With the good comes the bad and we did get some letters back this week without completed surveys.
Despite the fact his son used to live behind my great-uncle, Don Buford declined to answer the survey, although he graciously signed the card. Buford was a solid player from 1963-1972, making the All-Star Team with the Baltimore Orioles in 1971 and getting MVP votes four different times in his career. He played for three teams that reached the World Series, winning it with the 1970 Orioles. You can get all of Buford’s stats here.
Renowned slugger Jim Gentile also signed the card but did not fill out the questionnaire. Gentile hit 46 home runs and had a league-high 141 RBI for the Baltimore Orioles in 1961. He spent nine seasons in the major leagues, bashing 179 career home runs in the process.
Finally, Terry Kennedy, who caught for the Padres and Cardinals (amongst others), returned everything and said he did not sign cards at the address where I sent the letter. Kennedy did send me back two stamps, however, which is certainly a first. Unfortunately, he did not give me a better address to contact him at, so I am not sure how I can go about using those stamps to get the letter back to him.