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1953 HEADLINE: Ernie Banks Hits First Home Run Of His Major League Career

1953 HEADLINE:  Ernie Banks Hits First Home Run Of His Major League Career

On this day in 1953, Ernie Banks hit the first home run of his career as a professional baseball player.

Nobody knew what was in store for Banks’ future, but ‘Mr. Cub’ certainly left a lasting impression on the city of Chicago and the sport of baseball.

Home Run #1 was just the start.  The start of 512 career home runs.  The start of 11 All-star appearances.  The start of 1 Gold Glove award.  And the start of 2 Most Valuable Player awards.  Home Run #1 started it all…

Congratulations and Happy Anniversary Mr. Ernie Banks!!!

Banks

1976 HEADLINE: Andre Dawson Collects 1st Stolen Base Of Major League Career

1976 HEADLINE: Andre Dawson Collects 1st Stolen Base Of Major League Career

On this day in 1976, the Montreal Expos hosted the St. Louis Cardinals for a double header.

In game two of the double header, Andre Dawson stole the first base of his major league career.  The steal came in the bottom of the second inning after Andre hit a single to lead-off the inning.  The steal came against the combination of Eddie Solomon and John Tamargo.  Dawson would later score for the Expos on a single by Barry Foote.

On the day, Dawson was 2-for-4 for with 2 singles, 1 run scored, 1 RBI, and a stolen base.  The Expos lost the game 7-4.

Happy Anniversary Andre!!!

Dawson Stealing Bases

Happy Birthday Ryne Sandberg!!!

Happy Birthday Ryne Sandberg!!!

Ryne Sandberg turns 55 years old today!!

One of the greatest offensive infielders to have played the game, Sandberg is a Hall of Famer and fan favorite.

And in the city of Chicago he is still as loved today as he was during his playing days with the team that started more than 25 years ago.

Sandberg is currently managing the Philadelphia Phillies as he took over for Charlie Manuel a few seasons ago.  I wish him well in his quest to return the Phillies back to the top of the NL East and into the playoffs.  I just hope that he does not do it at the expense of my Marlins…

Go Get ‘Em Ryno!!!  Happy Birthday!!!

1975 Topps Set Card 264/660 – #59 – Ken Henderson, White Sox

1975 Topps Set Card 264/660 – #59 – Ken Henderson, White Sox

Progress: 264/660

Card Number:  59

Player Name:  Ken Henderson

Team:  Chicago White Sox

Position:  Outfield

Image Style:  Posed Hitting

Years In The Major Leagues:  16 seasons, 1965-80

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Ken Henderson played in 140 games for the White Sox in 1975.  Henderson hit .251 on the year with 129 hits in 513 at-bats.  Of his 129 hits, Henderson connected for 20 doubles, 3 triples, and 9 home runs.  He drove in 53 runs for the Sox while also scoring 65 times.

Notes From Career:  Ken Henderson played for 7 different clubs during his 16-season big league career.  He is a lifetime .257 hitter with 1,168 career hits.  Henderson connected for 216 doubles and 122 home runs during his playing days while also stealing 86 bases (52 between 1970-72).

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Andre Dawson 2013 Panini Prizm – Blue Pulsar

Andre Dawson 2013 Panini Prizm – Blue Pulsar

This is the fourth card from the 2013 Panini Prizm set that I have scored of Andre Dawson thus far.

And the journey has not been easy as there are not a lot of these cards available on the secondary market.

So far, I have the base card, the Prizm card, the Red Pulsar card, and now the Blue Pulsar.

Have a look:

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The Blue is nice, it complements the Cubs colors that ‘The Hawk’ is sporting in the picture that was used for the card.

I’m hoping I can snag a few more cards from this set soon.  Time will only tell…

1975 Topps Set Card 261/660 – #557 – Larry Gura, Yankees

1975 Topps Set Card 261/660 – #557 – Larry Gura, Yankees

Progress: 261/660

Card Number:  557

Player Name:  Larry Gura

Team:  New York Yankees

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  16 seasons, 1970-85

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Larry Gura appeared in 24 games for the New York Yankees during the 1975 baseball season.  He compiled a record of 7-8 with 5 complete games at the conclusion of the year.  Gura pitched in 151 innings, giving up 173 hits and 65 runs.  He struck out just 65 batters in those 151 innings while walking 41.

Notes From Career:  Gura pitched in 403 games during his major league career.  He has a record of 126-97 with 71 complete games, 16 shutouts, and 14 saves.  Gura’s career ERA is 3.76 as he allowed 958 runs across 2,047 innings of work.  Gura was an All-Star during the 1980 baseball season and he has 3 Top 9 finishes for the Cy Young Award on his resume.

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1976 HEADLINE: Andre Dawson Collects 1st Hit Of Big League Career

1976 HEADLINE: Andre Dawson Collects 1st Hit Of Big League Career

On this day in 1976, Andre Dawson connected for the first hit of his major league baseball career.

The hit, a single, came on the road with the Expos facing the Philadelphia Phillies at Veteran’s Stadium.

Batting seventh for the Expos, the hit came in the top of the second inning off of future Hall of Fame pitcher, Steve Carlton.  The hit would be Dawson’s lone hit of the game as he went 1-for-4 with a single and a strikeout.

Happy Anniversary Andre!!

Dawson Expos