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Happy Birthday Jim Abbott!!!

Happy Birthday Jim Abbott!!!

Jim Abbott turns 47 years old today.

One of the most inspirational athletes of my generation, Jim Abbott and his amazing story remain as a precious baseball memory for me.

I knew little about Abbott prior to his rookie card debut in the 1988 Topps baseball card set.  Back then it meant quite a bit to be part of the Team USA set so I always tried to spend a little time learning about the players featured.  And with no Internet, this was quite a challenge.  But when Abbott’s second card came out in the 1989 Topps set, he had a reputation and stories about him and his abilities became more available to collectors.

Abbott was a fan favorite in each city he called ‘home’.  And on the road he was quite an attraction.

Happy Birthday Mr. Abbott!!!

1975 Topps Set Card 265/660 – #306 – 1974 Batting Leaders With Carew & Garr

1975 Topps Set Card 265/660 – #306 – 1974 Batting Leaders With Carew & Garr

Progress: 265/660

Player Name:  Rod Carew, Ralph Garr

Card Number:  306

Team:  Minnesota Twins, Atlanta Braves

Image Style: Posed Portrait

How they got there:

Rod Carew led all of major league baseball with a .364 batting average at the conclusion of his 1974 baseball season.  Not far behind was Ralph Garr who paced the National League with his .353 average.

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1984 HEADLINE: Reggie Jackson Crushes Home Run #500 Of His Career!!!

1984 HEADLINE: Reggie Jackson Crushes Home Run #500 Of His Career!!!

On this date in 1984, Reggie Jackson crushed the 500th home run of his Hall of Fame career!!!

One of the most impressive players in the game joined the 500 Home Run Club in front of 28,862 fans at Anaheim Stadium in California.  As a member of the Angels, Jackson and his teammates took on the first place Kansas City Royals.

In the bottom of the 7th inning with his team trailing 7-0, Reggie Jackson crushed a Bud Black pitch into the outfield stands for a home run – #500!!!

Reggie Jackson currently ranks at 13th All-time with 563 career home runs.  And although that ranking will fall a few notches over the next few years, Reggie Jackson will always be remembered as being one of the greatest home run hitters of All-time!!

Congratulations to ‘Mr. October’!!!

1993 HEADLINE – Jim Abbott Hurls No-Hitter For Yankees!!

1993 HEADLINE – Jim Abbott Hurls No-Hitter For Yankees!!

On this day in 1993, Jim Abbott pitched a no-hitter for the New York Yankees.

All major league starting pitchers have the talent to throw a no-hitter.  Yet of all of the guys that I have seen, watched, or read about tossing a ‘No-No’, Jim Abbott’s performance back in 1993 was astonishing to me and remains a bold memory for me 17 years later.

In that game, Abbott was awesome.  In front of 27,000 fans at Yankee Stadium, Abbott’s Yankees team took on the Cleveland Indians.  The Indians roster was stacked with talented hitters like Kenny Lofton, Albert Belle, Manny Ramirez, and Jim Thome.  Having to battle and overcoming these incredibly talented hitters makes Abbott’s no-hitter more remarkable…

While putting in 9 innings of work, Abbott threw 119 pitches.  And while walking 5 batters and striking out just 3 men through the game, it was Abbott’s competitive nature that helped him through the game which led his team to victory and him into baseball’s record books!!!

Congratulations Jim Abbott!!!

Reggie Jackson 2013 Pinnacle Clear Vision – ‘Single’

Reggie Jackson 2013 Pinnacle Clear Vision – ‘Single’

It’s unfortunate that you cannot see it, but this card is actually pretty neat.  The card is a hard plastic, and a small portion of it is clear.  I guess that is where the ‘Clear Vision’ theme comes into play…

Anyway, I guess that I could have put a piece of colored paper under it when I scanned it, but then I don’t know that Reggie would ‘pop’ in the same manner as he does here…

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This is a neat set by Pinnacle, and it is the first one in my collection for any of the players that I go after.

I may have to change that as I really like the look of the card, and I know that Palmer, Reggie, Stanton, Harper, and others have a lot of cards in this release.

Best of all, I did not even need or miss a ‘NY’ logo!!!

Reggie Jackson 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter – Pastime’s Pastime

Reggie Jackson 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter – Pastime’s Pastime

This card is the third of three cards of Reggie Jackson that I scored from the 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball card release.

It is also the first one that I am showing off from the “Pastime’s Pastime” subset.

Have a look:

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The card’s design is nice, and I really like the print style used on the card, but I don’t know why they made it all so dark?  Maybe to contrast the base set?  For me, it is just dark enough to be a distraction, but not dark enough to make the card horrible – I guess A&G found the sweet-spot…

And I have to say that while the image is far from superb, I am always happy to see a young Reggie Jackson on a modern baseball card!

1975 Topps Set Card 243/660 – #294 – Geoff Zahn, Dodgers

1975 Topps Set Card 243/660 – #294 – Geoff Zahn, Dodgers

Progress: 243/660

Player Name:  Geoff Zahn

Team:  Los Angeles Dodgers

Position:  Pitching

Image Style:  Posed Pitching

Years In The Major Leagues:  13 seasons, 1973-85

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Geoff Zahn appeared in 18 games during the 1975 baseball season, splitting time between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs.  Zahn started 10 games during the year, and put together a record of 2-8 with one save.  He had an ERA of 4.66 as he allowed 40 runs in 65 innings of work.

Notes From Career:  Geoff Zahn pitched for four clubs during his big league career.  A lifetime 111-109 pitcher, Zahn threw 79 complete games over his playing days with 20 shutouts.  He has a career ERA of 3.74 as he allowed 889 runs in 1,849 innings of work.  Zahn made it to the playoffs just one time, losing in the ALCS as a member of the Angels in 1982.

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