Catching Up on TTM Successes, Part I
January 25th, 2010 by slangon

In all this flurry of vintage cards, there’s been a steady stream of TTM requests coming back as well. Unfortunately, they’ve been getting pushed to the back burner. Let’s try and remedy that situation, shall we?

2009 SlangKo Heroes of the Diamond Bill Denehy

There’s not really too much to say about Bill Denehy’s baseball career. He was brought up by the Mets in the 1967 season. He started 8 games for them and posted a 1-7 record. After that, he played a handful of games for Washington and Detroit. Bill is more a part of Mets lore for 2 reasons. First, he was “the other guy” on Tom Seaver’s rookie card. Honestly, I can’t think of a more disparate pairing of pitchers than that. One guy spends 20 years in the majors, posting a career record of 311-205, 2.86 ERA and 3,640 strikeouts, eventually getting voted into the Hall of Fame in his first year on the ballot with the highest percentage of votes in Hall history. The other guy spends parts of 3 seasons playing for 3 teams, posting a life time record of 1-10, 4.56 ERA and 63 strikeouts. On the plus side, he did face Willie Mays 4 times and struck him out thrice (the other plate appearance was a walk). The other reason for Bill to go down in Mets lore is that after the 1967 season, the Mets traded him to the Senators for Gil Hodges. I had never heard of a manager being traded, but apparently that’s what happened. Gil managed the Seantors from 1963-67, was traded to the Mets for Denehy, and then managed the Mets from 1968 until his untimely death in 1972. So I guess you could say that even though poor Bill never really contributed to the Mets while he was playing here, he contributed in a big way with his exit.

2009 SlangKo Heroes of the Diamond Walt “No Neck” Williams

I have to admit, I really never even knew of Walt existence until I came across his address on some TTM message board somewhere. Once I saw that nickname, though, I knew I had to get this guys autograph. I was further intrigued upon seeing that he played for the Houston Colt .45’s. Just as I love a good nickname, I also love a good team name, and I don’t know if it gets much better than the Houston Colt .45’s. Interestingly, when they decided to add a Major League team to Houston, they held a “Name The Team” contest and Colt .45’s is what won out. I’m curious to know what some of the other entries were. Walt apparently got the name “No Neck” due to his short stature (5’6″) and muscular upper torso. He spent 10 years in the Majors, playing for Houston, the White Sox, the Indians and the Yankees. I think he has one of the cooler looking signatures out of all the autographs I’ve gotten to this point. I like how he uses the same “W” for his first and last name. I would’ve loved if he actually signed it “No Neck”, but I guess beggars can’t be choosers.

2009 SlangKo Heroes of the Diamond Stanley “Doc” Glenn

Stanley “Doc” Glenn was a catcher for the Philadelphia Stars, who played in the Negro National League. After playing with the Stars, he spent some time playing for the St. Thomas Elgins of the Canadian Intercounty Baseball League in southwestern Ontario. It’s always cool to get former Negro Leaguer’s autographs, even if they never made it to the Major’s. It was a bit of a challenge to track down info on him. I was able to get his stats from the Canadian League, but nothing for his Negro League days. He did catch Satchel Paige during his time with Philadelphia. He says “As hard as he threw, the ball was like a feather. It was so easy to catch him, mainly because he was always around the plate.”

I think these three particular TTM successes epitomize what I love about sending out these autograph requests. Sure, it’s always cool to get a big star, but it’s really fun to get these lesser known guys because it really forces you to delve into the history and try and learn a bit about those players who don’t really get any recognition.

Stay tuned for Part II.

3 Responses to “Catching Up on TTM Successes, Part I”

  1. You’ve got a sweet little one of a kind auto set coming together. Can’t put a price on something that personal.

  2. Where did you manage to track down that Walt Williams

  3. Where did you manage to track down that Walt Williams photo? I’ve been trying to find one to make my own custom.

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