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On this day in 1961, Roger Maris of the New York Yankees broke the all-time single season home run record by crushing his 61st home run of the season.

In the 163rd, and final game of the season, Maris entered the game with 60 home runs.  At home and in front of more than 23,000 fans, Maris connected for number 61 in the bottom of the 4th inning.  His home run would represent the only run scored in the game, giving the New York Yankees a 1-0 victory.

His home run gave baseball fans something to cheer about, although most would have preferred if it was another Yankee outfielder to be the one rounding the bases for number 61.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Maris – Truly one of baseball’s greatest legends!!!

1932 HEADLINE: Babe Ruth Calls His Shot!!!

1932 HEADLINE: Babe Ruth Calls His Shot!!!

On this day in 1932, one of baseball’s greatest stories was written.

Here is a condensed version of the story as brought to you by Wikipedia:

“Babe Ruth’s called shot was the home run hit by Babe Ruth of the New York Yankees in the fifth inning of Game 3 of the 1932 World Series, held on October 1, 1932 at Wrigley Field in Chicago. During the at-bat, Ruth made a pointing gesture, which existing film confirms, but the exact nature of his gesture is ambiguous. Although neither fully confirmed nor refuted, the story goes that Ruth pointed to the center field bleachers during the at-bat. It was allegedly a declaration that he would hit a home run to this part of the park. On the next pitch, Ruth hit a home run to center field.”

And the result of that?  An 80+ year old baseball legend that is still fondly talked about today.

Happy Anniversary Babe!!!

Cal Ripken Jr. 1991 Upper Deck

Cal Ripken Jr. 1991 Upper Deck

Upper Deck gave the hobby such a great shot in the arm in 1989 when they debuted their baseball card product to the world.

And while there were very few dramatic changes made to their card designs during their first few years of existence, the 1991 product still looks great and holds up very well today.

Here is the card of Cal Ripken Jr. from that set:

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Gotta love those old school low-top Adidas cleats that Cal was rockin’ back in the early 90’s!!

1998 HEADLINE: Barry Bonds Joins ‘The 40/40 Club’

1998 HEADLINE: Barry Bonds Joins ‘The 40/40 Club’

On this day in 1996, Barry Bonds joined an elite class of baseball player by becoming a member of the ’40/40 Club’.

On the road in Colorado, and nearing the end of the 1998 baseball season, Barry Bonds swiped the 40th base of his season.  That steal, his last one of the 1998 season, became monumental occasion launching Bonds into another world of player.

As the third member of the group, Bonds’ all-around athletic game put him on par with the other members of the ’40/40 Club’ – Jose Canseco and Alex Rodriguez.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Bonds!!!

Cal Ripken Jr. 1986 Topps All-Star – Back When All-Star Cards Were Boring…

Cal Ripken Jr. 1986 Topps All-Star

Even as a kid, I did not know why Topps gave us such boring cards of their All-Stars.  As someone who built sets, collected specific players, and ripped open tons and tons of packs, I always found the Topps All-Star card from the mid-1980’s and into the 1990’s a bore.

Proof is below as this is Cal Ripken Jr’s All-Star card from the 1986 Topps set.

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Personally, I would prefer a card that displays an action that made Cal’s selection to the All-Star team a worthy one.  Give me him playing defense at shortstop.  Show me a shot of him rounding first and heading to second base with a full head of steam.  Give me a shot of him sliding at the plate as he scores a run.

Give me anything except for something that is so boring it could induce a coma!

Today, I am happy to see that they have put more emphasis on celebrating the stars.  While some of the number of cards of today’s players in a single set may be overkill, at least they offer good images and action.

1998 HEADLINE: Ripken’s Streak Ends At 2,632 Games

1998 HEADLINE: Ripken’s Streak Ends At 2,632 Games

On this day in 1998, Cal Ripken voluntarily sat out his first baseball game in more than 16 seasons.

Baseball’s ‘Iron Man’ thought that it was time for a break, albeit just one game.

Cal’s streak will go down as one baseball’s most grand accomplishments.  His class on and off the field accompanied by a very large baseball skill set makes him one of the greatest ambassadors that the sport will ever encounter.

Always gracious, always smiling, always a favorite – Thank You Cal!!!

Rather Quickly, My New Cal Ripken Jr. Player Collection Is Up To 127 Unique Cards!! Come See.

Rather Quickly, My New Cal Ripken Jr. Player Collection Is Up To 127 Unique Cards!!  Come See.

Friends, it has officially been less than a month, and I have already amassed a Cal Ripken Jr. collection of cards that amounts to 127 unique cards.

Yes, 127!

When I first proclaimed that I was going to be going after Cal for a player collection, the response was great and the number emails I received offering me cards was high.

I started with 27 cards in my collection on August 24 (Cal’s birthday).

An enormous stack of Ripken cards was delivered to me courtesy of Ryan from the blog, ‘Oh No, Another Orioles Blog’.

And I also received a nice assortment of cards from a Sportlots.com purchase.

And now, I am sitting at 127 unique cards of baseball’s ‘Ironman’.

And as you can see by checking out the column of cards on the extreme right of this 3-row box, my Cal Ripken collection is already on par with some of my other rapidly expanding vintage PC’s.

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So, now it is time to dig in and start showing off the Ripkens that I have acquired.  So, be prepared because there is going to be a lot of Cal Ripken coverage at ’30-YOC’ over the next few weeks, and months, and probably years.

And then, I will seek more cards to add and show off.  And then more.  And then more.

Enjoy.  And ‘Thanks for reading’.