Happy Birthday Jim Rice!!!
Jim Rice turns 61 years old today.
Jim Rice may be one of the best examples of a great hitter that could also hit for power or you can classify him as a power hitter that was a great contact hitter too. Either way, it works!! Although we cannot clearly say Rice was a better hitter for average than power or vice-versa, we can surely say that his numbers are mighty impressive.
After 16 seasons with the Boston Red Sox, Rice ended his career with a .298 batting average while launching 382 home runs. Rice’s best season came in 1978 when he won the Most Valuable Player award while hitting .315, belting 46 home runs, and driving in 139 runs. Rice was a MVP candidate annually and finished in the Top 5 for voting in 6 total seasons.
Jim Rice competed in 1 World Series championship match-up in 1986 against the New York Mets. Although his team ultimately lost in 7 games, Rice did extremely well as he hit .333 and scored 6 runs.
Jim Rice is a member of the 2009 Baseball Hall of Fame class.
Happy Birthday Mr. Rice!!
Posted in Birthdays & Anniversaries, Jim Rice Collection
Tagged 1986 world series, all-star, baseball, baseball cards, boston red sox, fenway park, Hall Of Fame, HOF, jim rice, most valuable player, MVP, red sox, rookie, topps, world series
Dustin Pedroia 2014 Topps – Blue Border Parallel
I have to say that while I am not partial to either store, I prefer the Blue Wal-Mart parallel cards this year to the Red Target cards.
And to take it a step further, I am not even partial to the border color of Blue over Red or Red over Blue.
It all has to come down to the complete look. And my opinion is that the Blue border, with the Red frame looks superb.
Here is the Blue-bordered card of Dustin Pedroia from the new 2014 Topps Series 1 release:
See what I mean? The Red is a fantastic frame color and complement to the Blue border.
I LOVE IT!!! And I need more!!!
Posted in Dustin Pedroia Collection
Tagged 2007 world series, 2013 world series, all-star, baseball, baseball cards, boston red sox, dustin pedroia, fenway park, gold glove, most valuable player, MVP, red sox, Rookie of the Year, ROY, silver slugger, world series
Happy Birthday Joe Carter!!!
World Series hero Joe Carter turns 54 years old today!!!
Carter’s tremendous home run that won the championship for the Toronto Blue Jays in 1993 still remains as one of the greatest plays I have ever witnessed in sports. The moment that baseball fans around the world dreamed of is what Carter delivered – a walk-off game winning hit!!! I cannot imagine the adrenaline rush that he felt as he rounded the bases while realizing this goal had been obtained.
I think it’s safe to say that Joe Carter jumped for joy for all of us on that night back in ’93. I know that I kind of felt like I was flying in the air alongside him as the world watched.
Happy Birthday Mr. Carter. And thanks for the amazing memories!!!
Posted in Birthdays & Anniversaries
Tagged 1993 world series, blue jays, Chicago Cubs, Cubs, joe carter, most valuable player, MVP, philadelphia phillies, phillies, toronto blue jays, world series, world series MVP
1975 Topps Set Card 33/660 – #70 – Mike Schmidt, Phillies
Player Name: Mike Schmidt
Card Number: 70
Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Position: Third Base
Image Style: Posed Portrait
Years In The Major Leagues: 18 years, 1972-89
Notes From His 1975 Season: By the time that the 1975 baseball season rolled around, the 25-year old Schmidt was playing like a veteran. And at the conclusion of the season, his home run numbers led the league with 38 round-trippers. He would also be the league leader in strikeouts with 180 in 158 games played.
Notes From Career: Schmidt is one of the greatest legends from his era. A slugger that launched mammoth home runs, Schmidt also played incredible defense at third base. He is a 12-time All-Star, 10-time Gold Glove winner, 6-time Silver Slugger winner, 3-time league MVP, member of the 500-HR Club, World Series champion, and Hall of Famer.
Posted in 1975 Topps Baseball Card Set
Tagged 1980 world series, 1983 world series, 3rd base, 500 home runs, all-star, gold glove, Hall Of Fame, HOF, mike schmidt, most valuable player, MVP, philadelphia phillies, phillies, silver slugger, world series, world series MVP
Happy Birthday Willie Stargell!!!!
Stargell was and still is the pride and joy of the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise. Having played with the team for 21 major league season, Stargell, the city of Pittsburgh, and all Pirates fans share a special bond.
An exceptional ball player, Willie Stargell was dynamic on offense. He has a lifetime batting average of .282 with 2,232 hits. His power numbers are solid as he smashed 475 home runs and 423 doubles. He also scored 1,195 runs during his career while driving in an additional 1,540.
Stargell was a 6-time All-star and he won the MVP Award in 1979 at the age of 39. Stargell was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1988. He also helped lead the Pirates to two World Series championships in 1971 & 1979.
Happy Birthday ‘Pops’!!!
Posted in Birthdays & Anniversaries
Tagged 1971 world series, 1979 world series, all-star, baseball, baseball cards, Hall Of Fame, HOF, most valuable player, MVP, pirates, pittsburgh pirates, power hitter, willie stargell, world series, world series MVP
Happy Birthday Kevin Brown!!
Kevin Brown turns 49 years old today.
