Turkey Mike Donlin

From Sabr.org’s Biography Project (Donlin’s entry written by Michael Betzold): A flamboyant playboy and partygoer who dressed impeccably and always had a quip and a handshake for everyone he met, Mike Donlin was “one of the most picturesque, most written-about, most likeable athletes that ever cut his mark on the big circuit.” “Turkey” Mike Donlin was born in Peoria, IL in 1878. According to Betzold’s bio: “When he was eight his parents, railroad conductor John Donlin and his wife, Maggie, were killed in a bridge collapse. Forced to hustle for a living, young Mike worked as a machinist and was … Continue reading

Ken Griffey Jr. and the Baseball Card Hall of Fame

The Baseball Card Hall of Fame Inner Circle, as I see it

In March, 2012 I wrote a post about a hypothetical “Baseball Card Hall of Fame” where I nominated the 5 cards that should be in the inaugural class as “inner-circle” Hall of Famers. Here is the list: 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle 1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr. 1909 T206 Honus Wagner 1933 Goudey Gum Babe Ruth 1914 Cracker Jack Ty Cobb In 2016, Griffey will be appearing on the BBWAA Baseball Hall of Fame ballot (that’s the real deal, in Cooperstown) for the first time. There has been some speculation that he could become the first player unanimously elected to … Continue reading