Thursday, March 9, 2017

1961 Fleer Autograph Project - Part 3 and 4

As I mentioned on the previous post, I targetted and won 4 autographed cards from the 1960 and 1961 Fleer sets. Having previously shown the two 1960s, here are the 1961s. These are the third and fourth autographed cards I have from that set.

From my calculations it is theoretically possible to get 94 of these cards in autographed versions (subject died in 1962 or later). So, I have a ways to go.

Dolph Camilli had a 12 year career, broken up by military service during WWII.  He had a solid 7 year run between 1936 and 1942, the first two years of that stretch with the Philadelphia Phillies followed by 5 years with the Brooklyn Dodgers.  During that time he racked up between 4 and 7 WAR each year.  His best year was 1941 when he hit .285/.507/.556 with 34 home runs and 120 RBIs, and won the NL MVP. The MVP race that year was a Brooklyn affair, with the second and third places going to team mates Pete Reiser, and Whit Wyatt. That said, Brooklyn still lost the World Series to the Yankees in 5 games. In his only post season series, Camilli went 3 for 18 with 1 RBI.

Rick Ferrell had an 18 year career as a catcher with the St Louis Browns, Boston Red Sox, and Washington Senators between 1929 and 1947. He was elected to the Hall of Fame by the Veteran's Comittee in 1984.  I was actually surprised that he was in Cooperstown, since he doesn't stack up statistically to contemporaries like Mickey Cohcrane, Bill Dickey, Gabby Hartnett, or Ernie Lombardi.   And certainly modern sabermetrics don't do him any favors. But he was a solid player for a long period of time, making 6 all star games, including 4 straight between 1934 and 1937. Interestingly, in 1944 and 1945, while with the Washington Senators, his pitching staff included 4 knuckleballers (Roger Wolff, Dutch Leonard, Mickey Haefner and Johnny Niggeling.)

Coming up: Another 1961 and a return to 1963.

What I am listening to: Keep on Rollin' by Elvin Bishop

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