last night i finally was able to post the list of known memorial armbands and patches in major league history. my goal is to collect a card showing each and every one, so it doubles as a want list. i will track the ones i own, but if you have a better example than the one i have, let's make a trade.
here are a couple examples from 19991 upper deck.
late in the 1989 season, the cardinals' owner, august a busch, grandson of busch brewery founder adolphus busch, passed away at the age of 90. he oversaw the cardinals from 1953 until his death, presiding over six pennant winners and three world championship teams. for the 1990 season, the cardinals wore an 'aab' patch on the left sleeves of their regular jerseys and a black armband on the left sleeves of their batting practice jerseys. southpaws frank dipino and ken dayley model each case very well.
about two years after busch died, the pirates lost a long time member of their family. their 64 year old equipment manager, john 'hoolie' hallahan passed away in september of 1991, and the pirates recognized the man who began his career with the team in 1941 as a visiting team batboy with a memorial patch as seen on orlando merced's 1992 topps card.
in april of 1992, the angels lost coach deron johnson to cancer, and wore a 'dj' patch on their right sleeve as seen on scott lewis' 1993 topps card
the mets also wore a memorial patch in 1992, as seen on dick schofield's 1993 topps card.
actually, you can see it better on howard johnson's 1992 o-pee-chee premier card, so that's the one that goes in the binder.
it's an 's' for william shea, the co-founder (with branch rickey) of the continental league, whose creation led to the expansion of the major leagues and the return of national league baseball to new york - which was shea's goal all along. he was the namesake of the mets' stadium, and, in a way, of chipper jones' kid.
i'll show one more of these, because i think you get the point by now. this is a 2007 upper deck card of chris britton.
check out the list and see if you can help a blogger out!