Uncommon commons. Contemporary accounts of tidbits that as a collector of baseball and football cards I found interesting because they helped bring to life the faces on the cards I collected. I figure that if I found these items of interest, so would other vintage card collectors.
Recently we've looked at some of the advertisements that appeared in The Sporting News in 1960, especially as they relate to the baseball card/memorabilia hobby.
One item that particularly caught my eye was a small ad placed by former major league pitcher Virgil Trucks in the Feb. 10 issue.
Actually it shouldn't be surprising that Trucks chose the pages of TSN for his "Situation Wanted" ad. At that time, virtually everybody that was involved in baseball, from the American Legion to the Commissioner's office, read the paper every week. It was THE venue to reach everybody who was anybody in professional ball, from club owners to the groundskeepers.
When Trucks placed his ad, he had recently ended his career as a pro pitcher. After 17 major league seasons, he had pitched briefly in 1959 for the Miami Marlins of the International League.