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1978 HEADLINE: Gaylord Perry Becomes First Pitcher To Win The Cy Young Award in AL & NL

1978 HEADLINE: Gaylord Perry Becomes First Pitcher To Win The Cy Young Award in AL & NL

On this day in 1978 Gaylord Perry was awarded with the National League Cy Young Award.  Winning this individual award marked the first time in major league history in which a pitcher earned that honor in both leagues.

Here is a quick peek at Perry’s two Cy Young Winning seasons:

1972 – AL – 24-16, 1.92 ERA, 29 complete games, 5 shutouts, 234 strikeouts

1978 – NL – 21-6, 2.73 ERA, 5 complete games, 2 shutouts, 154 strikeouts

Congratulations Mr. Perry!!!

1973 HEADLINE: Fergie Jenkins Traded To The Texas Rangers

1973 HEADLINE: Fergie Jenkins Traded To The Texas Rangers

On this date in 1973, Fergie Jenkins was traded from the Chicago Cubs to the Texas Rangers, of the American League.

The trade was a 2-for-1 deal with Jenkins going to the Rangers in exchange for Bill Madlock and Vic Harris.  At this point, the Cubs were in a major re-building phase as Ernie Banks was retired and their core of Billy Williams, Ron Santo, and Jenkins were all considered as being ‘too old’.

Wade Boggs 1996 Pinnacle ‘Hardball Heroes’

Wade Boggs 1996 Pinnacle ‘Hardball Heroes’

Yes, it is still a bid weird for me to be collecting baseball cards of Wade Boggs in a New York Yankees uniform.

But, I am dedicated to honoring Boggs and his entire career, so that means more Yankees and Rays cards to come in my future.

This card of Boggs is from the 1996 Pinnacle baseball card set and is part of the subset tagged as ‘Hardball Heroes’.

Have a look:

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Even after his Sox days, Wade Boggs still had that mighty, left-handed swing.  And the image that Pinnacle chose for this card shows it off nicely.

The ‘Hardball Heroes’ theme is cool one, and I really like the ‘Double H’ graphic that Pinnacle created for the set.  The stitching that flows under the subset theme name is a very nice touch too!

Reggie Jackson 1984 Topps Cereal Series

Reggie Jackson 1984 Topps Cereal Series

Here is another neat oddball baseball card of Reggie Jackson that I have scored while celebrating Mr. October throughout October.

Let me also say sorry for the bad scan.

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The card is from the 1984 Topps Cereal Series set.  The ’84 set was the 1st issue of this release.  The set consisted of 33 total cards, and was distributed in Purina cereal boxes or through a mail-order program.

It’s nice to see Reggie in another set like this, I just wish that the card offered us an image that better displayed why he was chosen as one of 33 players to be included.

Did You Know…

The first New York Mets third baseman to be selected to represent the team during the MLB All-Star game was Howard Johnson.   Johnson’s first selection came in 1989.

Howard Johnson

1994 HEADLINE: Greg Maddux Wins Third Straight Cy Young Award

1994 HEADLINE: Greg Maddux Wins Third Straight Cy Young Award

On this day in 1994, Greg Maddux won his third straight Cy Young award.  He was the first pitcher in major league history to earn the award in three consecutive seasons.

Being one of the best pitchers in the sport over that length of time is a major accomplishment.  And when some of your greatest competition is coming from your teammates, I am sure that the pride of being the ‘Ace’ of the staff gave Maddux even more gratification.

Here is a look at Maddux’s numbers from those three seasons:

1992 – 20-11, 2.18 ERA, 9 complete games, All-Star, Gold Glove

1993 – 20-10, 2.36 ERA, 10 complete games, Gold Glove

1994 – 16-6, 1.56 ERA, 10 complete games, All-Star, Gold Glove

Oh, and it should be noted that Maddux went on to win the Cy Young award in 1995 too – setting an all-time record with four consecutive wins!!

Happy Anniversary Mr. Maddux!!!

Tony Gwynn 1998 Fleer Circa ‘Thunder’

Tony Gwynn 1998 Fleer Circa ‘Thunder

I did very little collecting of baseball cards during the 1990’s and no collecting in the very late 1990’s.

So, when I see cards like this, I am excited to experience something ‘new’ for myself even though the product was issued almost 20 years ago.

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This card of Tony Gwynn comes from the 1998 Fleer Circa set and from the subset tagged as ‘Thunder’.  As you can see, the image of Gwynn is a sweet one, and the graphics offer us a gaudy 1990’s look.  I’m not sure what all of the scribble in the upper-right corner is supposed to be, but thankfully is does not detract from the overall product or great image of #19.