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1975 Topps Set Card 243/660 – #294 – Geoff Zahn, Dodgers

1975 Topps Set Card 243/660 – #294 – Geoff Zahn, Dodgers

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Player Name:  Geoff Zahn

Team:  Los Angeles Dodgers

Position:  Pitching

Image Style:  Posed Pitching

Years In The Major Leagues:  13 seasons, 1973-85

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Geoff Zahn appeared in 18 games during the 1975 baseball season, splitting time between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs.  Zahn started 10 games during the year, and put together a record of 2-8 with one save.  He had an ERA of 4.66 as he allowed 40 runs in 65 innings of work.

Notes From Career:  Geoff Zahn pitched for four clubs during his big league career.  A lifetime 111-109 pitcher, Zahn threw 79 complete games over his playing days with 20 shutouts.  He has a career ERA of 3.74 as he allowed 889 runs in 1,849 innings of work.  Zahn made it to the playoffs just one time, losing in the ALCS as a member of the Angels in 1982.

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1975 Topps Set Card 232/660 – #490 – Reggie Smith, Cardinals

1975 Topps Set Card 232/660 – #490 – Reggie Smith, Cardinals

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Player Name:  Reggie Smith

Team:  St. Louis Cardinals

Position:   Outfield

Image Style:  Posed Batting

Years In The Major Leagues:  17 seasons, 1966-82

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Reggie Smith played in 135 games for the St. Louis Cardinals during the 1975 baseball season.  Smith was selected as an All-Star in that season due to his .302 batting average with 144 hits and .382 on-base percentage.  Of Smith’s 144 hits, he connected for 26 doubles, 3 triples, and 19 home runs.  He scored 67 runs for the club and drove in 76.

Notes From Career:  Reggie Smith is a 7-time All-Star with a Gold Glove to his credit.  A 17-year veteran, Smith connected for 2,020 career hits en route to a lifetime batting average of .287.  Smith played for four different major league teams during his 17-season career, making it to 4 World Series championships.  He won a World Series title as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1981.

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1975 Topps Set Card 230/660 – #233 – Billy Grabarkewitz, Cubs

1975 Topps Set Card 230/660 – #233 – Billy Grabarkewitz, Cubs

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Player Name:  Billy Grabarkewitz

Team:  Chicago Cubs

Position:   2nd Base, Shortstop

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  7 seasons, 1969-75

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Billy Grabarkewitz played in just six games during the 1975 baseball season.  Used as a substitute player, he earned 2 at-bats in those six games and went 0-for-2.  One of his at-bats ended in s strikeout.

Notes From Career:  Grabarkewitz played for five different teams during his 7-season career.  A utility infielder, he played in 466 games during those seven campaigns.  Grabarkewitz is a career .236 hitter with 274 hits which includes 41 doubles, 12 triples, and 28 home runs.  In the one campaign in which he played in more than 100 games (156 in 1970) Grabarkewitz was selected as a National League All-Star with the Dodgers.

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1987 HEADLINE: Eric Davis Joins 30/30 Club!

1987 HEADLINE: Eric Davis Joins 30/30 Club!

On this day in 1987, Eric Davis collected his 30th home run of the baseball season gaining him entrance into the ’30/30 Club’.

The landmark homer that put him into this elite status came in just his third major league season.  And with his raw ability at the plate and uncanny speed on the base paths, Davis had many fans thinking ’40/40′ was in his near future.

Officially, Davis completed the 1987 baseball season with 37 home runs and 50 steals.  1987 was the most well-rounded offensive season of his career, and he would never reach the ’30/30′ mark again.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Davis!!!

1975 Topps Set Card 203/660 – #453 – Claude Osteen, Cardinals

1975 Topps Set Card 203/660 – #453 – Claude Osteen, Cardinals

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Player Name:  Claude Osteen

Team:  St. Louis Cardinals

Position:   Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  18 seasons, 1957, 1959-75

Notes From His 1975 Season:  The 1975 baseball season was Claude Osteen’s final one in the major leagues.  He started 37 games for the Chicago White Sox in ’75, finishing the campaign with a 7-16 record.  Osteen worked 204 innings during the season, allowing 237 hits and 110 runs en route to an ERA of 4.36 and a WHIP of 1.61.

Notes From Career:  Claude Osteen pitched for six different teams during his 18-year career.  He had a lifetime record of 196-195 with 140 complete games and 40 shutouts to his credit.  Osteen pitched a total of 3,460 innings; in  that time he struck out 1,612 batters while walking 940.  Osteen was selected as an All-Star three times.  He was a member of the 1965 World Series Champion Los Angeles Dodgers.

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Don Mattingly 2014 Topps Archives – Base – WHAT A MUSTACHE!!!

Don Mattingly 2014 Topps Archives – Base

Yes, Don Mattingly sported one of the more famous mustaches in baseball during the 1980’s, but I don’t recall it being this big and bulky…

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Wow, Topps really took us back.

This mustache is ‘One For The Ages’.  It’s right up there with Jose Canseco’s mustache from his 1986 Donruss card and Greg Maddux’s sweet ‘stache from his 1987 Donruss ‘Rated Rookies’ card.

I LOVE IT!!!

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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