Saturday, June 18, 2016

Buzz Clarkson added to my growing list of 1952 Topps customs



My newest custom card in the 1952 Topps format depicts Buzz Clarkson, a long in the tooth, short-term member of the Boston Braves.

It's generally acknowledged that Clarkson came to the Braves as a 37-year-old rookie in April, 1952.

Clarkson’s major league debut was as a pinch-hitter on April 30 at Pittsburgh. He came to the plate for Bert Thiel in the top of eighth, with the Braves behind 11-1. He singled off Murry Dickson and scored on a single by the next batter, Roy Hartsfield, that featured an error by Pirates right fielder Bill Howerton. Clarkson stayed in at SS for Jack Cusick. While the Braves rallied for four runs in the eighth, Clarkson ended the game 11-5 with a fly out in top of 9th.

Clarkson's call-up to Boston in the midst of a long road trip was a long-shot gamble by manager Tommy Holmes. The Braves were in seventh place in the NL, five games out. Fourteen games into the season, starting shortstop Jack Cusick was hitting just .175.

In the May 7, 1952, issue of The Sporting News, Al Hirshberg, of the Boston Post, summed up the roster move thus:
In desperation the Braves pulled James (Buzz) Clarkson up from their Milwaukee farm. Clarkson is a comparative ancient colored shortstop…The only thing against him is his age, which is indeterminable….Clarkson doesn’t exactly fit in with the Braves’ new youth movement, but he can hit and he can play short, and the Braves have got to do something to strengthen themselves.
           Clarkson had figured in an article in TSN during spring training. Titled "Brewers Shun Clubhouse Barred to Negro Teammate," it was reported that when the Brewers arrived in Bartow, Fla., for an exhibition game with Buffalo, Clarkson was barred from the clubhouse by a "Whites Only" sign on the door. He was told he could dress at a National Guard armory across the street. The other Brewers declared "We dress where he dresses," and followed Clarkson to the armory.

Holmes gave Clarkson only a fair chance at making a contribution, starting him in four games in May and bringing him in as a pinch-hitter or defensive replacement in two more. 

Clarkson was batting a respectable .267 when Charlie Grimm replaced Holmes as Boston manager on June 1. One of Grimm's first roster moves was the demote Clarkson to AAA Milwaukee, calling up Johnny Logan.

Logan was hitting just .194 after a week, when Clarkson was recalled to Boston, where he was used as a pinch-hitter and filled in a couple of games for Eddie Mathews at third base. When Clarkson's average dropped to .200 after two weeks, he was sent back to Milwaukee, his big-league career over.

In his Baseball: Past and Present blog on June 11, 2012, Nick Diunte presented a great baseball biography of Clarkson . . . 

