Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Former Negro Baseball League Legends

• Hank "Baby" Presswood, 90 - Infielder who played for legendary John "Buck" O'Neil. Hank played two years (1948 & 1949) with the Cleveland Buckeyes, then two with the Kansas City Monarchs - both as a Shortstop & 3B - between 1950 & 1952.
Recently Hank was "drafted," by the Chicago White Sox. Topps created a new Ginter card and Hartland created a figurine of him in March of 2009.

• Johnny "Lefty" Washington, 81- Morgan Park High School Grad. Played for Ted "Double Duty" Radclif where he finished the 1949 campaign with the Chicago American Giants. In 1950 he pitched for the Houston / New Orleans Eagles.  Johnny served his country in Korea (Marines) where he earned two Purple Hearts. In 2009 his high school (Morgan Park, of Beverly, IL) retired baseball his jersey.

• Ray "Boo Boy" Knox, 80- Catcher for the Chicago American Giants (1950). Illinois native. Attended Wheaton High School. They don't "boo" those (players) that are no good.  They only "boo," those that can play.  Also played in the Industrial League (in Chicago's Washington Park) for Hardwood Sports.

• Nathan "Sonny" Weston, 80, - Bloom High School Graduate and three-sport athlete. Bloom is also where Jerry Colangelo (former majority owner of the Phoenix Suns, and the D'Backs), Jim Boutin, and NFL star Bryant Young went to school.  In 2009 Bloom retired Nathan's baseball jersey. Sonny played in the outfield for Ted "Double Duty" Radcliff while with the Chicago American Giants. He was also the "last cut" on both the 1951 Brooklyn Dodgers and the Chicago White Sox.

Louis "The Grey Cat" Clarizio Jr. 78- Chicago American Giants 1950-1951 (OF) 1st (of 3) "white" players to sign in baseball's Negro Leagues (1920-1960)  (The only one still around today). Schaumburg, IL. resident.

Source: Gary Crawford  http://www.negroleaguelegends.org/

Friday, October 14, 2011

October 2011 Mailing

1775 N. Rand Rd, Palatine
(Just north of Dundee)
(847) 524-9590


With fall is upon us and the outdoor market closing for the season on October 30, you can still visit your favorite flea market-Wolff's Flea Market. Our indoor location in Palatine remains open every Saturday and Sunday. This busy northwest suburban destination is only about 20 minutes northwest of the Allstate Arena and has been open for 2 years. You'll find many of your favorite vendors and some new ones too! 

Both monthly reserved and daily walk-in spaces are available in Palatine and we are very excited about the 2011/2012 season!  This season there will be an area of the market designated specifically for non-reserved vendors.  Please refer to Vendor/Seller Rules at wolffs.com for merchandise information, and call us with questions if you are interested in a reserving a space. Be sure to subscribe to our online Newsletter and find us on facebook for more frequent updates.

Saturday October 29: Join us in Palatine for Halloween Festivities! Kids in costume get in FREE. Giant pumpkin & all day trick-or-treating!  Costume Parade at 2pm. Win prizes for the 5 best costumes!

Sunday November 6: Grand Re-Opening day in Palatine! We are planning many special events including raffles, food, music and special giveaways. For more details please go to wolffs.com and check the "Upcoming Events" link.


1.     Hours:  Saturdays and Sundays, 8:00am -4:00pm (open for vendors at 6:00 am). 
2.     Pricing

a)     Reservation/Storage: (non-refundable) $70 per month for the first space, $60 for the second space, $55
              for the 3rd space.

b)    B. Daily Fee:  Regular Space - Saturday  $22, Sunday  $28
                                     Corner/Wall            - Saturday $27, Sunday $33
3.     Additional Fees
a)     Electricity:  $2 per day
b)    Table Rental:  $6 per day, $10 per weekend (6’ tables)
c)     Saturday overnight storage for non-reserved vendors:  $4
d)    Customer Admission: $1 for adults, .50 for seniors and children 6-12, under 6 free.

4.     Every weekend, non-reserved spaces will also be available on a first come first serve basis.

5.     Spaces are 12’ X 8’ (12’ front)

6.     Vendors storing merchandise are required to pay their daily rental fee whether they are present or not.

7.      The Village of Palatine requires that all vendors supply us with their name and address, which will also be given to Palatine.  Packaged food vendors must obtain a food license from the Village of Palatine.