Category Archives: Dennis Eckersley Collection

Happy Birthday Dennis Eckersley!!!

Happy Birthday Dennis Eckersley!!!

Dennis Eckersley turns 59 years old today.

The man simply known as ‘The Eck’ was one of baseball’s brightest stars in the 1970′s and carried his success through 24 seasons as a big league player.  Dennis Eckersley began his career as a starting pitcher.  In fact, one of the game’s greatest relief pitchers in the history of baseball was a starter during his first 12 seasons.  As a starter, ‘Eck’ did well as he had (9) 10+ win seasons in 12 years.  That all changed in 1987 when Eckersley was traded to the Oakland A’s and was converted into a closer for the Athletics.  ‘Eck’ began to dominate.  And in 12 seasons after that trade, he piled up 387 saves.  Eckersley’s best season came in 1992 when he won the league’s MVP and Cy Young awards.  In ’92 he pitched 80 innings and saved 51 games.  With an ERA of just 1.91 and the control to strikeout 93 batters while walking just 11 and it is easy to see why ‘Eck’ was tagged as one of the best closers in baseball history.  Dennis Eckersley finished in the top 7 for the Cy Young award 6 times in his career – 4 of which came as a closer.

Eckersley has played in 11 post season match-up and 3 World Series championships.  He won the title with the Oakland A’s in 1989 and finished his career with 1 championship ring and 15 saves in post season play.

Happy Birthday ‘Eck’!!!

1992 HEADLINE: Dennis Eckersley Sets Record With 40 Saves In 4 Straight Seasons

1992 HEADLINE: Dennis Eckersley Sets Record With 40 Saves In 4 Straight Seasons

On this day in 1992, Dennis Eckersley recorded his 40th save of the 1992 baseball season.

And while there was nothing extra-special about this particular game or the circumstance of the save, ‘Eck’ made history with this closing appearance.  This save gave Eckersley 40 or more saves in four different seasons – a major league record!!

The first player to ever accomplish this feat, ‘Eck’ tallied 45 saves in 1988, 48 in 1990, 43 in 1991, and 52 in 1992.  And with 33 saves during the 1989 season, Eckersley capped that 5-year span with 221 total saves.

Truly dominant and a great competitor.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Eckersley!!!

Dennis Eckersley 2002 Topps Archives Reserve – 1993 Topps Design

Dennis Eckersley 2002 Topps Archives Reserve – 1993 Topps Design

I haven’t picked up too many cards of Dennis Eckersley since I completed my player collection of him several months ago.

It is not for a lack of interest, I just would not know where to start.

Actually, I do.  I would only go after cards of him wearing his A’s uniform.  That is the ‘Eck’ that I know; and that is the ‘Eck’ that more than likely landed him in the Hall of Fame.

I was able to pick up this card of Dennis Eckerlsey for just fifty cents.

And I would say that it was well spent!!

VINATGE ECKERSLEY

1987 HEADLINE: Dennis Eckersley Traded To Oakland A’s

1987 HEADLINE: Dennis Eckersley Traded To Oakland A’s

On this day in 1987, the Chicago Cubs traded future Hall of Famer, Dennis Eckersley to the Oakland Athletics.

As part of a 5-player, 2-team trade, Eckersely and Dan Rohn were shipped to the Oakland A’s in exchange for Brian Guinn, Dave Wilder, and Mark Leonette.

Now I don’t know about you, but I would have to say that the A’s got the better end of that deal… You agree, right?? :)

Dennis Eckersley 2005 Donruss Team Heroes

Dennis Eckersley 2005 Donruss Team Heroes

I have not picked up too many cards of Dennis Eckersley since I completed my player collection of his last year.

It’s not for lack of effort, I have simply had my eyes on other things….

But, when recently scanning through a quarter box of cards at the local card shop, this one made me stop.

Have a peek:

VINTAGE ECKERSLEY

The card is sharp.  The Green really stands out, and I like the design - it works very well with the photo of Eckersley that was chosen.

Baseball Card Show Purchase #5 – Bob Gibson, Rod Carew, and Dennis Eckersley 2012 Panini Cooperstown Cards

Baseball Card Show Purchase #5 – Bob Gibson, Rod Carew, and Dennis Eckersley 2012 Panini Cooperstown Cards

It was nice to find a seller with a small bin of the cards from the 2012 Panini Cooperstown set.  By the looks of the size of the stack he was attempting to sell, he must have picked up a blaster box.

