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1987 HEADLINE: Schmidt Connects For Home Run #500!!!

1987 HEADLINE: Schmidt Connects For Home Run #500!!!

On this day in 1987 Michael Jack Schmidt hit the 500th home run of is incredible career!!

I remember watching the highlights of this game. The joy that Schmidt shared with us as he rounded the bases while pumping his fists is one of the greatest memories I have of baseball from 1980′s. Rarely do you see a player emit so much joy during a game, but Schmidt did not hold back and I am thankful that I was able to enjoy his moment with him.

Schmidt finished his career with 548 home runs placing him in 13th place on the all-time list.

Congratulations Mike and Happy Anniversary!!!

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Roy Halladay 2014 Topps Series 1 Subset – ‘Super Veterans’

Roy Halladay 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.

Halladay threw a no hitter for the Phillies against the Florida Marlins in 2010.

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 Roy Halladay:

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After 16 seasons of play, Roy Halladay retired at the conclusion of the 2013 baseball season.

He left the sport with a 65.9% winning percentage and a 203-105 record.  He started 390 games during his 16-year career and threw 67 complete games with 20 shutouts.  He had a career ERA of 3.38 with 2,117 strikeouts and a K:9 innings ratio of 6.9 per 9 innings thrown.

Halladay was a 9-time All-star and a winner of 2 Cy Young Awards.  He also had 5 other ‘Top 6′ finishes for the award.  Halladay made it to the postseason three times.  His top performance was a no-hitter for the Phillies, just the second no-hitter in postseason history.

A Special Shipment Headed To Hall OF Famer, Fergie Jenkins!!!!

A Special Shipment Headed To Hall OF Famer,  Fergie Jenkins!!!!

On the way in to work this morning, I made a quick stop at my local USPS building so I could drop a very special package in the mail.

One of my collecting goals for 2014 is to add some bulk to my ‘Ultimate Jenkins’ collection.  So, I am taking a few steps towards making that happen.

This very special package is headed to Mr. Jenkins this morning!!!

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As soon as it is returned back to me, I will unveil the goodies inside!!

Did You Know…

When the Kansas City Royals and the Philadelphia Phillies met in the 1980 World Series, it was the first time in major league history that the entire series was played on artificial turf.

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1975 Topps Set Card 66/660 – #334 – Greg Gross, Astros

1975 Topps Set Card 66/660 – #334 – Greg Gross, Astros

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Player Name:  Greg Gross

Card Number:  334

Team:  Houston Astros

Position:  Outfield

Image Style:  Posed Batting

Years In The Major Leagues:  17 seasons, 1973-89

Notes From His 1975 Season:   Gross played in 132 games for the Astros in 1975.  He hit .294 with 142 hits in 483 at-bats.  Of his 142 hits, 14 were doubles, 10 were home runs, and the balance were singles.  Gross scored 67 runs for the Astros in 1975 while also driving in 41.

Notes From Career:  Gross was then runner-up to Bake McBride for the 1974 NL ROY.  He played in the major leagues for 17 seasons while amassing a lifetime batting average of .287 with 1,073 hits.  Gross had a keen ‘eye’ as a hitter a he struck out just 250 times in 4,355 plate appearances.  In 17 seasons, Gross made it to the playoffs three times – winning the World Series in 1980 as a member of the Phillies.

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1975 Topps Set Card 61/660 – #477 – Tom Hutton, Phillies

1975 Topps Set Card 61/660 – #477 – Tom Hutton, Phillies

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Player Name:  Tom Hutton

Card Number:  477

Team:  Philadelphia Phillies

Position:  1st Base, Outfield

Image Style:  Posed Batting

Years In The Major Leagues:  12 seasons, 1966, 1969, 1972-81

Notes From His 1975 Season:   Hutton played in 113 games for the Phillies in 1975.  He connected for 41 hits in those games en route to a .248 batting average.  Of his 41 hits, Hutton collected 6 doubles and 3 home runs with 24 RBI and 24 runs scored.

Notes From Career:  I have had the pleasure of watching Tommy Hutton on television as he is part of the Marlins TV broadcast team.  As a player, Hutton had 410 career hits in 952 games played.  He is a career .248 hitter and hit a career high .309 in 1977 with the Phillies.

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1975 Topps Set Card 51/660 – #367 – Craig Robinson, Braves

1975 Topps Set Card 51/660 – #367 – Craig Robinson, Braves

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Player Name:  Craig Robinson

Card Number:  367

Team:  Atlanta Braves

Position:  Shortstop

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  6 seasons, 1972-77

Notes From His 1975 Season:   After coming off the 1974 season in which he appeared in 145 for the Braves, Robinson split time between the Braves and Giants in 1975 while appearing in just 39 games.  He only had 49 at-bats in ’75 and a batting average of a very low .065 with only 3 hits.

Notes From Career:  Robinson’s career spanned six seasons as he played for three different teams.  He has a lifetime batting average of .219 with 157 big league hits to his credit.

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1975 Topps Set Card 43/660 – #174 – Bake McBride, Cardinals

1975 Topps Set Card 43/660 – #174 – Bake McBride, Cardinals

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Player Name:  Bake McBride

Card Number:  174

Team:  St. Louis Cardinals

Position:  Outfield

Image Style: Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  11 years, 1973-83

Notes From His 1975 Season:   After capturing the NL ROY in 1974, Bake McBride continued to play solid ball in 1975.  In 116 games, McBride hit .300 while collecting 124 hits and stealing 26 bases en route to scoring 70 runs for the Cardinals.

Notes From Career:  McBride had a solid 11-season big league career.  He is a career .299 hitter with 1,153 hits collected in 1,071 games played.  He stole 183 bases during his career, including having at least 20+ steals in a single season six times.  McBride won a World Series title in 1980 with the Philadelphia Phillies.

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Happy Birthday Joe Carter!!!

Happy Birthday Joe Carter!!!

World Series hero Joe Carter turns 54 years old today!!!

Carter’s tremendous home run that won the championship for the Toronto Blue Jays in 1993 still remains as one of the greatest plays I have ever witnessed in sports.  The moment that baseball fans around the world dreamed of is what Carter delivered – a walk-off game winning hit!!!  I cannot imagine the adrenaline rush that he felt as he rounded the bases while realizing this goal had been obtained.

I think it’s safe to say that Joe Carter jumped for joy for all of us on that night back in ’93.   I know that I kind of felt like I was flying in the air alongside him as the world watched.

Happy Birthday Mr. Carter.  And thanks for the amazing memories!!!

1975 Topps Set Card 33/660 – #70 – Mike Schmidt, Phillies

1975 Topps Set Card 33/660 – #70 – Mike Schmidt, Phillies

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Player Name:  Mike Schmidt

Card Number:  70

Team:  Philadelphia Phillies

Position:  Third Base

Image Style: Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  18 years, 1972-89

Notes From His 1975 Season:  By the time that the 1975 baseball season rolled around, the 25-year old Schmidt was playing like a veteran.  And at the conclusion of the season, his home run numbers led the league with 38 round-trippers.  He would also be the league leader in strikeouts with 180 in 158 games played.

Notes From Career:  Schmidt is one of the greatest legends from his era.  A slugger that launched mammoth home runs, Schmidt also played incredible defense at third base.  He is a 12-time All-Star, 10-time Gold Glove winner, 6-time Silver Slugger winner, 3-time league MVP, member of the 500-HR Club, World Series champion, and Hall of Famer.

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