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News & Notes: Santana Auction, Good Samaritan, Eddie Plank’s Pet Peeve

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Memorabilia from Johan Santana’s no-hitter was up for bid via the New York Mets auction site over the last couple of weeks.  The lineup card from the Mets dugout for what was the first no-no in team history sold for $12,057.  The visitors lineup card brought $6,007.  Several game-used baseballs sold–one for $8,563.

Even the team was surprised at the amount that was bid on some pieces, even before the bidding was done.   The Wall Street Journal delved into the marketing of historic moments in this story.

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A little boy in southern Wisconsin took up baseball card collecting and loved his little binder of cards so much, he took them everywhere.   One day he put it on top of the family car when he and his dad stopped to play catch.  They drove off and somewhere along a local highway, the binder blew off.

Elijah Wolfe was crushed.  So were his parents, who put flyers up at local supermarkets and took out an ad in the newspaper.  The heartfelt plea caught the eye and the emotion of a local woman who decided to do something about it.  Read about it in the Portage Daily Register.

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Wonder why few players ever smiled on those old photographs from the early part of the 20th century?  Could be those flannel uniforms they were wearing on 90-degree days.  Could be the obvious lack of really good dental care.  Or…it could be that this still relatively new phenomenon known as photography was a little scary for some guys.  Consider this tidbit from a writer for Baseball Magazine in February 1917:  A photographer is always an unwelcome gent to Plank on his pitching days.  He believes having having his pictures taken, giving his picture away, or even being snapped by the photographers on the field, are ill luck for him.

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