I visited their grave

by switzr1 - 77 cards (Last updated on Oct. 13, 2018)

1. 1940 Play Ball #110 Tom Sunkel

Tom Sunkel

Paris, IL

I'll start with Tom Sunkel because he is the only one buried in my hometown of Paris, Illinois. Played several years in the majors despite only having sight in one eye. Went on to manage our Paris Lakers, first champions of the Midwest League.

2. 1909-11 American Tobacco Company T206 White Border #NNO Mordecai Brown

Three-Finger Brown

Terre Haute, IN
First visited 11/14/2015

I've been to nine Baseball HOF graves. Brown and the next eight.

3. 1980 Perez-Steele Hall of Fame Series 1-15 #102 Pud Galvin

Pud Galvin

Pittsburgh, PA
Visited 7/12/2017

Best known for his use of PEDs in the late 1800s. Specifically, injections of monkey testosterone. Not a joke.

6. 1933 Goudey #60 Waite Hoyt

Waite Hoyt

Cincinnati, OH
Visited 7/23/2017

8. 1961 Fleer Baseball Greats #48 Ban Johnson

Ban Johnson

Spencer, IN
Visited 10/23/2016

Founder of the American League.

9. 1887-90 Old Judge (N172) #426 Old Hoss Radbourne

Old Hoss Radbourn

Bloomington, IL
Visited 5/27/2017

One of my favorite cards ever, just because it's so ridiculous.

10. 1887 Buchner Gold Coin (N284) #NNO Sam Thompson

Sam Thompson

Detroit, MI
Visited 7/13/2017

KCJays says he's playing the guitar.



Oct. 23, 2017 - 9:50PM
Billy Kingsley

Wow, pretty impressive. I became a fan of cemetery researching when I went to find family members at the same cemetery my dad is in. Seeing the artistry on some of the early markers was pretty amazing. There's one with an 8 fot tall anchor, another carved into the shape of a tree stump, one a 12 foot tall cube. Just in my little hometown cemetery. It also got me started on Find-A-Grave, which is pretty much just the same as this site, but for cemeteries instead of cards. 

If you ever come out to visit FDR, let me know. It's about a half hour away from me, he's buried at his house. The only Presidential grave I've been to, and the only ones with cards, as Elenor is there as well.

Oct. 23, 2017 - 9:52PM
Billy Kingsley

One other thing...I always thought it would be cool to buy a classic hearse and drive that to the cemeteries when I am exploring them. There are hearse collectors out there.

I have been putting my cemetery photos on my website here: https://public.fotki.com/ElCaminoBilly/cemetery-images/ You can explore some in NY without leaving home, if you want to.

Oct. 23, 2017 - 10:06PM

Cool list.

I'm a Find-A-Grave contributor.  I like fulfilling people's requests for marker pictures.  This is one of my favorite markers https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSmpid=49390164&GRid=180566530&

Oct. 23, 2017 - 10:11PM

Billy, I just hit two years as a Find A Grave member this month. I use it mostly for genealogy, but also enjoy finding sports figures and political/historical figures as well.  I'll certainly let you know if I make it out to FDR's.

I'll check out your link here in a while.

Oct. 23, 2017 - 10:19PM

Interesting one there Chuck. I saw one last week with the simple quote, "I'm OK."

I fill a lot of photo requests as well, and should hit 2,000 total photos added by year's end, weather permitting.  Glad to see some others with similar interests.

Oct. 23, 2017 - 11:44PM

Is the 1887 Sam Thompson playing the air guitar? 

Oct. 24, 2017 - 7:39AM

I thought the same thing, kcjays!

Oct. 24, 2017 - 9:04AM

Wow. I've probably hit about half of these, but have failed to keep track. No Edgar Allan Poe? He's just up the road....

I LOVE the cards you've featured. And want all of them.

Thanks for sharing this.


Oct. 24, 2017 - 11:39AM

Thanks V3.  I tried to mix the sets up a little to keep things interesting.

I've thought of a few more that I will add tonight, if they have cards with scans.

Sep. 14, 2018 - 8:14PM

George Washington is VA not IL.  Guess you had Illinois on the brain.

Have you thought about adding each player/person's Find A Grave hyperlink?

Sep. 14, 2018 - 8:37PM

I hadn't until you mentioned it, Chuck!

Maybe I made this list around the time I went to Country Bob Edson's grave in Mt. Vernon, IL???  I can't believe it took a year for someone to point that out!

Sep. 15, 2018 - 4:49AM
Billy Kingsley

Love the expansion on this list. 

Sep. 15, 2018 - 10:46AM

Thanks Billy.  And sorry I didn't quite make it through your area last week.  With all the rain in the forecast, I didn't do any sightseeing on my drive home from Rhode Island until I hit Ohio.  I was only in NY long enough to cross the Tappan Zee Bridge on my way home.

Sep. 18, 2018 - 8:36AM

You're welcome for the idea.  And thank you for adding the Find A Grave links; very useful for us "grave stalkers".

Oct. 14, 2018 - 5:31AM
Billy Kingsley

Oliver Hardy is "buried" at Valhalla Memorial Garden in Burbank, California. 

Oct. 14, 2018 - 10:04AM

There's three sets of cards with Stan Laurel (all the same image) but we don't have any of those sets listed, yet.  If you'd like to have one of those card images show up on your list, I can explain how to do it.


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