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Happy Birthday Mark McGwire!!!

Happy Birthday Mark McGwire!!!

Mark McGwire turns 51 years old today.

Simply stated, Mark McGwire is the greatest power hitter of my generation.  Of all of the players that have played the game in the last 25 years, I believe he is the best single-skill player of them all.  Not a good contact hitter,  no speed,  and not the most talented player with the glove, McGwire could do one thing better than anyone else – hit the ball out of the park!!!

McGwire retired from the game with 583 career home runs.  He collected those homers in 6,187 at bats which gives him a home run in every 10.6 at bats over the course of his 16- year career.  One has to wonder how many more dingers a healthy Mark McGwire could have crushed.  4 more years equals 160+ home runs which surpasses the 700 HR Club!!!

Happy Birthday Mr. McGwire!!!

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!

Reggie Jackson

 

1998 HEADLINE: Mark McGwire Connects For His 70th Home Run Of The Season

1998 HEADLINE: Mark McGwire Connects For His 70th Home Run Of The Season

On this day in 1998, Mark McGwire connected for the 70th home run of his baseball season.

A number that nobody thought was possible – 70 home runs in a single baseball season – Mark McGwire was on top of the world.

I cannot believe that this was 15 years ago – Happy Anniversary ‘Big Mac’!!!!

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…

1988 HEADLINE: Jose Canseco Becomes 1st Member Of The ’40/40 Club’

1988 HEADLINE: Jose Canseco Becomes 1st Member Of The ’40/40 Club’

On this day in 1988, Jose Canseco elevated his game to a place that no other player had been prior.

With 2 stolen bases against the Milwaukee Brewers, Canseco collected his 39th and 40th steals of the season and became the first player in major league history to hit 40 home runs and steal 40 bases in the same season.

Canseco won the Most Valuable Player award during this season.  And it can be argued that this was the most impressive offensive season ever had by a player.  To date, only 4 players have gained entry into the ’40/40 Club’, with Canseco being the first.  And had it not been for Jose’s incredible year, it’s very possible that this baseball milestone never existed.

Congratulations to Jose Canseco – A Very Elite Player!!!

1989 HEADLINE: Dave Stewart Captures 20th Win For Third Straight Season

1989 HEADLINE: Dave Stewart Captures 20th Win For Third Straight Season

On this day in 1989, Dave Stewart of the Oakland Athletics won his 20th win of the baseball season.

The win gave Stewart 20 or more wins in three consecutive seasons, confirming his status as the team’s ace as well as being one of the best pitchers in the major leagues.

Here are the numbers from those three fantastic seasons:

1987 – 20 wins
1988 – 21 wins
1989 – 21 wins

How did he fare in 1990?  Hmmmm…  How about 22 wins?!?!

Congratulations on a fantastic baseball career Mr. Stewart!  Happy Anniversary!!!

1970 HEADLINE: Vida Blue Hurls No-Hitter In Just 8th Big League Start!!!

1970 HEADLINE: Vida Blue Hurls No-Hitter In Just 8th Big League Start!!!

On this day in 1970, Vida Blue threw a no-hitter for the Oakland A’s.  Amazingly, it was just the eight start of his major league career.

At home and in front of a crowd that just eclipsed 4,000 fans, the 20-year old Blue put on quite a performance.

The numbers – 9 innings pitched, 0 hits allowed, 1 walk, 9 strikeouts, and most importantly an Oakland Athletics victory!!!

Happy Anniversary Mr. Blue!!!