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06-25-2011, 11:21 AM
Old School TTM's from the 80's..... Alot of these guys are deceased... Im going to start off slow because I hate scanning but many more to come..... I have dupes of some, so those are FT if someone...

06-25-2011, 11:23 AM
Syd Cohen (May 7, 1906 – April 9, 1988) was a pitcher in Major League Baseball. He pitched for the Washington Senators from 1934–1937. In 1934, he gave up Babe Ruth's 708th home run, his last as a member of the New York Yankees. He managed in the minor leagues for many years afterwards.


06-25-2011, 11:29 AM
James Patrick "Jim" Westlake (July 3, 1930 - January 3, 2003) was a Major League Baseball player. Westlake played for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1955.


06-25-2011, 11:31 AM
Al Cuccinello
Alfred Edward Cuccinello (August 26, 1914 - March 29, 2004) was a second baseman in Major League Baseball who played briefly for the New York Giants during the 1935 season. Listed at 5' 10", 165 lb., Cuccinello batted and threw right-handed. He was the younger brother of Tony Cuccinello and uncle of Sam Mele. On May 30 of that year, he hit a home run in his first game at the Polo Grounds, and on July 5, he and his brother Al –for the Brooklyn Dodgers– each hit home runs in the same game, joining a select club that includes Aaron and Bret Boone, César and Felipe Crespo, Héctor and José Cruz, Dom and Joe DiMaggio, Graig and Jim Nettles, and Rick and Wes Ferrell. The seven sets of brothers hit their homers playing for opposing teams. Following his playing career, Cuccinello spent some time working as a scout.


06-25-2011, 11:33 AM
Al Lary
Alfred Allen Lary (September 26, 1928 - July 10, 2001) was a Major League Baseball pitcher. He had an outstanding college football career at the University of Alabama, but signed with the Chicago Cubs as an amateur free agent before the 1951 season. He played for the Cubs in 1954, 1955, and 1962.

Lary made his Major League debut on September 25, 1954 in a start against the Cincinnati Redlegs at Wrigley Field. The opposing pitcher was Art Fowler. Lary pitched six innings and allowed two earned runs, receiving no decision in the 4-2 Cubs victory. He was with the Cubs briefly in 1955 and was used in four games, all as a pinch runner. It would be seven years before he reached the Major League level again.

Lary gave up Willie Mays' 324th career home run, a grand slam, in Candlestick Park on April 28, 1962. His career totals for 29 games (16 as a pitcher) include a record of 0-1, 4 games started, 4 games finished, and an ERA of 6.52. In 40 innings pitched he struck out 22, walked 22, and allowed 45 hits.

Lary died by accidental drowning in his hometown of Northport, Alabama at the age of 72. He was the older brother of All-Star pitcher Frank Lary.


06-25-2011, 11:47 AM
Tony Cuccinello
Anthony Francis 'Tony' Cuccinello (November 8, 1907 – September 21, 1995) was a second baseman in Major League Baseball who played from 1930 through 1945 for the Cincinnati Reds (1930–31), Brooklyn Dodgers (1933–35), Boston Bees/Braves (1936–40, 1941–43), New York Giants (1940) and Chicago White Sox (1943–45). Cuccinelo batted and threw right-handed. He was the older brother of Al Cuccinello and uncle of Sam Mele. His surname was pronounced "coo-chi-NELL-oh".

A native of Long Island City, New York, Cuccinello led the National League second basemen in assists and double plays three times and hit .300 or better five times, with a career high .315 in 1931. A three-time All-Star, he was selected to the first All-Star Game, played on July 6, 1933 at Comiskey Park, appearing as a pinch-hitter for Carl Hubbell. He also played in the 1938 and 1945 Games.

During the 1945 season, Cuccinello hit .308 for the Chicago White Sox, and just missed winning the American League batting title, one point behind Snuffy Stirnweiss' .309. Nevertheless, he was released in the offseason.

In a 15-season career, Cuccinello was a .280 hitter with 94 home runs and 884 RBI in 1704 games.

Following his playing retirement, in 1947 Cuccinello managed in the Florida International League for the Tampa team (named the Smokers, after the city's large cigar business), and a year later coached for the Indianapolis Indians of the American Association. He returned to the majors to coach with the Reds (1949–51), Cleveland Indians (1952–56), White Sox (1957–66; 1969) and Detroit Tigers (1967–68). He served under former teammate Al Lopez in Cleveland and Chicago, and was a member of the 1954 and 1959 American League champions and the 1968 World Series champions.


