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Happy Birthday Nomar Garciaparra!!!

Happy Birthday Nomar Garciaparra!!!

Nomar Garciaparra turns 41 years old today!!

I have been racking my brain for the last few days trying to remember a rookie that has impressed me as much as Nomar Garciaparra did during his rookie campaign in 1997. And to be honest, if it wasn’t for Jerome Walton’s amazing year in 1989 and Mike Trout’s debut in 2012, I would say that Nomar’s rookie year is the most impressive one I have ever been witness to.

In the ’97 season, Nomar took the baseball world by storm. He collected 209 hits while ending the year with a .306 average. He belted 30 home runs, collected 98 RBI, and scored 122 times. He was also able to amass 44 doubles, steal 22 bases, and amazingly show enough patience as a hot-hitting rookie to strike out just 92 times. That season was certainly Nomar’s most highly decorated one too. He was an American League All-star and he won the Silver Slugger award, finished in 8th place for the MVP, and was the league’s Rookie Of The Year award winner.

The sky was the limit for Nomar and over the next 6 seaons, he finished in the Top 7 for the MVP award five times.

Happy Birthday Nomar!!!

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Happy Birthday Don Drysdale!!!

Happy Birthday Don Drysdale!!!

Don Drysdale had a very stellar 14-year baseball career that ultimately landed him among the greatest pitchers from his era.

Starting 465 games during that span, Drysdale earned a record of 209-166, while throwing 167 complete games including 49 shutouts.

His dominance continued into the post-season as he helped lead the Dodgers into 5 World Series championship match-ups, and 3 titles.

Drysdale was a 8-time All-Star and winner of the 1962 National League Cy Young Award. He is a member of the 1984 Hall of Fame class.

Happy Birthday Mr. Drysdale, they don’t make them like you anymore!!!

Happy Birthday Charles Johnson!!!

Happy Birthday Charles Johnson!!!

Charles Johnson turns 43 years old today.

Charles Johnson means a lot to Florida Marlins fans, and the people of Miami.

Johnson is a local product, having played his college baseball at the University of Miami. He was drafted by the Marlins during the first round of the 1992 draft. And a few years later, he was the starting catcher for the team – his team.

Johnson played in the big leagues for 12 seasons; 7 of which were in Miami. He helped lead the team to the 1997 World Series with his stellar defense. In total, Johnson collected four Gold Glove Awards for his defensive excellence at catcher.

Johnson is a 2-time All-Star and collected 940 hits during his career including 211 doubles and 167 home runs.

Happy Birthday CJ!!!

Happy Birthday Robin Ventura!!!

Happy Birthday Robin Ventura!!!

Robin Ventura turns 47 years old today!!

Ah, one of my favorite White Sox players of all-time is celebrating his birthday today. As a Cubs loyalist, it’s hard to even admit, verbally or written, that I like some of the players on the ‘pale hose’. But, truth be told, when I first moved to Chi-town in 1988, it was much easier to get tickets to see the Sox so I enjoyed several games at Comiskey Park. And of the players I got to see regularly, Robin Ventura became one of my favorites. You see, I was a third baseman too and I was also a much better contact hitter than power hitter. The similarities between myself and Robin Ventura in regards to our baseball successes stops there…

What I enjoyed most about Ventura was watching him get better. He was not a rookie that came into the league and took baseball by storm. He was a worker and over the first few seasons we got to watch him get better. He got better at hitting, driving in runs, and defense and Sox fans took him in as their own because of his dedication to the team and the game. It was nice to see him blossom and he churned out a very solid 16-year career.

By the end of his playing days, Ventura was a 2-time All-star and 6-time Gold Glove award winner. He tallied 1,885 career hits and slammed 294 home runs.

Currently, Robin Ventura is back in Chicago serving as manager of the team he debuted with – the White Sox. He is doing a solid job, and I wish him the best.

Happy Birthday Mr. Ventura!!!

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1975 Topps Set Card 184/660 – #124 – Jerry Reuss, Pirates

1975 Topps Set Card 184/660 – #124 – Jerry Reuss, Pirates

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Player Name:  Jerry Reuss

Team:  Pittsburgh Pirates

Position:   Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  22 seasons, 1969-90

Notes From His 1975 Season:   Jerry Reuss appeared in 32 games for the Pirates in 1975.  He compiled a record of 18-11 for the ‘Bucs’ with 15 complete games and 6 shutouts.  In 237 innings of work, Reuss allowed 224 hits and 73 runs en route to an ERA of 2.54.  He also struck out 131 batters in ’75 while walking 78.

