Diamond Memories

Diamond Memories Diamond Memories is a tongue in-cheek description of my extensive collection of baseball antiques and 400+ volume baseball library.

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One more hat from the archives.  I don't remember which trip to Cooperstown this was from.  But it is at least from the ...
11/24/2020

One more hat from the archives. I don't remember which trip to Cooperstown this was from. But it is at least from the 1990's Never worn with tags and in pristine condition. Fun to go through an old hat drawer. Wait until you see what is comng in from various auctions in the midwest. A couple of mirrors with baseball themes. No idea at the moment where this stuff will go.

It is always fun to revisit some old archives and find things you may have forgotten you had...But this arrived yesterda...
11/23/2020

It is always fun to revisit some old archives and find things you may have forgotten you had...But this arrived yesterday and I had to get it on. A bar napkin from the '57 or '58 season when the Yanks and Braves met in the World Series. Very hard to find something like this. Someone in the Yankee organization referred to the Braves as "Bushers" as in Bush League and not belonging in the Series, that probably helped the Braves beat the Yanks in '57. Truth is the National League had the Giants, Dodgers and Cardinals as well as the Braves fighting for the pennant. Some REALLY good baseball was played then.

Not the greatest scan, but a 75th anniversary watch from the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.  Purchased in my next to last ...
11/22/2020

Not the greatest scan, but a 75th anniversary watch from the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Purchased in my next to last visit in 2014. A long story but a good one to tell if you have time someday. Plus I got to meet some Hall Officials through the process. Do they remember me? Probably not. But it makes they watch even more special.

We don't live so very far from the 'Field of Dreams" movie site and of course I have visited it more than once.  I have ...
11/21/2020

We don't live so very far from the 'Field of Dreams" movie site and of course I have visited it more than once. I have a ball autographed by the owner of the farm. It is interesting to see that a movie made over 30 years ago can still hold the publics interest. Thousands show up every year to this little town 20 minutes west of Dubuque. I have talked to people that were extras in the movie or were in the final scene of cars at night driving the 4 miles from town to the farm. I know, I take this baseball stuff too seriously. Anyway, a classic movie for anyone.

Also from some hat archives, I got this hat in 1991 immediately after the Twins won the Series.  Still crisp and white w...
11/20/2020

Also from some hat archives, I got this hat in 1991 immediately after the Twins won the Series. Still crisp and white with original tags. Not bad for nearly 30 years old. Now relegated to ALMOST but not quite good enough. Ownership must have read up on Connie Mack's vision of how to make money.

There was a time 25 years ago when I had a cap collection.  My goal was to have a hat for every day of the year.  I wouy...
11/17/2020

There was a time 25 years ago when I had a cap collection. My goal was to have a hat for every day of the year. I wouyld beg, borrow or steal a hat...BUT it was a rule of the collection that I NOT purchase the hat unless it was a souvenir. AND since I went no where of note, I did not buy many. I did reach my goal, and had some unique items, but when we moved here there was'nt much room for 3 big bags of hats and they were in storage. Most were sold or given away over the past year or so. EXCEPT for the baseball related caps.. This was a cereal premium, you know, send in a box top[ and $3.95 to receive a Kirby Puckett hat. I had him sign it at a Twins Fest in 1997.

In 2004 the Baseball Hall Of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown NY celebrated their 65th anniversary.  This limited edition ...
11/09/2020

In 2004 the Baseball Hall Of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown NY celebrated their 65th anniversary. This limited edition watch was available for a short time. I just won this on an auction within the past week for an incredible price…Under $5.00 !!!! Hard to believe, I think it may have been promoted wrong. Still it now is in the care of this museum in La Crescent. MN and it looks good on display.

I have a bit of a compulsibe disorder...always have had.  Not worrisome and it doesn't seem so bad as stepping on a crac...
11/06/2020

I have a bit of a compulsibe disorder...always have had. Not worrisome and it doesn't seem so bad as stepping on a crack in the sidewalk, but I can't stand things out of order. Putting away a deck of cards without having them arranged by suit and in order bothers me. It's not really that difficult for me, but I know it;s there. From a collecting standpoint it comes in handy. I cannot have something unfinished and makes the hunt nore enjoyable. If not more expensive. The Pepsi disc collection of 77 cards comes to mind. I bought a group of these a year ago on auction, then spent time and MONEY finding the last elusive 6...but I got them. Aurovision records was another. I had a tough time finding Ernie Banks. Recntly I found a set of placemats given by McDonalds as a promotion for the 82 Brewer World Series team. I did not pay more than $10.00 for the 5 at auction and really got a good deal. BUT of course there were 6 disserent ones made. So then it was a hunt for the 6th. Not many exist and I don't know why. I found one and had to have it...let's just ay I paid more that the first 5 cost me. The goofy mind set of a baseball junky...I Mean curator.

