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1975 Topps Set Card 247/660 – #608 – Gene Michael, Yankees

1975 Topps Set Card 247/660 – #608 – Gene Michael, Yankees

Progress: 247/660

Player Name:  Gene Michael

Team:  New York Yankees

Position:  Shortstop, 2nd Base

Image Style:  Posed Fielding

Years In The Major Leagues:  10 seasons, 1966-75

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Gene Michael played in 56 games for the Detroit Tigers during the course of the 1975 baseball season.  He hit just .214 on the year, going 31 for 145.  Of his 31 hits, Michael connected for 2 doubles, 3 home runs, and 26 singles.  He scored 15 runs for the Tigers in ’75 while also driving in 13.

Notes From Career:  Gene Michael played for four different clubs during his 10-yer MLB career.  A lifetime .229 hitter with 642 hits on his resume, Michael was a solid middle infielder, spending a majority of his time at shortstop.  Michael has 226 RBI for his career and he also scored 249 runs.  He never appeared in the postseason during his 1-year big league career.

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1975 HEADLINE: Tom Seaver Becomes 1st Pitcher To 200 Strikeouts In 8 Straight Seasons

1975 HEADLINE: Tom Seaver Becomes 1st Pitcher To 200 Strikeouts In 8 Straight Seasons

On this day in 1975, Tom Seaver became the first pitcher in major league history to collect 200 or more strikeouts in eight consecutive seasons.

Showing off the remarkable ability to be a consistent and healthy performer, Seaver’s ability to dominate batters was unmatched during this time.

Here is a closer look at the numbers from those eight seasons:
1968 – 205
1969 – 208
1970 – 283
1971 – 289
1972 – 249
1973 – 251
1974 – 201
1975 – 243

And just for good measure, Seaver collected 235 hitters in 1976 extending the record to nine straight seasons!

How did he do in 1977?  196!!!

Happy Anniversary to ‘Tom Terrific’!!!

Did You Know…

On July 1, 1990, Andy Hawkins of the New York Yankees threw a no-hitter but lost the game 4-0.  Unreal.

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Reggie Jackson 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter – Pastime’s Pastime

Reggie Jackson 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter – Pastime’s Pastime

This card is the third of three cards of Reggie Jackson that I scored from the 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball card release.

It is also the first one that I am showing off from the “Pastime’s Pastime” subset.

Have a look:

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The card’s design is nice, and I really like the print style used on the card, but I don’t know why they made it all so dark?  Maybe to contrast the base set?  For me, it is just dark enough to be a distraction, but not dark enough to make the card horrible – I guess A&G found the sweet-spot…

And I have to say that while the image is far from superb, I am always happy to see a young Reggie Jackson on a modern baseball card!

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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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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Reggie Jackson 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter – Mini Base

Reggie Jackson 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter – Mini Base

It’s only fitting that I feature a Reggie Jackson baseball card after showing off one of Thurman Munson, right??

Well, if you know the Yankees history and you know of these two players and their fiery personalities, than you know that they were not the best of friends, not by a long shot.

Each guy had their temperaments, and each one wanted to win.  They just approached it differently, which is what led to multiple blow-ups between the two.

But, they succeeded – winning back to back championships at the conclusion of the 1977 and 1978 World Series’.

2 guys with 2 very different personalities, but they did find a way to win together!

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And that is one way to write a blog post that has nothing to do with the card you are featuring.  And I am OK with that since this A&G product is a major yawn…