Photo by H. Darr Beiser
This Spring I chatted with Bob Kendrick, President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.
We talked about the founding of the museum, some of their events and the legacy of the Negro Leagues today.
Honoring the past on this episode of Sully Baseball.
Visit the museum site by clicking HERE.
While we are at it, enjoy the In Memoriam video.
These cards were stuck into packs of Topps cards. I can’t remember when they started and when they ended. It is clear that THESE were included in the 1981 packs.
I guess they wanted to get kids started on wonderful habits like scratch off playing.
You scratch off the little baseballs to see if you got a SINGLE, DOUBLE, TRIPLE or HOME RUN. Or maybe you got a WALK.
According to the cards, 4 WALKS and you get a photograph of a star player. Yipee.
A single would get me a Topps Baseball Book. Not sure what the book would be.
A double would get me a baseball.
A triple would get me a bat.
A home run would land me a Wilson Jim Rice glove which, for a Red Sox fan, would be sweet. I wonder how a Yankee fan would deal with it.
I bought so many packs of baseball cards in 1981, I MUST have got a hit or something. And yet I recall no prizes coming to my house.
According to the odds, I had a 1 in 100 for the single and 1 in 25,000 for the glove.
I bought a LOT of cards. I think I would nailed the glove down. Evidently I didn’t. THIS card landed me a Fly Out, Ground Out and Ground Out.
It still stings.