CURT FLOOD - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED BASEBALL CO-SIGNED BY: ORLANDO "THE BABY BULL" CEPEDA, DAVE "WICK" WICKERSHAM, BOB GIBSON, JERRY BUCHEK, BOBBY RICHARDSON, JIM RAY HART, BARNEY SCHULTZ, GENE "SKIP" MAUCH, CURT SIMMONS, MILT "GIMPY" PAPPAS, JOHN EDWARDS, MIKE CUELLAR, DEAN CHANCE, BOB UECKER, CHARLIE JAMES - HFSID 297644
CURT FLOOD, ORLANDO CEPEDA, DAVE WICKERSHAM, BOB GIBSON, CHARLIE JAMES, BOBBY RICHARDSON, JIM RAY HART, BARNEY SCHULTZ, GENE MAUCH, CURT SIMMONS, MILT PAPPAS, JOHN EDWARDS, DEAN CHANCE, JERRY BUCHEK,
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CURT FLOOD, ORLANDO CEPEDA, DAVE WICKERSHAM, BOB GIBSON, CHARLIE JAMES, BOBBY RICHARDSON, JIM RAY HART, BARNEY SCHULTZ, GENE MAUCH, CURT SIMMONS, MILT PAPPAS, JOHN EDWARDS, DEAN CHANCE, JERRY BUCHEK, MIKE CUELLAR and BOB UECKER Two Hall of Famers and an assortment of All-Stars and Major Leaguers from the 1960s and 1970s sign a Rawlings Official National League baseball (White) Baseball signed: "Curt Flood", "Bob Uecker", "Dean Chance", "Jim Ray Hart", "Bob Gibson", "Charlie James", "Gene Mauch", "Barney Shultz", "Bobby Richardson", "Milt Pappas", "Jerry Buchek", "Mike Cuellar", "John Edwards", "Curt Simmons", "Orlando Cepeda", "Dave Wickersham" and four unidentified signers. Rawlings Official National League baseball, William D. White, President. CURT FLOOD (1938-1997), who roamed the St. Louis Cardinals outfield from 1956 to 1969, was one of the best defensive center fielders of all time, once playing 223 consecutive games without an error. A 3-time All-Star and 7-time Gold Glove winner, he played in all seven games of three World Series for the Cardinals. His challenge to the "reserve clause" was unsuccessful, by a 5-4 vote in the US Supreme Court, but helped pave the way to free agency five years later. BOB UECKER (b. 1935) played catcher in the Major Leagues for the Milwaukee Braves, (1962-1963), St. Louis Cardinals (1964-1965), Philadelphia Phillies (1966-1967) and Atlanta Braves (1967). After retiring from the field, he became a play-by-play announcer for Milwaukee Brewers radio and a television broadcaster for ABC and NBC. Uecker also enjoyed an acting career with several memorable roles including Indians announcer, Harry Doyle, in Major League (1989), Major League II (1994) and Major League: Back to the Minors (1998). He is a member of the National Radio Hall of Fame, National Association of Broadcasters Broadcasting Hall of Fame and was the 2003 recipient of Baseball Hall of Fame's Ford C. Frick Award. DEAN CHANCE (b. 1941) won 128 Major League games in 11 seasons, including 20 games won for the 1964 Angels and the 1967 Twins. He only appeared in three games for the Mets, with a record of 0-1 and a 13.50 earned run average in 1970. JIM RAY HART (b. 1941) played in the Major Leagues for the San Francisco Giants (1963-1973) and New York Yankees (1973-1974). An All-Star in 1966, his career statistics include 170 home runs and 578 RBI's. BOB GIBSON (b.1935) holds the major league record for lowest single-season ERA of 1.12 in 1968, the year he was the National League's Most Valuable Player and Cy Young Award winner. He also won the Cy Young Award in 1970. In his 17-year career, all with the St. Louis Cardinals, Gibson won 251 games including 56 shutouts. He was the first pitcher to strike out at least 200 batters in nine seasons and, in 1974, became the second pitcher in major league history to strike out at least 3,000 batters in a career (he joined Walter Johnson, who first notched 3,000 Ks way back in 1923!). Gibson was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1981, his first year of eligibility. CHARLIE JAMES (b. 1937) played in the outfield for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1960 to 1964 and won the World Series in his final year with the team. The next season he played for the Cincinnati Reds (1965). Second baseman GENE "Skip" MAUCH (1925-2005), who debuted in the major leagues in 1944 with the Brooklyn Dodgers, also played the infield for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1947) before returning to Brooklyn in 1948. He then played for the Chicago Cubs (1949), the Boston Braves (1950-1951) and the St. Louis Cardinals (1952) before starring in the Pacific Coast League. His best season was in 1956, when he had a .348 batting average and hit 20 home runs. That year, he finished his major league playing career with the Boston Red Sox (1956-1957). Mauch then coached in the minor leagues for three seasons before becoming manager of the Philadelphia Phillies (1960-1968). He then managed the Montreal Expos from their debut season in 1969 through 1975, the Minnesota Twins (1976) and the California Angels (1981-1982, 1985-1987). Relief pitcher BARNEY SHULTZ (b. 1926) is well remembered for his use of the Knuckle Ball pitch. He played for the St. Louis Cardinals (1955, 1963-1965) Detroit Tigers (1959) and Chicago Cubs (1961-1963). Shultz appeared in 227 games, accumulating 264 strikeouts, 35 saves and a record of 20-20. With the 1964 Cardinals, Shultz had an ERA of 1.64 and 14 saves, helping his team become that year's World Series Champions. BOBBY RICHARDSON played his entire career with the New York Yankees (1955-1966), playing second base on seven Yankee pennant-winners. He had great range and was particularly adept at turning the double play. Teamed with shortstop Kubek, he led the AL in double plays four times, and won five consecutive Gold Gloves. His sensational performance in the 1960 World Series won him Series MVP honors. He batted .367 with 11 hits, a grand slam, and eight runs scored, setting World Series records with 12 total RBI and 6 RBI in Game Three.. In 1961, he tied records for a five-game Series with nine hits and 23 at-bats, for a .391 average. He dramatically ended the 1962 Series when he caught Willie McCovey's hard liner with two on and two out in the ninth inning of Game Seven to preserve the Yankees' 1-0 victory over San Francisco. MILT PAPPAS (b. 1939) was a starting pitcher with the Baltimore Orioles (1957-1965) and then with three National League teams (Reds, Braves and Cubs) from 1966 to 1973. His wins were in double digits 11 consecutive years, and he made the AL All-Star team twice. He pitched a no-hitter for the Cubs in 1972, walking what would have been the 27th out (and a perfect game) on two very close calls by the umpire. Unfortunately, Pappas is famed among baseball fans as the weak side of one of the worst trades in baseball history. Future Hall of Fame outfielder Frank Robinson was the AL MVP and led Baltimore to a world championship the year he was traded from Cincinnati for Pappas and two minor players. (Susan Sarandon mentions the trade in the movie Bull Durham.) Pappas, never one to shy away from an argument, notes that his career won-lost record was almost identical to that of Hall of Fame pitcher Don Drysdale (Pappas 209-164; Drysdale 209-166). Catcher JOHN EDWARDS had a 14 season Major League Baseball career with the Cincinnati Reds (1961-1967), St. Louis Cardinals (1968), and Houston Astros (1969-1974). His career statistics include a .242 batting average, 524 RBI's, 81 home runs and a .992 fielding percentage. In 1952 CURT SIMMONS (b. 1929) had a record of 14-8 with a league-high six shutouts. In 1953, he missed a month after slicing off part of his left big toe in a lawn mower accident. Released by the Phillies in 1960 after suffering arm trouble the previous season, Simmons signed with the Cardinals and made a successful adjustment from hard thrower to breaking-ball pitcher, pitching six shutouts in 1962. In his last winning season, he recorded a career-high 18 victories for the 1964 World Champion Cardinals. He was voted All-Star in 1952-1953 and 1957. Puerto Rican slugger ORLANDO CEPEDA (b. 1937) was the National League's Rookie of the Year in 1958. Seven times an All-Star during his seventeen Major League seasons (1958-1974), He played in the 1962 World Series for the San Francisco Giants and the 1967 and 1968 classics for the St. Louis Cardinals, helping the '62 and '67 teams to World Championships. Cepeda also led the league in homers in 1961 and in and both HR's and RBI's in 1967, winning NL MVP honors in the latter year as part of a World Champion Cardinals team. He also hit over .300 nine times and jolted 25 or more homers eight times. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1999. DAVE WICKERSHAM, born in 1935, was a major league starting pitcher from 1960 to 1969, mostly with the Kansas City Athletics and Detroit Tigers. His first year with the Tigers, 1964, was probably his best year, when he earned a record of 19-12, whiffed a career-high 164 batters and placed in the American League Top 10 for in wins. Wickersham also placed in the Top 10 for shutouts in 1965. Cuban-born MIGUEL "MIKE" CUELLAR (1937-2010) pitched a no-hitter for the Cuban army team in 1955 before his Major League debut in 1959. He didn't become an outstanding big league pitcher until he developed a new pitch, the palm ball, with which he went 16-11 for the Houston Astros in 1966 (with the NL's second lowest ERA, behind only Sandy Koufax). Traded to the Baltimore Orioles before the 1969 season, the lefty hurler became a key component of an outstanding pitching staff, which included four 20-game winners in 1971, on one of baseball's greatest dynasties. In 1969, he tied Denny McLain for the AL's Cy Young Award. A 4-time All-Star, he won over 20 games in 4 out of five seasons between 1969 and 1974, pitching in 3 consecutive World Series (1969-1971). JERRY BUCHEK (b. 1942) was an infielder for the St. Louis Cardinals (1961-1966) and New York Mets (1967-1968). Fine condition.
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