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1975 Topps Set Card 204/660 – #94 – Jim Lonborg, Phillies

1975 Topps Set Card 204/660 – #94 – Jim Lonborg, Phillies

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Player Name:  Jim Lonborg

Team:  Philadelphia Phillies

Position:   Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Pitching

Years In The Major Leagues:  15 seasons, 1965-79

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Jim Lonborg started 26 games for the Phillies during the 1975 baseball season.  He compiled a record of 8-6 with 6 complete games and 2 shutouts over that time.  In 159 innings of work, Lonborg allowed 161 hits and 84 runs en route to an ERA of 4.12 ERA.  Lonborg averaged 4.1 strikeouts per nine innings while also striking out 1.75 batters per one walk given up.

Notes From Career:  Jim Lonborg pitched for the Red Sox and Phillies during his 15-season career.  He has a career record of 157-137, which includes a personal best 22 wins during the ’67 season.  Lonborg’s career ERA is 3.86.  In 2,464 innings of work, Lonborg struck out 1,475 batters while allowing 2,400 hits and 1,170 runs.  He was named as an All-Star in 1967, while also winning the AL Cy Young Award.

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1975 Topps Set Card 203/660 – #453 – Claude Osteen, Cardinals

1975 Topps Set Card 203/660 – #453 – Claude Osteen, Cardinals

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Player Name:  Claude Osteen

Team:  St. Louis Cardinals

Position:   Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  18 seasons, 1957, 1959-75

Notes From His 1975 Season:  The 1975 baseball season was Claude Osteen’s final one in the major leagues.  He started 37 games for the Chicago White Sox in ’75, finishing the campaign with a 7-16 record.  Osteen worked 204 innings during the season, allowing 237 hits and 110 runs en route to an ERA of 4.36 and a WHIP of 1.61.

Notes From Career:  Claude Osteen pitched for six different teams during his 18-year career.  He had a lifetime record of 196-195 with 140 complete games and 40 shutouts to his credit.  Osteen pitched a total of 3,460 innings; in  that time he struck out 1,612 batters while walking 940.  Osteen was selected as an All-Star three times.  He was a member of the 1965 World Series Champion Los Angeles Dodgers.

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Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Series 2 – All-Star Rookie Card – Base

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Series 2 – All-Star Rookie Card – Base

Last week I showed off the ‘other’ card of Jose Fernandez from this year’s Topps Series 2 release.  That first card was the one that celebrates his winning of the NL ROY Award in 2013.

This one is his true base card, accented brilliantly by his Topps All-Rookie Team trophy.

Check it out:

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We’ve seen the card before, from Topps’ Opening Day set that was issued a few months back.  But, this is his first card in the 2014 Flagship set.

And now, with both base cards out of the way, it is time for me to chase down some, if not many, of the colored parallels.

Wish me luck!

1975 Topps Set Card 200/660 – #500 – Nolan Ryan, Angels

1975 Topps Set Card 200/660 – #500 – Nolan Ryan, Angels

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Player Name:  Nolan Ryan

Team:  California Angels

Position:   Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Pitching

Years In The Major Leagues:  27 seasons, 1966, 1968-93

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Nolan Ryan appeared in 28 games for the California Angels.  He started all of the games, and amassed a record of 14-12 with 10 complete games and 5 shutouts.  In 198 innings of work, Ryan compiled an ERA of 3.45 as he allowed 152 hits and 90 runs in that span.  Ryan struck out 186 batters in 1975, averaging 8.5 per 9 innings pitched.  Ryan was selected to the AL All-Star team in 1975.

Notes From Career:  Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan is one of the most accomplished pitchers in major league history.  He has a career record of 324-292 with 222 complete games and 61 shutouts to his credit.  In 5,386 innings of work, Ryan struck out 5,714 batters (MLB high) while walking 2,795 (MLB high).  He has a career strikeout per nine innings pitched ratio of 9.5:9 and also a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.4:1.  Ryan was selected as an All-Star 8 times, and finished in the Top 10 for the Cy Young Award 8 times.  He became a World Series champion in 1969 while with the Mets and was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999 capturing 98.8% of the votes cast.

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1975 Topps Set Card 198/660 – #206 – 1968 Most Valuable Players

1975 Topps Set Card 198/660 – #206 – 1968 Most Valuable Players

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Player Name:  Denny McLain, Bob Gibson

Card Number:  206

Team:  Detroit Tigers, St. Louis Cardinals

Image Style: reprint baseball cards

How they got there:

Denny McLain was both the Cy Young Award and MVP Award winner in the American League in 1968.  McLain started 41 games, going 31-6 with a 1.96 ERA.  He pitched 336 innings that season while allowing 241 hits and 86 runs.  McLain struck out 280 batters in ’68 while walking just 63.