06-25-2011, 12:27 PM
These are great...I used to TTM back in the 80's as well. Did you use the pink Eckes-Smalling address book?

06-25-2011, 02:43 PM
Neat stuff!

06-25-2011, 03:06 PM
Lenny Yochim

Leonard Joseph "Lenny" Yochim (born October 16, 1928 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is a former pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1951 and 1954 and later served in the organization for almost four decades. Yochim batted and threw left-handed.

Highly touted by the Pittsburgh Pirates, Yochim was a screwball specialist and had a good curve as well, but a sore arm limited him to pitch in only 28.1 innings, ending his major league career with a 1-2 record and a 7.62 ERA in 12 games (three as a starter). His professional career highlight came on December 8, 1955, when he became the first pitcher to throw a no-hitter in a professional game in Venezuela while pitching for the Caracas Lions club. Helped by catcher Earl Battey, Yochim accomplished the feat in the Caracas 3–0 victory over Magallanes. Ray Monzant was the losing pitcher.

Following his playing career, Yochim rejoined the Pittsburgh Pirates organization in 1966 to become the senior member of their baseball operations . He served as an area scout, national crosschecker and major-league scout for the Pirates before moving into the front office in 1994. Yochim also worked as a senior adviser for player personnel since 1997 through 2002, when he decided not to return for another season.

Harold Arthur Trosky, Jr. (born September 29, 1936 in Cleveland, Ohio) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who for the Chicago White Sox during the 1958 season. He threw right-handed.

His father, Hal Trosky, Sr., played 11 seasons in the major leagues.

Luke Sewell
James Luther Sewell (January 5, 1901 – May 14, 1987) was an American professional baseball player, coach and manager. He played in Major League Baseball as a catcher for the Cleveland Indians (1921–1932, 1939), Washington Senators (1933–1934), Chicago White Sox (1935–1938) and the St. Louis Browns (1942). Sewell batted and threw right-handed. He was regarded as one of the best defensive catchers of his era.

06-25-2011, 03:09 PM
These are great...I used to TTM back in the 80's as well. Did you use the pink Eckes-Smalling address book?
Ive used many sources with that being one of them. Although I must admit part of my collection(older ones) was handed down to me from a family member that got me started in all of this.

Neat stuff!
Thanks.... TTM'ing is one of the most exciting aspects of this hobby in my opinion.

06-25-2011, 03:46 PM
Jake Wade
Jacob Fields (Jake) Wade (April 1, 1912 - February 1, 2006) was a pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Detroit Tigers (1936–1938), Boston Red Sox (1939[start]), St. Louis Browns (1939), Chicago White Sox, (1942–1944), New York Yankees (1946) and Washington Senators (1946). Wade batted and threw left-handed. He was nicknamed "Whistlin' Jake". His younger brother, Ben, was also a major league pitcher.

A native of Morehead City, North Carolina, Wade made his major league debut with the Detroit Tigers in 1936 as he went 4-5. His most productive season came in 1937, when he posted career highs in wins (7), starts (25), complete games (7), strikeouts (69) and innings pitched (165-1/3).

The next two years, Wade divided his playing time with Detroit and the Montreal Royals of the International League. Before the 1939 season he was traded by Detroit to the Boston Red Sox in the same deal that brought Pinky Higgins to the Tigers. He finished the season with the St. Louis Browns. Then joined the Toledo Mud Hens of the American Association in 1940, and played for the Indianapolis Indians (AA) the following year. In 1942 he returned to the majors with the Chicago White Sox. After serving in the military, he played his last major league season with the New York Yankees and Washington Senators in 1946.

In an eight-season major-league career, Wade posted a 27-30 record with 291 strikeouts and a 5.00 ERA in 668-1/3 innings.

Wade joined the Jersey City Giants of the International League in 1947, as he posted a 17-5 record with a 2.51 ERA helping his team to the league championship. He ended his professional baseball career with a 7-6 and a 4.96 ERA for the Buffalo Bisons (IL) in 1950. Following his playing career, he worked as an electronics repair technician at Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station until his retirement in 1976.

Wade died in Wildwood, North Carolina, at age 93. At the time of his death, he was the oldest living former player of the Chicago White Sox. The municipal ballpark in Morehead City, North Carolina is named "Wade Brothers Field" after Wade, his younger brother Ben, and an older brother, Winfield ("Wink") who played minor league baseball.

