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1998 HEADLINE: Ripken’s Streak Ends At 2,632 Games

1998 HEADLINE: Ripken’s Streak Ends At 2,632 Games

On this day in 1998, Cal Ripken voluntarily sat out his first baseball game in more than 16 seasons.

Baseball’s ‘Iron Man’ thought that it was time for a break, albeit just one game.

Cal’s streak will go down as one baseball’s most grand accomplishments.  His class on and off the field accompanied by a very large baseball skill set makes him one of the greatest ambassadors that the sport will ever encounter.

Always gracious, always smiling, always a favorite – Thank You Cal!!!

1953 HEADLINE: Ernie Banks Hits First Home Run Of His Major League Career

1953 HEADLINE:  Ernie Banks Hits First Home Run Of His Major League Career

On this day in 1953, Ernie Banks hit the first home run of his career as a professional baseball player.

Nobody knew what was in store for Banks’ future, but ‘Mr. Cub’ certainly left a lasting impression on the city of Chicago and the sport of baseball.

Home Run #1 was just the start.  The start of 512 career home runs.  The start of 11 All-star appearances.  The start of 1 Gold Glove award.  And the start of 2 Most Valuable Player awards.  Home Run #1 started it all…

Congratulations and Happy Anniversary Mr. Ernie Banks!!!

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Joe Morgan’s 1965 Topps Rookie Baseball Card Is A Thing Of Vintage Beauty!!!

Joe Morgan’s 1965 Topps Rookie Baseball Card  Is A Thing Of Vintage Beauty!!!

Joe Morgan’s debut in the baseball card collecting world came in 1965 via a multi-player rookie card.  He and his teammate at the time, Sonny Jackson, share the card and both men were rookies for the Houston Colt .45s.

The 1965 set features a classic design, and a very popular team banner that proudly waves with the team’s name.

The coloring of this card works very well too.  The Grey frame that surrounds the images of both players looks great with the Navy and Orange caps that both players are wearing.

And that Yellow flag is a great exclamation point to the card!!!

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I’m so happy to have one of these in my collection.  A true gem!!!

Joe Morgan Offers Up A Pretty Nice & Clean Autograph

Joe Morgan Offers Up A Pretty Nice & Clean Autograph

Joe Morgan offers up a pretty nice autograph; pretty clean too.

Far from artsy and built with a lot of flare, Morgan’s signature is easy to read, and it can be made out without much strain on the eyes.

I have a signed Joe Morgan baseball in my collection, and it is one of my favorite signed balls.  I keep it with my other Reds signed balls from the ‘Big Red Machine’ era – and it sits proudly on top of that set!

 

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Joe Morgan And The Hall Of Fame Class Of 1990

Joe Morgan And The Hall Of Fame Class Of 1990

Joe Morgan was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown during his first year of eligibility in 1990.  Morgan captured 363 of 444 votes cast for election, an 81.7% vote.

Morgan was elected with another first-time candidate, Jim Palmer of the Baltimore Orioles.

Morgan’s Hall of Fame plaque reads:

“Impact player who lifted Cincinnati’s ‘Big Red Machine’ to higher level with his multi-faceted skills.  Trademark was flapping left arm as he awaited pitch.  Packed unusual power into extraordinarily quick 150-lb frame.  Played 22 seasons and also holds home run and games played record for 2B.  NL MVP, 1975-76.”

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The Joe Morgan Statue!!

The Joe Morgan Statue!!

On September 7, 2013 the Cincinnati Reds unveiled a statue of legendary Reds player Joe Morgan.  The statue will greet fans as they enter the main entrance of Great American Ballpark.

Morgan is beloved in Cincinnati, and a valued member of the franchise’s history.

Morgan was previously honored by the Reds on June 6, 1998 when they retired his jersey number ‘8’.

Here are some pictures of the statue unveiling outside of Great American Ballpark:

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Classic!

Joe Morgan And His 1975 & 1976 World Series Championship Titles

Joe Morgan And His 1975 & 1976 World Series Championship Titles

Joe Morgan appeared in 7 different postseasons.  Of them five were with the Reds, and four led to appearances in the World Series.

He and his Reds teammates won titles in 1975 and 1976.

Morgan’s performances were not up to his standards, but he did amass as .347 on-base percentage in 23 World Series games while scoring 14 runs and driving in 8.

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