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Hometown Heroes

December 13 2008 at 9:58 PM

john/z28jd  (Login z28jd)

Recently I began reading up on players from my own birthplace,Kearny NJ. I already had a few cards of Dots Miller,but I also just recently added 2 more players who lived in Kearny,one of them being born there,Owen "Ownie" Carroll and the other one a graduate of the local high school,Sam Dente. Anyone else out there collect players from either their hometown and/or birthplace? I figured I'd include a scan of the Kearny Three.

Also a little footnote in Kearny High history. Ed Halicki who played 7 years in the majors in the 70's also attended Kearny High and its a little known fact,except in my house,that during his junior year he struck out my dad on 3 pitches during tryouts for the team.

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(Login kdixon)

Hometown Heroes

December 13 2008, 10:18 PM 

I mainly collect Zach Wheat due to his being born in my Hometown of Hamilton Missouri. [linked image]

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Steve Dawson
(Login SteveDawson)

Re: Hometown Heroes

December 14 2008, 12:02 AM 

Part of my collection is players from San Diego County in California. The two pre-WWIIers that immediately come to mind are Ted Williams, and Gavvy Cravath. I also include Chief Meyers, even though he grew up in Riverside County, just over the county line from San Diego.

Four major leaguers even came from my high school (Terry Forster, Joe Price, Jim Tatum and Hayden Penn).


raymond g.
(Login raymingold)

Honus Hometown Hero

December 14 2008, 8:31 PM 

Johannes Peter Wagner was born in Mansfield (now CARNEGIE) Penna. on Feb. 24, 1874. Carnegie being a suburb of Pittsburgh. Although I don't actual live in Carnegie, I consider Him a "Hometown Hero", also being from Pittsburgh. Located in Carnegie is a large portrait of Honus painted on one of the buildings. (I think its the t206 pose). I will take a photo and post it on the forum if there is interest. Its a magnificent painting! Here is my collected Hometown Hero:

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(Login ticker1365)

Re: Hometown Heroes

December 16 2008, 6:02 AM 

i collect covealeski stuff not only from my hometown but lived next door when i was a kid

Brad Green
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Lefty Grove, Bob Robertson and John Kruk...

December 16 2008, 6:39 AM 

In addition to being cousins, Lefty Grove and I were both born and raised in the small town of Lonaconing, MD.

Bob Robertson, who played for the Pirates and Mariners, lived about 10 minutes away in Frostburg, MD.

John Kruk, who played for the Padres and Phillies and is currently on ESPN, lived about 10 minutes away in Keyser, WV.

Jodi Birkholm
(Login JBirkholm)

Re: Hometown Heroes

December 16 2008, 9:41 AM 

Several players from my Canadian town have made it to the major league level. The pre-war guys include:

Billy Mountjoy
Billy Reid
Steve Dunn
George "$10" Gibson
Frank Colman

I have had a lot of fun researching these fellows over the years. Very little is to be found on obscurities Reid and Dunn. I did discover the location of Dunn's old house, but it was torn down to make way for a department/hardware store prior to when I was born. sad.gif Was kind of hoping to discover a neglected attic full of trophy balls and signed documents!

Jon Canfield
(Login canjond)

Re: Hometown Heroes

December 16 2008, 5:17 PM 

I come from a tiny town in upstate, NY near Cooperstown. The town is called Fort Plain. We have three former players who came from/lived in Fort Plain... Bud Fowler (one of the first African Americans to play professional baseball in the 1880s), Myron "Moose" Grimshaw (from the T-206 set) and Bill Dahlen.

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Coe Biggers
(Login jcb19)

Dizzy Dean

December 16 2008, 6:10 PM 

When I was younger I lived in Russellville Ar, which is next to Lucas, Ar home to Dizzy and Jerome Dean. You used to be able to see there old homestead I have not been there in a very long time so I am not sure if it is still there. On another note my dads little league coach was George Kell of the Detroit Tigers.


(Login aamoniz)

Re: Hometown Heroes

December 16 2008, 6:23 PM 

My post is OT as it's not vintage, but nonetheless ---

I grew up with Brian Rose (in the town of Dartmouth, Massachusetts) and still come across him now and then when I am back home.

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Anthony S.
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Re: Hometown Heroes

December 16 2008, 6:39 PM 

I guess it helps when your home town is a city. Not my cards.

