The Rochester Red Wings have long been one of Minor League Baseball's legendary franchises, and the longest continuous member of the International League. The storied tradition of the players, field staff and off-field contributors have helped to bridge generations of Wings fans.
Our rich history will again be celebrated this season with a series of Red Wings Legends card strips. At five different games, the first 1,000 fans age 21 and older will receive a card strip featuring four different players or managers who have become part of the Red Wings legacy. The series features Red Wings Hall of Famers, former players who went on to big league fame and stardom, players who may be remembered for just one shining season or moment with the Wings, and popular fan favorites from Red Wing Stadium, Silver Stadium and Frontier Field.
The 2014 set includes 15 players who have not previously appeared in the collection, including 2013 International League MVP Chris Colabello, 1997 championship team star pitcher Rick Krivda, sweet-swinging 1970's outfielder Royle Stillman, and Red Wings Hall of Famers Don Richmond and Tony Jacobs.
The series is sponsored by local card collector and promoter Ernie Orlando. His Collectorfest Monthly event in Webster is the only regularly scheduled monthly collectibles show in Western New York.
"I'm excited to be able to combine my love for collecting with the great history of the Rochester Red Wings," said Orlando. His father and grandfather ran Ness' Barber Shop on Park Avenue, and Orlando said he remembers his dad and grandfather telling him which Wings players used to come to their barber shop - especially his favorite player, Roric Harrison, from the memorable season of 1971.
"There are always Red Wings fans at my sports card and collectible shows. The Legends card strip giveaways are a great old-fashioned way to help inspire people to collect. I really hope it stirs some great memories," Orlando said.
Here's the lineup of the 2014 Red Wings Legends card strip giveaway dates; * denotes first time appearing in this collection.
- April 26: Tommy Shopay, Cal Ripken, Jr., Roric Harrison, Jose Mesa*
- May 16: Rick Krivda*, Grant Balfour*, Brian Shouse*, Travis Bowyer*
- May 17: Royle Stillman*, Bob Keegan*, Tony Jacobs*, Don Richmond*
- June 1: Joe Altobelli, Terry Crowley*, Jeff Clement*, Chris Colabello*
- Aug. 23: Tom Alston*, Cot Deal*, John Ganzel*, Luke Easter
The Aug. 23 game also features a card and collectible show in the concourse, with a special guest appearance by WWE Wrestling Superstar and Hall of Famer Tito Santana
2013 Legends Cards CM 61-80
Estel Crabtree, Cal Ripken, Jr., Joe Mauer, Curt Schilling...Steve Finley, Michael Restovich, P. J. Forbes, Stan Cliburn...John Hart, Mike Mussina, Jim Hutto, Garrett Jones...Francisco Liriano, R. A. Dickey, Mike Ryba, Armando Benitez...Jim Finigan, Denard Span, Bobby Korecky, Harry Walker
2012 Legends Cards CM 41-60
Billy Ripken, Don Fazio, Ron Shelton, Tommy Watkins... Cal Ripken, Sr., Cal Ripken, Jr., Philip Humber, Justin Morneau.... Dyar Miller, Jim Hutto, Dan Logan, Al Bumbry...Mickey Scott, Rip Collins, Luke Easter, Billy Southworth... Rich Coggins, Curt Motton, Tom Poholsky, Mike Epstein.
2011 Legends Cards CM 21-40
Stan Musial, Jim Palmer, Cal Ripken, Jr., Mike Mussina...Dennis Martinez, Brian Roberts, Jeff Manto, Joe Mauer...Bobby Bonner, Davey Johnson, Marv Foley, Floyd Rayford... Marty Marion, Freddie Beene, Red Schoendienst, Steve Demeter... Tommy Shopay, Specs Toporcer, Johnny Oates, Luke Easter.
2010 Legends Cards CM 1-20:
Frank Robinson, Cal Ripken, Jr., Curt Schilling and Earl Weaver...Luke Easter, Stan Musial, Russ Derry and Steve Bilko...Bob Gibson, Eddie Murray, Mike Mussina and Mike Boddicker...Bobby Grich, Don Baylor, Joe Altobelli and Roric Harrison ...Chris Hoiles, Boog Powell, Mike Flanagan and Jim Fuller.
VIDEO: The making of the Legends Card - a feature on how the first series was created for the 2010 season.
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