Beyond the barriers broken by Jackie Robinson lie the truncated major league careers of Negro League veterans. Past their prime, these baseball lifers persisted well into their late 30′s and early 40′s, playing out their careers before teammates and crowds that never had the opportunity to see them at their peaks. The well-documented exploits of Satchel Paige reaching the majors in his 40s and Sam Jethroe winning Rookie of the Year at 33 are more prominent stories from this group. There were other less-celebrated and now forgotten Negro League vets who took whatever time they could get in the majors, thirty-somethings like Ray Noble, Pat Scantlebury, Quincy Trouppe, Bob Thurman, and Artie Wilson. This is the story of one overlooked fence buster, James “Bus” Clarkson.
Years before his 1952 debut in the majors at 37, Clarkson was a power-hitting shortstop and third baseman in the Negro Leagues. Debuting in 1937, Clarkson terrorized pitching wherever he went, whether it was in the United States or the Caribbean, finishing second to Josh Gibson in home runs in the 1941 Mexican League. Overshadowed by younger prospects coming out of the Negro Leagues, Clarkson headed north to Canada in 1948, where he blasted 31 homers while batting .408 for St. Jean of the Provincial League. Despite his monstrous numbers and Robinson having broken baseball’s color barrier the year prior, Clarkson returned to the Negro Leagues with no offers from major league organizations.
By 1950, Major League Baseball could no longer ignore Clarkson’s talents. He signed with the Boston Braves and was immediately assigned to their AAA team in Milwaukee. Immediately, Clarkson lived up to his reputation as a dangerous hitter, batting .302 while playing third base. Holding down the left side of the infield with Clarkson was a young Johnny Logan, who would later become a fixture in the Braves infield. “He happened to be an outstanding hitter,” Logan said of Clarkson. “When you can hit, you play someplace. He was a tremendous guy. As a young ballplayer, we looked up to him.”
With Logan spending most of the 1951 season in Boston, Clarkson at age 36 took the bulk of the shortstop duties, batting .343 while leading the Brewers to the 1951 Junior World Series championship over the Montreal Royals. Among his teammates was Charlie Gorin, a 22-year-old rookie pitcher fresh from the University of Texas. Speaking with Gorin in 2008, his memories of Clarkson willing his throws across the diamond from shortstop were crystal clear. “I could remember pitching, and when they hit a groundball to Bus, he’d field it and just throw it,” Gorin said. “He didn’t have a burning arm because he was up in age. His arm wasn’t that good, and it would tail off, or go in the dirt. He’d make the throw to George Crowe and he’d say, ‘Do something with it George!’”
While Clarkson proved to be a capable fielder, his superior abilities at the plate afforded him a chance with the Boston Braves in 1952. Batting .385 during the first month of 1952 in Milwaukee, and with Boston faltering in the National League, the Braves made Clarkson a rookie at 37. Clarkson saw action in four of the first six games that he was with Boston. He went 2-for-11 with zero extra base hits and was quickly relegated to pinch-hitting duties for the next month-and-a-half. Clarkson would end his campaign at the end of June with a batting average of .200, with five hits in 25 total at-bats.
Boston teammate Virgil Jester, who also played with Clarkson in Milwaukee, felt that Clarkson wasn’t given a fair shake during his time in the majors. “I thought he was a great, great player,” Jester said. “He was one of the strongest hitters that I ever saw. I don’t think the Braves gave Clarkson a good break to play there.” George Crowe, when interviewed in 2008, echoed Jester’s sentiments, saying that Clarkson had difficulty going from playing full-time his entire career, to coming off the bench every few games. “He didn’t play that much in Boston as I recall, like I didn’t play that much when I was there either,” Crowe said. “It’s hard for a guy that’s used to playing every day that gets in there once every one-to-two weeks.”
It didn’t help that Boston had young Eddie Mathews stationed at third base and also had stock in upstarts Logan and Jack Cusick at shortstop. When Charlie Grimm took the managerial reigns from Tommy Holmes in June, 1952, one of his first moves was to option Clarkson to the minor leagues and recall Logan. Even though Clarkson was recalled a few days after being sent down, he sat the bench for the rest of June except for a few pinch-hitting opportunities along the way. He last played June 22, whereupon Boston sent him back once more to Milwaukee.
Clarkson’s career however didn’t end after the Braves sent him down for the last time. Clarkson signed with the Dallas Eagles of the Texas League in 1953 and terrorized Texas League pitching for the next two years. At 39 in 1954, Clarkson led the league with 42 home runs while batting .324. Ed Mickelson, who was playing with the Shreveport Oilers, remembered a blast by Clarkson. “He hit a line drive at our shortstop at Joe Koppe,” Mickelson said in 2009. “Joe wasn’t very big, he was 5’8” or 5’9”. He went up and jumped for the ball, and I don’t think he put a glove on it; it was only a few inches above his glove. The ball kept rising and went out of the ballpark in left-center field. Still rising, it went out of the field, a line drive out of the park.”
Clarkson carried his tremendous 1954 season into the winter when he played with the Santurce Crabbers in Puerto Rico. His team, which has been dubbed the greatest winter league team ever assembled, featured an outfield of Roberto Clemente, Willie Mays, and the aforementioned Bob Thurman. Clarkson anchored the infield at third base, while Don Zimmer was at short stop, Ron Samford at second base and George Crowe at first base. Valmy Thomas and Harry Chiti held down the catching duties while Ruben Gomez, Sam “Toothpick” Jones and Bill Greason handled the majority of the pitching. They easily captured the Caribbean Series.
Greason spent many years facing Clarkson in the Negro Leagues, as well as in the Texas League and Puerto Rico. He said the majors missed out on an extremely talented ballplayer. “Clarkson would have made it no doubt in the majors if he was younger,” Greason said in 2009. “He could hit and field. He was like Raymond Dandridge. People would have seen something that they don’t see too much now. The fielding, throwing, and hitting in one player like Clarkson and Dandridge. Those guys were tremendous … ‘phenoms’ as we called them.”
There are a number of other good articles about Clarkson to be found around the internet.
Understandably, Clarkson had no Topps or Bowman baseball cards in his brief major league career. His years of service in the winter Puerto Rico League in the 1950s, however, led to his appearance in several of the better-known Caribbean issues.
1950-51 Toleteros
He led the Puerto Rico League with 18 home runs in 1950-51 and was included in the Denia album-card issue of that season.
1972 Puerto Rico League sticker
Clarkson is included in all three major Toleteros issues of the era, 2948-49, 1949-50 and 1950-51 in which he has variations showing him with Ponce and with Santurce. 
A thorough study of the 1950-51 Denia and Toleteros "In Action" sets would probably find Clarkson pictured, if not named, in those sets. 
Clarkson managed the Santurce Crabbers to the PR League championship 1952-53, but by then card issues had virtually ceased in that part of the baseball world.
Piecing together a creditable 1952-style card front for my Buzz Clarkson card was not an easy task. 
There are very few photos extant of him in a Braves uniform, and none in color. I did find a picture that fit the "look" of 1952 Topps, though, and was able to colorize it.
The facsimile autograph was another challenge. (Note that he signed as "Bus".) Fortunately, I had the signature on a souvenir cardboard visor issued by the Milwaukee Brewers in 1951 and was able to work that into my card.

