first, let me take a moment to note that today is memorial day. hopefully, we all take some time out of our day to remember those whose service required the giving of their lives. there have been too many.
many of you know that one of my mini collections is cards that feature memorial armbands or patches. as an aside, even though the 1999 fleer tradition rod beck card represents the harry caray memorial in my binder, i could not pass up these three sammy sosa cards from 1999 topps stars when i found them in the bargain bin at the lcs a couple of months ago. here's harry, comin' at you!
now, in addition to beck, i've got quite a few cards in the memorials binder commemorating uniform tributes to teammates, owners, relatives, team employees, victims of tragedies, and others from 1909 through 2014. however, try as hard as i might, i have not been able to find cards for many of the memorials. i'll use this post to show some of them using images i've found online.
this 1925 postcard of walter johnson
thanks to uniwatch, i have this photo from 1929 of babe ruth, tony lazzeri, and lou gehrig
in 1956, the orioles former treasurer, howard jones, passed away. the team added black armbands to their uniforms as seen on this getty images photo of tito francona
another photo with it on the right.
i found this next photo online at spokeo while searching for a different armband.
in 1964, the houston colt .45's wore a black armband for teammate jim umbricht. this is a picture of manager nellie fox's jersey showing the armband
i mentioned earlier that i found the jim fregosi photo from 1962 while looking for a different armband. the memorial i was searching for was the armband that the angels wore for during the last homestand of the 1978 season in honor of their murdered teammate lyman bostock. the closest i could come was this photo of the club
the dodgers played an exhibition series in japan following the 1993 season, and they added a memorial patch to their jerseys for that series. you can see just the edge of the black rectangular patch on tommy lasordas jersey in this photo
across the bay eight years later, in august of 2003, bobby bonds passed away at the age of 57. the giants, the team for which bonds had played for the first seven years of his career, added a patch with his initials for the remainder of the season. here's a getty images photo of bobby's son barry wearing the patch
card manufacturers didn't seem to use many photos from blue jays home games in the late 2000's. unfortunately, that meant that i couldn't find any cards that showed the memorial that the team wore during home games only for their former chairman sam pollock in 2007. instead, i only have this getty images photo of frank thomas to share
also in 2007, the nationals
along with virginia tech alumnus joe saunders of the angels, all wore the virginia tech 'vt' logo (the nationals and saunders wore hats, while the yankees added the logo to their hats, and the red sox put the logo above the red sock patch on their sleeves) in response to the killing of 32 people by a gunman on the university campus on april 16, 2007. the nats wore the vt hats on april 17 as noted on this 2008 topps year in review card (thanks jeff!),
the green jerseys and caps that the red sox wore that day (here's another photo featuring david ortiz)
were in honor of the boston celtics' legendary coach and executive red auerbach, who had passed away the previous october.
another one day memorial was worn by the padres in 2011. they wore their 1984 throwbacks (minus the ray a. kroc memorial) on july 14, and added a memorial patch for their former manager dick williams who had died a week earlier. here's a photo of heath bell from that game
in addition to wearing memorial patches for johnny pesky in 2012, the angels sported the stan musial memorial patch in 2013. here's coach alfredo griffin showing the patch
while the angels had no connection to pesky or musial, former cardinal slugger albert pujols considered stan the man to be a friend and insisted that the team wear the patch during a july series with the cardinals. because they were already wearing a patch for their team doctor, lewis yocum, the angels wore the musial patch only on their batting practice jerseys.
also in 2013, the astros wore a patch honoring the houston fire department and the four firefighters who died during a hotel restaurant fire on may 31. the astros wore the patch, visible in the getty images photo of jd martinez below
the rangers, meanwhile, wore a 'support west' patch on their right sleeves on july 5 (seen here in this getty images photo of adrian beltre)
in july of last season, the a's held a 25-year reunion for their 1989 world series championship team. one member of the team, that year's cy young award winner bob welch, had died at the age of 57 the previous month. prior to the game, members of the 1989 team each laid a rose on the pitching mound in welch's memory, and the team added a 'bw' patch to their jerseys. here's a getty images photo of luke gregerson from that july 19 game
so far this season, there have been memorials worn for oscar taveras (cardinals), ernie banks (cubs, royals, yankees), minnie minoso (white sox), al rosen (indians), lon simmons (giants), and sara buck (phillies). whether or not they get posted here, i'll certainly be on the lookout for those memorials in this year's update set and next year's offerings, too.