Happy Birthday Maury Wills!!!
Maury Wills turns 82 years old today.
Wills was a player that arrived in the game one generation too early. A speedy player with a knack for stealing bases and scoring runs, he was in a league of his own when it came to generating offense for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
He should certainly be credited for paving the way for the great runners that came after him. He made the role of the base runner more important to a team’s roster, and he was rewarded for his efforts in 1962 by winning the MVP Award.
In ’62, he stole 104 bases, a major league record at the time. Add to that his .299 batting average, 208 hits, and 130 runs scored and you have yourself a dynamic player. He also was an All-Star in 1962; and he won a Gold Glove for his defensive work at shortstop.
For his career, Maury Wills stole 586 bases. He completed his 14 years in the big leagues with a .281 average alongside 2,134 hits, 1,067 runs scored, 5 All-Star selections, 2 Gold Glove awards, and most important – 3 World Series championships!!!
Happy Birthday Mr. Wills!!!
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Tagged all-star, base stealing, baseball, baseball cards, dodger stadium, dodgers, gold glove, los angeles dodgers, maury wills, most valuable player, MVP, shortstop, stolen bases, world series, world series champion
Tony Gwynn 2000 Topps Gallery
I’ve always been a big fan of baseball cards that feature an image of the player signing autographs inside the stadium or ballpark. I find it a neat way to celebrate the player. And while many in today’s game only do it when a camera is on them, guys like Tony Gwynn more than likely did it because they wanted to.
Imagine being in the right field stands perched right behind third base and #19 is headed your way.
What a truly great experience that would be and surely one that the lucky fans who were able to meet Mr. Gwynn will never forget.
This card of Tony Gwynn from the 2000 Topps Gallery set is a fantastic reminder that Gwynn was the consummate professional, and a very fan-friendly player and ambassador for the game.
A great addition to my collection!
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Tagged 3000 hits, 3000 hits club, all-star, baseball, baseball cards, batting champion, batting title, captain video, Hall Of Fame, HOF, mr. parde, padres, san diego padres, tony gwynn
Happy Birthday Mark McGwire!!!
Mark McGwire turns 51 years old today.
Simply stated, Mark McGwire is the greatest power hitter of my generation. Of all of the players that have played the game in the last 25 years, I believe he is the best single-skill player of them all. Not a good contact hitter, no speed, and not the most talented player with the glove, McGwire could do one thing better than anyone else – hit the ball out of the park!!!
McGwire retired from the game with 583 career home runs. He collected those homers in 6,187 at bats which gives him a home run in every 10.6 at bats over the course of his 16- year career. One has to wonder how many more dingers a healthy Mark McGwire could have crushed. 4 more years equals 160+ home runs which surpasses the 700 HR Club!!!
Happy Birthday Mr. McGwire!!!
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Tagged 1989 world series, 500 home run club, 500 home runs, 500 HR club, 70 home runs, A's, basebal history, baseball, baseball cards, Cardinals, home run record, Mark McGwire, oakland A's, Oakland Athletics, Rookie of the Year, ROY, st. louis cardinals, world series
Happy Birthday Rod Carew!!
Rod Carew turns 69 years old today.
I consider Rod Carew to be one of the most underrated superstars in baseball history.
Yes, I know he’s a Hall of Famer. And yes, I know he is an 18-time All-star. And yes, he was a constant threat to win the league’s MVP award for most of his career.
But when people talk about the greatest hitters in the sport’s history, Carew gets very little credit yet his numbers stack up quite well to the competition. In 19 seasons, Carew collected 3,053 hits alongside a .320 batting average. He also managed to score 1,424 runs, drive in 1,015 runs, and steal 353 bases.
The reason that Rod Carew remains under the radar is that he played for very low-profile teams – the Twins and Angels.
Happy Birthday Mr. Carew!!
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Tagged 3000 hits, 3000 hits club, all-star, angels, baseball, baseball cards, california angels, Hall Of Fame, HOF, minnesota twins, most valuable player, MVP, rod carew, Rookie of the Year, ROY, twins
October Is Here. It Is Time For ’30-YOC’ To Celebrate Reggie Jackson!!
Since 2009 I have been using the entire month of October to showcase the legendary Reggie Jackson. Reggie is one of my all-time favorite players and personalities and I find October to be the perfect time to showcase baseball cards that feature him as he is after all, Mr. October.
I never got to see Jackson play in person. But, I have both seen and read a ton about his major league career and his life after his playing days. I find him to be one of the most interesting players of the last 50 years, and one of the most outspoken too.
If Reggie were playing in today’s era of the game with advanced stats, the social media craze, and annual contracts that exceed $20 million per season, I think that he would be in the thick of all of it. Never bashful, and sometimes too bold, Reggie had a personality that matched the size of his biceps and mammoth home runs. I think he would be a superstar in today’s game just like he was back in the 1970’s and 1980’s.
So, this month is dedicated to you, Reggie. I’ve stocked up on a pretty great mix of cards that feature you as the main attraction and I will dedicate posts to you daily on the blog as a way to honor your amazing baseball career!
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Giancarlo Stanton 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen – Red Mini
FINALLY!!! I have finally landed the Red Mini card of Giancarlo Stanton from this year’s Gypsy Queen baseball card set.
It took me months to obtain, and quite a bit of patience as I saw a few go by for more than what I wanted to spend. But, I was finally able to land the card at a good price.
The Red mini cards from the 2014 GQ set are stamped and limited to just 99 copies. The one that I nabbed is stamped as 2/99.
Here is the card:
I’m very happy to have finally brought this bad-boy home. It has been a long time coming and now I can shift my attention to some other Stanton parallels…
Posted in Giancarlo Stanton Collection
Tagged all-star, baseball, baseball cards, florida marlins news, Florida/Miami Marlins, giancarlo stanton, home runs, Marlins, marlins baseball, mike stanton, mike stanton news, outfield, stanton homers
Wade Boggs 1996 Pinnacle
It was not often that you saw Wade Boggs uncomfortable or out of position while at the plate.
But, this card of him in his Yankees uniform from the 1996 Pinnacle baseball card set appears to have caught him in an uncomfortable spot.
Maybe he is simply stretching himself too far to get to the ball. Or maybe he knows he is in the midst of swinging at a pitch that he should have let go by.
Whatever it is, it looks like his is not comfortable with this swing.
See for yourselves:
Still, he was a master at the plate!
Posted in Wade Boggs Collection
Tagged 000 hits club, 3, 3000 hits, all-star, baseball, baseball cards, batting champion, batting title, boston red sox, gold glove, Hall Of Fame, hobbies, hobby, HOF, new york yankees, rays, red sox, silver slugger, tampa bay rays, wade boggs, world series