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Dave Winfield 1985 Topps Glossy All-Star

Dave Winfield 1985 Topps Glossy All-Star

Gotta love it – Another great card for my Dave Winfield collection!

This one comes from the 1985 Topps baseball card set.  The All-Star Glossy cards were inserted into rack packs of 1985 Topps and were counted as bonus cards for the set.

Have a look:

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I have always enjoyed the theme of All-Star cards – these players stand out and deserve the extra attention.  In many sets, I wish that the cards were done better and did a more solid job of celebrating the All-Star, but I will take what I can get.

And this time, I got another great card for my growing Dave Winfield collection.

Yeah, Baby!!

1984 HEADLINE: Reggie Jackson Crushes Home Run #500 Of His Career!!!

1984 HEADLINE: Reggie Jackson Crushes Home Run #500 Of His Career!!!

On this date in 1984, Reggie Jackson crushed the 500th home run of his Hall of Fame career!!!

One of the most impressive players in the game joined the 500 Home Run Club in front of 28,862 fans at Anaheim Stadium in California.  As a member of the Angels, Jackson and his teammates took on the first place Kansas City Royals.

In the bottom of the 7th inning with his team trailing 7-0, Reggie Jackson crushed a Bud Black pitch into the outfield stands for a home run – #500!!!

Reggie Jackson currently ranks at 13th All-time with 563 career home runs.  And although that ranking will fall a few notches over the next few years, Reggie Jackson will always be remembered as being one of the greatest home run hitters of All-time!!

Congratulations to ‘Mr. October’!!!

1993 HEADLINE: Dave Winfield Joins The 3,000 Hits Club

1993 HEADLINE: Dave Winfield Joins The 3,000 Hits Club

On this day in 1993, Dave Winfield joined the ‘3,000 Hits Club’.

Playing for the Twins and at home, Winfield entered this game with 2,999 hits on his resume.  With just 3 weeks left in the season, this was a match-up of a 6th and 7th place team so it was a relatively small crowd of just over 14,000.  But for those that showed up, they got to witness baseball history!!  Winfield collected 2 hits in the contest, both singles, in this 13-inning marathon.  Hit #3,000 came off of fellow Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley in the 9th inning.

Baseball History – Winfield finished his career with 3,110 hits.  He presently ranks in 19th place on the all-time list.

Happy Birthday Tim Raines!!!

Happy Birthday Tim Raines!!!

Tm Raines turns 55 years old today!!

One of the scrappiest and most entertaining players to debut during the 1980’s, Tim Raines was magical on a baseball field.

I don’t know if it was because he was undersized (5 feet, 8 inches tall), but Tim Raines dominated baseball games to most people’s surprise.

Raines had a knack for contact hitting and he retired with a .294 lifetime average alongside 2,605 hits.  And on the base paths he was a monster.  One of the sport’s greatest runners, Raines has 808 career stolen bases and he has also scored 1,571 runs.

A constant threat to win the league’s MVP award and a 7-time All-star, Tim Raines was a steady contributor to each of the 7 teams he played with during his 23-year career.

Yet, Tim Raines is still a player that is hardly collected in today’s hobby.  And he is rarely celebrated in baseball.  Much of this has to do with his best years as a professional be ing played in Montreal for the Expos.

Happy Birthday ‘Rock’!!!

Wade Boggs 1998 Fleer Ultra = My First Wade Boggs Tampa Bay Rays Card!!

Wade Boggs 1998 Fleer Ultra = My First Wade Boggs Tampa Bay Rays Card!!

Wade Boggs completed his 18-year Hall of Fame baseball career playing his final two seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays.

During his age 40 & 41 seasons, Boggs was still a valuable piece to the team, and a key leader.

In his two seasons with Tampa, Boggs connected for 210 hits in 213 games played.  He hit .289 for as a member of the Rays, and had an on-base percentage of .360.

This is Boggs’ 1998 Fleer Ultra baseball card, and my first that depicts him as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays.

 

 

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Enjoy.

 

 

1975 Topps Set Card 261/660 – #557 – Larry Gura, Yankees

1975 Topps Set Card 261/660 – #557 – Larry Gura, Yankees

Progress: 261/660

Card Number:  557

Player Name:  Larry Gura

Team:  New York Yankees

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  16 seasons, 1970-85

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Larry Gura appeared in 24 games for the New York Yankees during the 1975 baseball season.  He compiled a record of 7-8 with 5 complete games at the conclusion of the year.  Gura pitched in 151 innings, giving up 173 hits and 65 runs.  He struck out just 65 batters in those 151 innings while walking 41.

Notes From Career:  Gura pitched in 403 games during his major league career.  He has a record of 126-97 with 71 complete games, 16 shutouts, and 14 saves.  Gura’s career ERA is 3.76 as he allowed 958 runs across 2,047 innings of work.  Gura was an All-Star during the 1980 baseball season and he has 3 Top 9 finishes for the Cy Young Award on his resume.

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1990 HEADLINE: Ken Griffey Sr. and Jr. Are First Father-Son Combo To Hit Back-To-Back Home Runs

1990 HEADLINE:  Ken Griffey Sr. and Jr. Are First Father-Son Combo To Hit Back-To-Back Home Runs

On this day back in 1990, Ken Griffey Sr. and Ken Griffey Jr. became the first ever Father & Son duo to hit back-to-back home runs in the major leagues.

An event that must have been extremely memorable and enjoyable for the duo, the Griffey men certainly had a great evening.

Ken Sr. went 2-for-5 on the day with a home run and 3 RBI.  The younger Griffey went 1-for-4 with his solo home run.  Their combined offensive output was not enough to hold of the Angels as the Mariners lost 7-5.

Still, a very memorable and historic night in Anaheim!!!

Congratulations to 2 class acts!!!