Jon Matlack can still recount parts of his career as if they happened yesterday. In an exclusive interview with SCD, Matlack recalls the 1973 World Series, playing with Willie Mays and an incredible few days in a hospital after being hit in the head by a line drive.
With renditions of Thurman Munson and Derk Jeter available, collectors can see where artist Mike Kupka’s loyalties lie. But the sports artist is more than Yankees, as his work with Disney and Lucas Films showcase. Meet the artist and see some of this work, including an interesting take on MLB logos.
Pat Salerno Jr. is a big fan of Johnny Podres, has an extensive Podres collection and helps honor the Dodgers pitcher every year. Plus, Ralph Branca to be honored by N.Y. State Baseball HOF.
Former guard Bryant Stith has used basketball knowledge gleaned from the likes of Issel, Krzyzewski in his own coaching career after a 10-year career in the NBA.
Artist Jamie Cooper captures Bronx Bomber royalty on canvas in his latest masterpiece: “Yankees Dream Scene” picturing Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, Mantle and Jeter.
Carl Erskine, still with a spring in his step at age 86, shares stories about his career, sports memorabilia and playing with Al Hirt. Guess who he was most afraid would hit a home run off him?
Mike Rucinski reached his ultimate dream of playing in the NHL with his beloved Chicago Blackhawks. However, knee injuries forced him to take a new direction in the sport he has enjoyed his entire life.
SCD columnist remembers Robert Creamer, the famed author who didn’t realize the value and importance of his own work. Read how a stop at a fundraiser led to a lasting relationship.
Former Upper Deck public relations guru Terry Melia shares one of the most memorable days he had on the job: An afternoon interview and signing session with LeBron James, just weeks after his “Decision” announcement that he would join the Miami Heat.
When I first got in touch with Wayne Tietz, there was no mystery as to his collecting loyalties: “Hi, this is Wayne Tietz, the World’s Biggest White Sox Fan!”