By Ray Schulte, SchulteAuctions.comCharm City Heroes 2 recently announced another high-profile athlete signature lineup, including Ray Lewis, Brooks Robinson, Pete Rose, Reggie Jackson, Ozzie Newsome, Rafael Palmeiro, Jim Palmer, Ted Hendricks and Raymond Berry, to name a few, all scheduled to appear and sign at the Pikesville Hilton, Sept. 30, Oct. 1 and Oct. 2.
In addition, many players from the Baltimore Colts' Super Bowl V and 1966 Baltimore Orioles championship teams, along with Baltimore Colts Hall of Famers Art Donovan, Gino Marchetti, Lenny Moore and Berry, will be signing autographs for the public throughout the weekend.
"With all the great Charm City Heroes scheduled to appear, the legendary thoroughbred jockeys have generated the most excitement and pre-show autograph ticket interest," said Mollie Ann Bracigliano, Charm City Heroes 2 co-promoter.
Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Famers and Triple Crown Winners Ron Turcotte (HOF 1979), rode Secretariat (TCW 1973); Steve Cauthen (HOF 1994), rode Affirmed (TCW 1978); Jean Cruguet, rode Seattle Slew (TCW 1977); LaFitt Pincay Jr., (HOF 1975) who rode Swale to a Kentucky Derby win in 1984; and Pat Day (HOF 1991) will be making rare public signing appearances.
Within the past few years, thoroughbred racing jockeys have started making public appearances at various autograph and collectible shows throughout the country. As with any other sport, it takes time to cultivate a collectible following. Maryland racing fans and collectors alike are fortunate to have five of the most notable professional racing jockeys coming to Baltimore.
"It's great to see Charm City Heroes 2 bringing in current and former athletes, including legendary professional jockeys, for a public signature and collectibles show," said Donnie Miller Jr., the 1983 Preakness-winning jockey. "This is a rare opportunity for Maryland racing fans to personally meet Hall of Fame and Triple Crown-winning jockeys."
While this might be the first time legendary jockeys will be signing side by side with some of Baltimore's all-time football and baseball legends, it could be a major asset for Maryland's horse-racing industry's attempt to create more excitement and interest in its sport.
Moe Drabowsky Collection Now Live
Moe Drabowsky was one of baseball's most beloved characters, well known for playing practical jokes on his teammates. Although he was known for his antics, he also became a World Series hero playing for the Baltimore Orioles.
The Los Angeles Dodgers hosted the Orioles in Game 1 of the 1966 World Series. Drabowsky set a record for a relief pitcher by striking out six Dodgers batters in 6.2 innings, helping the Orioles win the first game of the series. Baltimore went on to defeat the Dodgers and win the World Series. Drabowsky was a member of both the 1966 and 1970 Baltimore Orioles World Championship teams.
Schulte Auctions was consigned game-used Drabowsky items from his family, including his 1966 World Series game-worn jersey, a 1963 game-worn Kansas City Athletics jersey and many more personal items.
Visit SchulteAuctions.com today to preview, register and start bidding on the Drabowsky Collection, including many other unique, vintage signed and un-signed pieces of sports history. Schulte's September online auction closes at 9:15 pm EST Sept. 30, 2011.
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Issue 165: September 2011