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1996 HEADLINE: Andre Dawson Connects For Final Home Run Of His Career, #438

1996 HEADLINE: Andre Dawson Connects For Final Home Run Of His Career, #438

On this day in 1996, Andre Dawson connected for the last home run of his major league baseball career.  Dawson and the Marlins were at home facing the Houston Astros.  Dawson entered the game as a pinch hitter and with two men on in the bottom of the eighth inning, he connected on a 3-1 pitch for a deep home run down the left field line.  The blast, #438 of his career, came against the Houston Astros and pitcher Xavier Hernandez.  Two men were on base for the shot, and Dawson plated three runs to help extend the Marlins lead and eventual 6-0 win.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Dawson!!!

dawson marlins

1990 HEADLINE: Dawson Joins Elite 2,000 Hits, 400 Home Runs, & 300 Stolen Base Club

1990 HEADLINE: Dawson Joins Elite 2,000 Hits, 400 Home Runs, & 300 Stolen Base Club

1990 HEADLINE: Dawson Joins Elite Hits, Home Runs, & Stolen Base Club

On this day in 1990, Andre Dawson became just the second player in major league baseball history to achieve 2,000 hits, 30o home runs, and 300 steals.

The feat that got him to this mark?  The 300th stolen base of his career.  The steal came in the bottom of the first inning against the New York Mets.  Dawson singled off of Mets pitcher Ron Darling and immediately stole second base putting himself in scoring position.  He would score the second run of the game for the Cubs on a single by outfielder Derrick May.  The Cubs went on to lose the game 11-5.

Congratulations on #300 ‘Hawk’!!!!

Dawson CC

1983 HEADLINE: Ferguson Jenkins Captures Final Win Of His Career, #284

1983 HEADLINE: Ferguson Jenkins Captures Final Win Of His Career, #284

On this day in 1983, Fergie Jenkins recorded the final win of his 19-year major league career.

The win, #284 of his career and #6 of the 1983 baseball season, came in a 7-6 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field.

Jenkins entered the game in a relief role and blew the save allowing two runs to the Pirates in the top of the seventh inning giving the Bucs the lead.  But, the Cubs scored two runs in the bottom half of the inning giving the Cubs the lead and putting Jenkins on track for the win.

On the night, Jenkins threw 1.2 innings allowing 2 hits and 2 runs while walking 2 batters and striking out 2 others.  He lasted long enough to secure the victory, with Lee Smith picking up the save.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Jenkins!!!

Jenkins 1983

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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