View Full Version : TRIVIA....BB (card) related coincidences....tell us of your's ?

03-12-2012, 03:00 PM
Recently, while researching BB players pictured on early T-cards, I came across this amazing name coincidence.

Samuel Howard (Howie) Camnitz......born Covington, Kentucky


Henry Richardson (Harry) Camnitz......born McKinney, Kentucky

Shown here is my cousin Samuel Richardson.............. \/ ........born in the Bowling Green, Kentucky area.


Sam is one of my favorite cousins, he gave me some great advice after I graduated High School. He was in the Army-Air Force during WWII, and encouraged me to enlist
in the Air Force in 1960. In hindsight, this was a very smart move since in 1961, I most likely would have been drafted into the Army....and, would have gone to Vietnam.
After a month of basic training in the Air Force, my 1st year was in Radar Electronics School. I graduated as a Radar Specialist, and was assigned to a B-52 bomber base
in Northern Maine.
In May 1963, I was re-assigned to the Tech. School (Illinois) as an instructor in Radar electronics. I was a civilian again in August 1964, and got a job at Bell Laboratories.
The Technical schooling and my on-the-job experience while in the Air Force were invaluable to my EE career. Fortunately a good part of my College costs were payed for
by the G.I. Bill.

Well, I found these Names/Birthplace coincidences with respect to my cousin and Howie & Harry Camnitz quite fascinating.

So, how's about sharing with us your personal (or similar) BB related coincidences.


03-12-2012, 05:24 PM
Best part was seeing the northern wilderness of Maine. Those radar scopes from the early days(PPIP or something) were a mess to work on. I made it through the radar part of school, but was glad to get back to comms.


03-12-2012, 06:40 PM
----- Never mind I see the point now.

03-12-2012, 09:01 PM

I used to calibrate and fine tune my radar equipment by targeting Mt Katahdin, 70 miles due North of our base in Bangor.

When the radar screen displayed the echo from that 5268 ft. high mountain, I knew the radar was performing at its peak.
I had some really great times in Northern Maine.

Best regards to you up there,


03-12-2012, 10:21 PM
Dad flew on the radar picket planes out of Hawaii in the early 50's, for the Navy. First, on PB-1's, which were B-17's with a ventral dome; later on WV-1's, which was the Navy version of the EC-121's, based on the Lockheed Electra...

Bill Hart, with the Little Rock card, was born in Louisville.
Rudy Hulswitt was born in Newport.

I think there could be one or two more...

Kentucky had 2 'major' league teams??? Maybe so... Lousiville, and,


03-13-2012, 03:01 PM
Here are two more....the brothers Tannehill (Jesse & Lee)....born in Dayton, Kentucky.


Incidently, what bit of TRIVIA is Lee known for ?


03-13-2012, 04:13 PM
believe it or not, Lee's one of my favs.
I wrote a piece on him for Scott Forrest's website.
I also have the Conlon photo used for the T206 you're showing.
As far as what's trivial about Lee----he was a horrible hitter so I suspect he has some record there that's a shocker.
At least he was a horrible hitter for the "hitless wonders"!
I remember he was hitless while batting against his brother who threw a no-hitter.
On a positive note, he is the only shortstop to execute two unassisted double plays in one game. Horrible hitter---great fielder.

sorry, lots of answers here.
all the best, ole buddy


03-13-2012, 09:27 PM
As far as what's trivial about Lee----he was a horrible hitter so I suspect he has some record there that's a shocker.


I wouldn't quite call this a shocker, ole buddy....but, Lee hit the very 1st HR at Comiskey Park. It was his only HR in 1910.


03-13-2012, 09:34 PM
TANNEHILL also had two unassisted double plays in the same game.

03-14-2012, 02:43 PM
Not necessarily card-related, but I think the coincidences surrounding November 21st are pretty interesting:

11/21/20 -- Stan Musial born in Donora, PA
11/21/69 -- Ken Griffey, Jr. born in Donora, PA

11/21/58 -- Mel Ott dies in car accident
11/21/88 -- Carl Hubbell dies in car accident