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Happy Birthday Pete Rose!!!

Happy Birthday Pete Rose!!!

‘Charlie Hustle’ turns 73 years old today.

I am a Pete Rose fan.  I am a Pete Rose supporter.  I undoubtedly believe that Pete Rose belongs in  the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The list of accolades are endless.  His accomplishments are amazing.  He is a record-breaking, hit producing, ball player that ranks with the sport’s all-time greats.

I am proud to say that one of the greatest memories from watching baseball with my dad in my youth was watching Pete Rose collect hit number 4,192 of his career.  That moment on the field, and that memory formed in my living room as a 9-year old kid, lives with me today more than 25 years later.

Thank you for playing the game the way that you did.  Happy Birthday Mr. Rose!!!

1984 HEADLINE: Pete Rose Collects Hit #4,000

1984 HEADLINE: Pete Rose Collects Hit #4,000

Just 8 games into the 1984 baseball season, and in front of 46,000+ fans in Montreal’s Olympic Stadium, Pete Rose made baseball history by becoming just the second player to collect 4,000 hits.

On his home turf, and facing his former team, Rose’s Expos were taking on the Philadelphia Phillies.  In the bottom of the 4th inning, Rose smacked a double off of Jerry Koosman giving him 4,000 hits for his career.

Rose was the first player to collect 4,000 hits since the legendary Ty Cobb.

Congratulations to ‘Charlie Hustle’!!

Derek Jeter Moves Into Eighth Place On The All-time Hits List Passing Paul Molitor

Derek Jeter Moves Into Eighth Place On The All-time Hits List Passing Paul Molitor

From CBSSports.com

Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter moved into sole possession of eighth place on the all-time hits list on Sunday. He singled in the third inning to tie Paul Molitor, then he singled again in the fourth to jump over him.

Here is the all-time hit list at the moment:

  1. Pete Rose – 4,256 hits
  2. Ty Cobb – 4,189
  3. Hank Aaron – 3,771
  4. Stan Musial – 3,630
  5. Tris Speaker – 3,514
  6. Honus Wagner – 3,420
  7. Carl Yastrzemski – 3,419
  8. Derek Jeter – 3,320
  9. Paul Molitor – 3,319
  10. Eddie Collins – 3,315

With a great season, Jeter could jump Tris Speaker to take over fifth place all-time. Jeter is retiring after the season and looks likely to call it a career with at least the sixth most hits in baseball history. That is something else.

Coming into Sunday’s game, Jeter was 2-for-11 with four walks on the season. Had he not missed almost all of 2013 with leg and ankle problems, he’d have a chance to finish his career as high as third place on the all-time hits list.

Cap Anson, who played during the 1800s, retired with 3,435 career hits, but pre-1900 hit totals are not recognized due to the unreliability of the information.

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Did You Know…

In the history of the Dodgers baseball franchise, Mike Piazza is the lone player to hit at least .350 and slug 40 home runs in the same season.


2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Roberto Clemente

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Roberto Clemente

With the new 2013 Topps Archives baseball card set release, the ‘Mini Tallboys’ subset is easily one of the best parts of the issue.

The cards from this subset offer a very basic, but throwback feel that screams vintage. The set is 40 cards deep and offers a nice mixture of current players, stars from the 1980′s, and Hall of Fame legends.

This is the card of Roberto Clemente from the set:



One of the most dynamic Latin baseball players of all-time, Roberto Clemente was a pioneer for putting Latino players on par with the rest of the baseball world.

And Clemente was the star of the show!!

A 12-time All-star boasting enviable offensive and defensive skills, there was nothing that Clemente could not do on a baseball diamond.  The owner of 3,000 career hits, 240 home runs, and 11 Gold Glove trophies, Clemente was one of the brightest stars in the National League for the better part of 18 years.

Clemente competed in two World Series championships, winning titles in both 1960 and 1971.  In ’71 he was the World Series MVP largely due to his .414 batting average, 2 home runs, and 4 RBI.

1963 Headline: Pete Rose’s Debut A Hit. 2, Actually!!

1963 Headline: Pete Rose’s Debut A Hit.  2, Actually!!

On this day back in 1963, Pete Rose made his major league debut during Spring Training for the Cincinnati Reds.

The game’s all-time hits king established himself early as he collected two hits in two at-bats against the Chicago White Sox.  And although nobody, except maybe for Pete, would have predicted what was going to follow over the next 24 big league seasons, it is very clear based on his debut performance that at the age of 22 Pete Rose had big league skills!!

I Told You I Would Finish That 1997 Topps Gold Roberto Clemente Set…

I Told You I Would Finish That 1997 Topps Gold Roberto Clemente Set…

I told you, I told you…

At the baseball card show that I attended back in January, I was able to grab 4 of 5 cards from a 1997 Topps Gold tribute set that celebrated the career of Roberto Clemente.  At the time, I did not know that the set was just 5 cards deep, but I thought that being able to purchase cards 1-4 was a pretty solid start.

When I returned home from the show, I did a little homework and learned that the card was indeed just 5 cards deep.

And then I made it a collecting mission of mine to nab.

And I was able to grab RC5, the fifth card, two weeks ago and I posted about it here.

Now, the set is complete.  And it looks great!!

Check it out:



I have to say that the set was very easy to piece together and I am especially proud to honor the career of Mr. Clemente in this way.

I wish that there were more of these kinds of sets out there – they are right up this collector’s alley!

Derek Jeter 2014 Topps ‘All Rookie Cup Team’

Derek Jeter 2014 Topps ‘All Rookie Cup Team’

While I have every intention of going after this full subset in the coming weeks, I pulled this card from a pack of cards and have set it aside for my small Derek Jeter collection.

I am not planning on investing heavily(time or money) into Jeter, but if I pull anything out of packs, I will keep them.  And maybe in time, I will go back and try to grab a few more Jeter cards that appeal to me.

Like this one does…  From the 2014 Topps Series 1 ‘All Rookie Cup Team’.

Have a look:



I love the card design of this subset.  And even with quite a bit of empty space, the look works.  And it also complements the Yankees’ color scheme exceptionally well.

And now, I am ready to go after the full set!!

Did You Know…

The record for the most singles hit in a single major league baseball season is held by Ichiro Suzuki.  In 2004, Ichiro connected for 225 singles.


Roberto Clemente 1997 Topps Gold ‘A Tribute To Roberto Clemente’ Card #RC5

Roberto Clemente 1997 Topps Gold ‘A Tribute To Roberto Clemente’ Card #RC5

You may recall that at the baseball card show that I attended in January I scored four of five cards from a special Roberto Clemente tribute set issued by Topps.

You can re-read that post here.

At the time of that purchase,I had no idea of the size of the full set I just happened to have found the four cards together in a bargain bin and really liked the look of the cards and the Golden accents from the design.

Well, I paid just $1.00 for those four cards and I was off to the start of a very affordable commemorative set that honors Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente.

And now, I have secured card #5, the last one of the set.

Have a look:


I bought this one from a seller on Sportlots when I was doing some PC shopping.  And while I paid the same amount for this one that I paid for the other four combined, I am happy to bring it home.

The card shows a great action shot of Clemente getting ready to fire a ball into the infield.  And the backdrop of the Puerto Rico flag is a very solid, yet subtle, addition to the card.