You can order this card. Unless noted, all of my custom cards are available to collectors for $12.50 each, postpaid for one or two cards; $9.95 each for three or more (mix/match). Complete checklists of all my custom baseball, football and non-sports custom cards were published on this blog in late May. To order, email me at scbcguy@yahoo.com for directions on paying via check/money order, or to my PayPal account.



Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Latest '63 Pepsi Bateman sale inspires reprint


The sale on June 1 of a PSA-graded (NM 7, no tabs) example of the 1963 Pepsi John Bateman soda-carton stuffer card for $10,722 inspired me to work up a reprint of one of the hobby's rarest modern cards.

Back around 1980 when Krause Publications was launching Baseball Cards magazine and working on the purchase of Sports Collectors Digest from the Stommen family, I first became aware of the 1963 Pepsi-Cola team set of the Houston Colt .45s.

As a kid collector in 1963, being about 1,250 miles north of Houston, I'd never seen these regionals.

I broached the subject with my mentor Larry Fritsh one night while attending a minor league ballgame. He advised me not to start a set that I couldn't finish. He explained that the '63 Pepsi Bateman was even rarer than the T206 Wagner, and in those pre-internet days was almost never seen in hobby circles. I don't recall now whether or not Larry had the card in his own collection.

In the 2014 edition of its National Pastime publication, the Society for American Baseball Research detailed the story behind the Bateman rarity. You can read it here: Bateman article .

The article was more recently revised or reprinted in Sports Collectors Digest.