Bob Gibson was both the Cy Young Award and MVP Award winner in the National League in 1968.  He was also a Gold Glove winner.  Gibson started 34 games for the Cardinals in 1968, going 22-9 with 28 complete games and 13 shutouts.  He had an ERA of just 1.12 during the season while working in 304 innings.  Gibson struck out 268 batters while walking 62.

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Happy Birthday CC Sabathia!!!

Happy Birthday CC Sabathia!!!

CC Sabathia turns 34 years old today.

Always the bridesmaid, never the bride, CC Sabathia always ranks as on the sport’s great pitchers, but he never quit gets the credit from the media for the tremendous efforts he has put into his 14+ season career.

Winning games at a 64% clip, Sabathia is a 6-time All-star and has won at least 13 games in 11 of his 14 seasons.

A dominant pitcher with very good control, CC hovers around the 2.8 K:walk ratio on a regular basis. And with a World Series championship under his belt, it should not be long before talk of him being one of the best of his generation starts.

It sounds like CC will be put on the shelf for the remainder of the 2014 baseball season.  Hopefully he can recover from his injuries and return to All-Star form in 2015.

Happy Birthday CC!!!!

1975 Topps Set Card 197/660 – #114 – Dick Lange, Angels

1975 Topps Set Card 197/660 – #114 – Dick Lange, Angels

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Player Name:  Dick Lange

Team:  California Angels

Position:   Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Pitching

Years In The Major Leagues:  4 seasons, 1972-75

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Dick Lange made 30 appearances for the Angels during the 1975 baseball season, including 8 starts.  He compiled a record of 4-6 with 1 save.  In 102 innings of work, Lange surrendered 119 hits and 70 runs en route to an ERA of 5.21.  He also struck out 45 batters during that time while walking 53.

Notes From Career:  Dick Lange pitched in 70 games for the Angels between 1972 and 1975. He amassed a record of 9-15 in that time with 1 save to his credit.  Lange worked in a total of 276 innings.  In that span of work, Lange allowed 298 hits and 167 runs while striking out 137 batters and giving up 123 walks.

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Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Series 2 – 2013 NL ROY – Base

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Series 2 – 2013 NL ROY – Base

I am just now digging into the Topps Series 2 release.

And my boy, Mr. NL ROY, has two cards in the base set.  That translates to a lot of singles for this collector to chase down.  I MEAN A LOT!!!

So, I started with the easiest – the base card.

As I mentioned, Jose has two in the set.  This is the one that celebrates his winning of the 2013 NL Rookie Of the Year Award.

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I’ll show off the ‘other’ base card next time around.

Enjoy.

1975 Topps Set Card 195/660 – #98 – Rich Folkers, Cardinals

1975 Topps Set Card 195/660 – #98 – Rich Folkers, Cardinals

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Player Name:  Rich Folkers

Team:  St. Louis Cardinals

Position:   Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Action

Years In The Major Leagues:  7 seasons, 1970, 1972-77

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Rich Folkers appeared in 45 games for the San Diego Padres during the 1975 baseball season.  15 of the 45 games were starts.  He compiled a record of 6-11 during the season while working in 142 innings.  He sported an ERA of 4.18 as he allowed 155 hits and 70 runs during his time on the mound.

Notes From Career:  Rich Folkers played for four different teams during his 7-year major league career.  He finished his playing days with a 19-23 record with 7 saves.  In 423 innings of work, Folkers put together an ERA of 4.11 amassing 242 strikeouts and giving up 170 walks.

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1975 Topps Set Card 194/660 – #354 – Dick Bosman, Indians

1975 Topps Set Card 194/660 – #354 – Dick Bosman, Indians

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Player Name:  Dick Bosman

Team:  Cleveland Indians

Position:   Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  11 seasons, 1966-76

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Dick Bosman pitched in 28 games during the 1975 season, splitting time between the Cleveland Indians and Oakland Athletics.  He finished the season with a record of 11-6 with a 4.08 ERA.  In 151 innings of work, Bosman surrendered 145 hits while giving up 67 runs.  Bosman averaged 3.2 strikeouts per nine innings pitched and had a K:walk ratio of 1.66 to 1.

Notes From Career:  Dick Bosman appeared in 306 games for three teams during his 11-season career.  He started 229 games and compiled a record of 82-85 during that time.  In total, he pitched 1,591 innings while allowing 1594 hits and allowing 736 runs to score, 648 of which were earned.

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