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Rickey Henderson 1991 Topps All-Star

Rickey Henderson 1991 Topps All-Star

Even as a 12-year veteran, Rickey Henderson still worked his tail off to keep himself on top of the sport.

Always in pristine condition, and with an eye on the prize, Rickey did a fantastic job of asserting himself and putting his skills to work multiple times in each game he played.  His ability to disrupt the pitcher/catcher tandem was superb, and I have to believe that he drove opposing managers nuts with his ability to determine the pace of the game.

Rickey was chosen as an All-Star in 10 of his 25 big league seasons.

This is his cared from the 1991 Topps set that honors his selection to the AL squad.

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1955 HEADLINE: Brooks Robinson To Make His Debut For The Orioles

1955 HEADLINE: Brooks Robinson To Make His Debut For The Orioles

On this day in 1955, Brooks Robinson made his big-league debut.

At the age of 18, Robinson and his Baltimore Orioles teammates hosted the Washington Senators.  And in front of a crowd that barely crossed 5,000 spectators, Robinson performed like a veteran.

On the day, Brooks went 2-for-4, collecting two singles and an RBI.  His efforts helped lead the team to a 3-1 victory.

Welcome to the big leagues, Mr. Robinson.  Happy Anniversary!!!

Did You Know…

Hack Wilson was the first player in the Chicago Cubs franchise to lead the National League in RBI in consecutive seasons during the 20th century.  In 1929 Wilson drove in 159 runs and then in 1930, he drove in 191.

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Rickey Henderson 1988 Topps Glossy All-Star

Rickey Henderson 1988 Topps Glossy All-Star

As a card-collecting kid in the 1980’s, I loved these ‘extra’ cards that Topps gave us that extended beyond their base products.

These 1987 All-Star cards were offered up as a bonus card inside of all 1988 Topps rack packs.

For player collectors, it gave us the ability to add another card to our collections – and for me personally, I not only built the complete sets but always made sure that I grabbed enough singles for my PC’s too.

This is the card of Rickey Henderson from the 1988 set.

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I love that swing!!!  So much power coming from his legs – a true driver of the ball!

Happy Birthday Mike Piazza!!!

Happy Birthday Mike Piazza!!!

Mike Piazza turns 46 years old today.

Piazza was a solid offensive contributor for the teams he played for during his 16-year career.  One of the game’s greatest slugging catchers of all-time, Piazza was an offensive machine.  During his career he piled up some very impressive numbers: a lifetime .308 batting average along with 2,127 hits, 427 home runs, 1,335 RBI, 1.048 runs scored, and 344 doubles.  A true power hitter with a good ‘batter’s eye’, Piazza shined brightly when the spotlight was on him.

And during that 16-year career, Piazza picked up a nice handful of individual awards.  He was the 1993 Rookie of the Year, he was a 12-time All-star, and he won 10 Silver Slugger awards.

Happy Birthday Mike.  High Five!!!

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Yankees To Wear Commemorative ‘Captain’ Patch For Remainder Of 2014 Baseball Season

Yankees To Wear Commemorative ‘Captain’ Patch For Remainder Of 2014 Baseball Season

From ESPN.com

The New York Yankees announced Tuesday that the team will wear a patch of Derek Jeter’s final-season logo on all player hats and uniforms from Sept. 7, the day that the shortstop will be honored at Yankee Stadium, through the end of the season.

The baseballs with Jeter logos that will be put in play on Sept. 7, and the uniforms used in the game and throughout the rest of the season will be sold by Steiner Sports, company president Brandon Steiner said.

Steiner also has an exclusive autograph deal with Jeter and has been selling more than 200 Jeter-signed products, including game-used jerseys that retail for $25,000.

Leading up to Jeter’s final games, an even greater flow of merchandise has hit the shelves. New Era is selling a three-cap box of Jeter hats for $150. The hats, which are available only at Yankee Stadium and official Yankees stores, are limited to 2,014 sets.

New Era Cap president Pete Augustine told ESPN.com that the company, which has been making hats since 1920, has never celebrated a player like this.

“As soon as he announced this was going to be his final season, we could see the market was hungry for it,” Augustine said. “We’ve never seen this much interest from a player perspective, and I’m not sure we ever will.”

New Era has made more than 50 Jeter products for sale, including a white leather fitted hat for $99.99.

“We literally can’t keep product in stock,” Augustine said. “We make it, it sells out.”

New Era sells more Yankees caps than any other team, as 23 percent of the company’s Major League Baseball business this year has been generated off the Yankees logo. Augustine said Jeter’s final season has helped push the numbers by a few percentage points.

The Yankees will also be selling a commemorative Jeter issue of Yankees Magazine for $20.

Jeter’s No. 2 jersey is the best-selling jersey in the league this year, according to MLB spokesman Matt Bourne, and Nike is seeking to further capitalize on its spokesman by trademarking “RE2PECT,” which it is already using on gear sold in stores.

Tickets for Derek Jeter Day, which the Yankees announced on July 18, have become among the hottest tickets of the year, along with Sept. 25, his last home game.

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Happy Birthday Ted Williams!!

Happy Birthday Ted Williams!!

Today is Ted Williams’ birthday.

Arguably the greatest hitter of all-time, any player that collects multiple batting titles or maintains an average close to .350 for a lengthy time is compared to Williams.

Williams is the standard for hitting greatness – yet nobody has come close to eclipsing what he has done in the sport of baseball.  A lifetime, .344 hitter, Williams captured six batting titles during his playing days, and amazing had seven seasons in which he finished with a .350 batting average or better.

Williams was a 17-time All-Star, and a 2-time MVP winner for the Boston Red Sox.

And while he did not make a splash during World Series play, Ted Williams was the rare kind of player that was able to take center-stage while not playing on it.

Happy Birthday to ‘The Splendid Splinter’!!