Thursday, December 31, 2015

Mike Benjamin

I met him at Carpenter Complex, the Philadelphia Phillies spring training facility in Clearwater, Florida in 1996.

Mike signed a 1992 Upper Deck card #268.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/benjami01.shtml

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Lee Tinsley

I met him at Carpenter Complex, the Philadelphia Phillies spring training facility in Clearwater, Florida in 1996.

Lee signed a 1991 Classic Best card #207.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/t/tinslle01.shtml

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Lenny Webster

I met him at Carpenter Complex, the Philadelphia Phillies spring training facility in Clearwater, Florida in 1996.

Lenny signed a 1990 Upper Deck card #728.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/w/webstle01.shtml

Monday, December 28, 2015

Mike Walker

I met him at Carpenter Complex, the Philadelphia Phillies spring training facility in Clearwater, Florida in 1996.

Mike signed a 1991 Upper Deck card #694.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/w/walkemi01.shtml

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Duff Brumley

I met him at Carpenter Complex, the Philadelphia Phillies spring training facility in Clearwater, Florida in 1996.

Duff signed a 1994 Fleer Excel card #261.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/brumldu01.shtml

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Steve Frey

I met him at Carpenter Complex, the Philadelphia Phillies spring training facility in Clearwater, Florida in 1996.

Steve signed a 1992 Fleer Ultra card #222.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/f/freyst01.shtml

Friday, December 25, 2015

Paul Owens


I met him at Carpenter Complex, the Philadelphia Phillies spring training facility in Clearwater, Florida in 1996.

My brother, Brian and I got him at the same time and handed our cards to him simultaneously. As he's signing the first card, his hand shakes as he starts his O, he then says "oops" and continues signing. Immediately, before Mr. Owens has even finished signing the card, my brother says to me, "that one's yours."

Above, are both cards we got signed. Mine on top, my brother's right below it. Sure, I got the messed up O, but I think I got the better P.

After he passed away in 2003, Carpenter Complex was renamed, Paul Owens Training Facility at Carpenter Complex.

Paul signed a 1984 Topps card #229.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=owens-001pau

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Steve Trout


I met him at a celebrity golf tournament at Lansbrook Golf Course in Palm Harbor, Florida in 1996.

Steve signed a 1984 Topps card #151.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/t/troutst01.shtml

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Scott Kamieniecki


I met him at a celebrity golf tournament at Lansbrook Golf Course in Palm Harbor, Florida in 1996.

Scott signed a 1992 Upper Deck card #46.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/k/kamiesc01.shtml

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Howard "Hopalong" Cassady


I met him at a celebrity golf tournament at Lansbrook Golf Course in Palm Harbor, Florida in 1996.

Hopalong signed a 1979 TCMA Columbus Clippers Team Set card #25, which incorrectly spells his last name.

http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/C/CassHo00.htm

Monday, December 21, 2015

Mike Harkey


I met him at a celebrity golf tournament at Lansbrook Golf Course in Palm Harbor, Florida in 1996.

Mike signed a 1992 Topps Stadium Club card #501.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/harkemi01.shtml

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Dave Martinez


I met him at a celebrity golf tournament at Lansbrook Golf Course in Palm Harbor, Florida in 1996.

Dave signed a 1992 Upper Deck card #382.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/martida01.shtml

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Jody Reed


I met him at a celebrity golf tournament at Lansbrook Golf Course in Palm Harbor, Florida in 1996.

Jody signed a 1992 Upper Deck card #404.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/reedjo01.shtml

Friday, December 18, 2015

Bob MacDonald


I met him at a celebrity golf tournament at Lansbrook Golf Course in Palm Harbor, Florida in 1996.

Bob signed a 1991 Line Drive AAA Pre-Rookie card #508.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/macdoro01.shtml

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Tom Wilson


I met him at a celebrity golf tournament at Lansbrook Golf Course in Palm Harbor, Florida in 1996.

Tom signed a 1994 Classic Best Gold card #198.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/w/wilsoto02.shtml

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Jim Leyritz


I met him at a celebrity golf tournament at Lansbrook Golf Course in Palm Harbor, Florida in 1996.