A scan of the front and back sides of a 1964 Topps coin.  Harmon Killevrew began his career with the Washington Senators...
10/29/2020

A scan of the front and back sides of a 1964 Topps coin. Harmon Killevrew began his career with the Washington Senators in 1954 and came west with the Twins when the team moved to Minnesota in 1961. Harmon finished his career playing one season in Kansas City. Ending his storied career with 573 homeruns he was an easy selection to the HOF.

Today the museum features  another of the old books from the box lot.  A 1950 edition of Baseball's record book.  Lots o...
10/27/2020

Today the museum features another of the old books from the box lot. A 1950 edition of Baseball's record book. Lots of changes in records since then. Also published by the Sporting News baseballs premier 'printed' authority on baseball. TV was really in it's infancy, so people got their baseball news and scores on the radio, but indepth reporting was via newsprint. I still miss reading.

While the Sporting News was known as the #1 baseball authority in print, #2 certainly was Baseball Digest.  The digital ...
10/25/2020

While the Sporting News was known as the #1 baseball authority in print, #2 certainly was Baseball Digest. The digital world and the internet made both disappear. Who wouldn't mistake Casey on the cover of the World Series special edition, and with the dominence in the Anerican league during the 50's could argue him being there.

One of my favorite parts of the museum is the fact that most if the items are OLDER than me.  This week I purchased an a...
10/24/2020

One of my favorite parts of the museum is the fact that most if the items are OLDER than me. This week I purchased an auction lot of vintage baseball books that will be added to the library. This one is ‘Knotty Problems Of Baseball” from 1950. Note the inside and outside ads for cigarettes. If they were milder, and cooler…makes you wonder ‘why smoke at all’. Published by C.C. Spinks & Son, punblishers of The Sporting News. The book features issues and plays that developed in actual games NOT neccessarily covered by the rules.

This is the table top game called 'Tudor Elecric Baseball', from the 1960's.  Tudor made a number of versions over the y...
10/23/2020

This is the table top game called 'Tudor Elecric Baseball', from the 1960's. Tudor made a number of versions over the years. This weekend It and it's accessories will go on display on the east wall of the museum. It comes in the original box and includes some acesspries but not all. But I didn't buy it to play and I didn't buy it to resell...I bought it for $1.50 and it makes a wonderful display. The plan is to attach the scoreboard and bat/home plate to the field then mount it.

It is World Series time of the year, and that brings up some games to remember.  Like Don Larsen’s Perfect Game in the 1...
10/22/2020

It is World Series time of the year, and that brings up some games to remember. Like Don Larsen’s Perfect Game in the 1956 edition. My ‘Virtual Museum’ features two baseballs today, the one on the left is a signed baseball by Don, and the one on the right, while of little value perhaps is far more rare. What boy, in Spring of 1957 didn’t want a “Don Larsen Series Special”. Balls were played with, got grass stains, scuffs, and were left outside. Few survived, this one did.
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101 years ago this week, sportswriters were comparing notes they had taken while watching irregular plays made during th...
10/15/2020

101 years ago this week, sportswriters were comparing notes they had taken while watching irregular plays made during therecent 9 game world series between the Chicago White Sox and Cincinnati Reds. 8 men conspired to throw the games in an effort to get paid by gamblers. Most got little to no money. AND Joe took the money, 5 grand. One refused to participate, his name was Buck Weaver. But refusing to "RAT" on his teammates cost him dearly. Buck was banned as well.

The museum mourns another baseball great, Joe Morgan, dead at 77.  Thgis book comes from the library catalog bio 162.1
10/12/2020

The museum mourns another baseball great, Joe Morgan, dead at 77. Thgis book comes from the library catalog bio 162.1

Here is a great book from the history section of the library.  25 chapters telling the story and events of some of the g...
10/12/2020

Here is a great book from the history section of the library. 25 chapters telling the story and events of some of the games largest stars and the last game they played. From the Babe, to Jackie Robinson, to Ted Williams. Some are heroic, some are sad, some are unbelievable. So it goes in life. This is catalog # his.948.1

Today Diamond Memories remembers the life of another 60's ear pitcher, Whitey Ford.  Known as the 'Chairman of the board...
10/10/2020

Today Diamond Memories remembers the life of another 60's ear pitcher, Whitey Ford. Known as the 'Chairman of the board' he was part of the Yankee dynasty. He passed away yesterday at the age of 92.

