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At the start of the American Civil War, in the spring of 1861, baseball was a national sport. The first official game of baseball is said by historians to have been played on June 19, 1846, at the Elysian Fields, in Hoboken, New Jersey, between the Knickerbockers and the New Yorks. An historical monument marks the spot.

During the war, both Union and Confederate soldiers participated in baseball games as a means to combat their boredom and boost morale, and encourage camaraderie.

I have been collecting sports memorabilia for over 60 years and have decided that the time has come for me to pass on some of these fine authentic collectibles to a new home. Most of the items that I am offering on these pages come from my personal collection, with many of them being obtained in person by myself, or my father, or my Godfather, at various sporting events at such legendary places as the original Yankee Stadium, the remodeled Yankee Stadium, the Polo Grounds, Ebbets Field, Shea Stadium (New York), Fenway Park (Boston), Veterans Stadium (Philadelphia), Forbes Field (Pittsburgh), Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati), Busch Stadium (St. Louis), Royals Stadium (Kansas City), Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles), Angels Stadium (Anaheim), Candlestick Park (San Francisco), Memorial Stadium and Camden Yards (Baltimore), Jarry Park and Olympic Stadium (Montreal), Hincliffe Stadium, the historic Negro League Ballpark in Paterson, New Jersey, and various other MLB and Minor League parks across America. Others were gotten at award dinners, team functions, charity affairs, and sports conventions that I have attended. I also got some of them through the associations of my Dad who was heavily involved with the American Legion baseball program nationally, and consequently knew many MLB scouts, ex-MLB players, and umpires. My Godfather, a World War II navy veteran, who was an artist and photographer, worked for the New York Daily News in the 1950's, 1960's and 1970's. He was a great source for sports memorabilia for me, and I always tagged along with him whenever it was possible. He also used to give me these great old black and white photos from the AP wire service of the NFL, NBA, and MLB, some that he or I were able to get signed. I hope you will enjoy looking at these items, and possibly find some goodies that you will want to add to your own collections. As a footnote, many of these historical figures have passed away, and some of them are difficult to find!

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item Auto5134: Autograph, Shag Crawford, Major League Baseball Umprire

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Autograph, Shag Crawford, Major League Baseball Umprire

During his twenty seasons in the National League Crawford umpired more than 3,100 games

He was the home plate umpire during one of the most violent brawls in baseball history!


(1916-2007) Born Henry Charles "Shag" Crawford, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, growing up, he played baseball and football, and was involved in boxing, and later played in the minor leagues as a catcher in the Philadelphia Phillies system. He served in the United States Navy during World War II, and was on the destroyer USS Walke (DD-723) when its...  

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Robert Scott, New York Black Yankees

Negro League Baseball Player, 1946-1950

(1931-2020) Born in Macon, Georgia, on June 22, 1931, Scott played 4 seasons as a pitcher in the Negro League as a member of the New York Black Yankees. Nicknamed, "Bob," he debuted as a sixteen year old rookie in 1946, and played through the 1950 season. He was selected by the New York Mets, in 2008, in Major League Baseball's special draft to honor former players of the Negro Baseball Leagues, and was honored by the Atlanta Braves in a special ceremony at Turner Field, in Atlanta, Georgia,...  

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Autograph, Jim Bunning

United States Congressman & Senator from Kentucky

Member of the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame

In 1964, he pitched only the 7th perfect game in MLB history at that time!

Signed United States Senate Card


(1931-2017) Born in Southgate, Kentucky, he graduated from Xavier University in 1953. Bunning, a baseball pitcher, signed a professional contract with the Detroit Tigers, and pitched his first game in the major leagues on July 20, 1955. During his 17 year professional career, from 1955 to 1971, he pitched for the...  

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Autograph, Wilmer Vinegar Bend Mizell

United States Congressman from North Carolina

Major League Baseball Player 1952-1962


(1930-99) Born in the small town of Leakesville, Mississippi, Mizell started playing baseball when he was 16 years old, and pitched around Vinegar Bend, Alabama, a neighboring town just across the state line from Leakesville. This later became his adopted hometown, and was the source of his nickname, "Vinegar Bend." After graduating from high school in 1949, Mizell, the 6 foot 3 inch, hard throwing left handed pitcher, signed a contract with...  

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item Auto5138: Autograph, Warren Moon, Football Hall of Fame, Quarterback

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Autograph, Warren Moon, Football Hall of Fame, Quarterback

Elected to the National Football League Hall of Fame in 2006

Elected to the Canadian Football League Hall of Fame in 2001


(1956- ) Born in Los Angeles, California, Moon graduated from the University of Washington in 1978. As a senior in 1977, he led the Huskies to the Pac-8 title, and a 2720 upset win in the Rose Bowl over Michigan. Moon was named the game's Most Valuable Player on the strength of two touchdown runs and a third-quarter 28-yard touchdown pass. Moon signed after graduation with the Canadian Football League's Edmonton...  

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item Auto5145: Autograph, Duke Snider, MLB Hall of Famer

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Autograph, Duke Snider, MLB Hall of Famer

Brooklyn Dodgers All Time Great!

(1926-2011) Born Edwin Donald Snider in Los Angeles, California, he was given the nickname of Duke by his father at the age of 5, and it stuck with him for the rest of his life. Growing up in Southern California, Snider was a gifted all-around athlete, playing basketball, football, and baseball at Compton High School. Primarily a center fielder, he was spotted by one of Branch Rickey's scouts in the early 1940s, and was signed to a baseball contract by the Brooklyn Dodgers right out of high school. He made...  

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Autograph, Sam McDowell

Member of the Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame

6 Time American League All Star

Led the American League in Strike Out 5 times

Named 1970 American League Pitcher of the Year by The Sporting News

Autographed Book; The Saga of Sudden Sam...


(1942-) He played in Major League Baseball as a starting pitcher from 1961 to 1975, most notably for the Cleveland Indians. He also had short stints late in his career with the San Francisco Giants, New York Yankees, and Pittsburgh Pirates. A six-time All-Star, McDowell led the...  

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Autograph, Ernie Nimmons, Indianapolis Clowns

1952 Commemorative Autographed Negro League Baseball Rookie Card

(1930-2022) Nicknamed "Cokey," he was born and raised in Sandusky Ohio, and served in the United States Army. A first baseman, and an outfielder by position, he was 22 years old during his rookie season of 1952 when he debuted for the Indianapolis Clowns, of the Negro Professional Baseball League, sporting a .304 batting average. Nimmons stood 5 feet, 11 inches tall, weighed 198 pounds, and batted and threw left handed. Nimmons had the honor to be roommates in 1952,...  

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Autograph, Sam McDowell

Member of the Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame

6 Time American League All Star

Led the American League in Strike Out 5 times

Named 1970 American League Pitcher of the Year by The Sporting News

Signed, Boy Scouts of America, 40th Anniversary Commemorative Envelope


(1942-) He played in Major League Baseball as a starting pitcher from 1961 to 1975, most notably for the Cleveland Indians. He also had short stints late in his career with the San Francisco Giants, New York Yankees, and Pittsburgh Pirates. A six-time...  

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