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Did You Know…

In the franchise history of the Milwaukee Brewers, the team has only had one season in which two different pitchers collected 200 or more strikeouts in the same season.  In 2011, Yovani Gallardo and Zack Greinke each eclipsed the 200-K mark.  Gallardo struck out 207 batters while Grienke was a few behind him with 201.

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1975 Topps Set Card 56/660 – #379 – Bernie Carbo, Red Sox

1975 Topps Set Card 56/660 – #379 – Bernie Carbo, Red Sox

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Player Name:  Bernie Carbo

Card Number:  379

Team:  Boston Red Sox

Position:  Outfield

Image Style:  Posed Batting

Years In The Major Leagues:  12 seasons, 1969-80

Notes From His 1975 Season:   Bernie Carbo played for the AL Champion Boston Red Sox in 1975.  He appeared in 107 games for the Sox playing both corner outfield positions as well as designated hitter.  He had a .257 batting average with 15 home runs, 50 RBI, and 64 runs scored for the team.

Notes From Career:  Carbo played for 6 teams in 12 seasons during his career.  He was primarily used as a utility outfielder playing both left and right field.  He has a career batting average of 264 with 722 hits including 140 doubles and 96 home runs.  Carbo played in both the 1970 and 1975 World Series, losing both times.

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1975 Topps Set Card 49/660 – #456 – Bob Coluccio, Brewers

1975 Topps Set Card 49/660 – #456 – Bob Coluccio, Brewers

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Player Name:  Bob Coluccio

Card Number:  456

Team:  Milwaukee Brewers

Position:  Outfield

Image Style:  In-game action

Years In The Major Leagues:  5 seasons, 1973-75, 1977-78

Notes From His 1975 Season:   While pictured as a member of the Brewers on this card, Coluccio played in 61 games for the White Sox in 1975.  He hit just .205 with 33 hits in 1975 at-bats.  Of his 33 hits were 4 doubles, 2 triples, and 4 home runs.

Notes From Career:  Coluccio played for three teams during his 5-season major league career.  He played in 330 games and retired with a .220 batting average and 241 career hits.  He did not make a postseason appearance with any of the teams he played for.

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2014 Topps Series 1 “Topps All Rookie Cup Team” – CC Sabathia

2014 Topps Series 1 “Topps All Rookie Cup Team” – CC Sabathia

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 left-handed pitcher is CC Sabathia:

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Sabathia had a fantastic rookie campaign.  For the Indians, he started 33 games and complied a record of 17-5.   He pitched 180 innings in 2001 en route to an ERA of 4.39 and a strikeout per nine innings average of 8.5.

Sabathia finished in 2nd place for the AL Rookie Of The Year Award to Ichiro Suzuki.

1975 Topps Set Card 44/660 – #532 – Gorman Thomas, Brewers

1975 Topps Set Card 44/660 – #532 – Gorman Thomas, Brewers

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Player Name:  Gorman Thomas

Card Number:  532

Team:  Milwaukee Brewers

Position:  Outfield

Image Style: Posed Batting

Years In The Major Leagues:  13 years, 1973-76, 1978-86

Notes From His 1975 Season:   Thomas appeared in 121 game for the Brewers in 1975.  But, he hit just .179 as he collected 43 hits in 240 at-bats.  Of his 43 hits, 10 were home runs and 12 were doubles.

Notes From Career:  Thomas flashed a lot of power at the plate during his prime, but plate discipline was lacking.  He connected for 268 career home runs, including five seasons of at least 30 or more home runs and six seasons of at least 20 or more doubles.  But, he also retired with a batting average of just .225 and an on-base percentage of .324.  Thomas was an All-Star in 1981 and has (2) Top 8 finishes for MVP on his resume.

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1975 Topps Set Card 32/660 – #649 – Jack Heidemann, Cardinals

1975 Topps Set Card 32/660 – #649 – Jack Heidemann, Cardinals

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Player Name:  Jack Heidemann

Card Number:  649

Team:  St. Louis Cardinals

Position:  Shortstop

Image Style: Posed Batting

Years In The Major Leagues:  8 years, 1969-72 and 1974-77

Notes From His 1975 Season:  By the time that the 1975 baseball season began, Jack Heidemann was a member of the New York Mets.  He played in 61 game for the Mets getting 167 plate appearances for the team.  Heidemann hit just .214 for the team as he collected 31 hits including 4 doubles, 2 triples, and a home run.