Harry Rosenberg
Harry Rosenberg (June 22, 1908 – April 13, 1997) was a Jewish American professional baseball player whose career spanned 13 seasons, one of which was spent in Major League Baseball (MLB) with the New York Giants (1930). In the majors, he played nine games, getting five at-bats, one run scored, one base on balls, and four strikeouts. The majority of his baseball career was spent as an outfielder in the minor leagues. In the minors, Rosenberg played with the Mission Reds (1930, 1936–37), Bridgeport Bears (1931), Newark Bears (1931), Indianapolis Indians (1931–34), Fort Worth Cats (1933), Sacramento Senators (1935), Portland Beavers (1938–1940), Hollywood Stars (1941), and San Francisco Seals (1943). Over his minor league career, he compiled a .326 batting average with 2,062 hits, 356 doubles, 103 triples, and 68 home runs in 1,720 games played. During his played career, he stood at 5 feet 10 inches (178 cm) and weighed in at 180 pounds (82 kg). His brother, Lou Rosenberg, was also an MLB player.

06-25-2011, 04:11 PM
Pete Coscarart
Peter Joseph Coscarart (June 16, 1913 - July 24, 2002) was a second baseman/shortstop in Major League Baseball who played for the Brooklyn Dodgers (1938–1941) and Pittsburgh Pirates (1942–1946). Coscarart batted and threw right-handed. He was born in Escondido, California. His older brother, Joe, was an infielder who played for the Boston Braves (1935–1936).

Signed out of San Diego State University, Coscarart debuted with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1938. Considered the top defensive second baseman in the National League in 1939, he finished with a .277 batting average, 22 doubles and 10 stolen bases. He followed that season with an All-Star Game appearance the next year, while hitting 24 doubles with career-highs in home runs (9), runs batted in (58) and games played (143). He also was a member of the Brooklyn team that faced the New York Yankees in the 1941 World Series, but as his hitting declined, he was replaced by Billy Herman and then traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates before the 1942 season. In his first year with Pittsburgh, Coscarart started at shortstop and switched to second base for the next three seasons. In 1944 he hit .264 with 30 doubles and 10 stolen bases in 139 games and also posted career-numbers in hits (146) and doubles (30). He was named to the National League All-Star team but didn't play in the game.

In a postwar era that foretold the sometimes rancorous relationship between major league players and owners, Coscarart was ahead of his time as he strongly supported efforts in 1946 to form a players union that could negotiate pension benefits. He voted, along with a minority of his Pirates teammates, to strike, but he found himself out of the major leagues, sold to the San Diego Padres of the Pacific Coast League. Although a pension plan was adopted in 1947, it was too late for Coscarart, who never gave up fighting for the benefits he believed he deserved.

Following his baseball career, Coscarart worked as a scout for the Minnesota Twins and the Yankees. While he was working with Minnesota, he signed Graig Nettles. He later worked in real estate for 30 years.

In 1996, Coscarart was inducted into the Brooklyn Dodgers Hall of Fame. The same year, he joined Frank Crosetti, Dolph Camilli, Al Gionfriddo, and 72 other players from his era, in suing major league baseball for lost benefits and rights of players to receive royalties for use of their images and memorabilia without the players consent. "There's no way of proving it, but I've always felt I was cheated," Coscarart said in an interview with The San Diego Union-Tribune.

A California Appeals Court ruled against the players in December 2001 as Coscarart was informed by Commissioner Bud Selig that he was not entitled to $10,000 in annual pension benefits because of his suit against major league baseball. But many other pre-1947 major leaguers eventually received their benefits, in no small part thanks to Coscarart's efforts. After that, he received widespread media exposure in his appeals to Selig, but sympathy and support didn't translate into success.

A few months later, Coscarart died of an aneurysm in Escondido, California, at the age of 89.

Stan Cliburn
Stanley Gene Cliburn (born December 19, 1956, in Jackson, Mississippi) is a retired professional baseball player who played one season for the California Angels of Major League Baseball. He was most recently the manager of the Rochester Red Wings, the Triple-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, from 2006 to 2009. Cliburn has also managed in the Arizona Fall League and at other levels in the minor leagues. He is the twin brother of former Major League pitcher Stu Cliburn, who remains a coach in the Twins' farm system. Cliburn is now in his first year as manager of the Sioux City Explorers, a team that plays in the American Association, an independent league.

06-29-2011, 03:04 PM
Gene Lillard
Robert Eugene Lillard (November 12, 1913 - April 12, 1991)
Played for the Cubs/Cardinals 1936-1940

Andy Cohen
Andrew Howard Cohen, the "Tuscaloosa Terror," (October 25, 1904 – October 29, 1988) was a second baseman in Major League Baseball. He played from 1926–29 for the New York Giants.

