Editor’s Blog: Cali Cops Claim Couple Crafted Card Caper

What’s there to do in Vacaville, California after midnight?  Police claim one couple felt the time was ripe to steal baseball cards from the local Walmart.

Natalie Rodriguez, 21, and Nicholas Wilke, 29, were taken to jail after paying for some items during their trip to the Supercenter…but not everything according to local authorities.

Read more here.


The Chicago Sun-Times picked up our story about the recent find of a scrapbook kept by the wife of a Chicago White Sox scout that contains telegrams indicating the team could have purchased Babe Ruth before the Boston Red Sox did in 1914.

The telegrams—sort of the email of their time–were sent by owner Charles Comiskey to George Earl Mills, whose wife noted later that Comiskey decided the price for Ruth and five other players on the Baltimore minor league club was too high.

The story brought up a mind-boggling array of possibilities about how baseball may have changed had the deal been consummated.

The scrapbook also contained more than 40 letters, 28 of them bearing authentic Comiskey signatures.

I talked with Dan McGrath who wrote this story for Sunday’s edition.


Here’s a crazy stat.  The Atlanta Braves have won 23 straight games in which Kris Medlen has been the starting pitcher. He’s 10-1 this season with an ERA of 1.57.  At 26, he’s a little old to be a considered a “breakout prospect” but he’s definitely broken out.

Medlen has been virtually unhittable since joining the Braves rotation in late July but his cards haven’t exactly rocketed out of sight.  A 2006 Bowman Chrome Gold Refractor sold Sunday for $115, a lot more than it was worth at the All-Star break, but it’s clear he’s not seen by collectors as a great long-term investment at this point.