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Rob D.
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Re: Hometown Heroes

December 16 2008, 7:04 PM 

Not mine:

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Brian Lindholme
(Login familytoad)

Pudge Fisk was closest...

December 20 2008, 8:10 PM 

"No one has ever come from my hometown"
Well of course, someone must have, including me...

Hometown: Rutland,Vermont.
Carlton Fisk is probably the closest name player, about 65 minutes, depends on what source you read.
Pat Putnam's (Tex Rangers) birthplace is a little closer in Bethel;

This is a great topic. I'd love to hear more. Any Net54ers in Woonsocket RI where Nap Lajoie was born ?, or Gettysburg for Eddie Plank?

Related to Brad's earlier post, I was putting away some 1969 topps into a binder and saw a duplicate of Bob Robertson's RC. Frostburg, MD native.
It's signed in green ink and could very well be a valid autograph. I am autograph-illiterate.
Brad, if you are interested, LMK and I will mail you the card. It'd be more appreciated near your turf I'm sure. Bob did smash 32 HR for Gastonia in 1965 and followed that up with 32 more for Asheville the next year.

Brian L
Ridgefield, WA

jay wolt
(Login qualitycards)

Re: Hometown Heroes

December 20 2008, 8:20 PM 

" or Gettysburg for Eddie Plank? "

For the last 9 years I've lived within 10-15 miles of Gettysburg.

Was there when the PA historical society placed a plaque at Gettysburg

college where he pitched and where Connie Mack signed him.

Also in town there is a plaque by a building where he had his car dealership.

He is buried at Evergreen Cemetary in 1926 (which saw some fighting w/ Hancocks men)

across from the Soldiers cemetary.

Here is a recent pickup, the original art work made for the Helmar Brewery card series.

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Brian Lindholme
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December 20 2008, 8:36 PM 

Thanks Jay...that's what I'm talking about!

I've always been interested in the history and the personal aspect of baseball. Baseball players don't have to be HOFers to be famous!!

This thread about Hometown Heroes covers both for me...

The back of Eddie Collins CJ card mentions him playing in Rutland Vermont 1906. Naturally, I had to have that card right away!


Brian L
Ridgefield, WA


(Login z28jd)

Re: Hometown Heroes

December 20 2008, 11:04 PM 

Hey Brian,Don't know if you know this or not but James "Sun" Daly,who is in the Old Judge set,was actually born in Rutland Vt.

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Jodi Birkholm
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Re: Hometown Heroes

December 21 2008, 12:22 AM 

And Harry Hulihan was born, died and interred in Rutland!


Brian Lindholme
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Gulp !! <err, sure...>

December 21 2008, 12:26 AM 

Gulp !!
Yikes, I did not know that.
Okay that's okay,really, I'll take a breath, do a little WIKI search on Mr. Daly and post on BST as needing this card. I'll be alright, even if my wallet won't be.

Um, thanks John/z28jd!!

Brian L
Ridgefield, WA


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December 21 2008, 8:57 AM 

As a native Vermonter that has been living in NYC for the last 15 years I agree with you there are very few players from VT.

One guy you could consider is Ray Fisher who grew up in Middlebury. The back of his CJ even attests to him being a die-hard Vermonter.

And of the last 30 years there was a pitcher by the name of Len Whitehouse out of Burlington. I have a signed '84 Topps by him.

And there have been a few great Minor Leaguers that came though there. Paul O'Neil and Chris Sabo played for the Vt Reds. I met a young Ken Griffey Jr when he played for the VT Mariners and got a mini-bat signed from him. So there are baseball roots in Vt!

Edited to add: Jean Dubuc was born in St Johnsbury and played for St. Michael's, He would be another Vt guy... and had quite the history..

This message has been edited by Chesbro41 on Dec 21, 2008 10:12 AM

Ted Zanidakis
(Login tedzan)

The Scooter Rizzuto

December 21 2008, 8:13 PM 

From 1945 - 1960, Phil Rizzuto was my nearby neighbor....only 2 blocks away in Hillside, NJ.
He was a fabulous guy to have as neighbor. He did a lot for us youngsters and was a great
role model....he was everyone's hero. Especially, when he won the AL MVP in 1950.

My biggest thrill with Phil was in April 1984 when he and I were on the same flight to Chicago.
We enjoyed 2 hours in 1st class....reminiscing about our old neighborhood and "talkin baseball".
Actually, he did most of the talking and I did most of the listening.

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