeyMan Collectibles
Sports Collectors Daily
Sports Collectors Digest
The Trading Card Database
Auction Report
Pre-War Card Magazine
Antique Sports Collector
19th Century Base Ball
Antique Football
Vintage Sports Shoppe
Collectors Weekly
The Nodder Exchange
Martin’s Baseball Memorabilia
Collectibles Central

Auction Websites

Huggins and Scott Auctions
Hunt Auctions
Robert Edward Auctions
Wheatland Auction Services
Leland’s Auctions
Grey Flannel Auctions
Mile High Card Company
Pristine Auction
Goodwin & Co
Baggers Auctions

Please let us know of any sites you find of importance in your collecting. Contact us.                      I can be found on Twitter….right here!

 

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John Thorn

Do you know what a Rounders Bat is? John Thorn does

A Rounders Bat, an Antique Shop, and a Vague Response

“I would say it’s from the 1940’s.” That was information volunteered from an antiques dealer in North Carolina. In years past, while on vacation, I had purchased vintage baseball bats from the same shop. This conversation, however, had to do with a “rounders bat” that was on display. The game was integral to the origins of baseball. We have all seen the historical drawings and etchings of rounders games (sometimes called base ball) but I had seen minimal information on the game of rounders or its equipment as it pertained to baseball’s evolution. This particular bat is about 18 inches long and swung with one hand. I asked the antique dealer “how can you be sure this is a rounders bat”? (The tag stated “Rounders Bat”) She shared that it came from a trustworthy source. This is when she volunteered that she felt it was from the 1940’s. I’ve realized that my question to her regarding the claim of a rounders bat may have been unfair. It is a tough question. The bat was $20. Worth the cost given the opportunity to research the item.

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Facebook, Twitter, and John Thorn

I posted a couple of photographs and questions on a Facebook group that I am a member of. “Baseball 1857 through 1993“. One of the members suggested I pose my request to John Thorn. He is the official historian for Major-League Baseball.

Rounders

Facebook Post from “Baseball 1857 through 1993“. Thank you Jimmie Whitt!

John Thorn has been very well-known in baseball circles since 1994, when he was heavily involved in the Ken Burns documentary “Baseball“. His writings and contributions to baseball are substantial and fascinating. I thought this was a great suggestion and am thankful for the direction from the member of the group.

I tweeted photographs and the request for John’s opinion on the age of the bat. John replied to my tweet. He confirmed that it is, indeed, a rounders bat. In his opinion, the bat dated to the mid 19th century. In a year of harrowing Mets tweets, this tweet was magnificent!

John Thorn

Tweet from John Thorn. Love Twitter!

John Thorn

In Boston, Rounders was called Base Ball.
Note the size of the bat.

John Thorn

Cricket, Base Ball, and Rounders
One Shilling!

He also included information regarding the game of rounders in his reply to my tweet. It was exciting to receive his opinion on the bat but it was equally exciting hearing back from him.

I have no idea as to the worth of the bat but I’ll continue to find more information as I am able. If any of you have information that might be interesting regarding the game of rounders please contact me.

I have ventured down the path of antiquated bats before and have yet to garner resolution regarding town ball bats.

Mrs. V was persuadable in regard to this purchase. A rounders bat takes up very little space.

Here is a link to John Thorn’s writings offered by Amazon.

You can follow John Thorn on Twitter here!

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