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Did You Know…

In the history of the Detroit Tigers, three pitchers have won both the Cy Young and Most Valuable Player awards.  They are:  Denny McClain, Guilermo Hernandez, and Justin Verlander.

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1965 HEADLINE: Orioles’ Jim Palmer Makes Major League Debut

1965 HEADLINE: Orioles’ Jim Palmer Makes Major League Debut

On this day in 1965, Jim Palmer made his major league debut.

The appearance came in a relief effort as starting pitcher Robin Roberts got battered by the Red Sox in the first two innings of the game.  Palmer entered the game in the third inning and pitched the 3rd and 4th for the O’s.  In the two innings of work, Palmer allowed just 1 hit while striking out 1 batter and walking 2.

The Orioles lost the game 9-12.  Palmer did not factor in the decision.

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1940 HEADLINE: Indians’ Bob Feller Tosses No-Hitter On Opening Day!!

1940 HEADLINE: Indians’ Bob Feller Tosses No-Hitter On Opening Day!!

You read that right, 1940.  Today marks the 70th anniversary of Bob Feller’s Opening Day no-hitter.  He is the only pitcher in major league history to toss a ‘N0-No’ in the season opener.

Battling the Chicago White Sox on the road, and in front of 14,000 fans, Feller and his Indians teammates reigned victorious as they beat the Sox 1-0.  The obvious star of the game was Feller, who dominated the Sox through all 9 innings!

Happy Anniversary Mr. Feller!

1975 Topps Set Card 73/660 – #313 – 1974 Leading Fireman

1975 Topps Set Card 73/660 – #313 – 1974 Leading Fireman

Progress: 73/660

Player Name: Terry Forster, Mike Marshall

Card Number:  313

Team:  Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers

Image Style: Posed Portrait

How they got there:

The ‘Fireman’ stat took two things into account: Saves and Wins.  When combined and then sorted by the largest amount in each league, the leaders at the conclusion of the 1974 baseball season was Terry Forster of the Chicago White Sox in the American League and Mike Marshall of the Dodgers in the National League.

Forster had 24 saves and 7 wins in the 1974, giving him 31 total points.  Marshall was a few steps ahead with 21 saves and 15 wins, good for 36 points.

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Happy Birthday Greg Maddux!!!

Happy Birthday Greg Maddux!!!

Greg Maddux turns 48 years old today.

Greg Maddux was the epitome of a hard-working pitcher.  His talent was immense and he often came across as a calm and relaxed guy.  But once Maddux took the mound, he was all about business and he excelled at a record pace.

After 23 seasons in the big leagues, Greg Maddux retired with 355 wins and 277 loses.  He has pitched over 5,000 innings during the course of his career while starting 740 games.  In his 23 seasons, Maddux threw 35 shutouts and pitched 109 complete games.

For his career, Maddux won 15 or more games in 18 of his 23 seasons; 17 of them being consecutive.  Maddux won 20 or more in 2 seasons.  He also eclipsed the 3,000 strikeout plateau with 3,371 career K’s.  His ERA at the end of his career was 3.16.

As a pitcher in the National League for the course of his career, Maddux had a career batting average of .171.  While considered to be a pretty good hitting-pitcher, Maddux hit 5 home runs and drove in 84 runs.  He has 272 hits, 103 runs scored, and 11 stolen bases to his credit.

Greg Maddux won 4 consecutive Cy Young Awards.  And in 9 straight seasons from 1992-1990, he placed in the Top 3 for the award 8 times.  Greg Maddux is an 8-time All-star and has won 18 Gold Gloves for his dominance as a defensive pitcher.

In his best season of 1995, Maddux went 19-2 while throwing 10 complete games and 3 shutouts.  In that season, his ERA was an amazing 1.63 and he struck out 181 batters while walking just 23.  In that year Maddux won his 4th and final Cy Young award, a Gold Glove, and was an All-star.

Greg Maddux was played in 3 World Series contests while winning 1 championship title.  In 1995 his Atlanta Braves were victorious.  Maddux started 2 games in that match-up as he won 1 game and lost 1 game.  In 16 innings of work, he struck out 8 batters and allowed 4 runs.

He is a member of the 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame class.

Happy Birthday ‘Professor’!!

Roy Halladay 2014 Topps Series 1 Subset – ‘Super Veterans’

Roy Halladay 2014 Topps Series 1 Subset – ‘Super Veterans’

When I got back into the hobby of baseball card collecting in the summer of 2008, my goal was to pay homage to the players that helped build my love for the game and the hobby.

The first subset I put together that helped me with that cause was the ‘Super Veterans’ subset from the 1983 Topps baseball card set.  This set is a beauty and it highlights the true legends of the game as their careers were winding down.

Halladay threw a no hitter for the Phillies against the Florida Marlins in 2010.