Cohen was born in Baltimore, Maryland, to parents who had been born in Europe. Though most sources give his full birth name as "Andrew Howard Cohen," a July 1928 profile published in The New York Times calls him "Andrew Jackson Cohen," citing his insistence on retaining his name despite pressure to change it, saying that "he had done pretty well up to then as Andrew Jackson Cohen and he would continue under that name," besides it would hurt his mother to play under an assumed name.

Cohen's family moved to El Paso, Texas, when he was four years old. Cohen was a high school star in baseball, basketball, and football, and was awarded a scholarship to the University of Alabama, where he played all three sports. Cohen left college early and signed a minor league contract to play in the Texas League.

Minor leagues
In 1925 Cohen batted .312 for Waco of the Texas League.

In 1927, he batted .353 for the Buffalo Bisons, with a .508 slugging percentage. In 1931 he batted .317 for Newark of the International League.

New York Giants
Cohen's success in the Texas League drew the attention of John McGraw, manager of the New York Giants, who had been looking to sign a Jewish player to help draw crowds to compete with the New York Yankees and Babe Ruth playing across the Harlem River. In May 1926, the Giants purchased Cohen's contract for $20,000 ($248,000 today) from the Waco team in the Texas League.

Cohen debuted in a May 31, 1926, game against the Philadelphia Phillies, with a pinch hit single to center field batting for Frankie Frisch, and an assist in the field. Cohen batted .257 in 32 games with the Giants in the 1926 season, with 9 hits (including a triple) in 35 at bats. Cohen played 10 games at second, 10 as shortstop, and two at third base. McGraw gave Cohen the option to stay with the team, but Cohen chose to be sent to Buffalo of the International League, where he would have an opportunity to be an everyday player.

The Sporting News wrote that he had: "all the natural characteristics (physically) of his race — thick, dark hair, dark skin and keen mentality."

With the slot at second base filled by Rogers Hornsby with the parent team, Cohen spent the 1927 season in Buffalo, with his .353 batting average leading the team to a league title. He was warmly welcomed by Buffalo's Jewish community, which held an "Andy Cohen Day" in which he was bestowed with gifts, including a diamond ring from fans and a black onyx ring from a jewelry store, among other gifts.

Hornsby had played 155 games at second base in the 1927 season, but he was traded by the Giants to the Boston Braves in January 1928, freeing up a slot for Cohen. With the Mayor of New York City, Jimmy Walker, on hand to throw out the first ball at the 1928 Opening Day game, Cohen led the Giants to a 5–3 victory over the Boston Braves, hitting two singles and a double, knocking in two runs, and scoring two. Thousands of fans rushed onto the field after the game and carried Cohen off the field on their shoulders. As the Giants' regular second baseman, Cohen had his best season in the major leagues, batting .274 with 24 doubles, 7 triples, and 9 home runs. The Giants played on his success on the field, with vendors selling "Ice Cream Cohens" in the concession stands at the Polo Grounds. The Los Angeles Times called the Giants' promotion of Cohen one of "the most efficient job of ballyhoo that has been performed in the sport industry..."Time magazine noted his popularity, reporting on a note from an adoring fan that read "I understand you are Jewish and single... if you would care to meet a brunette... Anyway drop me a little note...," one of hundreds Cohen said he had received.

He was part of a vaudeville act, telling jokes and singing parodies with Shanty Hogan, an Irish teammate from the Giants who played catcher for the team. After the 1928 season they started performing on the Loew Circuit, with their first appearance on stage at the Loew's Commodore Theatre in the Manhattan on October 15, 1928. The duo earned $1,800 ($231,000 today) a week, billed as "Cohen & Hogan", except in Boston, when the billings were reversed. In a 1960 interview, Cohen reminisced that "if we didn't kill vaudeville, we sure helped."

Cohen batted .294 in 101 games with the Giants in the 1929 season, hitting 12 doubles, two triples, and five home runs, and playing what turned out to be his final major league game on October 5, 1929. The Giants sent Cohen to Newark during the 1929 season, to help refine Cohen's fielding. Cohen batted .318 and set an International League record with 59 consecutive errorless games. McGraw told Cohen that he would be called back up to the majors, and that day he broke his leg, never to play in the big leagues again.