Evidently the sole known hoard of '63 Batemans is going to be slowly doled out into the hobby. At prices such as that realized in the June 1 auction, most of those who need the card to complete their set are going to have to go without, unless or until the trickle of available cards eventually slakes the pent-up demand.

The previous last time I know of the sale of a 1963 Pepsi Bateman was in the 2011 Robert Edward Auction annual sale. A Bateman, unslabbed and also without top and bottom tabs, was sold in a lot with 40 other 1963 Pepsi Colt .45s, comprising a complete set of 16 plus duplicates. That lot went for $6,463.

Just to try my hand at recreating one of the modern hobby's fabled rarities, I put together this reprint of a 1963 Pepsi John Bateman. Unlike all of the known examples of the real thing, my reprint has both top and bottom tabs. It is discreetly marked as a 2016 production.

You can order this card. Unless noted, all of my custom cards are available to collectors for $12.50 each, postpaid for one or two cards; $9.95 each for three or more (mix/match). To order, email me at scbcguy@yahoo.com for directions on paying via check/money order, or to my PayPal account.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Twins surveyed 1962 stadium radio use

According to an audit made at one 1962
game, about one in 17 fans in attendance
at Metropolitan stadium had a radio,
listening to a broadcast of the contest.

It's been a number of years since I attended a major league game in person but from what I see on TV, it seems that cell phones have replaced portable radios for individual in-stadium entertainment. Every crowd shot shows a number of fans with their noses buried in their mobile screens.

When I was attending a lot of games in the 1970s and 1980s, the transistor radio was ubiquitous in the grandstand.

In 1962, the Minnesota Twins and their flagship broadcaster, WCCO radio, along with principal sponsor, Hamm's beer, undertook to quantify the phenomenon. 

At a Friday evening game on July 6, there was a capacity crowd of 40,944 to see the visiting N.Y. Yankees. More than 100 Andy Frain ushers fanned out through the triple-deck Metropolitan Stadium to conduct an audit of portable radios tuned to the game in progress.

This unscientific count tallied 2,426 radios, about one for every 17 fans in attendance. There were probably more radios than that at the game, with some going unseen, covered by scorecards, jackets, etc.

An observer was quoted as saying, "In some parts of the stadium, there are so many radios tuned to the game that it sounds as though the broadcast is coming from loud speakers."

It was reported that as a result of the survey, some sponsors began to target some of their commercials to the in-house radio audience.






Monday, June 6, 2016

'75-style custom caps Cepeda's career


My newest custom baseball card is an example of what many collectors today feel Topps didn't do enough of back in the day . . . a card that has stats on back recapping the player's entire big-league career.

I don't fault Topps for this policy; they obviously felt that having a card showing three or four rookies was of greater interest to their kid customers than one showing an "old-timer" who was no longer playing.

My card is a look back at what a 1975 Topps card of Orlando Cepeda might have been.

From his 1958 rookie card, a personal favorite of this seven-year-old collector, through most of his 17-year major-league career, Topps did a good job of getting Cepeda on his current team with each new year's issue.

With the Giants until early May, 1966, Cepeda was traded to the Cardinals. Topps had him in its 1967 and 1968 in the proper St. Louis uniform.

Just before the 1969 season opened, Cepeda was traded to the Atlanta Braves. The best Topps could do for his '69 card was picture him capless (and looking none too happy about it).

The slugger played with the Braves all of 1969-1971, being traded to the Oakland A's in June of 1972. He is correctly pictured with Atlanta in the 1970-72 Topps sets.

After that, the gum company was always a step behind Cepeda's travels. Though he was released by the A's in December of 1972, he was pictured in the Topps set for 1973 in Charley Finley's green-and-gold., though he had appeared in only three games for Oakland in 1972.

Cepeda's last career-contemporary Topps card was in the 1974 set, pictured with the Boston Red Sox, for whom he had played all of 1973. By the time the 1974 Topps cards were released, however, Cepeda had also been released prior to the opening of the 1974 season.

