Snow has fallen on Wrigley Field’s opening day at least four times. The Chicago Tribune has a gallery of weather photos for the past 100 years of Wrigley Field.
Look at the fun outfielder Rebel Oakes is having on his T206 card. Now this is a ballplayer playing the game for fun. He’s so delighted to have caught the ball. Probably because that year with Cincinnati, he was second in the league for errors committed by an outfielder with 18. (Bob Bescher of Cincinnati had 20).
Despite his defense, Rebel Oakes was a good behind the plate, finishing second in singles for the 1913 National League season. In 1911 and 1912 he finished with the 9th and 8th best AB/SO ratio.
This 1910 T206 card is his rookie card. I purchased it from ebay for under $20 with shipping. A few aesthetic highlights:
- The crease just so happens to be going across the ball at the top of the card. This was the primary reason why I bought the card. Perfectly placed creases in baseball cards are a delight to behold
- Yellow, blue, and red primary colors dominate this card. The colors just pop right off the card. Impressive for 1910 printing.
- The angle of his arm in a diagonal angle gives a nice dynamic composition to the card
- He just looks so darn happy, like he discovered a box of donuts in the dugout and then ran out and caught this ball.
- The corners are sufficiently worn well
A big thanks to Sports Collectors Daily’s Facebook Page for sharing this card. I’m honored to be the one who purchased it a few days after the post. With 139 likes, 22 shares, and 7 comments, it’s surprising nobody bought this card. Probably because the link in the post didn’t go directly to this card. Instead it went to an eBay search for T206 cards for under $20 resulting in 308 auctions.
What a beautiful card this Honus Wagner 1090 E95 is. The photo/illustration depicts Wagner with a dirty uniform. The card is dirty. The view of his grip on the bat gives you a real feel for how he handled the bat. The bright colors painted onto the card.
Then you have Ty Cobb’s extremely beat up card, marks splotched all over his face, the result of many-a Cobb fight.
In 1961 the Washington Senators moved Minnesota and became the Twins. Their star player Harmon Killebrew’s 1961 Topps card shows him with the Minnesota Twins. An astute fan corrected the card by scratching out the Senators name and hand-writing Twins onto the face of the card. There. Much better. NOW this card is correct. (even though the 1961 Topps card shows 1960 stats)
In 1960 Killebrew hit 31 home runs, but was out-homered by teammate Jim Lemon with 38. Hopefully some fan out there has corrected Jim Lemon’s 1961 Topps card.
Hand-corrected cards would be a fun series to collect. Forget collecting cards with the player scribbling his name on the card–his name is already on the card! Hand-corrected cards created by fans would be more fun to collect.
Everyone is talking about the Cubs first mascot, Clark the Cub. However, he’s not the first Cubs mascot. You may have seen this scary delight from the 1920s:
I guess Clark the Cub is better than their last mascot pic.twitter.com/YMj9Ddgn74
— John (@Manute_Troll) January 13, 2014
But the Cubs had another mascot. Back in the 80s and 90s. Who was it?
What's all this talk about Clark the Cub being the Chicago Cubs' first mascot? Have we forgotten Harry Caray already? #ClarktheCub
— Erik Maldre (@unlikelymoose) January 14, 2014
That’s right. Harry Caray. Cubs mascot. He was a beer-drinking mascot. What do you think Harry Caray would have thought about Clark the Cub?
— Jake Malooley (@jakemalooley) January 13, 2014
Perhaps Disney and the Chicago Cubs have formed a partnership. The Ricketts were looking for sponsors for Wrigley and Disney jumped at the opportunity to make another theme park.
In fact, maybe the area around Wrigleyville will be come known as Clarkville. You know Disney can never just release one character. They always do their licensing characters in groups, to sell more plush figures.
Addison the Cub is right around the corner. Hopefully they’ll develop an entire team of mascots, like the Olympics. They’ll have four Cub mascots. Addison, Clark, Waveland, and Sheffield. Then they’ll have a mascot race during the game. But instead of a race, it’ll be a parade, because that’s what Disney does. Parades.
Can you imagine fairy princess night at Wrigley Field?
I actually think Clark the Cub is pretty cute, kid friendly, and I identify with the sadness deep in his eyes.
— Leah C. (@lakeline) January 13, 2014
Even though the Cub tradition “bans” having a mascot, I say, why not. Bring on a mascot. It’s fun for the kids. Plus, I love the deep meaning with his sad eyes. So true, Clark, so true. Just keep on smiling, it will be ok.