Saturday, January 12, 2013

Hall of Fame Signed Baseball - Bill Dickey

I am in Columbia, South Carolina at the moment, celebrating my younger brother's 30th birthday.  I always love making the LONG trip down here to hang out with him.  There are some really awesome vintage shops, record stores and antique shops.  Columbia is home of the Columbia Antique Mall that houses a shop called 'Chic Antiques.'  Conrad, the fellow who runs the shop is a friend of a friend (turns out to be a small world, afterall) and has a great many baseballs and baseball cards.  It was there that I found my 82nd Hall of Fame signed baseball, Bill Dickey.

Bill Dickey (b. 1907 - d. 1993) played in the majors from 1928 to 1943 and 1946, all for the New York Yankees.  Dickey had 1,969 hits, 202 home runs and a .313 batting average.  He was a 11-time All Star and finished as high as 2nd in the AL MVP voting in 1938 (he finished second to Jimmie Foxx).

Dickey won the World Series with the Yankees 7 times (1932, 1936 through 1939, 1941 and 1943).  He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1954 when he received 80.2% of the vote (his 10th ballot).  He has his uniform number (#8) retired by the Yankees, which was the same number worn by Yogi Berra, and his #8 is also retired.
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