He was noodling around with the Yucatan team in the Mexican League when he was signed by the K.C. Royal on Aug. 6, 1974. He finished his major-league career with a month in the Royals' uniform.

Topps didn't see the need to issue a career wrap-up card for Cepeda in the 1975 set, but I figured that since there exists some nice photos of him with Kansas City, I could pay tribute to one of my favorite ballplayers of his era.


You can order this card. Unless noted, all of my custom cards are available to collectors for $12.50 each, postpaid for one or two cards; $9.95 each for three or more (mix/match). Complete checklists of all my custom baseball, football and non-sports custom cards were published on this blog in late May. To order, email me at scbcguy@yahoo.com for directions on paying via check/money order, or to my PayPal account.



Monday, May 30, 2016

Long hits, longer HRs marked Hall's '57 season

Uncommon commons: In more than 30 years in sportscards publishing I have thrown hundreds of notes into files about the players – usually non-star players – who made up the majority of the baseball and football cards I collected as a kid. Today, I keep adding to those files as I peruse microfilms of The Sporting News from the 1880s through the 1960s. I found these tidbits brought some life to the player pictures on those cards. I figure that if I enjoyed them, you might too.

On March 8, I told the story here about Dick Hall's 25-day "no hitter".

The other day, while reading 1957 issues of TSN, another Dick Hall story caught my eye.

Hall, you may remember, came up to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1952 as an infielder/outfielder. He didn't start pitching at the big-league level until 1955, and never achieved a winning record in any season prior t 1961, after he'd been dealt to the Baltimore Orioles.

Hall spent 1955 in the Bucs' starting rotation, where he earned a 6-6 record with a 3.91 ERA. He was transitioned to the relief corps in 1956, going 0-7 with a 4.76 ERA.

His 1957 season didn't start out any better. About the best thing you can say is that in six relief appearances between April 21-May 5 he didn't lose any games (he didn't win any, either). The Pirates, however, lost all six games in which Hall pitched.

Hall's season debut in 1957 didn't go badly. He pitched the 7th inning in a 4-7 loss at Brooklyn, but didn't give up any hits, didn't walk anybody and struck out Gil Hodges.

The next day in the Polo Grounds, Hall gave up a hit and a walk, but no runs in 2/3 of an inning, in a 1-3 Giants win.

Things began to go worse on April 24 against the Phillies in Connie Mack Stadium. Hall again was called on to pitch the 7th inning. The Pirates were down 2-7. After getting two quick outs, Hall gave up a long home run to Stan Lopata (more about that later). He then hit Ed Bouchee and walked Willie Jones before getting the third out.

Hall gave up another home run in his next assignment, in Pittsburgh against the St. Louis Cardinals. Hall was called on in the top of the 9th, with the Redbirds ahead 4-0. He struck out Ken Boyer, then gave up a moon shot to Wally Moon before inducing outs from Hal and Bobby Smith. The Pirates batted around to tie up the game in the bottom of the 9th, and the contest went 13 innings before the Cardinals prevailed on a Stan Musial home run. Hall had been relieved by Roy Face in the 10th.

The following day was the nadir for Dick Hall. St. Louis was ahead 4-2 when Hall was called on with one out in the 8th. The first batter he faced, Walker Cooper hit a two-run pinch-hit home run. Hall went back to the mound in the top of the 9th. He walked Don Blasingame to open the inning, got a lineout from Eddie Kasko, the gave up a double to Musial and a triple to Chuck Harmon, scoring two more runs. He was then taken out and the Cards went on to win 2-9.

Hall next pitched on May 5, with the Redlegs visiting. The score was tied 1-1 when Hall entered the game with one out and two on in the top of the 5th. As happened on May 1, the first batter he faced, Frank Robinson, hit a home run; he got out of the inning with no further damage. 