Small market teams find it hard to compete and that is true of the Milwaukee Brewers.  In 1982, with a powerhouse of hit...
10/08/2020

Small market teams find it hard to compete and that is true of the Milwaukee Brewers. In 1982, with a powerhouse of hitters, known as Harvey's Wallbangers, the Brewers added 2 major commponents to the team. Veteran pitchers and Hall Of Famers, Don Sutton, and Rollie Foingers. Once they made it to the series Fingers was injured and the Brew Crew could not pull it off. I like underdog teams and I am a fan of the KC Royals as well. But of those teams, the Twins, and Royals have given their fans more to cheer about than Milwaukee has, and I would blame ownership.

Number 4 in the series of placemats from the Brewers finest season.
10/08/2020

Number 4 in the series of placemats from the Brewers finest season.

No. 3 of the McDonalds placemats celebrating the '82 Milwaukee Brewers.
10/06/2020

No. 3 of the McDonalds placemats celebrating the '82 Milwaukee Brewers.

From the biography section of the library here at Diamond Memories, 'Stranger to the Game' is in the top 10 for best all...
10/04/2020

From the biography section of the library here at Diamond Memories, 'Stranger to the Game' is in the top 10 for best all time reads. Catalog # bio 200.1.

Another of the 5 placemats from McDponalds.  This features Ben Oglive and Charlie Moore
10/04/2020

Another of the 5 placemats from McDponalds. This features Ben Oglive and Charlie Moore

Today the Museum mornes the passing of HOF member Bob Gibson.
10/03/2020

Today the Museum mornes the passing of HOF member Bob Gibson.

In 1982, just 11 seasons after a used car dealer moved the Seatle Pilots MLB team to Milwaukee, the Brewers were in thei...
10/02/2020

In 1982, just 11 seasons after a used car dealer moved the Seatle Pilots MLB team to Milwaukee, the Brewers were in their one and only World Series. Locally the McDonalds restaurant chain promoted the team and players by fearuring star player images along with a facsimile signature and stats line on a placemat. The back side explained Ronald McDonald House and the charity that was connected. I purchased 5 of these for the museum. A set of 5 are valued at between $40-$60. This placemat illustrates catcher Ted Simmons and HOF pitcher Don Sutton.

09/15/2020
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I have been posting baseball images from my collection for 4 years now. About 700 different images have been promoted in that time with few repeats. Every museum worth it's salt wants 'more' items to display. Diamond Memories is no different. Every museum eventually runs out of space. It has here as well. This has been a lifetime of collecting I suppose, MOST of which has come over the last 25. All of the Diamond Memories developement came about in bursts of realization of what is here. Is this important? Probably not, but there are some valuable items and some so unique that even Cooperstown does not have them. This has been a hobby of love, installed by my father who always enjoyed seeing my latest treasure. I have no one that is interested in it to pass it to, I kind of hope that my son-in-law can find a home for the whole collection and keep both the library and museum in tact. Carolyn should be able to live comfortably for at least a year or two on it's liquidation no matter it's disposal.

Diamond Memories is a tongue in-cheek description of my extensive collection of baseball antiques and 400+ volume baseball library.

Recently I showed a picture of the Kessler Whisky barroom mirror I purchased for the museum wall.  It goes quite well wi...
09/14/2020

Recently I showed a picture of the Kessler Whisky barroom mirror I purchased for the museum wall. It goes quite well with the Kessler player statue as well. BUT something had to come down. Sadly this is what has been replaced. 10 years ago or so Carolyn and I went to an antique and vintage paper show in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area where I found this incredible framed image of 'The Local Team, from 1920. Some research found that the Arion Studio that captured the image was from Minneapolis and the 'Eagles' Athletic Club was as well. Now that it is a century old, it has become more of a treasure. What to do, Place it in the Museum Annex? (a wall in the garage) that features other baseball imagry? Into storage in the archive section (a storage box) in the basement? Or sell it so that some other curator can appreciate it for what it is? Go ahead, let me know what you think.

