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1965 HEADLINE: Ferguson Jenkins Notches First Win As A Cub & Connects For Home Run!!!

1965 HEADLINE: Ferguson Jenkins Notches First Win As A Cub & Connects For Home Run!!!

On this day in 1965, Fergie Jenkins made his second start for the Cubs.  The team was at home to face the Los Angeles Dodgers in front of a crowd of just 6,974 fans.

The ones that were at the ballpark, were in for a treat!!

Fergie took over in relief during the third inning of the game for Bob Hendley.  He then threw five plus innings allowing four hits and zero runs while striking out three batters.  During that stretch, the Cubs scored two run to take a lead and secure victory.

And it was Fergie Jenkins that supplied the offense!!!  Jenkins went 2-for-3 on the day including a 2-run home run that would account for all of the runs needed to secure victory for the Cubs and Fergie.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Jenkins!!!

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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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Happy Birthday Pete Rose!!!

Happy Birthday Pete Rose!!!

‘Charlie Hustle’ turns 73 years old today.

I am a Pete Rose fan.  I am a Pete Rose supporter.  I undoubtedly believe that Pete Rose belongs in  the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The list of accolades are endless.  His accomplishments are amazing.  He is a record-breaking, hit producing, ball player that ranks with the sport’s all-time greats.

I am proud to say that one of the greatest memories from watching baseball with my dad in my youth was watching Pete Rose collect hit number 4,192 of his career.  That moment on the field, and that memory formed in my living room as a 9-year old kid, lives with me today more than 25 years later.

Thank you for playing the game the way that you did.  Happy Birthday Mr. Rose!!!

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.

1984 HEADLINE: Pete Rose Collects Hit #4,000

1984 HEADLINE: Pete Rose Collects Hit #4,000

Just 8 games into the 1984 baseball season, and in front of 46,000+ fans in Montreal’s Olympic Stadium, Pete Rose made baseball history by becoming just the second player to collect 4,000 hits.

On his home turf, and facing his former team, Rose’s Expos were taking on the Philadelphia Phillies.  In the bottom of the 4th inning, Rose smacked a double off of Jerry Koosman giving him 4,000 hits for his career.

Rose was the first player to collect 4,000 hits since the legendary Ty Cobb.

Congratulations to ‘Charlie Hustle’!!

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 54/660 – #444 – Gene Garber, Phillies

1975 Topps Set Card 54/660 – #444 – Gene Garber, Phillies

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Player Name:  Gene Garber

Card Number:  444

Team:  Philadelphia Phillies

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  19 seasons, 1969-70, 1972-88

Notes From His 1975 Season:   Garber appeared in a league high 71 games as a pitcher in 1975.  Of his 71 appearances, he finished the game 47 times.  In total, he compiled a 10-12 record with 14 saves.

Notes From Career:  Garber suited up for four different teams in his 19-year career.  He compiled a 96-113 record with 218 saves and an ERA of 3.34.  In 1510 innings of work, Garber struck out 940 batters while walking 445.

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