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1975 Topps Set Card 242/660 – #49 – Larry Dierker, Astros

1975 Topps Set Card 242/660 – #49 – Larry Dierker, Astros

Progress: 242/660

Player Name:  Larry Dierker

Team:  Houston Astros

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Pitching

Years In The Major Leagues:  14 seasons, 1964-77

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Larry Dierker started 34 games for the Houston Astros in 1975.  In those 34 starts, he compiled a record of 14-16 and a 4.00 ERA.  In 232 innings of work, Dierker gave up 225 hits and 109 runs while also striking out 127 batters and walking 91.

Notes From Career:  Larry Dierker was a 2-time All-Star during his 14-year big league career.  He has a lifetime record of 139-123, and had a personal best 20-wins in 1969.  Dierker threw 106 complete games during his career, including 25 shutouts.  He has a career ERA of 3.31 as he allowed 948 runs in 2,333 innings of work.

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Manny Machado 2014 Bowman Platinum

Manny Machado 2014 Bowman Platinum

I picked up this card of Manny Machado for just $0.18 on Sportlots two weeks ago when shopping for modern cards from the new 2014 Bowman Platinum release.

The set is really starting to grow on me and may take the crown as the ‘Best Looking Baseball Card Product of 2014′.

I picked up a decent stack of cards from the set for my PC’s and Marlins team set, and all look just as good as this!

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N-I-C-E!!!

1975 Topps Set Card 239/660 – #29 – Dave Parker, Pirates

1975 Topps Set Card 239/660 – #29 – Dave Parker, Pirates

Progress: 239/660

Player Name:  Dave Parker

Team:  Pittsburgh Pirates

Position:  Outfield

Image Style:  Posed Hitting

Years In The Major Leagues:  19 seasons, 1973-91

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Parker played in 148 games for the Pirates in 1975.  He hit .308 for the club with 172 hits in 558 at-bats.  Of his 172 hits, Parker connected for 35 doubles, 10 triples, and 25 home runs.  He also scored 75 runs for the team while driving in 101.

Notes From Career:  With a career batting average of .290, Parker eclipsed the .300+ mark 6 times. As consistently good as anyone in the game, Parker finished in the Top 16 for the MVP award 8 times, while capturing the title in 1978. His numbers in ’78 were pretty awesome – .334/30/117.  His approach garnered 7 All-star appearances and 3 Gold Glove awards. ‘Big Dave’ competed in 3 World Series match-ups, and won 2 titles – 1 in 1979 with the Pirates, and 1 ten years later in 1989 with the Oakland A’s.

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1975 Topps Set Card 238/660 – #589 – Atlanta Braves Team Card

1975 Topps Set Card 238/660 – #589 – Atlanta Braves Team Card

Progress: 238/660

Card Number:  589

Team:  Atlanta Braves

Manager: Clyde King & Connie Ryan

Notes From The 1975 Season:  The ’75 Braves finished in 5th place in the NL West at the conclusion of their season with a 67-94 record.  The team allowed 739 runs over the course of the season while only scoring 583 times.  Offensively the team was led by Ralph Garr, Darrell Evans, and Dusty Baker who provided a majority of the team’s scoring.  On the mound, Carl Morton was the lone Braves’ starting pitcher to post a winning record (17-16).

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1975 Topps Set Card 237/660 – #62 – Fritz Peterson, Indians

1975 Topps Set Card 237/660 – #62 – Fritz Peterson, Indians

Progress: 237/660

Player Name:  Fritz Peterson

Team:  Cleveland Indians

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

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

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Fritz Peterson started 25 games for the Cleveland Indians during the 1975 baseball season.  He compiled a record of 14-8 while throwing 148 innings for the club.  Peterson amassed an ERA of 3.94 in those 25 contests, striking out just 47 batters while giving up 40 walks.

Notes From Career:  Fritz Peterson pitched for 3 different teams during his major league career.  In 355 appearances, he put together a career record of 133-131 with 1 save, 90 complete games, and 20 shutouts.  In 2,218 innings of work, Peterson allowed 2,217 hits and 947 runs.  He was selected as an All-Star during the 1970 baseball season.

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Andrew McCutchen 2011 Bowman Platinum

Andrew McCutchen 2011 Bowman Platinum

I tell you what, physically he may not look like he has a mighty swing, but when Andrew McCutchen rips a hard swing through the strike zone he connects with a ton of force.

I cannot recall if it was earlier in 2014 or late in 2013, but I saw a small feature about him and part of that feature showed him working in the cage off of a tee.  And let me tell you, between the hand speed, balance, and power that he generates – #22 can rip!

This card from the 2011 Bowman Platinum baseball card set showcases his swing very well.  I like how you can see that while his body is in perfect control, he has used it to generate a tremendous amount of torque and power.

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Happy Birthday Paul Molitor!!!

Happy Birthday Paul Molitor!!!

Paul Molitor turns 56 years old today.

Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2004, Paul Molitor had a brilliant 21-year career.  Never getting the opportunity to showcase his talents in front of a consistently large crowd, Molitor spent most of his career as an unheralded superstar.

With 3,316 career hits and a lifetime batting average of .306 Paul Molitor is one of the greatest hitters of the last 40 years.  For a player that was not classified as a ‘power hitter’ Molitor quietly bashed 234 home runs.  And while also never being classified as a ‘speedster’, Paul also accumulated 504 stolen bases.  This multi-dimensional player was a 7-time All-star, and he won 4 Silver Slugger awards as well.  Molitor finished in the Top 20 for the MVP award 9 times over the course of his career where his highest finish was coming in at 2nd place in 1993.

Happy Birthday Mr. Molitor!!!