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1932 HEADLINE: Babe Ruth Calls His Shot!!!

1932 HEADLINE: Babe Ruth Calls His Shot!!!

On this day in 1932, one of baseball’s greatest stories was written.

Here is a condensed version of the story as brought to you by Wikipedia:

“Babe Ruth’s called shot was the home run hit by Babe Ruth of the New York Yankees in the fifth inning of Game 3 of the 1932 World Series, held on October 1, 1932 at Wrigley Field in Chicago. During the at-bat, Ruth made a pointing gesture, which existing film confirms, but the exact nature of his gesture is ambiguous. Although neither fully confirmed nor refuted, the story goes that Ruth pointed to the center field bleachers during the at-bat. It was allegedly a declaration that he would hit a home run to this part of the park. On the next pitch, Ruth hit a home run to center field.”

And the result of that?  An 80+ year old baseball legend that is still fondly talked about today.

Happy Anniversary Babe!!!

October Is Here. It Is Time For ’30-YOC’ To Celebrate Reggie Jackson!!

October Is Here. It Is Time For ’30-YOC’ To Celebrate Reggie Jackson!!

Since 2009 I have been using the entire month of October to showcase the legendary Reggie Jackson.  Reggie is one of my all-time favorite players and personalities and I find October to be the perfect time to showcase baseball cards that feature him as he is after all, Mr. October.

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I never got to see Jackson play in person.  But, I have both seen and read a ton about his major league career and his life after his playing days.  I find him to be one of the most interesting players of the last 50 years, and one of the most outspoken too.

If Reggie were playing in today’s era of the game with advanced stats, the social media craze, and annual contracts that exceed $20 million per season, I think that he would be in the thick of all of it.  Never bashful, and sometimes too bold, Reggie had a personality that matched the size of his biceps and mammoth home runs.  I think he would be a superstar in today’s game just like he was back in the 1970’s and 1980’s.

So, this month is dedicated to you, Reggie.  I’ve stocked up on a pretty great mix of cards that feature you as the main attraction and I will dedicate posts to you daily on the blog as a way to honor your amazing baseball career!

Let’s Go!

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Wade Boggs 1996 Pinnacle

Wade Boggs 1996 Pinnacle

It was not often that you saw Wade Boggs uncomfortable or out of position while at the plate.

But, this card of him in his Yankees uniform from the 1996 Pinnacle baseball card set appears to have caught him in an uncomfortable spot.

Maybe he is simply stretching himself too far to get to the ball.  Or maybe he knows he is in the midst of swinging at a pitch that he should have let go by.

Whatever it is, it looks like his is not comfortable with this swing.

See for yourselves:

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Still, he was a master at the plate!

1975 Topps Set Card 275/660 – #131 – Toby Harrah, Rangers

1975 Topps Set Card 275/660 – #131 – Toby Harrah, Rangers

Progress: 275/660

Card Number:  131

Player Name:  Toby Harrah

Team:  Texas Rangers

Position:  Shortstop

Image Style:  Posed Hitting

Years In The Major Leagues:  17 seasons, 1969, 1971-86

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Toby Harrah appeared in 151 games in the 1975 baseball season for the Texas Rangers.  He hit .293 on the year with 153 hits in 522 at-bats.  Of his 153 hits, Harrah connected for 24 doubles and 20 home runs alongside 93 RBI.  Harrah stole 23 bases in ’75 while scoring 81 runs.  He was chosen as an All-Star for the American League.

Notes From Career:  Toby Harrah is a 4-time All-Star who played for three different clubs during his 17-season career.  Harrah is a career .264 hitter with 1,954 hits.  He offered a very versatile offense as he connected for 307 doubles and 195 home runs while also stealing 238 bases.

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Dave Winfield 1990 Fleer Update

Dave Winfield 1990 Fleer Update

Take a look at this mighty swing:

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I love it.

And while I can appreciate how large Dave Winfield looks on this 1990 Fleer baseball card due to the card design and cropping of the image, I do wish that we got to see more of the action – especially the bat!

I want to know if he mad contact.  I want to know if it was fair or foul.  And I really want to know what kind of cleats ‘Big Dave’ was wearing back in 1990 when he was playing for the Angels.

I want the details.  Give me the detes…

Rickey Henderson 1990 Post Cereal – 1st Collectors Series

Rickey Henderson 1990 Post Cereal – 1st Collectors Series

It’s not Upper Deck.

It’s not Panini.

It’s not Pinnacle.

And it is not Fleer.

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It is Post.  Yes, Post – the cereal company.

And back in the early 1990’s Post thought that they could take the easy way out and save money by not working for a MLB license.  Had they tried to partner up with Topps or another major company, their product may  have been more likable.

Instead, we got airbrushed, tightly cropped baseball cards like the one of Rickey Henderson above.

Thankfully they are one of the very few that took this route…

Dave Winfield 1986 Fleer Star Sticker

Dave Winfield 1986 Fleer Star Sticker

Now this is the smile of a guy that loves to play the sport!!

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I wish that there were more players like this in today’s game….

Thank you, ‘Big Dave’.