Category Archives: Birthdays & Anniversaries

Happy Birthday CC Sabathia!!!

Happy Birthday CC Sabathia!!!

CC Sabathia turns 34 years old today.

Always the bridesmaid, never the bride, CC Sabathia always ranks as on the sport’s great pitchers, but he never quit gets the credit from the media for the tremendous efforts he has put into his 14+ season career.

Winning games at a 64% clip, Sabathia is a 6-time All-star and has won at least 13 games in 11 of his 14 seasons.

A dominant pitcher with very good control, CC hovers around the 2.8 K:walk ratio on a regular basis. And with a World Series championship under his belt, it should not be long before talk of him being one of the best of his generation starts.

It sounds like CC will be put on the shelf for the remainder of the 2014 baseball season.  Hopefully he can recover from his injuries and return to All-Star form in 2015.

Happy Birthday CC!!!!

Happy Birthday Dave ‘Hendu’ Henderson!!!

Happy Birthday Dave ‘Hendu’ Henderson!!!

Dave Henderson turns 56 years old today.

Quite possibly the most underrated player on the Oakland Athletics dynasty of the late 1980′s, Dave Henderson put up some monster numbers as a member of the ‘Bash Brothers’. Hendu had an all-around game and although he was not an all-star, his talent level and skills on the baseball diamond were not that far from his superstar teammates.

It must be rough playing on an a team and being compared to players like Rickey Henderson(no relation), Jose Canseco, and Mark McGwire. But Henderson did very well while in Oakland and helped lead the team to three consecutive World Series appearances.

Henderson’s greatest success came from his days with that powerful A’s offense, and he was a big contirbutor. In six seasons with the team, Hendu smacked 104 home runs, drove in 377 RBI, and scored 366 times. A truly well balanced player indeed!!!

For Hendu’s birthday, I thought I would try to help his cause out a little by posting an address where you can reach Mr. Henderson to obtain an autograph while also helping out a foundation he started that is trying to help find a cure for Angelman Syndrome. For any of you that would like to make a donation and at the same time add a great autograph to your collection, you can write to Dave Henderson at:

Pacific Northwest Angelman Syndrome Foundation, 12932 SE Kent-Kangley Rd #375 Kent, Washington, 98031

Happy Birthday Hendu!!!

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Happy Birthday Charles Johnson!!!

Happy Birthday Charles Johnson!!!

Charles Johnson turns 43 years old today.

Charles Johnson means a lot to Florida Marlins fans, and the people of Miami.

Johnson is a local product, having played his college baseball at the University of Miami. He was drafted by the Marlins during the first round of the 1992 draft. And a few years later, he was the starting catcher for the team – his team.

Johnson played in the big leagues for 12 seasons; 7 of which were in Miami. He helped lead the team to the 1997 World Series with his stellar defense. In total, Johnson collected four Gold Glove Awards for his defensive excellence at catcher.

Johnson is a 2-time All-Star and collected 940 hits during his career including 211 doubles and 167 home runs.

Happy Birthday CJ!!!

1970 HEADLINE: Willie Mays Joins The ’3,000 Hits Club’

1970 HEADLINE: Willie Mays Joins The ’3,000 Hits Club’

On this day in 1970, Willie Mays collected the 3,000th hit of his baseball career.

At Candlestick Park battling against the Montreal Expos, Mays entered the game with 2,999 career hits and was looking to make history in front of his home crowd. In his first at-bat in the first inning Mays drew a walk. But then in the bottom of the second Mays connected for a single and made history as he joined the 3,000 hits club. The hit came off of Expos’ pitcher Mike Wegener, whose career lasted just 2 seasons. For the game, Mays went 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI.

This is just one of the many milestones that Willie Mays conquered during the course of his amazing Hall of Fame career. One of the sport’s most decorated players, Mays’ all around skills led him into many elite groups in baseball history – and the 3,000 hits club is certainly near the top of that list!!!

Congratulations Willie Mays!!

Happy Birthday Mike Greenwell!!!

Happy Birthday Mike Greenwell!!!

Mike ‘Gator’ Greenwell turns 51 years old today.

A Red Sox favorite during the late 1980′s and into the 90′s, Mike Greenwell is one of the rare players that spent his entire career with one team during baseball’s biggest spike of free agent activity. Loyalty is a commendable trait and the faithful Red Sox fans still hold Mike Greenwell as one of their favorites.

