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1975 Topps Set Card 267/660 – #615 – Rookie Pitchers With Darcy, Leonard, Underwood, Webb

1975 Topps Set Card 267/660 – #615 – Rookie Pitchers With Darcy, Leonard, Underwood, Webb

Progress: 267/660

Player Name:  Pat Darcy, Dennis Leonard, Tom Underwood, Hank Webb

Card Number:  615

Team:  Cincinnati Reds, Kansas City Royals, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Mets

Position:  Pitchers

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

How these players fared in 1975:

Pat Darcy – Darcy went 11-5 in 22 starts for the Reds in 1975.  He had a 3.58 ERA in 130 innings of work.  Darcy struck out 46 batters in 1975 while walking 59.  He won a World Series ring with the Reds at the conclusion of the season.

Dennis Leonard – Leonard went 15-7 with the Royals in 30 starts.  He worked 212 innings allowing 212 hits and 98 runs.  Leonard struck out 146 batters in ’75 and finished the season with a 3.77 ERA.

Tom Underwood – Underwood went 14-13 for the Phillies in 1975.  He had an ERA of 4.14 over 35 starts with the club.  In 219 innings of work, Underwood allowed 221 hits and 110 runs while striking out 123 batters while walking 84.

Hank Webb – Webb appeared in 29 games for the Mets in 1975, 15 of which were starts.  He went 7-6 on the year, compiling an ERA of 4.07.  In 115 innings, Webb gave up 58 runs and 102 hits.  He struck out just 38 batters.



Happy Birthday Vince Coleman!!!

Happy Birthday Vince Coleman!!!

Vince Coleman turns 53 years old today.

Vince Coleman had one of the most impressive rookie seasons I witnessed during my youth.

In 1985, as a rookie of the St. Louis Cardinals, Coleman debuted with a bang and the entire sport took notice.  Notching 170 hits, while scoring 107 runs, Coleman was the ideal lead-off hitter for the Cards’ star-studded line-up.  Oh yeah, he also stole 110 bases in his rookie year too – simply amazing.  Coleman’s season was impressive enough to earn him the Rookie of the Year award in a unanimous vote!!!

While Coleman continued to have amazing success during his days with the Cardinals, he was never able to replicate that excitement he brought to the base paths once he moved on to other teams.  Still a threat, he still collected between 20-50 swipes per season after he left ‘The Arch’.

Happy Birthday to Vince Coleman!!!


1983 HEADLINE: Ferguson Jenkins Captures Final Win Of His Career, #284

1983 HEADLINE: Ferguson Jenkins Captures Final Win Of His Career, #284

On this day in 1983, Fergie Jenkins recorded the final win of his 19-year major league career.

The win, #284 of his career and #6 of the 1983 baseball season, came in a 7-6 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field.

Jenkins entered the game in a relief role and blew the save allowing two runs to the Pirates in the top of the seventh inning giving the Bucs the lead.  But, the Cubs scored two runs in the bottom half of the inning giving the Cubs the lead and putting Jenkins on track for the win.

On the night, Jenkins threw 1.2 innings allowing 2 hits and 2 runs while walking 2 batters and striking out 2 others.  He lasted long enough to secure the victory, with Lee Smith picking up the save.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Jenkins!!!

Jenkins 1983

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!!!

Andrew McCutchen 2013 Panini Triple Play – Red Border Sticker

Andrew McCutchen 2013 Panini Triple Play – Red Border Sticker

This is the second of two cards, stickers, that I picked up of Andrew McCutchen from the 2013 Panini Triple Play set.

And, again, while something I would not purposely focus on adding into my collection, as an accessory for just $0.18 each, it is a nice addition.

Have a look:



Featuring the same image, cartoon, as the card I showed off a few weeks back, this one has a Red border and lacks some of the graphic elements that the base card brings.  Other than that, it’s almost identical.

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Heritage – Black Border Parallel

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Heritage – Black Border Parallel

I have no shame in the fact that I am still working on bringing cards into my collection that were released both months and years ago.  Part of being a steady player collector is knowing when and how to go after things, and I prefer a more methodical and disciplined approach with most of the stuff that I go after.

After not doing any searches on Ebay for Jose Fernandez cards from the 2014 Topps Heritage set for more than two months, I decided to see what was out there that was still categorized as a ‘Need’ on my list.

And surprisingly, I found this sweet, Black bordered card:



I’m digging it!  The Black perfectly complements the shadow under the Marlins flag on the card along with the trim of his undershirt.

I’m very excited to add this card to my collection of 2014 Heritage cards.

As long as they are out there, I will keep chipping away!!

1996 HEADLINE: Paul Molitor Joins The 3,000 Hits Club

1996 HEADLINE: Paul Molitor Joins The 3,000 Hits Club

On this day in 1996, Paul Molitor collected the 3,000th hit of his major league career.

On the road playing the Kansas City Royals, Molitor and his Twins teammates took the field in front of 16,000+ fans at Kaufman Stadium.

For the game, Molitor went 3-for-4 hitting 2 singles and a triple.

Of the 3 hits he collected over the course of the game, #3000 was the triple he hit in the top of the 5th inning off of Jose Rosado.

Currently, Molitor ranks 9th in total hits in a major league career with 3,319 total hits.  It appears that Molitor’s space in the Top 10 of all-time is secure for quite some time!!

Happy Anniversary Mr. Molitor!!!