Category Archives: Birthdays & Anniversaries

Happy Birthday Frank Robinson!!!

Happy Birthday Frank Robinson!!!

Frank Robinson turns 77 years old today.

Still one of the most underrated players of all-time, Frank Robinson compiled a career of accomplishments that are on par with the game’s greatest offensive players of all-time.

And what better way to celebrate one of your favorite baseball legend’s birthday than to honor him with a full day of posts to help celebrate his fantastic career and birthday.

So, all day long, this day is for Hall of Famer, Mr. Frank Robinson.

Happy Birthday!!!

1974 HEADLINE: Fergie Jenkins Captures Career Strikeout #2,000!!!!

1974 HEADLINE: Fergie Jenkins Captures Career Strikeout #2,000!!!!

On this day in 1974, the Texas Rangers were hosting the Cleveland Indians in what would be a landmark game for Rangers’ starting pitcher Ferguson Jenkins.

In front of a crowd that was 14,800 fans deep, Jenkins collected career strikeout #2,000 when he struck out George Hendrick for the final out of the game.  It was his 9th strikeout of the evening.

The Rangers won the game 2-0, and Fergie also captured his 20th win of the season, his first with the Rangers.

His line from the game  Win, Complete Game, Shutout, 2 Hits Allowed, 0 Runs Allowed, 0 Walks Allowed, 9 Strikeouts, and just 29 batters faced.

One heck of a night for Mr. Jenkins – HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!

Jenkins Rangers

Happy Birthday Ted Williams!!

Happy Birthday Ted Williams!!

Today is Ted Williams’ birthday.

Arguably the greatest hitter of all-time, any player that collects multiple batting titles or maintains an average close to .350 for a lengthy time is compared to Williams.

Williams is the standard for hitting greatness – yet nobody has come close to eclipsing what he has done in the sport of baseball.  A lifetime, .344 hitter, Williams captured six batting titles during his playing days, and amazing had seven seasons in which he finished with a .350 batting average or better.

Williams was a 17-time All-Star, and a 2-time MVP winner for the Boston Red Sox.

And while he did not make a splash during World Series play, Ted Williams was the rare kind of player that was able to take center-stage while not playing on it.

Happy Birthday to ‘The Splendid Splinter’!!

1978 HEADLINE: Joe Morgan Becomes The 1st Member Of The ‘200/500 Club’

1978 HEADLINE: Joe Morgan Becomes The 1st Member Of The ‘200/500 Club’

On this day in 1978, Joe Morgan of the Cincinnati Reds hit the 200th home run of his incredible baseball career.

And while the 200-HR plateau had been accomplished by hundreds of players prior to Morgan, he was the first to accomplish that feat with 500 stolen bases to his credit as well.

Displaying an all-around offensive arsenal, Morgan was a rare player that could beat his opposition with his speed and ability to hit for power and average.

Only three players have accomplished the same feat since – Rickey Henderson, Paul Molitor, and Barry Bonds.  But Morgan was the first, and he set the trend!!

Congratulations and Happy Anniversary to Joe Morgan!!!

1986 HEADLINE: Mark McGwire Hits 1st Home Run Of Major League Career!!

1986 HEADLINE: Mark McGwire Hits 1st Home Run Of Major League Career!!

Mark McGwire hit the first home run of his major league baseball career on this day back in 1986.

Before ‘The Bash Brothers’.  Before #71.  Before the steroid allegations.  Before all of this, Mark McGwire was an athleticly gifted player with an elite skill of hitting the long ball.

And on this day 27 years ago, home run #1 of 583 was smacked into the outfield seats of Tiger Stadium.    I doubt that the 20,000 fans in attendance thought much of this young kid from the opposing team.  To them he was the enemy.  And nobody knew that just 1 year later he would set the rookie record for home runs in a season with 49.  And nobody there thought for a second that this guy was going  to be the one to rescue the sport in 1998 when the game and it’s fan base were both spiraling downward…

But he did it.  Mark McGwire became ‘Big Mac’ right in front of our eyes.  And most of us enjoyed the thrilling ride that he took us on.

And it all started on this day back in 1986.

Happy Anniversary Mark McGwire!!!!

Happy Birthday Rollie Fingers!!!

Happy Birthday Rollie Fingers!!!

Rollie Fingers turns 68 years old today.

While Rollie Fingers may best be known for his famous facial hair, his solid baseball career earned him quite a bit of fame too.

A 17-year veteran, boasting 341 career saves and seven All-star appearances, Fingers was a dominant relief pitcher for more than a decade.

His best work was during the 1981 season while playing for the Milwaukee Brewers.  In that season, Fingers posted a 6-3 record while also collecting 28 saves.  He had a 1.04 ERA with 78 innings pitched.  And in those appearances he struck out 61 batters while walking just 13.  Fingers’ dominance was enough to earn him the league’s Cy Young and Most Valuable Player awards – a truly remarkable feat!!

Rollie Fingers is a 3-time World Series champion.  His efforts on the 1972-74 Oakland A’s teams help the team from ‘The Bay’ become one of baseball’s greatest dynasties!!!

With such an impressive resume, it is kind of shocking that Fingers has a losing record.  For his career, he is 114-118.  So for his birthday, I would like to give Mr. Fingers a ‘do-over’ of the 1978 season in which he went 6-13.  I am hoping for 5 more wins than losses so this Hall of Famer could hold his head even a little higher with his above .500 winning percentage!!

Happy Birthday Mr. Fingers!!!

Cal Ripken Jr. & The Streak!!!

Cal Ripken Jr. & The Streak!!!

On September 6, 1995, Cal Ripken broke the all-time Major League Baseball record for consecutive games played.  Lou Gehrig’s record stood for an amazing 56 years, but on this day Cal eclipsed his 2,130th consecutive games played streak.

Amazingly he did not miss a single game in 13+ years!!!  We honor you Cal for this amazing baseball record.