1952 St Louis Browns' Autographs -
Rogers Hornsby, Manager
These autographs were obtained in March, 1952, when the
St Louis Browns (now the Baltimore Orioles) were training in El Centro,
California. Bill Lee was a 14-year-old boy, and had the privilege of
attending a spring training game there. After the game he had the
opportunity to get the following autographs on a 3 3/4" X 6 3/4" piece of
notebook paper. Over the years this piece of paper has aged, and was
recently laminated for its protection. On one side of the paper are
the following autographs:
* Rogers Hornsby - Hall of Fame
member and holder of the second highest lifetime batting average (.358 -
second only to Ty Cobb's .367), the highest lifetime average
for a right-handed hitter. He hit over .400 three times, the highest
.424 in 1924. He was the manager for the Browns at the beginning of
the 1952 season.
* Roy Sievers - Rookie of the
Year in 1949. He played first base and outfield seventeen years for the
Browns, Senators, White Sox and Phillies.
* Jim Rivera (Jungle Jim) -
He played outfield ten years for the Browns, White Sox and Athletics.
* Darrell Johnson - He was a
backup catcher six years for the Browns, White Sox, Yankees, Phillies, Reds
and Orioles. Managed nine years in the American League (Red Sox,
Mariners and Rangers) during the 1970s and 80s.
* Les Moss - He was a
catcher thirteen years for the Browns, Red Sox, Orioles, Cardinals and White
* George Schmees
- He was an outfielder only in 1952 for the Browns and Red Sox, but was a
big-time hitter in the Pacific Coast League for several years.
* Bill Norman -
He played only briefly as an outfielder
for the White Sox in 1931 and 1932. He was a coach for the Browns
1952 and managed the Tigers in 1958 and 1959.
* Tom Fine - He
pitched briefly for the Red Sox in 1947
and for the Browns in 1950, but did not appear in any games in
* Bob Scheffing -
He caught eight years (with time off for
service during World War II) between 1941 and 1951 for the Cubs, Reds
and Browns, but did not appear in any games in 1952. He may have
coach. He managed the Cubs from 1957 to 1959, and the Tigers from
to 1963. Later, he was an executive in the Cub organization for several
Cliff Fannin - He pitched eight years for the Browns.
On the other side of this piece of paper, by itself,
is the autograph of Rogers Hornsby,
in green ink.
This collectible is being
offered for $550. Inquiries may be made to:
22886 Respite Lane
Foley AL 36535
or you may make your check
or money order payable to Bill Lee. International and Canadian customers: Please pay in U.S. funds.
has been sold. Thank you for your interest.
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The Hall of Fame Library is a great place for the intellectually
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