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Happy Birthday CC Sabathia!!!

Happy Birthday CC Sabathia!!!

CC Sabathia turns 34 years old today.

Always the bridesmaid, never the bride, CC Sabathia always ranks as on the sport’s great pitchers, but he never quit gets the credit from the media for the tremendous efforts he has put into his 14+ season career.

Winning games at a 64% clip, Sabathia is a 6-time All-star and has won at least 13 games in 11 of his 14 seasons.

A dominant pitcher with very good control, CC hovers around the 2.8 K:walk ratio on a regular basis. And with a World Series championship under his belt, it should not be long before talk of him being one of the best of his generation starts.

It sounds like CC will be put on the shelf for the remainder of the 2014 baseball season.  Hopefully he can recover from his injuries and return to All-Star form in 2015.

Happy Birthday CC!!!!

1975 Topps Set Card 174/660 – #28 – Tom Murphy, Brewers

1975 Topps Set Card 174/660 – #28 – Tom Murphy, Brewers

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Player Name:  Tom Murphy

Team:  Milwaukee Brewers

Position:  Pitching

Image Style:  Posed Pitching

Years In The Major Leagues:  12 seasons, 1968-79

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Tom Murphy appeared in 59 games for the Milwaukee Brewers in 1975.  He compiled a record of 1-9 with 20 saves and an ERA of 4.60.  In 72 innings of work, Murphy allowed 85 hits and 43 runs while striking out 32 batters and walking 27.

Notes From Career:  Tom Murphy pitched for six different major league clubs during his 12-season career.  He has a lifetime record of 68-101 with 59 saves.  Used as both a starter and relief pitcher, Murphy threw 1,444 innings.  In that time, he allowed 1,425 hits and 664 runs while compiling a strike:walk ratio of 1.26:1.00.

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CC Sabathia 2014 Topps Series 1 Subset – ‘Super Veterans’

CC Sabathia 2014 Topps Series 1 Subset – ‘Super Veterans’

When I got back into the hobby of baseball card collecting in the summer of 2008, my goal was to pay homage to the players that helped build my love for the game and the hobby.

The first subset I put together that helped me with that cause was the ‘Super Veterans’ subset from the 1983 Topps baseball card set.  This set is a beauty and it highlights the true legends of the game as their careers were winding down.

For the last few years, I have actively been begging Topps to bring this subset back and pay honor to today’s ‘Super Veterans’.  And while I cannot confirm that they obliged my request, I was very excited to see that a 15-card ‘Super Veterans’ subset was part of the 2014 Topps Series 1 release.

I am building the set now.  Here is the card of CC Sabathia:

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While he has been shut down for most of the 2014 baseball season due to injury, CC Sabathia entered the season with a very solid resume.

A 14-year veteran, Sabathia has a career record of 208-119 with a win percentage of .636.  He has 37 complete games to his credit with 12 shutouts.  Sabathia could be a future member of the ’3000 Strikeouts Club’ as he has registered 2,437 strikeouts in 2,281 innings of work.  He has a career ERA of 3.63 and a K’s per nine innings ratio of 7.8.

CC Sabathia has been selected as an All-Star six times.  He captured the AL Cy Young Award in 2007 with the Indians and has four more Top 5 finishes on his resume.  Sabathia was a member of the 2009 World Series championship winning New York Yankees.

Did You Know…

The Milwaukee Brewers had two pitchers appear in 75 games or more during the 2012 baseball season.  Francisco Rodriguez appeared in 78, and John Axford was close behind him with 75.

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1975 Topps Set Card 129/660 – #99 – Mike Hegan, Brewers

1975 Topps Set Card 129/660 – #99 – Mike Hegan, Brewers

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Player Name:  Mike Hegan

Team:  Milwaukee Brewers

Position:  1st Base, Outfield

Image Style:  Posed Batting

Years In The Major Leagues:  12 seasons, 1964, 1966-67, 1969-77

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Hegan appeared in 93 games for the Brewers during the 1975 baseball season.  He hit .251 for the club which included 11 doubles and 5 home runs.  Hegan drove in 22 runs for the Brewers and also scored 19 runs.