Jackie Robinson needs no introduction to describe his importance in Major League baseball's history.  Through the 1950's...
09/13/2020

Jackie Robinson needs no introduction to describe his importance in Major League baseball's history. Through the 1950's he was a heroic figure to many and I wish he were here today. After his playing days, Jackie became a leading spokesman for civil rights, marched with Dr. King and was an outspoken Republican supporter. First campaigning for Nixon and then for Rockefeller for president. He might belong to Black Lives Matter, BUT I don't think he would have been in favor of riots and looting. Those acts do nothing to promote civil rights or equality. I have a number of books on the incredible life of this hero, but little actual artifacts from his career. That said, I do have a hard to find Louisville Slugger 'Pro Model' endorsed bat. Note the unusual Montgomery Ward branding . This would be a mid 1950's bat.

A recent post here discussed the Kessler Whiskey company and their ibterest in promoting baseball in the advertising the...
09/05/2020

A recent post here discussed the Kessler Whiskey company and their ibterest in promoting baseball in the advertising they were doing in the 60's and 70's/ Just into the museum yesterday is this great bar mirror. The only problem is something will have to come down and go into archives. I will show that when I decide. 😊

Hall of Famer Johnny Bench was a huge part of the "Big Red' Machine in Cincinnati.  This is a professional model Johnny ...
09/04/2020

Hall of Famer Johnny Bench was a huge part of the "Big Red' Machine in Cincinnati. This is a professional model Johnny Bench Luisville Slugger.

A Ted Williams youth bat.  Part of the large collection of bats here at the museum.  When I was a kid you could run down...
09/03/2020

A Ted Williams youth bat. Part of the large collection of bats here at the museum. When I was a kid you could run down to the hardware store and select a bat from dozens of stars. You got your bat and protected it. If it cracked, you put a screw in it and taped her up. Good for a number of games after that.

I don't believe I have shown this.  The museum is Baseball from head to toe...or in this case ceiling to floor.  A hunte...
08/31/2020

I don't believe I have shown this. The museum is Baseball from head to toe...or in this case ceiling to floor. A hunter baseball ceiling fan. I probably forgot because I never look up to think about it.

This is the last of the cereal boxes.  Well the last of the ones I am keeping.  It is a much harder to find box.  Full a...
08/26/2020

This is the last of the cereal boxes. Well the last of the ones I am keeping. It is a much harder to find box. Full and still sealed it is in excellent condition. Now to find a place to put it.

In 1991 the Minnesota Twins won the World Series again and two important gogs of the team were featured on the Wheaties ...
08/25/2020

In 1991 the Minnesota Twins won the World Series again and two important gogs of the team were featured on the Wheaties box. Kent Hrbek and Kirby Puckett. This box is also full and sealed, it is a more hard to find box than the 1987 one, but can be found never the less. The dynamics of the game have changed, and the ownership inherited the team, never worked a day in their life. They just sat back and lived on dad's money, so business decissions were out of their realm. I do not see a repeat of past glory in the cards. Of course Connie Mack said there was more money in having a contender than haveing a championship.

In 1924 Wheaties "The Breakfast of Champions" first hit the shelves and changed the way milling companies operated in th...
08/24/2020

In 1924 Wheaties "The Breakfast of Champions" first hit the shelves and changed the way milling companies operated in the midwest. Particularly in Minneapolis where the grain came from the western states to be moved up and down the Mississippi. In 1934 Wheaties stepped up their advertising game by displaying their boxes with an image of and endorsement by Lou Gehrig. Hosts of other athletes adorned the boxes since. In 1987 the World Chamion Minnesota Twins became the first team to be displayed. This FULL box has been part of the museum for a number of years, (at least 20) and is the most common available. Over the next few posts you will see other, more rare boxes.

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I began collecting baseball memorabilia 25 years ago or so…maybe I always have. I still have a catchers mitt from when I was 8 years old. The collection grew and grew until it took over a room in our house. Every inch of every wall, nook, cranny, and shelf is covered. One day a neighbor boy came to visit in 2016, and it took him 2 hours to look at everything, and he wasn’t interested in the old stuff. I thought I could give wonderful tours. BUT, no one is ever going to see my little museum. Then it hit me, I could have a VIRTUAL Museum and display it on Facebook. In the summer of 2017 I began Diamond Memories, There may be larger, more valuable collections in the U.S. but, after some Google research, I beieve I may have the largest Privately owned Baseball Museum and Library in the country. And that’s pretty cool.

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