Jim signed a 1992 Upper Deck card #117.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/leyriji01.shtml

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Larry Bearnarth


I met him at a celebrity golf tournament at Lansbrook Golf Course in Palm Harbor, Florida in 1996.

Larry signed a 1965 Topps card #258.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/bearnla01.shtml

Monday, December 14, 2015

Dave Cash


I met him at a celebrity golf tournament at Lansbrook Golf Course in Palm Harbor, Florida in 1996.

Dave signed a 1979 Topps card #395.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/cashda01.shtml

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Dick Bosman


I met him at a celebrity golf tournament at Lansbrook Golf Course in Palm Harbor, Florida in 1996.

Dick signed a 1989 TCMA Rochester Red Wings Team Set card #24.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/bosmadi01.shtml

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Wayne Garrett

I met him at the very first Tampa Bay Devil Rays Fan Fest at the ThunderDome in St. Petersburg, Florida on November 5, 1995.

Wayne signed a 1979 Topps card #319.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/garrewa01.shtml

Friday, December 11, 2015

Johnny Vander Meer


I met him at the very first Tampa Bay Devil Rays Fan Fest at the ThunderDome in St. Petersburg, Florida on November 5, 1995.

Johnny signed an 8x10 photo.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/v/vandejo01.shtml

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Monte Irvin

I met him at the very first Tampa Bay Devil Rays Fan Fest at the ThunderDome in St. Petersburg, Florida on November 5, 1995.

Monte signed a 1993 Ted Williams card #54.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/i/irvinmo01.shtml

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Jim Morrison

I met him at the very first Tampa Bay Devil Rays Fan Fest at the ThunderDome in St. Petersburg, Florida on November 5, 1995.

Jim signed a 1987 Fleer card #614.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/morriji01.shtml

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Bernie Carbo

I met him at the very first Tampa Bay Devil Rays Fan Fest at the ThunderDome in St. Petersburg, Florida on November 5, 1995.

Bernie signed a 1973 Topps card #171.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/carbobe01.shtml

Monday, December 7, 2015

Ray Searage

I met him at a Florida Instructional League game at Jack Russell Memorial Stadium in Clearwater, Florida in 1995, when the St. Louis Cardinals, whom he was coaching, came to play the Philadelphia Phillies.

Ray signed a 1987 Fleer card #506.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/searara01.shtml

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Yates Hall

I met him at a Florida Instructional League game at Jack Russell Memorial Stadium in Clearwater, Florida in 1995, when the St. Louis Cardinals came to play the Philadelphia Phillies.

Yates signed a 1994 Topps Stadium Club Draft Picks card #55.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=hall--007cha

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Mike Darr

I met him at a Florida Instructional League game at Englebert Complex in Dunedin, Florida in 1995, when the Detroit Tigers came to play the Toronto Blue Jays.

Mike signed a 1994 Signature Rookies Draft Picks card #45.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/d/darrmi02.shtml

Friday, December 4, 2015

Derek Hacopian

I met him at a Florida Instructional League game at Jack Russell Memorial Stadium in Clearwater, Florida in 1995, when the Cleveland Indians came to play the Philadelphia Phillies.

Derek signed a 1992 Classic Draft Picks card #96.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=hacopi001der

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Jaret Wright

I met him at a Florida Instructional League game at Jack Russell Memorial Stadium in Clearwater, Florida in 1995, when the Cleveland Indians came to play the Philadelphia Phillies.

Jaret signed a 1995 Upper Deck Minor League card #201.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/w/wrighja02.shtml

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Guillermo Mercedes

I met him at a Florida Instructional League game at Jack Russell Memorial Stadium in Clearwater, Florida in 1995, when the Cleveland Indians came to play the Philadelphia Phillies.

Guillermo signed a 1994 Classic card #43.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=merced002gui

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Jim Betzsold

I met him at a Florida Instructional League game at Jack Russell Memorial Stadium in Clearwater, Florida in 1995, when the Cleveland Indians came to play the Philadelphia Phillies.

Jim signed a 1995 Fleer Excel card #37.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=betzso001jam