Monday, January 30, 2012
Time: 8 Days
Item Sent: 1986 ProCards Toledo Mud Hens, 1987 ProCards Visalia Oaks, 1988 Cal League Visalia Oaks, 1989 ProCards Visalia Oaks, 1990 ProCards Orlando SunRays, 1991 ProCards Portland Beavers
Item Received: 1986 ProCards Toledo Mud Hens, 1987 ProCards Visalia Oaks, 1988 Cal League Visalia Oaks, 1989 ProCards Visalia Oaks, 1990 ProCards Orlando SunRays, 1991 ProCards Portland Beavers. All signed in black Sharpie.
First of all, I'd like to say this: You can scan the archives of this blog and you'll find many requests where I sent two to four cards to the recipient. This is the only one to date where I have sent six. Here's why: I had six different Gorman Heimueller cards in my box of Twins minor league cards. I couldn't decide which three or four to send, so I simply sent them all. I asked if he could sign a few of them and told him he could keep any he wanted. Mr. Heimueller graciously decided to sign and return all six. He also included a note answering a question for me.
Gorman pitched briefly in the big leagues for the Oakland A's in 1983-1984. In 1985 he signed with the Twins as a minor league free agent. He retired following the 1986 season and immediately accepted a pitching coach position for the Twins' Visalia Oaks affiliate. I had read somewhere a long time back that the Twins had given World Series rings to all the coaches in the entire organization in 1987 and 1991, so I asked Mr. Heimueller if that was true. He confirmed that he is the proud owner of three World Series rings: from the 1987 and 1991 Twins and from the 2008 Philadelphia Phillies, for whom he was the minor league pitching coordinator.