Back on the mound in the 6th, Hall got a fly out from Hoak. then gave up a pair of singles and wild-pitched the bases full before being lifted for Ron Kline, who got out of the inning with no runs scored. Nevertheless, the Pirates went down 2-6.

In 5-2/3 innings of work to open the season, Hall had given up nine hits and seven runs, including the four home runs in successive games. He'd walked three, struck out three and hit a batter.

Shortly after the May 5 outing, Hall was placed on the disabled list. He returned to action on June 12 against the Redlegs and June 14 against the Cubs. In 4-1/3 innings in those two games, he gave up eight hits and five earned runs.

The Pirates then sent him out to AAA Columbus, were he finished the 1957 season with a 4-7 record.

Hall didn't play at all in 1958, he sat out the season with hepatitis. He returned in 1959 with the Pirates' AAA team at Salt Lake City. The rest cure had done good things for the pitcher and he led the Pacific Coast League with an 18-5 record. His 1.87 ERA was second-best in the circuit.

Hall got a September call-up to Pittsburgh, but in two games with the Pirates he could not approach his AAA success and he was traded to the Kansas City A's for the 1960 season.

In detailing Hall's tribulations early in the 1957 season, The Sporting News made a point of mentioning that two of the four home runs he gave up went for exceptional flights. 

On April 24 in Philadelphia, his home run to Stan Lopata cleared the roof of the double-decked left field stands, traveling an estimated 475 feet. Wally Moon's homer on April 30 at Forbes Field sailed over the right field roof. Moon was only the fourth major leaguer to do so, joining Babe Ruth, Ted Beard and Mickey Mantle (exhibition game).




Saturday, May 28, 2016

Checklist of my non-sports custom cards

Until now, there has been no place where all of my custom cards could be found in checklist form.  It is my intention to update this posting as new cards are created. Similar checklists for my baseball and football custom cards will also be posted.

Custom card availability. Unless noted, all of my custom cards are available to collectors for $12.50 each, postpaid for one or two cards; $9.95 each for three or more (mix/match). To order, email me at scbcguy@yahoo.com for directions on paying via check/money order, or to my PayPal account.














Civil War News
89   Grays Wiped Out
90   Victory Parade
91   Death at 1,000 Yard
(NOTE: My Civil War News cards are
note available for sale.)














Flags of the World
81   Islamic State
82   Iran
83   Scotland
84   Wales
85   England
86   Northern Ireland
89   Vatican

















Hit Stars
89   Johnny Cash














Rails & Sails
201   Chicago & Northwestern Diesel
202   Queen Anne's Revenge
203   U.S.S. Monitor
204   C.S.S. Virginia
205   Orange Blossom Special
206   City of New Orleans
207   City of Miami
208   Bamboo Grove Lounge Car
209   Hiawatha Skytop Lounge Car
210   R.M.S. Titanic (sailing right)
210   R.M.S. Titanic (sailing left)
210   R.M.S. Titanic (night)
211   Alton Railroad Abraham Lincoln
212   Gulf Coast Rebel (GMO RR)
213   U.S.S.Indianapolis













Spins and Needles
81   The Quarreymen













TV Westerns
72   Maverick -- James Garner
74   Maverick -- Gentleman Gambler
75   Maverick -- Well-Dressed Strangers
77   Rawhide -- Clint Eastwood
78   Rawhide -- Strategy Session
83   Rifleman -- Lucas' Rifle
86   Wyatt Earp -- Hugh O'Brian
87   Wyatt Earp -- A Legend is Born
88   Wyatt Earp -- Buntline Special
91   Wyatt Earp -- Taming Tombstone
92   Bat Masterson -- Gene Barry
93   Bat Masterson -- County Sheriff Bat
97   Cheyenne -- Clint Walker
98   Cheyenne -- Lonely Man, Cheyenne














World on Wheels
181   Buick Centurian (front view)
181   Buick Centurian (back view)
182   Dodge La Femme
183   Volkswagen Microbus
184   London Black Taxi
185   Schwinn Whizzer
186   Vincent Black Shadow
187   Minerva Town Car
188   Airstream Wanderer
189  Chrysler Town and Country

Friday, May 27, 2016

Checklist 1955 All-American custom football cards

Until now, there has been no place where all of my custom cards could be found in checklist form.  It is my intention to update this posting as new cards are created. Similar checklists for my other baseball, non-sports and football custom cards will also be posted and updated as appropriate.