After the major leagues

Cohen played for the Newark Bears from 1929 until June 1932, when he was assigned to Minneapolis of the American Association. Despite the leg injury, Cohen led all International League second baseman in 1931 with a fielding percentage of .985, with 11 errors in 323 putouts and 412 assists, in addition to 66 double plays. With Minneapolis in 1933, Cohen led all American Association second basemen with a fielding percentage of .981 in 121 games.

Cohen was inducted into the United States Army on May 26, 1942, reporting to Fort Niagara. A first sergeant with the 21st Engineers, he took part in the invasion of North Africa in November 1942. He was one of the GIs who landed at Casablanca, and he participated in the Tunisian campaign. He spent a year in Africa and a year in Italy.

After the war, Cohen continued his career as a manager in the minor leagues. Cohen managed the Denver Bears, then of the Western League, from 1951 to 1954, leading the team to a championship in his final season. After Ralph Houk was named as a coach of the New York Yankees for the 1958 season, Cohen was chosen to fill Houk's spot as manager of the Denver Bears, then the Yankees' top minor league team in the American Association. He was a minor league manager after his playing career ended from 1939–57.

Cohen was also a coach with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1960. After manager Eddie Sawyer stepped down after losing the first game of the season, the Phillies hired Gene Mauch as his replacement, but had Cohen manage one game before Mauch could join the team, leading the Phillies to a 5–4 win in ten innings over the Milwaukee Braves. This was the only game Cohen ever managed in the major leagues, leaving him with a perfect record as a manager.

He returned to his hometown, where he coached the baseball team at the University of Texas at El Paso for 17 years.

He was the brother of Syd Cohen, who pitched in the major leagues from 1934–37.

In 1989, the El Paso Diablos moved into Cohen Stadium, a 9,725 stadium that was named in honor of Andy and his brother Syd.

06-29-2011, 03:11 PM
Red Hayworth
Myron Claude "Red" Hayworth (May 14, 1916 - November 2, 2006) was an American baseball player who played in Major League Baseball from 1944-45. He was a catcher, listed at 6' 1.5", 200 lb., Hayworth batted and threw right-handed.

Hayworth was born in High Point, North Carolina. His older brother, Ray Hayworth, also was a major league catcher.

He spent more than 50 years in baseball. Considered a light-hitting but solid catcher, he started his professional career in 1936 with the Akron Yankees. After eight years in the minor leagues, he entered the majors in 1944 as one of two catchers for the only St. Louis Browns club to ever win an American League pennant. He shared duties with Frank Mancuso, hitting .222 in 90 games. The Browns lost to the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1944 World Series as Hayworth started all six games, collecting two hits in 17 at-bats with one run and an RBI. He played his last majors season with St. Louis in 1945.

In a two-season career, Hayworth was a .212 hitter (91-for-430) with one home run and 42 RBI in 146 games, including 27 runs, 15 doubles, and one triple.

Following his majors career, Hayworth played, managed and coached in the minors, and later served as a scout until the late 1980s.

Joe Coscarart
Joseph Marvin (Joe) Coscarart (November 18, 1909 - April 5, 1993) was an infielder in Major League Baseball who played for the Boston Braves from 1935-36. Coscarart batted and threw right-handed. He was born in Escondido, California. His younger brother, Pete, was an infielder who played with the Brooklyn Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates (1938–1946).

In a two-season career, Coscarart posted a .241 batting average with three home runs and 73 RBI in 190 games played.

06-29-2011, 03:54 PM
Awesome stuff! That Lillard is probably one of the nicest baseball signature I have seen!

06-29-2011, 04:26 PM
Very cool collection - I have always enjoyed getting the older players TTM. I agree that the Lillard graph is incredibly neat looking! They sure don't sign like that anymore...

06-29-2011, 06:23 PM
Awesome stuff! That Lillard is probably one of the nicest baseball signature I have seen!
Thanks, I was thinking the same thing.... Must have taken him a while to sign all 4..... Players nowadays just scribble....

Very cool collection - I have always enjoyed getting the older players TTM. I agree that the Lillard graph is incredibly neat looking! They sure don't sign like that anymore...
Digging these out of the closet after recently moving has me in the spirits again to TTM.... I have three books of stamps.... Now I just have to figure out who I want to mail and mail them what?

06-30-2011, 12:33 AM
great stuff! the players now a days sure dont take the time to sign like the older players did. I have been ttming since early 90's and it seems that with every year that pass the players are signing less-and less and thier sigs are getting worse and worse, I wouldnt be surprise to one day get a "couple dots" as an autograph!