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1987 HEADLINE: Schmidt Connects For Home Run #500!!!

1987 HEADLINE: Schmidt Connects For Home Run #500!!!

On this day in 1987 Michael Jack Schmidt hit the 500th home run of is incredible career!!

I remember watching the highlights of this game. The joy that Schmidt shared with us as he rounded the bases while pumping his fists is one of the greatest memories I have of baseball from 1980′s. Rarely do you see a player emit so much joy during a game, but Schmidt did not hold back and I am thankful that I was able to enjoy his moment with him.

Schmidt finished his career with 548 home runs placing him in 13th place on the all-time list.

Congratulations Mike and Happy Anniversary!!!

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Reggie Jackson 2001 Upper Deck UD Decades ‘Disco Era Dandies’

Reggie Jackson 2001 Upper Deck UD Decades ‘Disco Era Dandies’

My friends, sometimes a card company just gets it right.

The card theme is matched perfectly by the card’s design.  And you get a work of art.

Upper Deck was excellent at doing this.  And this card of Reggie Jackson from their 2001 UD Decades ‘Disco Era Dandies’ is an awesome baseball card.

Enjoy!

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Told ya!

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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Andre Dawson 2005 Upper Deck Artifacts Game-Used Jersey Relic Card

Andre Dawson 2005 Upper Deck Artifacts Game-Used Jersey Relic Card

I’m not sure how I overlooked this card for as long as I did, but I always thought that I had it in my collection.

Yes, my Andre Dawson relic collection has more than 100 cards in it, but I maintain a pretty well-organized checklist of the cards I own, but I must have just missed this one altogether.

It wasn’t until the card you see below came across Ebay that I checked my list of cards to see if I did.  The reason I went back?  I was not sure the one I owned was serial numbered – and if it was not, than this would be another unique card for my collection.  So, I checked, and the card was not listed.  Then I went to the box that holds my Dawson relic cards (in order by year and brand, of course) and it was not there either.

So, I bought it!  Plain and simple.  And now I have a new relic card of Andre Dawson in my collection.  And it is serial numbered as 133/325.

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SWEET!!!

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 74/660 – #620 – 1975 Rookie Quad w/Carter, Hill, Meyer, Roberts

1975 Topps Set Card 74/660 – #620 – 1975 Rookie Quad w/Carter, Hill, Meyer, Roberts

Progress: 74/660

Player Name:  Gary Carter, Marc Hill, Danny Meyer, Leon Roberts

Card Number:  620

Team:  Montreal Expos, San Francisco Giants, Detroit Tigers, Detroit Tigers

Position:  Catchers & Outfielders

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

How these players fared in 1975:

Carter – Carter was runner-up for the Rookie Of The Year Award with his .270 batting average and 20 doubles, 17 home runs, 58 runs scored, and 68 RBI.

Hill – Hill hit .217 in 72 games.  He connected for 39 hits, 4 of which were doubles and 5 home runs.

Meyer – Meyer appeared in 122 games for the Tigers in 1975.  He hit .236 with 111 total hits and 47 RBI with 58 runs scored.

Roberts – Roberts hit .257 in 129 games for the Tigers.  Of his 115 hits, 17 were doubles and 10 were home runs.  He scored 51 runs while driving in another 38.

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1993 HEADLINE: Andre Dawson Joins The ’400 Home Run Club’

1993 HEADLINE: Andre Dawson Joins The ’400 Home Run Club’

On a new team, and playing in front of his home crowd for the first time, Andre Dawson crushed home run #400 of his career in front of 22,000+ fans at Fenway Park.

The former Expos and Cubs All-star player was signed by Boston as a free agent following the 1992 baseball season.  And it did not take long for ‘The Hawk’ to earn the respect and admiration of the ‘Fewnway Faithful’ when he launched a solo home run over the ‘Green Monster’ in the second inning of the contest off of Indians’ pitcher Jose Mesa.

#400 was the first of what would be 13 home runs that Dawson would hit during his 1993 campaign in Boston.

Happy Anniversary Andre!!!

Andre Dawson Signed Ball #16 – Fenway Park 100th Anniversary Ball. Come See!!

Andre Dawson Signed Ball #16 – Fenway Park 100th Anniversary Ball.  Come See!!

I don’t recall how or when I picked it up, but I had a $50 Amazon gift card in my ‘stack’ of gift cards with active balances on them.

While shopping on Amazon a few weeks ago while looking for the new Rawlings Wrigley Field commemorative baseballs, I found a similarly themed Fenway Park ball.

So, I bought two of them.  One for Fergie Jenkins.  And one for Andre Dawson.

And after waiting for just a few weeks, the ball that I sent to Mr. Dawson has been returned to me.  And it is signed beautifully!

Have a look:

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I asked Andre to add the ‘#10′ inscription to the ball as this is the jersey number he wore while with the club during the 1993 and 1994 baseball seasons.  I think it looks great!

And when I eventually get that Wrigley Field ball signed, these two special edition balls will look great together.

Enjoy.  And ‘Thanks for Reading’!!!

2014 Topps Series 1 “Topps All Rookie Cup Team” – Joe Morgan

2014 Topps Series 1 “Topps All Rookie Cup Team” – Joe Morgan

Topps’ All-Rookie Team means a lot of different things to a lot of different collectors.  But, one thing is for certain – If your card is tagged with the All-Rookie Team logo, you did something during your first season in the big leagues to make yourself stand out from the rest.

And for that reason alone, I can totally support a set of cards that picks ‘The Best Of The Best’ from these teams.

In 2014, Topps issued a subset in their Series 1 release that took one player at each position, naming them to the ‘Topps All Rookie Cup Team’.

Representing the catcher is Joe Morgan:

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In his first full season with the Houston Astros in 1965, Joe Morgan proved that he belonged in the big leagues.

Morgan played in 157 games for the team, collecting 163 hits.  Of the 163 hits, Morgan connected for 22 doubles, 12 triples, and 14 home runs.  He stole 20 bases in 1965 en route to scoring 100 runs for the team.

 

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’!!