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1975 Topps Set Card 200/660 – #500 – Nolan Ryan, Angels

1975 Topps Set Card 200/660 – #500 – Nolan Ryan, Angels

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Player Name:  Nolan Ryan

Team:  California Angels

Position:   Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Pitching

Years In The Major Leagues:  27 seasons, 1966, 1968-93

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Nolan Ryan appeared in 28 games for the California Angels.  He started all of the games, and amassed a record of 14-12 with 10 complete games and 5 shutouts.  In 198 innings of work, Ryan compiled an ERA of 3.45 as he allowed 152 hits and 90 runs in that span.  Ryan struck out 186 batters in 1975, averaging 8.5 per 9 innings pitched.  Ryan was selected to the AL All-Star team in 1975.

Notes From Career:  Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan is one of the most accomplished pitchers in major league history.  He has a career record of 324-292 with 222 complete games and 61 shutouts to his credit.  In 5,386 innings of work, Ryan struck out 5,714 batters (MLB high) while walking 2,795 (MLB high).  He has a career strikeout per nine innings pitched ratio of 9.5:9 and also a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.4:1.  Ryan was selected as an All-Star 8 times, and finished in the Top 10 for the Cy Young Award 8 times.  He became a World Series champion in 1969 while with the Mets and was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999 capturing 98.8% of the votes cast.

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1975 Topps Set Card 197/660 – #114 – Dick Lange, Angels

1975 Topps Set Card 197/660 – #114 – Dick Lange, Angels

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Player Name:  Dick Lange

Team:  California Angels

Position:   Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Pitching

Years In The Major Leagues:  4 seasons, 1972-75

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Dick Lange made 30 appearances for the Angels during the 1975 baseball season, including 8 starts.  He compiled a record of 4-6 with 1 save.  In 102 innings of work, Lange surrendered 119 hits and 70 runs en route to an ERA of 5.21.  He also struck out 45 batters during that time while walking 53.

Notes From Career:  Dick Lange pitched in 70 games for the Angels between 1972 and 1975. He amassed a record of 9-15 in that time with 1 save to his credit.  Lange worked in a total of 276 innings.  In that span of work, Lange allowed 298 hits and 167 runs while striking out 137 batters and giving up 123 walks.

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1975 Topps Set Card 196/660 – #392 – Bruce Bochte, Angels

1975 Topps Set Card 196/660 – #392 – Bruce Bochte, Angels

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Player Name:  Bruce Bochte

Team:  California Angels

Position:   Outfield

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  12 seasons, 1974-82, 1984-86

Notes From His 1975 Season:  In his second big league season, Bruce Bochte appeared in 107 games for the California Angels.  He hit .285 during the season with 107 hits in 375 at-bats.  Of his 197 hits, Bochte connected for 17 doubles, 3 triples, and 3 home runs.  He scored 41 runs for the Angels in 1975, while also helping the team with 48 RBI.

Notes From Career:  Bruce Bochte hit .282 over the course of his 12-season big league career.  He had four seasons in which he hit .300 or better.  Bochte has 1,478 career hits to his credit with 250 doubles, 21 triples, and 100 home runs.  Bochte was selected as a member of the 1979 American League All-Star team.

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Baseball Card Show Purchase #3 – Rod Carew 2005 Topps Pristine ‘The Legendary Years’

Baseball Card Show Purchase #3 – Rod Carew 2005 Topps Pristine ‘The Legendary Years’

I have a very small selection of cards from this set.  But, the 2005 Topps Pristine ‘The Legendary Years’ set is really, really nice.

I’ve got Dawson cards from the set.  And Jenkins, too.  And I have a Reggie Jackson card as well.

And now, I have a great-looking Rod Carew card too.

Have a look:

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What’s not to like?  One of the best hitter of all-time.  A sweet afro.  A great-looking old-school Twins cap and jersey.  And a card finish that is both stunning and unique.

Not bad for ten cents.

1985 HEADLINE: Nolan Ryan First to 4,000 Strikeouts!!

1985 HEADLINE: Nolan Ryan First to 4,000 Strikeouts!!

On this day in 1985, Nolan Ryan collected his 4,000th career strikeout – a first in baseball history.

At home and in front of a crowd that was just a shade over 20,000, Ryan made baseball history again. In the top of the 6th inning, he struck out Danny Heep of the Mets giving him the 4,000th strikeout of his big league career.

His line for the day – 7 innings pitched, 7 hits, 3 runs, 3 walks, and 11 strikeouts!!

Happy Anniversary Mr. Ryan!!!

