Offered for sale are two items autographed by the Curt Simmons including a 1963 Baseball Register that features 400 National and American League baseball players and a 1985 Phillies give-away of a pencil drawing on cardstock paper of the 1950’s "Whiz Kids" done by artist George Desko.
Curt Simmons is the last remaining baseball player from the 1950 Philadelphia Phillies team who won the National League Championship against Brooklyn on October 1st, 1950. They were known as the Whiz Kids and went on to play the New York Yankees in the World Series. Below is a description of each autographed item and its condition:
1.)1963 Baseball Register autographed by Curt Simmons that features 400 National and American League baseball players. A picture of each player is found along side of the player’s statistics. Curt Simmons signed the book next to his picture on page 242. There is a total of 336 pages of the players and managers photos. There are some fantastic photos of baseball greats in the book plus a team photo of the 1962 New York Yankee World Champions and a team photo of the National League Champion San Francisco Giants who played the Yankees in the 1962 World Series. Also there is a photo of a young Pete Rose with his minor league statistics.
**Condition of 1963 Baseball Register: The front and back covers are in good+ condition, clean and bright. The inside pages are in very good condition, clean and bright. *Covers: There is light surface wear, chipping at the top and bottom of the spine, minor chipping along the edges, and the corners are bumped. *Inside pages: The owners first name is written in ink on the first inside page, some numbers are written nicely in ink on some of the pages, and some other marks and words underlined in ink on some of the pages. There is no scribbling at all. Everything is done very neatly.
2.)Autographed 1985 Phillies give-away of a pencil drawing on cardstock paper of the 1950’s "Whiz Kids" done by artist George Desko. George Desko did a fantastic job capturing the likeness of 12 members of the team and a drawing of the winning run the Whiz Kids scored against Brooklyn in 1950. There is also a drawing of Shibe Park Connie Mack Stadium. On the opposite side it gives the seasons standings, batting records, and the teams pitching records. Curt Simmons was 17-8 for the season. A twist of fate kept Curt Simmons from pitching in the World Series. He was called up for active duty when the Korean War broke out. The Phillies were swept in four games by the Yankees. Both Richie Ashburn and Robin Roberts who played on the team were inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame. This pencil drawing measures 8” wide x 10” long.
**Condition of Pencil Drawing of the Whiz Kids: This Pencil Drawing is in very good condition, clean and bright. There is a tiny tear along the top edge of the drawing, one corner is lightly bumped, and another corner has a crease mark. Curt Simmons played baseball for Whitehall High School in Whitehall, Pa. He was seen by the Phillies when a team of high school all-stars played against the Phillies and Curt Simmons struck out 11. He was later signed by the Phillies and was given a $65,000 signing bonus which was huge for the 1950's. Curt did finally make it to the World Series in 1960 when he was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals. He pitched alongside Bob Gibson and Ray Sadecki when they beat the New York Yankees in the World Series.
If you grew up watching the Whiz Kids in their magical 1950 season I'm sure these two items will bring back some great memories. A fantastic present to give the big Phillies fan in your family. $40.00
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