Tag Archives: Birmingham Fire

Bax, Carl

Card: Wild Card World League 1992
Acquired: TTM 2020, C/o Home
Sent: 5/4 Received: 5/15 (11 days)

Carl Bax played college ball at Missouri from 1985-1988. The 6’4″, 290 lb guard blocked up front for runningbacks Tommie Stowers and Robert Delpino. Carl was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1989 during the 8th round. He played two seasons for the franchise.

In 1991, Carl was selected by the Barcelona Dragons of the World League of American Football. He’d block up front at Tackle for the Barcelona Dragons. Right before the 1992 season began however, he’d be traded stateside, where he played for the Birmingham Fire.

Carl is the founder of Premiere Orthopedic and lives in Tampa, Florida. Carl was a pretty easy find for me, thanks to his unique name, and he signed his Wild Card for me in a short amount of time, writing best wishes to me on the card.

Doyle, Philip

Card: Wild Card World League 1992, Memorabilia
Acquired: TTM 2019, C/o Home
Sent: 8/29 Received: 9/18 (19 days)

Philip Doyle was the starting kicker for the Alabama Crimson Tide from 1987 to 1990 and set numerous records at the school. In his final year at Alabama, he went 24 of 29 on field goals, and 78 of 105 over his career. Doyle was not selected in the 1990 draft, but signed as a free agent with the New York Giants. He’d later be waived before the regular season.

Philip joined the Birmingham Fire of the World League in 1992. As the Fire struggled with getting in the endzone, Doyle provided the team consistency in the kicking game. He’d end up leading all World League scorers with 64 points. Doyle was directly responsible for kicking field field goals that secured the tie against London, and the game winning kick that ultimately sent the Fire to the playoffs (over the Ohio Glory).

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Holland, JR ‘Hollywood’ (2)

Card: Ultimate WLAF 1992
Acquired: TTM 2017, C/o Work
Sent: 8/8/17 Received: 5/31/19 (661 days)
See Also: JR Holland

Overall it’s a great shot of Holland, but unfortunately, somebody was running into the foreground of the shot, so they couldn’t have a giant hand right next to JR. Ugh. Once you see it, it is all you look at.

I was able to cross reference all the information I had on John to track him down eventually through Facebook, and came to find out he runs a gym in California, where I sent my request to.

I waited 661 days for a 1 of 2- as JR signed just his Ultimate WLAF card, but not his Wild Card, but I will take what I can get, as it took some super sleuthing to track him down. John Holland was kind enough to sign this card and inscribe it with ‘Birmingham Bad Boys”.

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