A 19-year veteran, Kevin Brown enjoyed a very solid major league baseball career as a starting pitcher. A lifetime record of 211-144, equating to a win percentage of 59.4%, is strong considering some of the cellar-dwelling teams that Brown suited up for.
With dominant stuff on the mound, and very good health, Brown pitched 3,256 innings. In that time, he compiled a 3.28 ERA while amassing 2,397 strikeouts.
Brown was an All-Star six times and finished in the Top 6 for the Cy Young award on five occasions. He had one 20-win season with the Texas Rangers in 1992 when he went 21-11.
Kevin Brown is a member of the 1997 World Series Champion Florida Marlins!
Happy Birthday Mr. Brown!!
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Tagged baseball cards, baseball, Marlins, all-star, world series, dodgers, los angeles dodgers, pitcher, rangers, Florida/Miami Marlins, texas rangers, yankees, new york yankees, 1997 world series, starting pitcher, major league debut, big league debut, kevin brown debut
Million Dollar Question – Is Now The Time To Invest In Craig Biggio Rookie Cards?
With the progression of Craig Biggio’s Hall of Fame vote tally, I would say that the odds of his election into the Baseball Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2015 is likely a 90% certainty.
In 2013, Biggio tallied 68.2% of the vote. And in 2014, he claimed 74.8% of the votes cast.
Barring any ground-breaking, and earth-shattering news, I believe that Biggio will easily earn the extra votes to hit the magical 75% needed for enshrinement.
So, is it time to invest in Mr. Biggio now? Buy hoards of his rookie baseball cards with the goal of flipping them when his name is more relevant in the hobby than it is today?
I am not one to turn down an option like this. But, I am also not the guy that wants to buy a card for a quarter to sell it for a dollar as the associated Ebay and PayPal fees will surely put you in the red…
What do you think? Invest in Craig Biggio with the goal of making money a year from now or pass?
Posted in 'Million Dollar Question'
Tagged 1989 donruss, 1989 fleer, 1989 score, 1989 topps, 1989 upper deck, 2005 world series, 3000 hits, all-star, astros, baseball, baseball cards, biggio rookie, biggio rookie card, catcher, craig biggio, gold glove, houston astros, second base, silver slugger, world series
Joe Morgan 2014 Topps ‘All Rookie Cup Team’
Yes, I am going after this full 10-card set, but this guy is going right into my Joe Morgan player collection.
I really like the card design of this set, and the vintage, and era-appropriate logos used on the card are very nice graphic elements.
I cannot wait to get this subset-build underway!!
Posted in Joe Morgan Collection
Tagged 1975 world series, 1976 world series, all-star, baseball, baseball cards, big red machine, Cincinnati Reds, gold glove, Hall Of Fame, HOF, joe morgan, most valuable player, MVP, reds, second base, world series
Reggie Jackson 1982 Squirt Soda Exclusive Limited Edition Baseball Card
If you’re on Ebay doing your card shopping as much as I am, you have seen plenty of these ‘Squirt’ baseball cards featuring the stars of early 1980′s baseball.
And while they cannot be considered ‘rare’, they can be tagged as ‘Exclusive’ due to their being available only as a ‘with purchase’ special with Squirt lemon-flavored soda.
The cards came as a 2-in-1 set, two cards connected by a perforated line.
This is the Reggie Jackson card from the set:
Not the most flattering image of Reggie out there, but with the mustache and sunglasses, it does scream Reggie.
And this can certainly gain entry into my collection of Reggie Jackson oddball baseball cards.
Posted in Reggie Jackson - Mr. October
Tagged A's, all-star, angels, Athletics, baseball cards, california angels, collection, facial hair, Hall Of Fame, HOF, mustache, new york yankees, oakland A's, Oakland Athletics, reggie jackson, Reggie Jackson - Mr. October, world series, world series MVP, yankees
Happy Birthday Terry Steinbach!!!
Terry Steinbach turns 52 years old today.
Terry Steinbach was the anchor for a very successful Oakland Athletics pitching staff during their ‘Glory Years’ of the late 1980′s.
A 3-time All-star catcher, Steinbach was the model of consistency both at the plate and on the field for what at the time was baseball’s most dynamic line-up. During Steinbach’s 14-year career, he hit a solid .271 while amassing 162 home runs and driving in 745 runs. On a line-up that consisted of the amazing talents of Rickey Henderson, Jose Canseco, Mark McGwire, Carney Lansford, Dave Henderson, and others, it was Steinbach’s approach at the plate that helped the A’s become the elite team of the 1980′s.
Steinbach also caught 2 no-hitters during his career: 1 in 1990 by A’s ace Dave Stewart & 1 in 1999 by Eric Milton of the Twins.
Terry Steinbach helped lead the A’s to 3 consecutive AL pennants in 1988, 1989, and 1990. The pinnacle was reached in 1989 as the Oakland A’s won the World Series in a 4-game sweep of the San Francisco Giants.
In Steinbach’s first year of Hall of Fame eligibility in 2000 he received 1 vote and was dropped from all future ballots.
Happy Birthday Mr. Steinbach!!
Posted in Birthdays & Anniversaries
Tagged 1989 world series, A's, all-star, Athletics, baseball, baseball cards, carney lansford, catcher, Dave Henderson, jose canseco, Mark McGwire, no hitter, oakland A's, Oakland Athletics, rickey henderson, terry steinbach, world series