July 18, 1993 |
As Yogi Berra might say, it's deja vu all over again at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where a new permanent exhibition highlights nearly 75 years of baseball cards--from 1887 until 1959. It opened this month in the American Wing, the first time that baseball cards from the museum's Burdick Collection have been on view for the general public. Besides Berra, the cards on display include such notables of the game as Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron and Ted Williams.
April 25, 1990
A veteran National League umpire was charged with stealing 4,180 baseball cards from a Target retail store in Bakersfield, authorities said. Bob Engel, 56, was released on $5,000 bail from Kern County Jail Saturday and is scheduled to be arraigned May 2 on misdemeanor counts of commercial burglary and petty theft, police said. A Target security officer told police that Engel put seven boxes of Score brand baseball cards, valued at $143.
August 21, 1990 |
Interstate 280 was awash with baseball cards Monday, but motorists with a love of the game couldn't take advantage of the windfall. Boxes containing 20,000 of the cards--owner unknown--fell from a truck and were hit by cars scattering them on the freeway. The California Highway Patrol showed up, and officers kept drivers from stopping to pick them up. Caltrans crews cleaned up the mess. "Whoever the (truck) driver was, he didn't stop," CHP Officer Andy Anderson said.
June 23, 1989 |
A 14-year-old boy shot his 12-year-old brother to death after they argued over baseball cards, then he killed himself, authorities said today. Damien Bienash, 14, used a shotgun that apparently had been given to him by an adult who planned to take him hunting, said Richard A. Messner, deputy coroner for Rock County. The bodies of Damien and his brother, Clay, were found by their mother when she returned to their apartment Thursday afternoon. She had been gone for about 2 1/2 hours, Messner said.
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November 14, 1990
As President Bush gears up to send more armored divisions to the Persian Gulf, the owner of a baseball card store in Lawndale is planning to send a few big guns of his own--former slugger Reggie Jackson, all-star pitcher Dennis (Oil Can) Boyd and superstar shortstop Ozzie Smith. The players, of course, won't be boarding jets for the Middle East. But thousands of baseball cards bearing their pictures and those of other sports heroes will.
April 25, 1990 |
Umpire Bob Engel was put on indefinite leave of absence today by the National League after being charged with stealing more than 4,000 baseball cards from a store in Bakersfield, Calif. The league announced the suspension in a brief statement saying that the 56-year-old Engel had been put on leave by NL President Bill White "so that he can direct his energy toward the charges that have been leveled against him." The statement added: "Mr. Engel is in complete agreement with the decision."