During his best season as a professional baseball player, Greenwell took the sport by storm. In 1988 ‘Gator’ hit .325 while collecting 192 hits. In that year he also smashed 22 home runs, collected 119 RBI, scored 86 runs, and stole 16 bases. And amazingly with 693 plate appearances during that break-out season, Greenwell struck out just 38 times!!! ‘Gator’ finished in 2nd place for the MVP award that year, and had it not been for a certain player setting a new baseball standard of 40 home runs and 40 stolen bases in a season, Mike Greenwell would have been a unanimous selection as the league’s best player.

Happy Birthday Mike Greenwell!!!

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Happy Birthday Joe Torre!!!

Happy Birthday Joe Torre!!!

Joe Torre turns 74 years old today.

More known by today’s baseball fan as the manager that led the New York Yankees to multiple World Series wins over the last 15 years, Joe Torre was also a fantastic baseball player.

A guy that was able to play numerous infield positions, Torre was valuable to the rosters he was a part of during his 18 seasons as a player in the big leagues.

A 9-time All-Star, Torre was a steady contact hitter that collected 2,342 career hits alongside his lifetime batting average of .297 displays his amazing consistency at the plate.

Torre’s best season in the majors came in 1971 when he won the league’s MVP award. With his 230 hits, 34 doubles, 22 home runs, 137 RBI and .363 batting average, Torre was one of the league’s best. And the hardware proved it – a batting title and MVP trophy!

Torre never made the postseason as a player, but he made up for that during his coaching career. After unsuccessful stints in New York (Mets), Atlanta, and St. Louis, Torre took over as the Yankees skipper in 1996. He promptly won 4 World Series titles over the next five seasons.

Happy Birthday Mr. Torre!!!

1974 Headline – “Welcome To The 3,000 K’s Club, Mr. Gibson”

1974 Headline – “Welcome To The 3,000 K’s Club, Mr. Gibson”

On this day in 1974, Bob Gibson of the St. Louis Cardinals became just the second pitcher in major league history to record 3,000 strikeouts in his career.

Joining Walter Johnson, Gibson reached this milestone 51 years after Johnson was the first pitcher to claim 3,000.

Gibson’s 3,000th victim was Cesar Geronimo of the Cincinnati Reds.

Congratulations and Happy Anniversary Mr. Gibson!!!

1941 Headline: DiMaggio’s Streak Ends At 56 Games!!!

1941 Headline: DiMaggio’s Streak Ends At 56 Games!!!

On this day in 1941, Joe DiMaggio’s incredible streak of collecting at least 1 hit in 56 consecutive games came to an end.

The last twenty-five years have seen some of baseball’s most historic records fall. From Pete Rose eclipsing Ty Cobb to Mark McGwire topping Roger Maris to Cal Ripken passing Lou Gehrig to Barry Bonds out-blasting Hank Aaron.

And to this day, 73 years later, nobody has really come close to threatening Joe DiMaggio and his incredible streak of collecting at least one hit in 56 straight games!

Happy Anniversary Mr. DiMaggio!!!

Happy Birthday Terry Pendleton!!!

Happy Birthday Terry Pendleton!!!

Terry Pendleton turns 54 years old today.

Pendleton was the National League’s MVP during the 1991 season. And he was also the runner-up for the award in 1992 as well. Raising his game to new heights during those 2 seasons, Pendleton hit .319 and .311 respectively. In those 2 campaigns, he collected 386 hits, including 73 doubles, 9 triples, and 43 home runs. He was also a scoring machine as he scored 192 times while also stealing 12 bases.

Pendleton played in 5 World Series match-ups for the Cardinals and Braves. His teams lost all 5 series’.

Happy Birthday Mr. Pendleton!!!

1980 HEADLINE: Johnny Bench Becomes All-Time Home Run Leader For Catchers!!

1980 HEADLINE: Johnny Bench Becomes All-Time Home Run Leader For Catchers!!

On this day in 1980, Johnny Bench became the all-time leader in home runs hit by a catcher.

At home, and in front of a relatively small crowd of just over 21,000 fans, Bench’s Reds team was taking on the Montreal Expos. Batting in the 6th spot in the lineup, Bench launched his historic home run in the bottom of the 5th inning off Expos’ hurler David Palmer. A solo-shot, Bench’s home run helped the Reds win the ballgame 11-7.

Johnny Bench connected for 389 home runs during his career. Currently he sits in second place on the all-time list for catchers, behind Mike Piazza.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Bench!!!