After sifting through the cards, I pulled out three for myself and I paid the man $1.00.

Here are the three:

SHOW 5

You can’t go wrong with any of these guys – Bob Gibson, Dennis Eckersley, and Rod Carew!!

I still have not decided if I want to collect the entire set or not.  But it was a no-brainer to grab these three as they are of players that I actively collect…

SIGNING RESULTS: Hall Of Famer, Dennis Eckersley!!!

SIGNING RESULTS:  Hall Of Famer, Dennis Eckersley!!!

I have wanted a Dennis Eckersley signed baseball in my collection for a very long time.  I consider ‘Eck’ to be one of the best pitchers from my generation, and he is one of the most decorated as well.  I really got into baseball, and learning about the game right when Eckersley and his Oakland Athletic teammates started to dominate the sport in the late 1980′s.  That team had all of the tools, and ‘Eck’ was the guy to come in and slam the door on the opposition.  He did that marvelously, and almost flawlessly too!!!

Eckersley’s autograph is pretty unique.  I cannot tell you that I would recognize it if I did not know that it is his, but since I know what his signature looks like, it is has become very recognizable to me.

Have a look at the newest signed baseball in my collection:

Eckersley

Looks great, right??  Gotta love the ‘HOF’ inscription!!

One of the more prominent members from an autograph website that I frequent was hosting a private signing with Eckersley and the price was perfect!  So, I jumped in and I am very glad that I did.  Not only was the execution of the signing flawless, but I now have another Hall Of Fame signed baseball in my collection.

AWESOME!!!

Happy Birthday Dennis Eckersley!!!

Happy Birthday Dennis Eckersley!!!

Dennis Eckersley turns 58 years old today.

The man simply known as ‘The Eck’ was one of baseball’s brightest stars in the 1970′s and carried his success through 24 seasons as a big league player.  Dennis Eckersley began his career as a starting pitcher.  In fact, one of the game’s greatest relief pitchers in the history of baseball was a starter during his first 12 seasons.  As a starter, ‘Eck’ did well as he had (9) 10+ win seasons in 12 years.  That all changed in 1987 when Eckersley was traded to the Oakland A’s and was converted into a closer for the Athletics.  ‘Eck’ began to dominate.  And in 12 seasons after that trade, he piled up 387 saves.  Eckersley’s best season came in 1992 when he won the league’s MVP and Cy Young awards.  In ’92 he pitched 80 innings and saved 51 games.  With an ERA of just 1.91 and the control to strikeout 93 batters while walking just 11 and it is easy to see why ‘Eck’ was tagged as one of the best closers in baseball history.  Dennis Eckersley finished in the top 7 for the Cy Young award 6 times in his career – 4 of which came as a closer.

Eckersley has played in 11 post season match-up and 3 World Series championships.  He won the title with the Oakland A’s in 1989 and finished his career with 1 championship ring and 15 saves in post season play.

Happy Birthday ‘Eck’!!!

1992 HEADLINE: Dennis Eckeersley Becomes First Closer With 40 Saves In 4 Straight Seasons

1992 HEADLINE: Dennis Eckeersley Becomes First Closer With 40 Saves In 4 Straight Seasons

On this day in 1992, Dennis Eckersley recorded his 40th save of the 1992 baseball season.

And while there was nothing extra-special about this particular game or the circumstance of the save, ‘Eck’ made history with this closing appearance.  This save gave Eckersley 40 or more saves in four different seasons – a major league record!!

The first player to ever accomplish this feat, ‘Eck’ tallied 45 saves in 1988, 48 in 1990, 43 in 1991, and 52 in 1992.  And with 33 saves during the 1989 season, Eckersley capped that 5-year span with 221 total saves.

Truly dominant and a great competitor.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Eckersley!!!

Dennis Eckersley 2001 Upper Deck – UD Decades 1970s

Dennis Eckersley 2001 Upper Deck – UD Decades 1970s

I’ve said it before, and I will say it again – these UD Decades cards are FANtastic!!!

Have a look at my latest score from the set:

Just look at that great photo of ‘Eck’.

For some reason, I cannot remember those Red Indians uniforms – maybe a momentary brain fart, but man do they stand out!!!!