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1975 Topps Set Card 58/660 – #370 – Tom Seaver, Mets

1975 Topps Set Card 58/660 – #370 – Tom Seaver, Mets

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Player Name:  Tom Seaver

Card Number:  370

Team:  New York Mets

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  20 seasons, 1967-86

Notes From His 1975 Season:   Seaver was awarded this 3rd Cy Young Award in 1975 as he was recognized as the NL’s best pitcher.  Seaver started 36 games for the Mets and finished the season with a 22-9 record alongside 15 complete games and 5 shutouts.  He had a 2.38 ERA with a league-leading 243 strikeouts in 280 innings of work.

Notes From Career:  Seaver is often regarded to as the greatest pitcher from his era.  He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1992 and has the highest vote percentage of all-time at 98.8%.  He is a 3-time Cy Young Award winner, a ROY winner, a 12-time All-Star, and a World Series champion.  Seaver has a record of 311-205 with 231 complete games and 61 shutouts.


1975 Topps Set Card 46/660 – #565 – Joe Torre, Mets

1975 Topps Set Card 46/660 – #565 – Joe Torre, Mets

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Player Name:  Joe Torre

Card Number:  565

Team:  New York Mets

Position:  3rd Base

Image Style: Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  18 years, 1960-77

Notes From His 1975 Season:   1075 was Torre’s first season with the Mets.  In 114 games, he hit .247 with 89 hits.  Of his hits, 16 were doubles, 3 were triples, and 6 were home runs.  Torre drove in 35 runs for the Mets while scoring 33 times.

Notes From Career:  A 9-time All-Star, batting champion, and League MVP, Joe Torre has a solid 18-season career.  He 2,342 hits in 2,209 career games.  He connected for 344 doubles and 252 home runs en route to 996 runs scored and 1,185 RBI.


1975 Topps Set Card 45/660 – #209 – 1971 Most Valuable Players

1975 Topps Set Card 45/660 – #209 – 1971 Most Valuable Players

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Player Name:  Vida Blue, Joe Torre

Card Number:  209

Team:  Oakland A’s, St. Louis Cardinals

Image Style: reprint baseball cards

How they got there:

Vida Blue and Joe Torre were the MVP’s of their respective leagues at the conclusion of the 1971 baseball season.  Blue led the A’s with his 24-8 record that included 24 complete games and 8 shutouts.  He had a league-low ERA of 1.82 and struck out 8.7 batters per 9 innings.  Torre led the NL with 230 hits in 161 games during the 1971 season.  He also led the league in RBI, batting average, and total bases with 137, .363, and 352 respectively.


1949 HEADLINE: Joe DiMaggio Inks Baseball’s Record 6-Figure Contract!!!

1949 HEADLINE: Joe DiMaggio Inks Baseball’s Record 6-Figure Contract!!!

On this day in 1949, the Yankees and Joe DiMaggio agreed on the first 6-figure contract in major league baseball.

That’s $100,000 a year.  An amazing salary for the standards of that era, but chump change in today’s sports world.  Just the other day, Lebron James got fined $25k for kicking a water cooler during a game.  $25k is less than 1% of what LBJ brings home a year, but it was a 1/4 of what Joltin’ Joe made during the 1949 baseball season.

Wanna see the contract?  Click here - It’s pretty cool!!!

Did You Know…

The first player to hit a Grand Slam in Game 7 of the World Series was Moose Skowron.  During the 1956 World Series, Skowron and his Yankees teammates battled the Brooklyn Dodgers to a 3-3 tie after six games.  But in Game 7, it was all Yankees as Skowron and his Yankees teammates blanked the Dodgers 9-0 capturing the 1956 World Series trophy.

Moose Skowron phot

With Eddie Murray Now Out Of The Way… The #1 Signed Baseball On My ‘Want List’ Is Now…

With Eddie Murray Now Out Of The Way…  The #1 Signed Baseball On My ‘Want List’ Is Now…

In case you missed it, earlier in the week I showed off the newest signed baseball for my collection – Hall of Famer Eddie Murray.

Murray had been on my ‘want list’ for years.  And when I added Hank Aaron to my collection almost a year ago, he occupied the #1 spot on my ‘want list’.

But, now that I have Mr. Murray in my collection, a new #1 must be crowned.  I mean, it is only fair – right?

I didn’t have to think too hard about this one as it is another guy that has been on my ‘want list’ for years.  And while he has never been a huge priority to add, that changes now.

This one has a nice ’1975 theme’ to it as well, and that is a big bonus for your buddy here at ’30-YOC’.

This is the next one that I am after:

Tom Seaver

That autograph belongs to 1975 NL Cy Young Award winner, and Hall of Famer, Tom Seaver.