1975 Topps Set Card 180/660 – #16 – Frank Tanana, Angels

1975 Topps Set Card 180/660 – #16 – Frank Tanana, Angels

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Player Name:  Frank Tanana

Team:  California Angels

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  21 seasons, 1973-93

Notes From His 1975 Season:   Frank Tanana started 33 games for the Angels in 1975.  He finished the season with a record of 16-9 with 16 complete games and 5 shutouts.  Tanana worked in 257 innings, allowing 211 hits and 80 runs while striking out a league-high 269 batters.  Tanana finished in 4th place for the AL Cy Young Award at the end of the season.

Notes From Career:  Frank Tanana was a 3-time All-Star and contender for the Cy Young Award multiple times during his career.  He has a lifetime record of 240-236 with 143 complete games and 34 shutouts to his credit.  Tanana’s career ERA is 3.66 with 2,773 strikeouts and 1,255 walks allowed in 4,188 innings of play.

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1975 Topps Set Card 152/660 – #269 – Doug Rau, Dodgers

1975 Topps Set Card 152/660 – #269 – Doug Rau, Dodgers

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Player Name:  Doug Rau

Team:  Los Angeles Dodgers

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Action

Years In The Major Leagues:  9 seasons, 1972-79, 1981

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Doug Rau started 38 games for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1975.  He compiled a record of 15-9 with 8 complete games and 2 shutouts.  In 257 innings of work, Rau allowed 227 hits and 96 runs.  He struck out 151 batters in that time while also walking 61.

Notes From Career:  Doug Rau started 187 games during his 9-year playing career.  He amassed a record of 81-60 with 3 saves.  Rau has a career ERA of 3.35 with 697 strikeouts on his resume.  Doug Rau appeared in three baseball postseasons, competing in two World Series match-ups and losing both.

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Happy Birthday Wally Joyner!!!

Happy Birthday Wally Joyner!!!

Wally Joyner turns 52 years old today.

Once looked upon as a baseball savior, Wally Joyner was a hitter that possessed the skills to excite baseball fans, young and old.

Blessed with a swing that was ‘picture perfect’, Joyner had the task of coming into the league as a 24-year old rookie and saving the California Angels franchise.

And while that job may have been to large a burden for any one player to tackle, especially a rookie, Joyner excelled immediately. As a rookie, Joyner made the All-Star team, finished in 2nd place for the Rookie of the Year voting, and finished in 8th place for the MVP award. He collected 172 hits, 100 RBI, scored 82 runs, and compiled a .290 batting average during that campaign; the most successful one of his career.

In total, Wally Joyner amassed 2,060 career hits. He retired after 16 big league seasons with a .289 batting average. Other notable stats from his career include 973 runs scored, 409 doubles, 204 home runs, and 1,106 RBI.

Avery solid career for someone with a world of pressure on his shoulders – Congratulations!!!

Happy Birthday Mr. Joyner!!

Reggie Jackson 2005 Donruss Throwback Threads ‘Player Timelines’

Reggie Jackson 2005 Donruss Throwback Threads ‘Player Timelines’

I have a small stack of cards from this ‘PLayer Timelines’ set and I wish that I had more.  I like the homage that the card plays to the player’s full career, and I like that the card features multiple team logos.

Here is the Reggie Jackson card from the set.

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It’s not often that a card of Reggie Jackson that features an image of him sporting his California Angels uniform takes center stage over an image of him in his A’s or Yankees uniform, but I dig it.

And while Reggie may not have been as productive while with the Angels as he was with either team, the swing shown on the card shows that he still had some pop!!

1975 Topps Set Card 110/660 – #597 – Winston Llenas, Angels

1975 Topps Set Card 110/660 – #597 – Winston Llenas, Angels

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Player Name:  Winston Llenas

Team:  California Angels

Position:  2nd Base, 3rd Base

Image Style:  Posed Batting

Years In The Major Leagues:  6 seasons, 1968-69, 1972-75

Notes From His 1975 Season:  In his last season in the major leagues, Winston Llenas played in 56 games for the Angels.  He split time playing left field, center field, right field, first base, third base, and designated hitter.  In 113 at-bats, Llenas connected for just 21 hits en route to a .186 batting average.

Notes From Career:   A career .230 hitter, Llenas played all six of his major leagues seasons with the California Angels.  He was skilled enough to play all defensive positions except for catcher and shortstop, yet not strong enough at any position to land the full-time spot.  He retired with 122 hits in his career consisting of 17 doubles, 3 home runs, and 102 singles.

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