This month’s VCoM goes back to one of my all-time favorite baseball sets, the 1933 Goudey release. Ray Kramer pitched 22 seasons, 12 in the minor leagues and 10 seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates. While in the major leagues he was a picture of consistency. In his 10 year pro career he had one losing season (1931 he went 11-15) and he ended with a 143-85 record and a 3.76 ERA. He was the NL ERA Champion twice and led the NL in wins twice and helped lead the Pirates to the World Series Title, winning two games during the Series even besting Hall of Famer Walter Johnson in Game 7 for the title. In 1927 he led the Pirates to the World Series again but they lost to the Yankees led by Murder’s Row.
It is cards like this that I enjoy having in my collection, looking at the card it reminds me of old worn leather, plenty of creases and a personality of its own.