Monthly Archives: June 2012

My Lee Smith Player Collection Is C-O-M-P-L-E-T-E!!!!!

My Lee Smith Player Collection Is C-O-M-P-L-E-T-E!!!!!

Yessir, another player collection has been completed – I am on a roll!!!

This time around, it is my Lee Smith collection that has been completed.

The goal of this PC was to get all of the major release cards issued of Lee Smith in a Chicago Cubs uniform.  And now, 23 cards later, the collection is finished.

Yes, it is smaller than many of the other PC’s that I have put together.   But, I find it to be a very fitting and fulfilling way to honor the career of Mr. Smith.

Here is a look at the full set:

And even though it is small, I will stick to my normal processes and unveil my ‘Fab Five’ for you all next week.

See you on Monday!!!

Thanks for reading.

 

2005 Playoff Prestige Connections Starring Hall of Famers Tom Seaver & Johnny Bench

2005 Playoff Prestige Connections Starring Hall of Famers Tom Seaver & Johnny Bench

Wow, another work of art.

And a card that I have never seen before buying it…

Take a look at this sweet piece of cardboard:

Two of the best players of the 1970’s captured together on one card.

And the fact that they both called the Cincinnati Reds their team, and at the same time as well, is simply icing on the cake.

Are there any other ‘Connections’ cards out there that are this nice???

Jim Palmer 2011 Topps Gypsy Queen

Jim Palmer 2011 Topps Gypsy Queen

Man, this image takes me back.  I love the vintage look of this Jim Palmer card from the 2011 Topps Gypsy Queen set; the image is simply S-W-E-E-T!!!

Have a look:

Enough said!!!

Did You Know…

Hank Aaron never hit 50 home runs in a single season.  Hank connected for forty or more home runs in eight different campaigns, eclipsing at 47 in 1971.

 

 

 

 

Happy Anniversary Eddie Murray!!!

Happy Anniversary Eddie Murray!!!

On this day in 1995 Eddie Murray collected the 3,000th hit of his amazing baseball career!!!

In his 19th big league season while playing DH for the Cleveland Indians, Murray joined baseball’s elite group of hitters.

In the 6th inning, he smacked a single off of Mike Trombley of the Minnesota Twins and that moment became history!!!

Murray ended his baseball career with 3,225 hits which currently ranks him in 12th place in baseball history.

Congratulations Mr. Murray!!!

Aaron Hill Becomes FourthPplayer In MLB History To Hit For Two Cycles In Same Season

Aaron Hill Becomes FourthPplayer In MLB History To Hit For Two Cycles In Same Season

The Associated Press

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Having hit for the cycle less than two weeks ago, Aaron Hill had a plan for when he came up with a shot at a second one.

Well, as much as one can plan for the rare batting feat.

”You can’t think about it,” he said. ”You look for a ball up and hope things work out.”

It did. Hill hit for the cycle for the second time in 12 days and Ian Kennedy pitched seven strong innings, leading the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 9-3 victory over the Brewers on Friday night.

Hill also singled, doubled, tripled and homered on June 18 against Seattle.

Brooklyn’s Babe Herman is the only other major leaguer to hit for two cycles in one season since 1900, according to STATS LLC. He accomplished the feat in 1931.

”A cycle is one of those crazy things and to do it twice in (12) days – that’s crazy,” Brewers starter Randy Wolf said.

Hill doubled for his 1,000th hit in the first, singled in the third and hit his 11th home run of the season, a two-run shot in the fourth. All those hits came off Wolf (2-6).

Hill tripled in the sixth inning off Livan Hernandez. His headfirst slide into third easily beat the relay throw from the outfield.

Brewers manager Ron Roenicke wasn’t surprised by Hill’s hitting prowess.

”He can really hit,” Roenicke said. ”This is a really good hitter. We made some bad pitches.”

Brewers catcher George Kottaras appreciated the pressure Hill was under. Last season, Kottaras became the seventh player in franchise history to hit for the cycle,

”He’s swinging really well,” Kottaras said. ”I know it’s tough to do it once.”

Hill seemed a bit dumbfounded by, but still happy with his good fortune.

”It’s great,” the Diamondbacks’ second baseman said. ”Obviously, it’s great to get the win, too. It wouldn’t have been as enjoyable if we came away with a loss. It was just a fun game.”

Derek Jeter Passes Cal Ripken For 13th Place On MLB’s Career Hits List

Derek Jeter Passes Cal Ripken For 13th Place On MLB’s Career Hits List

The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Derek Jeter hit a leadoff double in the first inning Friday night for his 3,185th hit, moving past Cal Ripken Jr. for 13th place on the career list.

The 38-year-old Jeter grew up watching the former Baltimore shortstop and has often been likened to the Hall of Famer, playing the same position and spending his entire time with one team.

Right after the milestone hit against the Chicago White Sox, the New York Yankees released a statement from Ripken congratulating Jeter.

”I hope that he continues to play and continues to give all of us baseball fans great memories,” Ripken said.

Next up for Jeter on the hit list is Nap Lajoie at 3,252.

Kirby Puckett ‘Fab Five’ – Card #1 – 1990 Topps

Kirby Puckett ‘Fab Five’ – Card #1 – 1990 Topps

Now that my Kirby Puckett collection is complete, it is time to show of my favorite five cards from the set.

Card #1 – 1990 Topps

I have mixed emotions about this full set of baseball cards.  But like many that fall into that category, it does have a few that standout for all of  the right reasons.

And I believe that this Kirby Puckett card falls into that category.

Have a look:

The right blend of Red, White, and Blue is offered up by this 1990 Topps design.  It matches with the team colors of the Minnesota Twins perfectly, and the photo is framed in a way that makes the image still the main event.

Great job by Topps on this one!!!

1990 Headline: Two No-Hitters In One Day!!!

1990 Headline:  Two No-Hitters In One Day!!!

I can recall this day like it was yesterday…

On this day in 1990, both Dave Stewart of the Oakland Athletics and Fernando Valenzuela of the Los Angeles Dodgers threw no-hitters.

I remember checking the box scores the day after these two no-hitters and thought how cool it was to see two on the same page of the paper…

Let’s look a little closer at these two ‘No-No’s':

Dave Stewart – On the road and in front of a crowd of just under 50,000, the A’s were in Toronto to battle the Blue Jays.  Stewart pitched a gem while striking out 12 batters ang giving up just 3 walks.  He threw 115 pitches during the game it took just 147 minutes for his A’s team to beat the Blue Jays 5-0.

Fernando Valenzuela – At home and facing the Cardinals, Valenzuela was awesome as he and his Dodgers teammates beat St. Louis 6-0 in 161 minutes.  Valenzuela was brilliant – allowing just 3 base runners while striking out 7 batters.  For the game, he threw 119 pitches.  He also went 1-for-4 at the plate.

2 great pitchers.  1 amazing accomplishment.  Baseball history!!!

Today Is ‘Billy Williams Day’!!!!

On June 29, 1969, the Chicago Cubs held ‘Billy Williams Day’ at Wrigley Field.

While an event of this caliber is usually reserved for a player in his final year or final home stand as a member of the home team, I guess that the Cubs organization thought so much of Mr. Williams that they chose this day to honor him.

So, 41 years later I will carry on this tradition.  Today, I will celebrate the main player that brought me back to the hobby of collecting baseball cards – ‘Sweet Swinging Billy Williams’!!

The below pin was handed out to all in attendance at Wrigley back on June 29, 1969.