By Ray Schulte, Schulte Sports/Schulte Auctions
Mollie Ann Bracigliano, MAB owner and co-promoter of the Charm City Heroes show, recently announced that Orioles manager Buck Showalter as well as Brian Roberts and Felix Pie have been added to the star-studded list of sports celebrities scheduled to sign at the Pikesville Hilton, April 22-23.
|Brian Roberts and Felix Pie celebrate at the O's home opener. (Mitch Stringer/PressBox)|
"Any time you have the opportunity to add fan favorites such as Buck Showalter, Brian Roberts and Felix Pie, you do it without hesitation," Bracigliano said. "We promised to bring in Baltimore's heroes, and the response from fans and collectors has been overwhelmingly positive."
On the morning of April 23, Showalter will be signing alongside former Orioles manager Earl Weaver and Hall of Fame players Brooks Robinson, Eddie Murray, Cal Ripken Jr. and Jim Palmer. Frank Robinson will be signing at 6 p.m. April 22.
Charm City Heroes will feature all the Baltimore Orioles' living Rookie of the Year winners: Ron Hansen (1960), Al Bumbry (1973), Murray (1977), Ripken (1982) and Gregg Olson (1990). Curt Blefary (deceased) won the award in 1965. In addition, Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar will make his first Baltimore public signing appearance since being inducted earlier this year. Other notable former O's attending are Brady Anderson, Davey Johnson, Ray Knight, Lee May and Juan Beniquez.
Baltimore's football greats scheduled to sign Saturday include Joe Flacco, Ray Lewis, Michael Oher, Raymond Berry, Art Donovan, Lenny Moore and Gino Marchetti. In addition, Billy Cundiff, Sam Koch, Josh Wilson, Mike Curtis, Tom Matte and Qadry Ismail will be singing Friday night between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Numerous high-profile trading card and memorabilia dealers from the Baltimore/Washington, D.C., markets will be setting up shop at Charm City Heroes, including JSA Authentication (autograph authentication and card grading), Schulte Auctions (online sports memorabilia auction house), Parting With Possessions (appraiser), Dana Hoiles (sports jewelry) and Lin Terry Trading Corp (acrylic and plastic supplies).
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Denny Esken, the country's foremost authority on vintage game-used fielder's gloves, will be at the Schulte Auctions booth throughout the show, with three Mickey Mantle game-used fielder's gloves on display.
The premier glove is the one Mantle used to make a historic catch off Gil Hodges' line drive in Yankee Stadium's "Death Valley" to preserve Don Larson's perfect game. Mantle went on to win the Triple Crown in 1956 and was the AL MVP in 1956 and 1957. Originally displayed at Mantle's Holiday Inn in Joplin, Mo., it also has been displayed at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., and the Babe Ruth Museum in Baltimore, Md.
The second Mantle game-used fielder's glove is from the 1961 and 1962 Yankees' World Championship seasons. Mantle also won the 1962 AL MVP award. The third glove is from 1966, Mantle's last year in center field at Yankee Stadium.
These three game-used fielder's gloves are rare pieces of American professional baseball that fans and collectors will now have the opportunity to see up close at the Schulte Auctions exhibitor booth.
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Charm City Heroes opens at 5 p.m. Friday, April 22. Admission is free and closes at 9 p.m. Friday night. The show opens at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 23, and admission is $8 per person. The show closes at 5 p.m.
Admission tickets and player autograph tickets can be purchased on-site at the Pikesville Hilton throughout the duration of the show. There is ample free parking. For more information and/or to purchase autograph tickets in advance, visit www.MAB-Celebrity.com,
Listen to Ray each Wednesday on the PressBox Power Lunch (Fox1370 AM) when he co-hosts with Stan Charles from noon to 1 p.m. He can be reached at Ray@SchulteSports.com.
Issue 160: April 2011