Notes From Career:  Heidemann played for four big league clubs during his 8-year career.  He is a lifetime .211 hitter and drove in 75 runs while scoring 94 times.  He has 231 career hits, accounting for 293 total bases.  He never played for a team that made it to the postseason while he was on the roster.

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1975 Topps Set Card 29/660 – #556 – Tim Johnson, Brewers

1975 Topps Set Card 29/660 – #556 – Tim Johnson, Brewers

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Player Name:  Tim Johnson

Card Number: 556

Team:  Milwaukee Brewers

Position:  Shortstop

Image Style: Posed Batting

Years In The Major Leagues:  7 years, 1973-79

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Johnson appeared in 38 games for the Brewers in 1975.  He hit just .198 collecting 12 hits in 94 at-bats.  He drove in just 2 runs while scoring six times.  In his 94 at-bats, Johnson walked 6 times and struck out 17 times.

Notes From Career:  In seven seasons and 516 games played, Johnson has collected 283 hits and a career batting average of .223.  He never hit a home run in the majors, but did connect for 27 doubles and 13 triples en route to scoring 116 runs.

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1975 Topps Set Card 22/660 – #613 – Bill Parsons, A’s

1975 Topps Set Card 22/660 – #613 – Bill Parsons, A’s

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Player Name:  Bill Parsons

Card Number: 613

Team:  Oakland Athletics

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style: Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  4 years, 1971-74

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Bill Parsons did not play during the 1975 baseball season

Notes From Career:  A 4-year player, Parsons appeared in 93 games for the A’s – 72 of which were starts.  He has a career record  of 29-36 with 22 complete games and 6 shutouts.  Parsons finished as a runner-up for the Rookie Of The Year Award in 1971 and he finished both the 1971 and 1972 baseball season with a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage.

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1992 Headline: Tom Seaver & Rollie Fingers Voted Into National Baseball Hall Of Fame

1992 Headline: Tom Seaver & Rollie Fingers Voted Into National Baseball Hall Of Fame

On this day in 1992, both Tom Seaver and Rollie Fingers were elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.  Both pitchers amassed amazing individual and team accolades during their brilliant careers – Seaver as a starting pitcher, and Fingers as a reliever.

Tom Seaver won 311 games during his major league career while amassing 3,640 strikeouts.  Being a member of both the ’300 wins’ and ’3000 strikeouts’ clubs, Seaver is in very rare and elite company.  Seaver is a former Rookie of the Year, a 3-time Cy Young Award winner, 12-time All-Stat, and World Series Champion.

Rollie Fingers set the standard for the ‘closer’ role in baseball.  His is a member of the ’300 Saves Club’ with his 341 career saves.  Fingers has a career ERA of 2.90 and a lifetime strikeout to walk ratio of 2.64.  His ability to seal wins during his tenure with the A’s, Padres, and Brewers set the bar for his competition and the future of the closer role.  Fingers was a 7-time All-Star as well as a Cy Young and MVP winner.  He was part of three World Series championship winning teams in the 1970′s with Oakland.

Tom Seaver collected 425 of 430 votes cast during his first year of eligibility in 1985.

Rollie Fingers hauled in 349 of 430 votes cast in his second year of eligibility to gain entry into Cooperstown.

Christmas Brings Me A Paul Molitor Signed Baseball With ‘HOF 04′ Inscription!!!

Christmas Brings Me A Paul Molitor Signed Baseball With ‘HOF 04′ Inscription!!!

After the Christmas holiday passed, I had quite a bit to go through and organize which has delayed my showing off of some of the really, great things that landed my way.

Of the lot, there was an item from my wife and boys that was simply super!

The gift was a signed Paul Molitor baseball with an added ‘Hall of Fame’ inscription.

Have a look:

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Nice, huh??  Molitor has a bit of an odd scribble for his signature, but it is clearly his as I have seen dozens and dozens of them as I have shopped for more than a year for one for my collection of signed balls.

When Mill Creek ran their annual holiday sale during the Black Friday weekend after Thanksgiving, this ball was part of their offerings.  And I sent a few strong messages via email to my wife about how nice of an addition to this ball would be to my collection.

The hint was taken – and I am now the proud owner of another great ball.

And you know what, it is!!  I have wanted to add a Molitor signed ball to my collection for a while, and I can now claim that I have one.

A huge ‘Hat-Tip’ to my wife and kids for the great gift!!