Custom card availability. Unless noted, all of my custom cards are available to collectors for $12.50 each, postpaid for one or two cards; $9.95 each for three or more (mix/match). To order, email me at scbcguy@yahoo.com for directions on paying via check/money order, or to my PayPal account.





















1955 Topps All-American
101 Peyton Manning, Tennessee
102 Bill Cosby, Temple
103 Tony Dorsett, Pitt
104 Lou Gehrig, Columbia
105 Ricky Williams, Texas
106 Sonny Sixkiller, Washington
107 Bobby Layne, Texas
108 Alan Page, Notre Dame
109 Jack Kennedy, Harvard
110 Christy Mathewson, Bucknell
111 Zonker Harris, Walden
112 Joe Namath, Alabama
113 Dan Marino, Pitt
114 Duke Morrison, USC
115 Bart Starr, Alabama
116 Mark Harmon, UCLA
117 Timmy Chang, Hawaii
118 Archie Manning, Ole Miss
119 Johnny Unitas, Louisville
120 Billy Clyde Puckett, Texas Christian
121 Brian Bosworth, Oklahoma
122 Emmitt Smith, Florida
123 Lynn Swann, USC
124 Terry Bradshaw, La. Tech
125 Conrad Dobler, Wyoming
126 Maurice Clarett, Ohio State
127 Erick Dickerson, So. Methodist
128 Brian Urlacher, New Mexico
129 Tim Rossovich, USC
130 Erik Jensen, Iowa
131 Jack Tatum, Ohio State 
132 Hugh McAloon, UW-Oshkosh
133 Bobby Kennedy, Harvard













134 Bo Jackson, Auburn
135 Tim Biakabutuka, Michigan
136 Archie Griffin, Ohio State
137 Doak Walker, So. Methodist
138 Randall Cunningham, UNLV
139 Joe Kennedy, Harvard
140 Sam Huff, West Virginia
141 Glenn Davis, Army
142 Pat Tillman, Arizona State
143 Billy Cannon, Louisiana State
144 Alan Ameche, Wisconsin
145 Kurt Warner, No. Iowa
146 Ben Roethlisberger, Miami (Ohio)
147 Marcus Allen, USC
148 Bronko Nagurski, Minnesota
149 Herman Wedemeyer, St. Mary's
150 Dick Butkus, Illinois
151 Bob Griese, Purdue
152 Randy Moss, Marshall
153 Dwayne Johnson, Miami
154 Michael Vick, Virginia Tech
155 Brett Favre, So. Mississippi
156 Ron Dayne, Wisconsin
157 Doug Flutie, Boston College
158 Vince Lombardi, Fordham
159 Jim Brown, Syracuse
160 Tommy Nobis, Texas
161 Motts Tonelli, Notre Dame
162 Fran Tarkenton, Georgia















