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1970 HEADLINE: Vida Blue Hurls No-Hitter In Just 8th Big League Start!!!

1970 HEADLINE: Vida Blue Hurls No-Hitter In Just 8th Big League Start!!!

On this day in 1970, Vida Blue threw a no-hitter for the Oakland A’s.  Amazingly, it was just the eight start of his major league career.

At home and in front of a crowd that just eclipsed 4,000 fans, the 20-year old Blue put on quite a performance.

The numbers – 9 innings pitched, 0 hits allowed, 1 walk, 9 strikeouts, and most importantly an Oakland Athletics victory!!!

Happy Anniversary Mr. Blue!!!

1975 Topps Set Card 256/660 – #170 – Bert Campaneris, A’s

1975 Topps Set Card 256/660 – #170 – Bert Campaneris, A’s

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Card Number:  170

Player Name:  Bert Campaneris

Team:  Oakland Athletics

Position:  Shortstop

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  19 seasons, 1964-81, 1983

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Bert Camaneris played in 137 games for the Oakland A’s in 1975.  He hit .265 during the season, connecting for 135 hits in 509 at-bats.  Of his 135 hits, Campaneris amassed 15 doubles, 3 triples, 4 home runs, and 113 singles.  He stole 24 bases in ’75 en route to scoring 69 runs.

Notes From Career:  Bert Campaneris is a 6-time All-Star with 3 World Series championship rings from his time as a member of the Oakland Athletics.  He is a lifetime .259 hitter and connected for 2,249 career hits in 2,329 games played.  Campaneris led the league in stolen bases a total of six times, and has amassed 649 career steals – good for 14th place on the all-time list.

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1975 Topps Set Card 253/660 – #238 – Dave Duncan, Indians

1975 Topps Set Card 253/660 – #238 – Dave Duncan, Indians

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Card Number:  238

Player Name:  Dave Duncan

Team:  Cleveland Indians

Position:  Catcher

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  11 seasons, 1964, 1967-76

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Dave Duncan played in 96 games for the Baltimore Orioles during the 1975 baseball season.  He made 326 plate appearances in those games, connecting for 63 hits en route to a .205 batting average.  Duncan drove in 17 runs for the Orioles in ’74 while also scoring 20 runs.

Notes From Career:  Dave Duncan played for three different major league clubs during his 11-year career.  He is a lifetime .214 hitter with 617 hits in 929 games played.  Of his 617 hits, Duncan connected for 79 doubles and 109 home runs.  He was a member of the 1972 World Series championship winning Oakland Athletics.

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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!!!

1982 HEADLINE: Rollie Fingers Captures Career Save #300

1982 HEADLINE: Rollie Fingers Captures Career Save #300

On this day in 1982, Rollie Fingers captured the 300th save of his major league baseball career.

Coming off of a Cy Young and MVP season in 1981, Fingers and the Brewers were riding high in 1982.  And as the team led their division heading into the last month of the season, several of the Brewers’ top players were performing at their peak – Fingers included.

On this night, in Seattle and in front of 20,000 fans, Fingers added another baseball milestone to his already impressive resume.  Save #300 came as he preserved the 3-2 victory over the Mariners.

Fingers’ stat line looked like this – 2 innings pitched, 3 hits allowed, 2 runs allowed, and 1 strikeout.  Not the most impressive stuff on this night, but a victory and a save nonetheless.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Rollie Fingers!!!

1975 Topps Set Card 221/660 – #91 – Dick Green, A’s

1975 Topps Set Card 221/660 – #91 – Dick Green, A’s

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Player Name:  Dick Green

Team:  Oakland A’s

Position:   2nd Base

Image Style:  Posed Batting

Years In The Major Leagues:  12 seasons, 1963-74

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Dick Green did not play during the 1975 baseball season.

Notes From Career:  Dick Green spent his entire 12-year major league career with the Athletics franchise – both in Kansas City and Oakland.  He is a career .240 hitter with 960 hits in 4,007 at-bats.  Of his 960 hits, Green connected for 145 doubles, 23 triples, 80 home runs, and 712 singles.  He scored 427 runs for the A’s during his career while also driving in 422.  Green played on three World Series Championship teams with Oakland – 1972, 1973, and 1974.

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Happy Birthday Vida Blue!!!

Happy Birthday Vida Blue!!!

Pitching legend Vida Blue turns 65 years old today.

Not only did Vida Blue win the Cy Young in his first full-time season as a starter, he also was the league’s MVP. Beat that!!!

Blue had a monster year in 1971 for the Oakland A’s. He went 24-8 with 24 complete games and 8 shutouts. Add that impressive record to his 1.82 ERA with 301 strikeout and you have one of the most impressive seasons by a pitcher during the decade of the 1970’s.

Vida Blue finished his career with a 209-161 record and 1,185 strikeouts. He finished in the Top 7 for the Cy Young award 5 times and was a 6-time All-star. Blue was part of the legendary Oakland A’s teams that won 3 consecutive World Series titles in 1972, 1973, and 1974. Blue pitched in 8 games in the Fall Classic and went 3-0, a perfect record on baseball’s biggest stage!!

Happy Birthday Mr. Blue!!!