Friday, March 25, 2011

TTM Success - Bobby Shantz

I mailed to Bobby Shantz on February 26, 2011 and received this signed ball on March 24, 2011 - about a month TAT. I was afraid that this one wasn't coming back, but it did. This was also one of the last balls that I sent out before I suspended TTMs (ok, just so you all know, we are in the process of closing on a house and moving, so that's why I suspended them). I still have several TTMs outstanding, but I don't plan on sending any out until after we close on the house (April 5th).

Shantz (b. 1925) played in the majors from 1949 to 1964 for the A's, Yankees, Pirates, Colt .45s, Cardinals, Cubs and Phillies. He went 24-7 in 1952 to become the AL MVP. I now have signed baseballs from the 1952 and 1953 AL MVPs. Wooooo for me!

Shantz retired in 1964 at the age of 38 with a record of 119-99, 1,072 strikeouts and a 3.38 ERA.
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