Daily Archives: October 1, 2008

Ticket Stub #4 – Braves vs Cubs – May 30, 1989

 Ticket Stub #4 – Braves vs Cubs – May 30, 1989

This game was attended during a family vacation to Atlanta and the surrounding areas.  Since Florida did not have a professional baseball team at the time, I was a fan of both the Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs since I was able to watch quite a few of their games on WWOR and WTBS on cable.

To be able to see both teams in 1 game was pretty special; the only thing missing for me was Andre Dawson.

Chicago Cubs vs Atlanta Braves – Atlanta Fulton County Stadium.  Cubs win 3-2. 

Chicago Cubs AB R H RBI BB SO BA Details
Dascenzo 4 1 0 0 1 0 0.151  
Varsho 4 1 1 0 0 0 0.250  
Sandberg 3 0 1 0 1 1 0.292  
Grace 4 1 2 2 0 0 0.318  
Berryhill 4 0 1 1 0 1 0.301 2B
Smith 3 0 1 0 0 0 0.346 2B
Williams 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
Law 3 0 0 0 1 1 0.229  
Dunston 4 0 1 0 0 2 0.179 2B
Maddux 3 0 0 0 0 1 0.200  
Jackson 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.218  
Atlanta Braves AB R H RBI BB SO BA Details
Treadway 5 0 1 0 0 0 0.293  
James 2 0 1 0 3 1 0.282 2B
Perry 5 0 0 0 0 1 0.237  
Murphy 4 1 2 0 0 1 0.249  
Evans 4 0 0 0 0 0 0.183  
Thomas 4 1 3 2 0 0 0.240 HR, 2B
Justice 2 0 0 0 1 0 0.050  
Blauser 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.235  
Benedict 1 0 0 0 1 0 0.163  
Blocker 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.240  
Russell 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.146  
Smith 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.133  
Berroa 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.308  
Acker 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
Gant 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.175  

The highlights of this game included seeing Greg Maddux pitch in person.  Little did we know back then, that we were seeing one of the greatest pitchers from our generation that would soon join the Braves and become a baseball superstar and multiple time Cy Young award winner.  For the Cubs, Mark Grace went 2-for-4 while batting clean-up.  And for the Braves, Andres Thomas hit a home run for the home team.

This was also the year that I moved from South Florida to the Chicago suburbs.  Who would have thought that I got to see the NL East champions?  Not me.  The Cubs were good, and they really put togther a very impressive season that year.

Hall of Fame players seen: 1 – Ryne Sandberg.  Greg Maddux will surely get in making this list 2 total hall of famers in this game.

Picking That 1 Card Design You’d Love To See Brought Back To The Hobby

We all have that 1 card that seems to always catch our eye.  It can be in the most inconspicuous of places, but it happens each and every time.  Whether you’re just browsing on Ebay, shopping at a local card shop, or going from table to table at a card show it seems to stand out amongst the rest.

For me, it’s the 1956 Jackie Robinson card.  Obviously I have never seen Jackie Robinson play but his legend speaks volumes for several reasons.  But this specific card from the 1956 set always stands out to me.  I love the design.  I love the action photo in the background with the large portrait super-imposed on top of it.  The colors that are used for a time period of primarily dull and dark cards really makes this issue stand out.  This is the first card that I ever called ‘art’ and to this day I feel that it is the best looking card I have ever seen.

So that got me to thinking…  If I could choose any 1 card design of the past to have Topps or another major baseball card company reissue with today’s players which one would it be?

For me, it is the 1956 Topps card.  And You???

Vince Vaughn Entertains The Fans At Wrigley Field

 At least Vince Vaughn was able to get the fans excited during his rendition of ‘Take Me Out To The Ballgame’ at Wrigley Field.  Too bad that the same cannot be said for his film ‘Fred Claus’.

In October We Celebrate Reggie Jackson!!!

Athletes and nicknames go back for decades.  Some nicknames are carried with a player from his childhood.  Some are references or versions of his proper name.  Some nicknames are given to a player for his abilities or physical characteristics.  Some make sense and many don’t…

No nickname in the history of nicknames is as strong of a statement as ‘Mr. October’.  Seriously, that says it all.  Reggie Jackson earned this nickname by captivating the sports world during the most important time to be playing the game of baseball – in October during the World Series.

So, I am going to pay tribute to Reggie Jackson during the entire month of October.  I recently purchased a nice little lot of various Jackson cards that I will share with you as well as other stories and videos I can find that honor Reggie.

I never saw Reggie Jackson play in a live game, but I have seen highlights of his amazing feats during the 1977 World Series and I believe that he is worthy of the title ‘Mr. October’.  However, there are several players that have come into the league after Jackson that have also displayed the rare talent of excelling when the world is watching in October.  So for players like Bernie Williams, Mariano Rivera, Joe Carter, Orel Hershiser, etc. I congratulate you on some amazing historical moments.

But there will only be 1 ‘Mr. October’ and that is Reggie Jackson!!!

Happy Anniversary Roger Maris!!!

On this day in 1961, you hit home run number 61 of your season setting a new all-time record for home runs hit in 1 season by a player.  This was a huge accomplishment as you passed the mighty and beloved Babe Ruth with this homer.

Although this record no longer stands today and has been eclipsed a handful of times since, at the time this was a major accomplishment and today we remember you and how much you had to go through during the 1961 season to surpass this baseball record.

Congratulations to you Mr. Maris!!!