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Old 07-20-2017, 06:54 PM   #1821
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Jim Randolph (1932 - 2017)

Jim Randolph signed as a catcher with the St. Louis Browns in 1953 (the following year, the Browns became the Orioles). He was under contract with that organization for 5 years, but spent the last two in the U.S. Navy. 5' 8", 175 lbs., Jim was a solid defensive presence, by all accounts, though a light hitter with modest doubles power in the pros (career average .235). After he was released by the military, he was, likewise, released by the Orioles. As he worked on completing his college degrees, Jim signed on with Norristown of Pennsylvania's semi-pro Perkiomen Valley Twilight League (so called because their games were generally scheduled in the early evenings). The Perky League has a long history, dating back to 1915, though there exists no information on the league prior to 1920 (the "Twilight", btw, was added to the league name many years later).

In 1957, the Norristown franchise had finished last. Jim joined them in 1958 and the team soon became a league powerhouse. The team finished first in '58 and 1960, second in '59, getting knocked out of the playoffs all three seasons. Norristown would win the league championship in 1961, '63, and '64. Jim played 8 seasons for the team and, in those 8 years, Norristown played in 6 Playoffs Finals, winning 3. League records are incomplete, but Jim hit .385 in 1960, .356 in 1963, .369 in 1964, and, in his final season in 1965, Jim hit an even .300.

Jim wanted to coach and began work in that direction. In 1971, he served as an assistant to Jim Lytle at Shaw University. He then began a baseball program at Montgomery County Community College, his teams winning back-to-back state community college titles in 1980 and '81. A member of the Shaw University Hall of Fame and the Perky League Hall of Fame, Jim passed away on July 11, 2017 at the age of 85. His wife, Marolyn, predeceased him in 2005.

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Hello in 1974 the Seattle Rainiers put out a 20 card set. Is there anyone with photo's of those cards? Thanks to any response.
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Hello in 1974 the Seattle Rainiers put out a 20 card set. Is there anyone with photo's of those cards? Thanks to any response.
Well, the good news is that the Seattle Rainiers (and most of the old PCL west coast teams) were very good about issuing card sets through the years (much more so than eastern or mid-west minor league clubs). And Rainiers cards turn up on eBay with frequency. The bad news is that the '74 set is particularly scarce. Only 300 sets were produced and those do NOT turn up on eBay very often (if at all).

The "it all depends on your finances" news is that these folks at STB Sports appear to have a set of uncut sheets available for just $150. Given the scarcity, that ain't bad, even though it's $30 a sheet (5 sheets, 20 cards in the set).

The only visual example online at the moment, also from STB, is the tiny exemplar of one such sheet (showing Greg Riddoch (upper left) / Ron Gibson (upper right) / Bill Taoukalas (lower left) / Doug Peterson (lower right)).
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The other Paul O'neill. 1980 Indianapolis Indians.
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The other Paul O'neill. 1980 Indianapolis Indians.
Paul Richard O'Neill was a non-roster invitee with the 1978 San Diego Padres. He played with them in at least one spring training exhibition game.
He's in the first row at far left in the group photo above (Indianapolis uniform #8).

https://www.baseball-reference.com/r...d=oneill004pau

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