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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.

Cal Ripken Jr. 1988 Fleer

Cal Ripken Jr. 1988 Fleer

The Red, White, and Blue striping that the 1988 Fleer baseball card set offers us may be a great color scheme for baseball, but it is certainly not a great match for the Baltimore Orioles.

Here is the Cal Ripken card from that set:

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The card is nice and the colors are sharp, but the two varying color schemes given to us clash pretty well against one another.

Still, it is Cal!  And in 1988, he led the American League in sacrifice flies with 10.  A true team player that was willing to sacrifice himself for the chance to pick up a run and possible victory.

Reggie Jackson 2001 Topps Traded – 50 Years Of Topps

Reggie Jackson 2001 Topps Traded – 50 Years Of Topps

The ‘Traded’ baseball card has always given us some pretty neat and wanted cards.

The 1982 Topps Traded set is no exception as it gives us one of the greatest rookie baseball cards of the last 50 years with Cal Ripken.

The ’82 set also brings us Reggie Jackson’s first card from Topps as a member of the California Angels.  And while the card does not offer a great image for us to enjoy, it does give us Reggie (and for me, that is enough).

With Topps’ 2001 product, they recognized their 50th anniversary and gave us a reprint set from the last 50 years.  Within that set is a reprint card of Reggie Jackson from the 1982 Topps Traded set.

Have a look:

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The lone difference between this one and the original is that ’50th Anniversary’ set logo in the upper-left corner.

1975 Topps Set Card 297/660 – #332 – Fred Kendall, Padres

1975 Topps Set Card 297/660 – #332 – Fred Kendall, Padres

Progress: 297/660

Card Number:  332

Player Name:  Fred Kendall

Team:  San Diego Padres

Position:  Catcher

Image Style: Posed Hitting

Years In The Major Leagues: 12 seasons, 1969-80

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Kendall played in 103 games for the Padres in 1975.  He hit .199 as he connected for 57 hits in 286 at-bats. Of his 57 hits, Kendall collected 12 doubles and 1 triple with 16 runs scored and 24 RBI.

Notes From Career:  Fred Kendall played for three different teams during the course of his 12-season major league career.  He is a lifetime .234 hitter with 603 hits on his resume.  In 877 career games, Kendall scored 170 runs while also driving in 244.

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Billy Williams Has Been Traded?? – You’ve Got To Be Kidding Me!!!

Billy Williams Has Been Traded?? – You’ve Got To Be Kidding Me!!!

Sad but true.  On this day back in 1974 Billy Williams was traded by the Chicago Cubs to the Oakland Athletics for Darold Knowles, Bob Locker, and Manny Trillo.

It was a sad day in Chicago as one of the Cub’s all-time greatest players was shipped away during a rebuilding process.  The man that had occupied left field for the Cubs for the last 16 seasons was gone.  Billy Williams’ 16 year career as a Chicago Cubs player was over!!!

Williams played the final 2 years of his career with Oakland and still put up respectable numbers for the A’s.  He batted just .230 but was able to hit 34 home runs and drive in 122 runs.  It wasn’t until this trade to the A’s that Williams was able to make the post-season.  In 1975 the A’s lost to the Boston Red Sox in the ALCS while Billy Williams went 0-for-7 in the series.

Personally for me, it is very hard to see Williams wear anything other than ‘Cubbie Blue’.  Although I never got to see him play live, I have seen plenty of highlights and have read books and articles about his amazing career and it always feels strange to me that his career ended in Oakland and not in Chicago.

But, as we all know, baseball is a business and players are treated as assets and not humans.  So, although I am saddened by how his career ended I am happy that Billy Williams was able to finally make it to the playoffs.

But this does look a little strange to me still…

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Archives – 1987 Topps Glossy All-Star

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Archives – 1987 Topps Glossy All-Star

I LOVE IT!!!

These cards from the 2014 Topps Archives set take me right back to when I was buying and ripping rack packs of Topps baseball cards as a kid in South Florida during the mid-1980’s.

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The card style is an exact match to the ‘bonus’ card that each rack pack offered and I am very excited to see that Topps gave one of these cards this year to Jose Fernandez.

As you can see right above the ‘All-Star’ banner, it says 2013.  That was the first All-Star Game selection for Jose Fernandez and Topps has done a nice job of commemorating each of these players’ first ASG selection with this set by tagging their first time right on the top of the card.

A great addition to my Jose Fernandez collection!  Thank you, Topps!