Notes From Career:  Jerry Reuss suited up for 9 different teams during his 22-season career.  He was a 2-time All-Star and finished his playing days with a record of 220-191 and 11 saves.  Reuss has a lifetime ERA of 3.64 with 1,907 strikeouts to his credit.  Jerry Reuss was a member of the 1981 World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers.

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1990 HEADLINE: Two No-Hitters In One Day!!!

1990 HEADLINE: Two No-Hitters In One Day!!!

I can recall this day like it was yesterday…

On this day in 1990, both Dave Stewart of the Oakland Athletics and Fernando Valenzuela of the Los Angeles Dodgers threw no-hitters.

I remember checking the box scores the day after these two no-hitters and thought how cool it was to see two on the same page of the paper…

Let’s look a little closer at these two ‘No-No’s’:

Dave Stewart – On the road and in front of a crowd of just under 50,000, the A’s were in Toronto to battle the Blue Jays. Stewart pitched a gem while striking out 12 batters ang giving up just 3 walks. He threw 115 pitches during the game it took just 147 minutes for his A’s team to beat the Blue Jays 5-0.

Fernando Valenzuela – At home and facing the Cardinals, Valenzuela was awesome as he and his Dodgers teammates beat St. Louis 6-0 in 161 minutes. Valenzuela was brilliant – allowing just 3 base runners while striking out 7 batters. For the game, he threw 119 pitches. He also went 1-for-4 at the plate.

2 great pitchers. 1 amazing accomplishment. Baseball history!!!

Happy Birthday Pedro Guerrero!!!

Happy Birthday Pedro Guerrero!!!

Pedro Guerrero turns 58 years old today.

Guerrero was a solid contributor to both the Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals teams that he was a part of for fifteen seasons.

A 5-time All-Star with a knack for delivering power at the plate. In his 15 seasons in the big league, Pedro collected 215 home runs while driving in 898 RBI. In four seasons, he hit at least 27 home runs with his highest tally coming in 1985 with 33.

Guerrero also finished in the Top 4 for the MVP award on four different occasions. He was a steady and consistent hitter from the time he made it to the big leagues in 1978 and throughout the course of his playing days.

Happy Birthday Mr. Guerrero!!!

1975 Topps Set Card 167/660 – #93 – Dave Lopes, Dodgers

1975 Topps Set Card 167/660 – #93 – Dave Lopes, Dodgers

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Player Name:  Dave Lopes

Team:  Los Angeles Dodgers

Position:  2nd Base

Image Style:  Posed Batting

Years In The Major Leagues:  16 seasons, 1972-87

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Davey Lopes played in 155 games for the Dodgers in 1975.  He paced the NL in steals with 77 by the end of the year en route to scoring 108 runs.  Lopes hit .262 on the year and had an on-base percentage of .58 for the club.

Notes From Career:  During his 16-year major league career, Davey Lopes swiped 557 bases, good for 26th on the all-time list.  He was a lifetime .263 hitter with 1,671 hits in 1,812 games played.   Lopes was a 4-time All-star and captured a Gold Glove for defensive excellence at second base in 1978.  He captured a World Series championship with the Dodgers in 1981.

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1975 Topps Set Card 163/660 – #6 – ’74 Highlights, Mike Marshall

1975 Topps Set Card 163/660 – #6 – ’74 Highlights, Mike Marshall

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Player Name:  Mike Marshall

Team:  Los Angeles Dodgers

Highlights:  Mike Marshall hurls in 106 games.

The Story:  The title says it all – Marshall made 106 appearances for the Dodgers during the 1974 baseball season, a league high.  He finished the year with a 15-12 record alongside a league-leading 21 saves.  In 208 innings of work, Marshall gave up 191 hits and 66 runs en route to a 3.29 ERA.

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1975 Topps Set Card 152/660 – #269 – Doug Rau, Dodgers

1975 Topps Set Card 152/660 – #269 – Doug Rau, Dodgers

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Player Name:  Doug Rau

Team:  Los Angeles Dodgers

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Action

Years In The Major Leagues:  9 seasons, 1972-79, 1981

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Doug Rau started 38 games for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1975.  He compiled a record of 15-9 with 8 complete games and 2 shutouts.  In 257 innings of work, Rau allowed 227 hits and 96 runs.  He struck out 151 batters in that time while also walking 61.

Notes From Career:  Doug Rau started 187 games during his 9-year playing career.  He amassed a record of 81-60 with 3 saves.  Rau has a career ERA of 3.35 with 697 strikeouts on his resume.  Doug Rau appeared in three baseball postseasons, competing in two World Series match-ups and losing both.

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