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Happy Birthday Gaylord Perry!!!

Happy Birthday Gaylord Perry!!!

Gaylord Perry turns 75 years old today.

The legendary Hall of Famer and member of the ‘300 Wins Club’ has a lengthy resume full of stuff that makes baseball players legends.

Check it out:

  • 2-time Cy Young award winner
  • 314 wins
  • 3,534 strikeouts
  • 303 complete games
  • 53 shutouts
  • 3.11 ERA
  • 5-time All-Star

Happy Birthday to an incredible pitcher, one of the greatest – Hall of Famer, Gaylord Perry!!

1965 HEADLINE: Ferguson Jenkins Makes His Major League Debut

1965 HEADLINE:  Ferguson Jenkins Makes His Major League Debut

On this day in 1965, Ferguson Arthur Jenkins made his major league debut with the Philadelphia Phillies.

The appearance came in at home and in a relief effort as the Phillies hosted the St. Louis Cardinals and their pitching ace, Bob Gibson.

Jenkins entered the game in relief of Phillies starter Jim Bunning.  He entered the game with the score tied 4-4 and worked 4+ innings helping the team capture a victory in the bottom of the 12th inning.

Jenkins’ line looked like this: 4.1 inning pitched, 15 batters faced, 2 hits allowed, 0 runs, 1 strikeout, 0 walks, and his first of 284 major league wins!!!

Happy Anniversary, Mr. Jenkins!!!

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1972 HEADLINE: Fergie Jenkins Captures 20th Win In Sixth Consecutive Season

1972 HEADLINE: Fergie Jenkins Captures 20th Win In Sixth Consecutive Season

On this day in 1972, Fergie Jenkins recorded his 20th win of the baseball season.  This victory gave Fergie 20 wins, or more, in 6 consecutive seasons and solidified him as one of the most dominant and consistent pitchers of his era.

Here is a quick look at Fergie’s amazing 6-year run:

Year Wins Losses Win %
1967 20 13 61%
1968 20 15 57%
1969 21 15 58%
1970 22 16 58%
1971 24 13 65%
1972 20 12 63%
Totals 127 84 60%

Not a bad run at all!!!

I was trying to find out how many 1-run games Fergie lost during that time.  I know that I have heard the number before, but I don’t want to mis-quote it.  I have searched around a bit but have not come up with an easy way to find that number.  If I recall correctly, it was somewhere in the neighborhood if 15 or so…

Happy Anniversary to my favorite pitcher of all-time, Mr. Ferguson Arthur Jenkins!!!

1975 Topps Set Card 255/660 – #8 – Rogelio Moret, Red Sox

1975 Topps Set Card 255/660 – #8 – Rogelio Moret, Red Sox

Progress: 255/660

Card Number:  8

Player Name:  Rogelio Moret

Team:  Boston Red Sox

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Pitching

Years In The Major Leagues:  9 seasons, 1970-78

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Rogelio Moret pitched in 36 games for the Boston Red Sox in 1975.  Of those 36 appearances, Moret made 16 starts – earning a record of 14-3 with 4 complete games, 1 shutout, and 1 save.  Moret pitched 145 innings in 1975, striking out 80 batters and posting an ERA of 3.60.

Notes From Career:  Moret has a career record of 42-27 with 12 saves.  He made 82 starts during his playing days while throwing 24 complete games, including 5 shutouts.  Moret worked 723 innings during his career, allowing 656 hits and 322 runs in that time en route to a 3.66 ERA.

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Fergie Jenkins 2013 Topps ‘Million Dollar Chase’ Certified Autograph Baseball Card

Fergie Jenkins 2013 Topps ‘Million Dollar Chase’ Certified Autograph Baseball Card

When I tell that I have tracked this card for more than a year, I don’t believe that I am stretching my estimation of the time.  I know that when I first saw versions of this card hitting Ebay that I was going to end up bringing one into my collection of Fergie Jenkins autographs.  I have a good collection of Topps certified signed cards of Fergie, and this one is a great complement to the lot.

Way back, probably 9-10 months ago, I saw one sell for just $4.99.  And ever since that time I’ve been waiting.  Waiting for the next bargain to hit.  Waiting for the next ‘deal’ to cross my plate.

Well, that wait took us until August of 2014.

And while I did not pay as low as $4.99, I did nab this beauty for just $5.95.  Yes – $5.95!

And I am thrilled.   The card is serial numbered to just 300 total copies and mine is stamped as #143/300.

Have a look:

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I am so excited to finally bring this card into my ‘Ultimate Jenkins’ collection.

And now, I can turn my attention to the next hunt!  Fingers crossed that I can find another sweet deal like this one…

Wish me luck!

1974 HEADLINE: Fergie Jenkins Captures Career Strikeout #2,000!!!!

1974 HEADLINE: Fergie Jenkins Captures Career Strikeout #2,000!!!!

On this day in 1974, the Texas Rangers were hosting the Cleveland Indians in what would be a landmark game for Rangers’ starting pitcher Ferguson Jenkins.

In front of a crowd that was 14,800 fans deep, Jenkins collected career strikeout #2,000 when he struck out George Hendrick for the final out of the game.  It was his 9th strikeout of the evening.

The Rangers won the game 2-0, and Fergie also captured his 20th win of the season, his first with the Rangers.

His line from the game  Win, Complete Game, Shutout, 2 Hits Allowed, 0 Runs Allowed, 0 Walks Allowed, 9 Strikeouts, and just 29 batters faced.

One heck of a night for Mr. Jenkins – HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!

Jenkins Rangers

1975 Topps Set Card 240/660 – #387 – Jim Spencer, Rangers

1975 Topps Set Card 240/660 – #387 – Jim Spencer, Rangers

Progress: 240/660

Player Name:  Jim Spencer

Team:  Texas Rangers

Position:  1st Base

Image Style:  Posed Hitting

Years In The Major Leagues:  15 seasons, 1968-82

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Jim Spencer played in 132 games for the Texas Rangers in 1975.  In 403 at-bats, Spencer connected for 107 hits en route to a .266 batting average.  Of his 107 hits, Spencer collected 18 doubles and 11 home runs.  He drove in 47 runs for the Rangers in ’75, while also scoring 50 times.

Notes From Career:  Jim Spencer played for five different major league clubs during his professional career.  An All-Star and 2-time Gold Glove winner, Spencer appeared in 1,553 games during his playing days.  He is a lifetime .250 hitter with 1,227 career hits.  Spencer is a member of the 1978 World Series championship winning New York Yankees.

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