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Don Mattingly & The 1984 American League Batting Title

Don Mattingly & The 1984 American League Batting Title

It’s not too often that a young player can enter the league and make the kind of impact at the plate that Don Mattingly did. Sure, one may come along and launch a bunch of home runs, but to lead the league in hitting at the age of just 23 and in your first full major league season is simply incredible.

And that is precisely what Don Mattingly did in 1984. Playing in 153 games for the New York Yankees, Mattingly led the American League with a .343 batting average. He topped teammate Dave Winfield, a 10-year veteran, by three points!

Happy Birthday Don Mattingly!!!

Happy Birthday Don Mattingly!!!

Don Mattingly turns 53 years old today.

So, we’re going to continue a ’30-YOC’ tradition by dedicating today’s full day of posts to the fabulous career of Don Mattingly, aka Donnie Baseball!!!

As time passes, my appreciation for Mattingly grows considerably. From an offensive standpoint, there was nothing Mattingly could not do. A blend of contact and power hitting were some of Mattingly’s greatest strengths. And defensively at first base there was no-one better during his playing days. 9 Gold Gloves, 3 Silver Slugger Awards, and an MVP Award later and you have an extremely solid career from one of baseball’s biggest stars during the 80′s.

When you talk about the most well-rounded players from his era, Don Mattingly has to be one of the first names mentioned. Due to his incredible talents, Mattingly was wildly popular. During his time with the Yankees, he was the team leader and captain. And now more than 20 years removed, he remains a favorite of collectors today.

Happy Birthday to Donnie Baseball!!

1975 Topps Set Card 75/660 – #23 – Bill Russell, Dodgers

1975 Topps Set Card 75/660 – #23 – Bill Russell, Dodgers

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Player Name:  Bill Russell

Card Number:  23

Team:  Los Angeles Dodgers

Position:  Shortstop

Image Style:  Posed Action

Years In The Major Leagues:  18 seasons, 1969-86

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Limited to just 86 games played in 1975, Russell hit just .206.  He missed half of the season due to injuries, including one to his shoulder.

Notes From Career:  Russell was a member of the Dodgers’ longest running infield during  the 1970′s.  He is a career .263 hitter with 1,926 career hits.  Russell was a 3-time All-Star and retired with a .961 fielding percentage.  He was a member of the 1981 World Series winning Dodgers.

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

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

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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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1975 Topps Set Card 72/660 – #10 – Willie Davis, Expos

1975 Topps Set Card 72/660 – #10 – Willie Davis, Expos

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Player Name:  Willie Davis

Card Number:  10

Team:  Montreal Expos

Position:  Outfield

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  18 seasons, 1960-76, 1979

Notes From His 1975 Season:  While featured as a member of the Expos on his 1975 Topps baseball card, Willie Davis played for the Rangers and Cardinals during the ’75 season.  He played in a total of 140 games as he collected 144 hits en route to a .277 batting average.  Of his 144 hits, 27 were doubles and 11 were home runs.  Davis also stole 23 bases in 1975 while scoring 57 runs and driving in 67.

Notes From Career:  Davis had a fantastic big league career punctuated by 2 All-Star selections and 3 Gold Glove Awards.  He was a member of the 1963 and 1965 World Series championship winning Los Angeles Dodgers teams.  He had 2,561 career hits with 321 doubles, 110 triples, 154 home runs, and 335 stolen bases.

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

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

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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 Gil Hodges!!!

Happy Birthday Gil Hodges!!!

Today we celebrate the life of Gil Hodges.  And while he is no longer physically with us, the amazing things he did on the baseball field will live on forever…

Hodges played for 18 seasons in the major leagues, making the All-Star team on eight occasions.  He spent a majority of his time in the field at first base, but also put in innings of work at catcher, third base, and in the outfield.

Offensively, Hodges was extremely productive.  A power hitter, with a knack for run production, he hit 20 or more home runs 11 times, while passing the 40-home run mark twice.  He also drove in 100 or more runs seven times and scored 80 or more runs during eight campaigns.

Hodges spent his playing days with the Brooklyn Dodgers, Los Angeles Dodgers, and New York Mets.  He is a 3-time Gold Glove winner and finished in the Top 10 for the MVP award three times.

Happy Birthday Mr. Hodges!!

Happy Birthday Don Sutton!!!

Happy Birthday Don Sutton!!!

Don Sutton turns 69 years old today.

Don Sutton was elected into baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1998. With a career win-loss record of 324-256, Sutton had double-digit wins in 22 of his 23 seasons. With 3,574 strikeouts and a career ERA of just 3.26, Sutton was a dominant pitcher in the National League from his rookie season in 1966 through the mid 80′s.

Happy Birthday Mr. Sutton!!

1975 Topps Set Card 61/660 – #477 – Tom Hutton, Phillies

1975 Topps Set Card 61/660 – #477 – Tom Hutton, Phillies

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Player Name:  Tom Hutton

Card Number:  477

Team:  Philadelphia Phillies

Position:  1st Base, Outfield

Image Style:  Posed Batting

Years In The Major Leagues:  12 seasons, 1966, 1969, 1972-81

Notes From His 1975 Season:   Hutton played in 113 games for the Phillies in 1975.  He connected for 41 hits in those games en route to a .248 batting average.  Of his 41 hits, Hutton collected 6 doubles and 3 home runs with 24 RBI and 24 runs scored.

Notes From Career:  I have had the pleasure of watching Tommy Hutton on television as he is part of the Marlins TV broadcast team.  As a player, Hutton had 410 career hits in 952 games played.  He is a career .248 hitter and hit a career high .309 in 1977 with the Phillies.

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Happy Birthday Brian Jordan!!!

Happy Birthday Brian Jordan!!!

2-Sport superstar Brian Jordan turns 46 years old today.

Often overlooked because of the attention given to Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders, Brian Jordan was another 2-sport star that excelled at both professional baseball and football.

And while Jackson and Sanders may have left bigger impressions on the football field, Jordan was a much better baseball player.

Blessed with power and speed, Jordan had the tools to be an All-Star on the baseball diamond.  A solid hitter, Jordan sports a career batting average of .282 while also having three .300+ seasons under his belt.  With a flare for both speed and power, Jordan collected 119 stolen bases during his 15-year career and 184 home runs as well.

Jordan was selected as an All-Star in 1999.  He placed in the Top 20 for the MVP on three different occasions with his highest place in 1996 at 8th with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Happy Birthday Mr. Jordan!!!