Doug McWilliams first shot from the stands to make his own cards before moving to a professional role thanks to Vida Blue. He would go on to shot for Topps and run elbows with many greats associated with various sports.
A lifelong Mantle fan is offering his entire collection through Mears Auctions, which includes Mantle contracts, awards and even a custom motorcycle. Two more auctions will take place later in January and into February.
The ending is the same, but ‘Casey at the Bat’ remains a thrill of a read 125 years later. You might also be surprised at the related collectibles to the poem, who might have inspired the character of Casey and where you’ll see his likeness in museums and ballparks.
Legendary photographer Ozzie Sweet did a lot more than just shoot athletes. His work is currently being compiled by SCD columnist Larry Canale, and he supplied some of the cover credited to Sweet in his lengthy career.