Let the hunt begin!!!


1997 Headline: Don Mattingly Retires From Baseball

1997 Headline: Don Mattingly Retires From Baseball

On this day in 1997 the above headline, or something very close to it, appeared on every sports page across America.  Don Mattingly, ‘Donnie Baseball’, was retiring from the country’s national past-time.

Don Mattingly gave us 14 years.  14 wonderful years.  14 years of memories that will last and be passed down  from generation to generation.  Never the most talented player on his team, Mattingly was without question the leader of his New York Yankees team.  His incredible vision and skill as a contact hitter were remarkable.  And for a few years in the mid-1980′s he thrilled us at the plate as his batting average hovered close to .350 season after season.

But Mattingly was not a 1-dimensional player.  When needed, he was able to hit for power and do it well.  Mattingly blasted 222 home runs in his career and hit 30 or more homers 3 times.  And then there was the 8-game streak in 1987 in which Mattingly launched a homer in each game.  A truly amazing feat by this great competitor!!

And to round out his play, Mattingly was a dominant defender at 1st base.  A 9-time Gold Glove winner, ‘Donnie Baseball’ could do no wrong when taking the field.  In 1,634 career games at 1st base, Mattingly committed just 64 errors.  That’s just 1 error per 25 games played and just 6 per year.  INCREDIBLE!!!

The Hall of Fame debate about Mattingly always makes for interesting conversation.  He won the MVP award one time, and finished in the Top 10 for the award 3 more times.  He has been to 6 All-star games, won 3 Silver Slugger awards, and has 9 Gold Gloves to his credit.  Whether he deserves to be in the Hall of Fame is an argument that could go on forever, but he will certainly go down as one of the best, if not the best, 1st baseman to play baseball in the 1980′s.

2013 Topps Update ‘Postseason Heroes’ Subset – Mariano Rivera

2013 Topps Update ‘Postseason Heroes’ Subset – Mariano Rivera

The 2013 Topps Update baseball card set includes a subset tagged as ‘Postseason Heroes.  And with that theme, you would expect to find cards of modern players like Albert Pujols, Edgar Renteria, and Pablo Sandoval but none of these guys made the checklist.

That does leave room for some nice surprises…

This is the card of Mariano Rivera from the set:


Mariano Rivera’s postseason resume is incredibly impressive.  In 19 big league seasons, he made it to the postseason 16 times.  He has played in 7 World Series match-ups, winning 5 titles.

Rivera has a postseason record of 8-1 with 42 saves.  He has a postseason career ERA of 0.70 and has allowed a total of 13 runs in 141 innings of work.  He has struck out 110 batters in those 141 innings while striking out 21.

Million Dollar Question – Will Topps Honor Mariano Rivera In Their 2014 Series 1 Release??

Million Dollar Question – Will Topps Honor Mariano Rivera In Their 2014 Series 1 Release??

While I have yet to see a final checklist for the 2014 Topps Series 1 release, I am eager to see if Topps will do anything to honor the recently retired Mariano Rivera.

I have yet to see anything that says that they will, but I would be shocked if they did not.  Rivera is the class of the sport, and he is wildly popular among collectors – well past Yankees fans and collectors.

Surely something to honor him is in the works for Series 1, right??

What do you think??

rivera 2014

1992 Headline: Tom Seaver & Rollie Fingers Voted Into National Baseball Hall Of Fame

1992 Headline: Tom Seaver & Rollie Fingers Voted Into National Baseball Hall Of Fame

On this day in 1992, both Tom Seaver and Rollie Fingers were elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.  Both pitchers amassed amazing individual and team accolades during their brilliant careers – Seaver as a starting pitcher, and Fingers as a reliever.

Tom Seaver won 311 games during his major league career while amassing 3,640 strikeouts.  Being a member of both the ’300 wins’ and ’3000 strikeouts’ clubs, Seaver is in very rare and elite company.  Seaver is a former Rookie of the Year, a 3-time Cy Young Award winner, 12-time All-Stat, and World Series Champion.

Rollie Fingers set the standard for the ‘closer’ role in baseball.  His is a member of the ’300 Saves Club’ with his 341 career saves.  Fingers has a career ERA of 2.90 and a lifetime strikeout to walk ratio of 2.64.  His ability to seal wins during his tenure with the A’s, Padres, and Brewers set the bar for his competition and the future of the closer role.  Fingers was a 7-time All-Star as well as a Cy Young and MVP winner.  He was part of three World Series championship winning teams in the 1970′s with Oakland.

Tom Seaver collected 425 of 430 votes cast during his first year of eligibility in 1985.

Rollie Fingers hauled in 349 of 430 votes cast in his second year of eligibility to gain entry into Cooperstown.