People I Have Met

by Gunny - 37 cards (Last updated on Jun 21, 2019)

1. 1972 Topps #230 Joe Greene

Many people forget that in 1969 the Pirates were the big boys of Pittsburgh sports. That started to change when the Steelers drafted Joe Greene. That same year the Steelers sent Mean Joe on a little bit of a tour. He appeared at the local Jamesway store in Somerset, Pa. My mother took me to meet him and he signed a cloth Steelers logo patch for me. Sadly the autograph has faded and the Jamesway store is long gone.

2. 1971 Topps #437 Danny Murtaugh

My father took our family to a bunch of Pirates baseball games in the early 1970s. During one of those games an usher came up to us and told us to wait in the concourse after the game as someone wanted to meet us. So after the game we went there and there was Danny Murtaugh still uniform like you see on the card. My sister had some leg surgery earlier in the year and still had a cast on her leg. He wanted meet her and cheer her up and thank us for coming to the game. He signed a pocket schedule for me which I still have.

3. 1975-76 Topps #165 Vic Hadfield

Back in 1975 it was possible to actually grab a hold of the top of the glass near the blue line at the Civic Arena and try to get autographs. So there I was with my GOAL magazine program in hand clutching the top of the glass when Vic Hadfield came over and signed my magazine and thanked all the kids for coming to the game. The game was against the California Golden Seals. I thought the magazine was lost but a recent clean up effort by me and Mrs Gunny found the magazine tucked away in the bottom of a box!

4. 1992 Eclipse Famous Comic Book Creators #8 Jim Shooter

As a teenager I had great aspirations of becoming the next big comic book artist. When I read in the newspaper that Jim Shooter was going to be at one of the first comic book conventions at the Monroeville Mall I just had to go and show off my work. He was very gracious and talked to me about practice, practice and more practice. I found some of them drawings a while back and thought, wow he really was patient and very kind because I had drawn complete crap.

5. 1974-75 Topps #45 Denis Herron

First time was In 1983, Denis returned to the Penguins for a second stint. I had a friend who's father was a Press Photographer and he had given me some of them glossy press photos with the captions pasted underneath of Penguins games. So when Denis returned I found one of them featuring him and waited at the players entrance and he graciously signed it for me.

Second time was at the last big card show at Robert Morris University in 2017. I brought along this card which he signed.

6. 1985-86 Topps #9 Mario Lemieux

The Penguins never received so much attention as when they drafted Mario Lemieux in 1984. So kind of like what the Steelers did with Mean Joe the Penguins sent Mario on a bit of tour. He ended up one evening at the Joseph Horne's Department Store at the Beaver Valley Mall. I got a scoresheet I kept signed. I thanked him French which made him chuckle a bit. Last year I got the signature cut and framed underneath one of them press photos I had of Mario fighting Gary Lupul of the Vancouver Canucks. That was Mario's first home game and I think his only fight in the NHL.

7. 1984-85 Topps #123 Mike Bullard

Met him at the same time as Mario above. Got this card signed after I got the Mario autograph.

8. 1979-80 Topps #142 Wayne Babych

The Penguins acquired Wayne for the 1984-85 season. I was excited to see a former 50 goal scorer coming to Pittsburgh. Got this card signed outside the players entrance.

9. 1990-91 Pro Set #237 Troy Loney

Another meeting and signature at the players entrance. Got a scoresheet signed which I still have. Now I just need to find a nice Troy Loney piece to go with the autograph for framing.

10. 2013 Topps Doctor Who Alien Attax #196 Nyssa

Doctor Who has probably been my favorite TV show since the early 70s. In 1986 WQEX a local public television station was showing Doctor Who and made arrangements to bring in the Doctor Who USA Tour to their studios. At that event I got meet Sarah Sutton, who you see in this card. She played Nyssa one of the Doctor's companions. She had a nice Q&A session followed by a nice meet and greet with the fans.



Mar 14, 2019 - 10:40AM
Billy Kingsley

Cool list! My list of people met only has about 12 people on it, unfortunately. If you are so inclined I'd like to see captions on where/how you met them. 

Mar 14, 2019 - 10:50AM

I am planning on adding at that info as time permits Billy.  As always thanks for the comment.

Mar 14, 2019 - 5:35PM

I'm impressed with your memory.   I sure don't remember people I've met.

May 7, 2019 - 2:01AM

Very interesting and cool list.  Kudos, also, to the memory bank.  Made me try to remember some.  The only common on my list is Bill Madlock.  He was the speaker and "headliner" at a sports banquet around 1980 or so. Got about 7 or 8 cards signed.  Chuck Tanner was there.  I believe the year before that one was with Bob Feller, got his auto on a program from that one. Later on while I was a student at Pitt, I went to a morning skate at the old Igloo prior to a game with the Flyers and met Eric Lindros and got a few signatures there.  Latest was on Easter some years back, got to meet Jameis Winston prior to an FSU/Wake Forest baseball game.  Very nice and polite young man.  Greeted a huge line of folks prior to the game right up to national anthem as he was not going to pitch that day.  

Jun 27, 2019 - 6:01PM

As a native Pittsburgher and Pit sports fan for life, the Dave Brown story is classic!  

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