Dear Babe: I’m a 78-year-old native San Franciscan who attended both the 1961 All-Star Game and the ’62 World Series at Candlestick Park. I forgot that I had a program from each event. They’ve been stored in a trunk these many years. They’re both in very good shape. Both are more than half a century old. I’ll probably pass them on to one of my grandsons.
— Ray Malispina, Sonora, Calif.
You’ve got one lucky grandson. Long before Bruce Bochy arrived on the scene to lead the Giants to two World Series titles, two of the seminal moments in San Francisco Giants history occurred during the events you attended.
The infamous Candlestick Park wind was on display for the whole world to see when Stu Miller, a hometown All-Star, was blown off the mound during that 1961 game. That unfortunate turn of events balked home a run that helped the American League erase a 3-1 deficit and tie the game.
The AL All-Stars pushed across a run in the top of the 10th to take a 4-3 lead. Fear not. Willie Mays doubled home Henry Aaron to tie the game in the bottom of the 10th, and then scored the winning run on a Roberto Clemente single.
The 1962 Series between the Giants and New York Yankees wasn’t decided until Bobby Richardson snagged a line drive off the bat of Willie McCovey to clinch a 1-0 win for New York in the seventh game as the tying and winning runs were racing toward the plate.
The winning pitcher that day was Ralph Terry. Had McCovey’s drive been a couple of feet higher, Terry would have been remembered for giving that hit up.
But as for the programs, “eBay made these items more common now, which puts downward pressure on items. The 1961 All Star sells for around $240-$295 (near-mint) range; and 1962 Series goes for about $175-$200 in clean condition scored,” said Phil Regli, a longtime magazine dealer.
Dear Babe: I read something on the Web about the 1990 cards that are reproductions of paintings done by Craig Pursley. Can you tell me more?
— Sandra Shockey, Pinellas County, Fla.
Here’s what I had to say the last time someone asked about these 1990 Bowman inserts:
“Pursley drew 11 images for Topps to use for insert cards in the 1990 Bowman product. Of the insert cards, Beckett’s Almanac of Baseball Cards and Collectibles lists the 11 cards in the set at $2 with Nolan Ryan the most valuable at $1 and Don Mattingly at 60 cents.
The almanac lists the set of 11 large prints of the original artwork at $600. Again, Mattingly and Ryan are the top two in value. Ryan is listed at $250, while Mattingly books at $100.”