Notes From Career:  Mike Hegan was a 1-time All-Star during his 12 year major league career.  Hegan was a career .242 hitter and has 504 hits on his resume.  Hegan connected for 53 home runs during his playing days while also being responsible for 229 RBI and scoring 281 runs.  Hegan was a member of the 1972 World Series winning Oakland Athletics.

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1975 Topps Set Card 123/660 – #9 – Frank Tepedino

1975 Topps Set Card 123/660 – #9 – Frank Tepedino

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Player Name:  Frank Tepedino

Team:  Atlanta Braves

Position:  1st Base

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  8 seasons, 1967, 68-75

Notes From His 1975 Season:  The 1975 baseball season was Frank Tepedino’s final one in the major leagues.  He played in just 8 games for the Braves amassing 8 plate appearances.  He reached base just one time – on a walk.

Notes From Career:  Tepedino played for three different major league clubs during his playing days.  He has a career batting average of .241 with 122 hits.  He connected for 13 doubles and 6 home runs during his playing days while also scoring 50 runs and driving in 58.  Tepedino has a career fielding percentage of .988.

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Did You Know…

In 2007, Francisco Cordero became the first pitcher in Milwaukee Brewers history to capture 40 saves in a single season.

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1975 Topps Set Card 100/660 – #21 – Rollie Fingers, A’s

1975 Topps Set Card 100/660 – #21 – Rollie Fingers, A’s

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Player Name:  Rollie Fingers

Card Number:  21

Team:  Oakland Athletics

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style:  In-Game Action

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

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Rollie Fingers appeared in a league-leading 75 games during the 1975 baseball season.  He had a record of 10-6 with 24 saves alongside his 2.98 ERA.  In 126 innings pitched, Fingers struck out 115 batters while walking just 33.  He had a strikeout per 9 innings of work ratio of 8.2 per 9 innings pitched.

Notes From Career: Fingers’ Hall of Fame career was punctuated by seven All-Star selections, an MVP Award and a Cy Young Award.  He has a career record of 114-188 with a 1.96 ERA and 341 saves.  Fingers struck out 1,299 batters during his playing days and has a strikeouts:walk ratio of 2.64:1.  He won three World Series titles with the A’s from 1972-74.

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1975 Topps Set Card 99/660 – #582 – Eduardo Rodriguez, Brewers

1975 Topps Set Card 99/660 – #582 – Eduardo Rodriguez, Brewers

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Player Name:  Eduardo Rodriguez

Card Number:  582

Team:  Milwaukee Brewers

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Action

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

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Rodriguez appeared in 43 games for the Brewers in 1975, finishing 24 of them.  He compiled a record of 7-0 with 7 saves.  He had an ERA of 3.49 in 87 innings of work while striking out 65 batters.

Notes From Career:  Rodriguez was used as both a starter and reliever over the course of his 7-year career.  He has a career record of 42-36 with 32 saves.  Rodriguez has a lifetime ERA of 3.89 with 430 strikeouts.

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1975 Topps Set Card 88/660 – #314 – Buck Martinez, Royals

1975 Topps Set Card 88/660 – #314 – Buck Martinez, Royals

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Player Name:  Buck Martinez

Card Number:  314

Team:  Kansas City Royals

Position:  Catcher

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  19 seasons, 1969-71, 1973-86

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Martinez appeared in 80 games for the Royals in 1975.  He hit just .226 with 51 hits in 226 at-bats.  Of his 51 hits, 9 were doubles, 2 were triples, 3 were home runs, and the balance were singles.  He drove in 23 runs while also scoring 15 times.  In the 80 games he played in, he played catcher in 79 of them.  He made 8 errors in those 79 games.

Notes From Career:   Buck Martinez was a solid defensive catcher.  He caught 1,008 games during the course of his career.  He has a career fielding percentage of .984 with just 70 errors in 1,008 games.  Martinez has a lifetime batting average of .225.  He has 618 career hits with 321 RBI with 245 runs scored.

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