163 Forrest Gump, Alabama
164 Marshall Faulk, San Diego State
165 Jim Kelly, Miami
166 Ladainian Tomlinson, Texas Christian
167 Alex Karras, Iowa
168 The Three Stooges, Boulder Dam
169 Herschel Walker, Georgia
170 Paul Hornung, Notre Dame
171 Ernie Davis, Syracuse
172 Jerry Rice, Miss. Valley State
173 Kirk Gibson, Michigan State
174 Ted Kennedy, Harvard
175 Don Meredith, So. Methodist
176 Deacon Jones, Mississippi Vocational
177 Kenny Washington, UCLA
178 Ed Marinaro, Cornell
179 Walter Payton, Jackson State
180 Bill Shakespeare, Notre Dame
181 Bobby Moore, Oregon
182 Joe Montana, Notre Dame
183 Barry Sanders, Oklahoma State
184 Jerome Bettis, Notre Dame
185 Jackie Robinson, UCLA
186 Gale Sayers, Kansas
187 Jim Plunkett, Stanford
188 Buddy Reynolds, Florida State
189 Chris Weinke, Florida State
190 Mike Singletary, Baylor
191 O.J. Simpson, USC
192 Reggie White, Tennessee
193 Jerry Ford, Michigan
194a Troy Aikman, Oklahoma
194b Tory Aikman, UCLA
195 Bubba Smith, Michigan State
196 Deion Sanders, Florida State
197 Eli Manning, Ole Miss
198 Lawrence Taylor, North Carolina
199 John Elway, Stanford
200 Bluto Blutarsky, Faber
201 Dick Nixon, Whittier
202 Dutch Reagan, Eureka
203 Dwight Eisenhower, Army
204 John Taylor, Delaware State
205 Blanchard & Davis, Army
206 Drew Bledsoe, Washington State
207 Kyle Rote, So. Methodist
208 Ron Kramer, Michigan
209 Bob Waterfield, UCLA
210 Chuck Knox, Juniata
211 Arnold Tucker, Army
212 Ray Nitschke, Illinois
213 Steve Garvey, Michigan State
214 Bill Goldberg, Georgia
215 Chuck Bednarik, Penn
216 Tim Tebow, Florida
217 Harry Agganis, Boston
218 Jim McMahon, Miami
219 Austen Lane, Murray State
220 Joe Guyon, Georgia Tech
221 Roman Gabriel, N.C. State
222 Rocky Bleier, Notre Dame
223 Jim Bond, Michigan State
224 Johnny Sample, Maryland State
225 Frank Thomas, Auburn
226 Ray Guy, So. Mississippi
227 Carl Weathers, San Diego State
228 Ted Kluszewski, Indiana
229 Moose Skowron, Purdue
230 Robert Urich, Florida State
231 Aaron Rodgers, California
232 William Perry, Clemson
233 Michael Oher, Ole Miss
234 Jack Ham, Penn State
235 Franco Harris, Penn State
236 Joe Perry, Compton
237 Joe Paterno, Brown
238 Troy Polamalu, USC
239 Fuzzy Thurston, Valparaiso
240 Jim Taylor, Louisiana State













241 Sonny Jurgensen, Duke
242 Jackie Jensen, California
243 Tommy Lee Jones, Harvard
244 Joe Greene, North Texas
245 Roger Staubach, Navy
246 Lee Corso, Florida State
247 Kirk Jerbstreit, Ohio State
248 Robert Griffin III, Baylor
249a Russell Wilson, N.C. State
249b Russell, Wilson, Wisconsin
250 Raymond Berry, So. Methodist
251 Woody Strode, UCLA
252 Phil Robertson, La. Tech
253 Jerry Kramer, Idaho
254 Bear Bryant, Alabama
255 Charley Trippi, Georgia
256 Wilmer Sidat-Singh, Syracuse
257 Texas QB Trio
258 Steve Young, Brigham Young
259 Joe Kapp, California
260 Ollie Matson, San Francisco
261 Burt Toler, San Francisco
262 Babe Parilli, Kentucky
263 Donny Anderson, Texas Tech
264 Jameis Winston, Florida State
265 Montee Ball, Wisconsin
266 Brian Piccolo, Wake Forest
267 Pat O'Dea, Wisconsin
268 Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin
269 Tim Davis, Alabama
270 Frank Gifford, USC
271 Mike Tomlin, William & Mary
272 Aaron Rodgers, Butte
273 Brian Stann, Navy
274 Dak Prescott, Mississippi State
275 Keenan Reynolds, Navy