I added 14 autographs to my collection in October, some of which I’ve already showcased. But since I didn’t get to them all, here’s a roundup:
Billy Wagner spent 16 years in the major leagues, recording 422 saves while pitching for the Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Mets and Atlanta Braves.
Charlie “Tim” Thompson has been confusing baseball card collectors since the 1950s, as chronicled at Baseball By The Letters. He evidently prefers to go by his given name these days, though if you look him up at Baseball-Reference.com he’ll be listed as “Tim.” Thompson played for the Brooklyn Dodgers, Kansas City Athletics and Detroit Tigers.
Eddie “Bazooka” Basinski played for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1944 and 1945, earning his nickname from Leo Durocher for turning five double plays in seven chances. He is a member of the Pacific Coast League Hall of Fame.
Geoff Goetz is a New Jersey native and the sixth overall pick in the 1997 amateur draft. The Mets traded him to the Florida Marlins in 1998 in the deal that brought Mike Piazza to New York. Goetz never reached the major leagues, though he did play for nine seasons, finishing up with the Nashua Pride in both the Atlantic and Can-Am Leagues.
Lee Pfund went 3-2 in 15 games for the 1945 Brooklyn Dodgers. His son, Randy, coached the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers in the early 1990s.
Actress Louise Fletcher has had a long career, playing a number of wonderful roles. She is probably best remembered as Nurse Ratched in the 1975 film version of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and as Kai Winn in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
Marv Rackley played for the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1947-1949, appearing in two games of the 1949 World Series.
Mike Sandlock, who just turned 99 last month, is the oldest living former Major League Baseball player. He appeared in games for the Boston Braves, Brooklyn Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates between 1942 and 1953.
I received a note from Pat McGlothin‘s son to let me know his father had passed away in October after I had written to ask for an autograph. McGlothin, who died days before his 94th birthday, pitched for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1949 and 1950.
Taylor Teagarden is a former Texas Rangers prospect who’s appeared in games for them, the Baltimore Orioles and the New York Mets over the past seven years.
Outfielder/first baseman Jorge Toca had cups of coffee with the New York Mets from 1999-2001.
Actor William B. Davis has also played a number of roles throughout his career. He is best remembered as the Cigarette Smoking Man from The X-Files.
Wilmer Flores has been a highly touted prospect in the Mets organization for a number of years. He finally has the chance to win a regular job in the Mets’ lineup next year.