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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!!!


1975 Topps Set Card 80/660 – #644 – Bill Fahey, Rangers

1975 Topps Set Card 80/660 – #644 – Bill Fahey, Rangers

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Player Name:  Bill Fahey

Card Number:  644

Team:  Texas Rangers

Position:  Catcher

Image Style:  Posed Action

Years In The Major Leagues:  11 seasons, 1971-72, 1974-77, 1979-83

Notes From His 1975 Season:   Fahey played in 21 games for the Rangers in 1975.  He got 37 at-bats and connected for 11 hits, good for a .297 batting average.  Of his 11 hits, Fahey had 1 double, 1 triple, and 9 singles.

Notes From Career:  In 11 seasons, Bill Fahey appeared in 383 games.  He split time between the Rangers, Padres, and Tigers on his way to collecting 225 career hits with 75 runs scored and 83 RBI.


1975 Topps Set Card 72/660 – #10 – Willie Davis, Expos

1975 Topps Set Card 72/660 – #10 – Willie Davis, Expos

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Player Name:  Willie Davis

Card Number:  10

Team:  Montreal Expos

Position:  Outfield

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  18 seasons, 1960-76, 1979

Notes From His 1975 Season:  While featured as a member of the Expos on his 1975 Topps baseball card, Willie Davis played for the Rangers and Cardinals during the ’75 season.  He played in a total of 140 games as he collected 144 hits en route to a .277 batting average.  Of his 144 hits, 27 were doubles and 11 were home runs.  Davis also stole 23 bases in 1975 while scoring 57 runs and driving in 67.

Notes From Career:  Davis had a fantastic big league career punctuated by 2 All-Star selections and 3 Gold Glove Awards.  He was a member of the 1963 and 1965 World Series championship winning Los Angeles Dodgers teams.  He had 2,561 career hits with 321 doubles, 110 triples, 154 home runs, and 335 stolen bases.


Did You Know…

John Burkett is the only Texas Rangers pitcher that won a playoff game during the 1990′s.  The win came in the American League Division Series against the Yankees on October 1, 1996.

John BUrkett

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!!!

mystery box

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

Rangers’ Pitcher Yu Darvish Fastest Ever To 500 K’s

Rangers’ Pitcher Yu Darvish Fastest Ever To 500 K’s

From MLB.com

ST. PETERSBURG – Yu Darvish set a Major League record by striking out the first two batters he faced in Sunday’s start against the Rays.

The two strikeouts gave Darvish 500 for his career in 401 2/3 innings. The Rangers’ right-hander becomes the fastest pitcher as a starter to ever reach 500 strikeouts as far as number of innings it took to get there. Kerry Wood held the old record by doing it in 404 2/3 innings. Mark Prior did it in 421 2/3 innings and Stephen Strasburg did so in 426 1/3 innings.

Darvish was activated off the disabled list before the game. He had been sidelined with stiffness in his neck that forced him to miss his Opening Day start against the Phillies.

Yu Darvish

Did You Know…

Butch Davis of the Texas Rangers hit the first inside-the-park home run at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on August 22, 1993.

Butch Davis

Adrian Beltre 2014 Topps Series 1 Subset – ‘Super Veterans’

Adrian Beltre 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.

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 Adrian Beltre:


Entering the 2014 baseball season, Adrian Beltre will begin his 17th big league season.  He is a 3-time All-Star and has won 4 Gold Glove awards and 3 Silver Slugger trophies.

Beltre has 2,426 career hits to his credit, including 376 home runs and 495 doubles.  He has scored 1,177 runs and driven in 1,307.  Beltre has a career slugging percentage of .478 and an OPS of .812.

Beltre has competed in one World Series match-up, but lost in seven games.

1975 Topps Set Card 48/660 – #568 – Dale Murray, Expos

1975 Topps Set Card 48/660 – #568 – Dale Murray, Expos

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Player Name:  Dale Murray

Card Number:  568

Team:  Montreal Expos

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style: Posed Pitching

Years In The Major Leagues:  12 seasons, 1974-85

Notes From His 1975 Season:   While not starting a single game in 1975, Murray was able to amass a record of 15-8 for the Expos.  He pitched 111 innings in 1975, while amassing an ERA of 3.96.  He was not an overpowering pitcher as he struck out just 43 batters in those 111 innings.  But, he also allowed just 39 walks.

Notes From Career:  In 12 seasons, Murray put together a career record of 53-50 with 60 saves.  He pitched for six teams during his playing days and did not make the playoffs with any of them.


1975 Topps Set Card 40/660 – #143 – Cliff Johnson, Astros

1975 Topps Set Card 40/660 – #143 – Cliff Johnson, Astros

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Player Name:  Cliff Johnson

Card Number:  143

Team:  Houston Astros

Position:  Catcher

Image Style: Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  15 years, 1972-86

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Johnson hit .276 in 122 games for the Astros in 1975.  Of his 94 hits, 16 were doubles and 20 were home runs.  He scored 52 runs in 1975 while also driving in 65.  Johnson had an on-base percentage of .370 with 172 total bases.

Notes From Career:  At the time of his retirement, Johnson would be the major league leader in career pinch-hits.  He was a journeyman that played for seven teams in 15 seasons.  But, he could hit – and he could do it off of the bench.  His bat was widely respected throughout baseball, and his playing on five different teams in nine seasons shows that his talent was widely respected and needed.