Category Archives: Birthdays & Anniversaries

1998 HEADLINE: Ripken’s Streak Ends At 2,632 Games

1998 HEADLINE: Ripken’s Streak Ends At 2,632 Games

On this day in 1998, Cal Ripken voluntarily sat out his first baseball game in more than 16 seasons.

Baseball’s ‘Iron Man’ thought that it was time for a break, albeit just one game.

Cal’s streak will go down as one baseball’s most grand accomplishments.  His class on and off the field accompanied by a very large baseball skill set makes him one of the greatest ambassadors that the sport will ever encounter.

Always gracious, always smiling, always a favorite – Thank You Cal!!!

1953 HEADLINE: Ernie Banks Hits First Home Run Of His Major League Career

1953 HEADLINE:  Ernie Banks Hits First Home Run Of His Major League Career

On this day in 1953, Ernie Banks hit the first home run of his career as a professional baseball player.

Nobody knew what was in store for Banks’ future, but ‘Mr. Cub’ certainly left a lasting impression on the city of Chicago and the sport of baseball.

Home Run #1 was just the start.  The start of 512 career home runs.  The start of 11 All-star appearances.  The start of 1 Gold Glove award.  And the start of 2 Most Valuable Player awards.  Home Run #1 started it all…

Congratulations and Happy Anniversary Mr. Ernie Banks!!!

Banks

Happy Birthday Joe Morgan!!!

Happy Birthday Joe Morgan!!!

Joe Morgan turns 71 years old today.

Joe Morgan was a baseball superstar during the 1970’s.  A 2-time MVP and 10-time All-star, Joe Morgan brought his well-rounded game to the Reds for 8 seasons.

Offensively, Morgan was awesome.  A threat at the plate, and on the base paths, he was the perfect complement to a Reds team that was full of potent offensive talent.  Morgan collected 2,517 hits during his career and has a lifetime batting average of .271.  Other notable offensive stats include his 1,650 runs scored, 689 stolen bases, 268 home runs, and 1,133 RBI.

Joe Morgan is a ’30-YOC’ favorite and we will celebrate his amazing major league baseball career all day today.  It will be a lot of fun!!!

Happy Birthday Mr. Morgan!!!

2011 HEADLINE: Mariano Rivera Becomes All-Time Save Leader

2011 HEADLINE: Mariano Rivera Becomes All-Time Save Leader

The familiar opening guitar riff and drum beat from Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” blared, and what has become perhaps the most legendary custom in the Yankees’ rich history commenced.

As the door to the outfield bullpen opened and Mariano Rivera appeared, the Yankee Stadium crowd rose to its feet. It would grow louder still through the scoreless ninth as the ever-dominant reliever converted yet another save. This one, the 602nd of his career, was one for the record books.

In preserving New York’s 6-4 victory against the Twins on Monday afternoon in the Bronx, Rivera eclipsed Trevor Hoffman for the top spot on baseball’s all-time saves list. The win, coupled with a Boston afternoon loss, trims New York’s playoff magic number to four and the club’s magic number to win the American League East to five.

It’s the seventh time in Rivera’s illustrious career that he has recorded at least 43 saves in a season (1997, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2005 and 2009), as he continues to build on yet another 40-save year. Only Hoffman, who has done it nine times, has more than Rivera’s eight 40-save seasons.

It was the right-hander’s 290th save at home and 32nd against the Twins.

1998 HEADLINE: Alex Rodriguez Joins The ’40/40 Club’

1998 HEADLINE: Alex Rodriguez Joins The ’40/40 Club’

On this day in 1998, Alex Rodriguez stole his 40th base of the baseball season giving him entrance into the elite ’40/40 Club’.

Just the 3rd of 4 members of this group, Rodriguez is the only infielder in the club.

A-Rod finished the season with 42 homers and 46 steals.  And while he never eclipsed more than 28 steals in any year after, he did hit more than 42 home runs in a season six more times.

Congratulations on this elite achievement, and Happy Anniversary A-Rod!!!

Happy Birthday Jim Abbott!!!

Happy Birthday Jim Abbott!!!

Jim Abbott turns 47 years old today.

One of the most inspirational athletes of my generation, Jim Abbott and his amazing story remain as a precious baseball memory for me.

I knew little about Abbott prior to his rookie card debut in the 1988 Topps baseball card set.  Back then it meant quite a bit to be part of the Team USA set so I always tried to spend a little time learning about the players featured.  And with no Internet, this was quite a challenge.  But when Abbott’s second card came out in the 1989 Topps set, he had a reputation and stories about him and his abilities became more available to collectors.

Abbott was a fan favorite in each city he called ‘home’.  And on the road he was quite an attraction.

Happy Birthday Mr. Abbott!!!

1976 HEADLINE: Andre Dawson Collects 1st Stolen Base Of Major League Career

1976 HEADLINE: Andre Dawson Collects 1st Stolen Base Of Major League Career

On this day in 1976, the Montreal Expos hosted the St. Louis Cardinals for a double header.

In game two of the double header, Andre Dawson stole the first base of his major league career.  The steal came in the bottom of the second inning after Andre hit a single to lead-off the inning.  The steal came against the combination of Eddie Solomon and John Tamargo.  Dawson would later score for the Expos on a single by Barry Foote.

On the day, Dawson was 2-for-4 for with 2 singles, 1 run scored, 1 RBI, and a stolen base.  The Expos lost the game 7-4.

Happy Anniversary Andre!!!

Dawson Stealing Bases