For the last few years, I have actively been begging Topps to bring this subset back and pay honor to today’s ‘Super Veterans’.  And while I cannot confirm that they obliged my request, I was very excited to see that a 15-card ‘Super Veterans’ subset was part of the 2014 Topps Series 1 release.

I am building the set now.  Here is the card of Roy Halladay:

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After 16 seasons of play, Roy Halladay retired at the conclusion of the 2013 baseball season.

He left the sport with a 65.9% winning percentage and a 203-105 record.  He started 390 games during his 16-year career and threw 67 complete games with 20 shutouts.  He had a career ERA of 3.38 with 2,117 strikeouts and a K:9 innings ratio of 6.9 per 9 innings thrown.

Halladay was a 9-time All-star and a winner of 2 Cy Young Awards.  He also had 5 other ‘Top 6′ finishes for the award.  Halladay made it to the postseason three times.  His top performance was a no-hitter for the Phillies, just the second no-hitter in postseason history.

1975 Topps Set Card 70/660 – #330 – Mike Marshall, Dodgers

1975 Topps Set Card 70/660 – #330 – Mike Marshall, Dodgers

Progress: 70/660

Player Name:  Mike Marshall

Card Number:  330

Team:  Los Angeles Dodgers

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style:  In-Game Action

Years In The Major Leagues:  14 seasons, 1967, 1969-81

Notes From His 1975 Season:  After leading the league in appearance in three straight seasons, Mike Marshall appeared in 58 games in 1975.  He compiled a 9-14 record with 18 saves.  In 109 innings of work, Marshall had a 3.20 ERA with 64 strikeouts and 39 walks.

Notes From Career:  Mike Marshall pitched in the big leagues for 14 seasons.  He was a relief pitcher who had a knack for getting into a lot of ballgames.  During his 14-year career, Marshall pitched in 724 games.  He led the league in appearances during four different seasons.  He has a lifetime record of 97-112 with 188 saves and an ERA of 31.4.  Marshall was a 2-time All-Star and the winner of the 1974 NL CY Young Award.  He played in the 1974 World Series, but ultimately lost to the Oakland Athletics.

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Happy Birthday Bret Saberhagen!!!

Happy Birthday Bret Saberhagen!!!

Bret Saberhagen turns 50 years old today.

Bret Saberhagen put together a nice 16-season career for himself.  If it were not for his playing for so many losing teams, who knows what he could have accomplished.  The individual accomplishments that Bret achieved rival those of some of the greatest pitchers from the 1980′s and 90′s.  A 2-time Cy Young Award winner and World Series MVP, many would love to have his resume.

Saberhagen’s career record of  167-117 doesn’t do justice for some of the finest single seasons by any pitcher in the 80′s.  As a member of the Kansas City Royals in 1985, Bret won his first Cy Young award as he finished the season with a 20-6 record while striking out 158 batters and walking just 38.  The dominance continued into the post-season in ’85 as his Royals went on to win the World Series behind Bret’s MVP performance.  In the ’85 match-up he pitched 2 complete games, earning the win in each, while allowing just 1 run in 18 innings.  A few seasons later in 1989, Saberhagen again had a monstrous year as he went 23-6, with a 2.16 ERA and he struck out 193 batters while allowing just 43 walks.  These amazing stats earned Bret his 2nd Cy Young  Award in 5 seasons.

After 8 amazing seasons with the Royals, Bret went on to play for the New York Mets, Colorado Rockies, and the Boston Red Sox.  Although he did compile 3 more 10+ win seasons during his last 8 years in the big leagues, he was unable to recapture his amazing from his days in Kansas City.

It should be noted that Saberhagen has an incredible K:walk ratio.  For his career, he has 1,715 strikeouts while giving up just 471 walks – good for a 3.64:1 K:walk ratio which ranks him at #10 in major league history.

Happy Birthday Mr. Saberhagen!!!

A Special Shipment Headed To Hall OF Famer, Fergie Jenkins!!!!

A Special Shipment Headed To Hall OF Famer,  Fergie Jenkins!!!!

On the way in to work this morning, I made a quick stop at my local USPS building so I could drop a very special package in the mail.

One of my collecting goals for 2014 is to add some bulk to my ‘Ultimate Jenkins’ collection.  So, I am taking a few steps towards making that happen.

This very special package is headed to Mr. Jenkins this morning!!!

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As soon as it is returned back to me, I will unveil the goodies inside!!

Happy Birthday Jim ‘Catfish’ Hunter!!!

Happy Birthday Jim ‘Catfish’ Hunter!!!

Today we celebrate the birthday of Jim ‘Catfish’ Hunter.

Hunter’s Hall of Fame resume includes a 224-166 record.  Catfish pitched for 15 seasons in the big leagues and was an 8-time All-Star.  He won the Cy Young award in 1974 when he went 25-12 with a 2.49 ERA.  Catfish won 5 World Series rings – 3 with the Oakland A’s and 2 with the New York Yankees.

Happy Birthday ‘Catfish’!!!