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This weeks sale lots contain signed postcards from George Brace and Jim Rowe....Some great names and in many cases, the last ones I have...You are offerdingon an autographed George Brace postcard photo signed by baseball star Rube Walker, guaranteed to Pass PSA or JSA....
A native ofLenoir, North Carolina, Walker was signed by theChicago Cubsas an amateur free agent in 1944. He made hisMajor League Baseballdebut with the Cubs on April 20, 1948, and appeared in his final game on June 15, 1958. As aBrookyn Dodger, he was behind the plate whenBobby Thomsonhit the "Shot Heard 'Round the World" on October 3,1951, substituting forHall of FamerRoy Campanella, who was nursing an injury.
After retiring as an active player in June 1958, Walker served out the season as aLos Angeles Dodgerscoach. He then was aminor leaguemanagerin the Dodgers' andNew York Yankees'farm systemsfrom 1959 through 1964. After1965he was a pitching coach for theWashington Senators,New York Mets, andAtlanta Braves, working closely with managersGil Hodges,Yogi BerraandJoe Torre, among others. Walker was the Mets pitching coach for 14 seasons from 1968 through 1981 including the1969 World Champion"Amazin'" Mets. As the Mets' pitching coach, he supervisedHall of FamersTom SeaverandNolan Ryan. Walker scouted for the Braves andSt. Louis Cardinalsafter his coaching career ended.
The bookCarl Erskine's Tales from the Dodgers Dugout: Extra Innings(2004) includes short stories from former Dodger pitcherCarl Erskine. Walker is prominent in many of these stories.
His younger brother,Verlon "Rube" Walker, was nicknamed after him; Verlon was a longtime minor league catcher and manager, and served for 10 years (from 1961 until his death in March 1971) as a coach for the Cubs.
The longest-running operation of all the great
early photographers, George Burke and George Brace covered baseball in one form
or another for the better part of the 20th century—from 1929 to the 1990s.
Their tenure had an auspicious beginning, to say the least. In 1929, Cubs
manager Joe McCarthy and catcher Gabby Hartnett sought out the ballclub’s
previous photographer. They could only remember his last name, Burke, so they
looked him up in the phone book. A listing leapt out at them: studio photographer
George C. Burke, whose office was located near Wrigley Field. Thus began the
baseball photography career of George Burke, who had no prior sports
experience, and thus ended the career of photographer Francis Burke—the Cubs’
time-honored official cameraman and an unwitting victim of mistaken identity.
George Burke hired a young, baseball-knowledgeable
assistant named George Brace, and the two soon became a Chicago institution. Ever-present at Wrigley
Field and Comiskey Park, Burke and Brace endeavored to amass a complete
portfolio of player portraits—a daunting task made possible by the fact that Chicago was the only city
with both an American League and a National League franchise from 1929 all the
way until Brace’s retirement in 1993. Nary a visiting ballplayer refused a
quick sitting during Chicago
home stands. Some even stopped by Burke and Brace’s studio for additional, more
formal portraits. The tandem was also well-known for endearingly candid
pre-game and off-the-field shots—proof positive that both photographers were
always welcomed by their famed subjects, embraced by them as friends at the
stadium, at parties, in hotels, and on the street. The Sporting News,
Digest and Who’s Who in the Major Leagues were
just a few of the publications in which Burke and Brace’s work frequently
In 1948, Burke suffered a heart attack. Brace
carried on the business for several years in order to offset his partner’s
medical expenses. Then, upon Burke’s death in 1951, Brace reduced his
commitment from a job to an all-encompassing hobby. Though no longer their
official photographer, he was still allowed full access by the Cubs and Sox
organizations. It was a privilege he would maintain up until his death, a
half-century later. With the exception of time spent as a U.S. Army medic in the South Pacific during
World War II, Brace attended at least one game of every home series at Wrigley
Field and Comiskey
Park throughout his
entire 65-year career. For many of those years, he worked late shifts or odd
jobs that paid his expenses and wouldn’t conflict with the game schedule. He
always liked to arrive at the ballpark several hours early, when players were
just arriving and fans were nowhere to be seen. In 1994, his age finally caught
up with him. Worsening eyesight forced his retirement from this long-time labor
of love. Brace followed baseball up until the end and also co-authored a book, The Game
That Was: The George Brace Photo Collection.
......Shipping and Packaging details: I ship everything with cardboard backing. Additionally, I slip all autographed photos inside sturdy photo-protective sleeves. Payment details: Typically, I ship paypal payments right away. PAYPAL is recommended.International shipping will be higher as all international orders go through the Global Shipping program.How I obtained my autographs, and why I promise a FULL MONEY-BACK GUARANTEE: As a kid, from roughly the years 1965 to 1973, and later from 1974-the present, I have amassed an enormous collection of autographed sports and celebrity memorabilia. In most cases, using Jack Smalling's baseball address lists and other assorted address lists, I wrote to both active and retired baseball players, sending them letters, requests for signatures, and self-addressed-stamped envelopes. This is how I obtained thousands of autographs. I also obtained many autographs in person at area parks and hotels.In the 1980's and 1990's, I travelled the country doing shows (20 National Conventions) and would buy quantities of autographs through player signings. I have every reason to believe that all of the autographs I'm selling are absolutely authentic. I stand by every item I sell. Upon purchasing an item from me through , you may return that item, in the condition in which I shipped it to you,within 14 days of receipt of that item if you are not satisfied with the item. I am selling each item "as is", per the guarantee I've promised above. All the old time autograph dealers know me and the professional authenticators will vouch for my reputation as well. I do this on a part time basis, so sometimes emails take a day. I have worked hard for my response rating. The last thing I want to do is damage my credibility, so if you have legitimate concerns about any item you win from me on , I'll make every effort to remedy the situation to your satisfaction. PLEASE NOTE: Most items come with certificates of authenticity from outside companies (JSA and PSA predominantly; they are the best). I have spent lots of money with third party authenticators and have had very few come back without passing. Sincerely, Joe Binder , Downers Grove, Illinois