Daily Archives: October 23, 2008

Billy Williams Has Been Traded?? – You’ve Got To Be Kidding Me!!!

Sad but true.  On this day back in 1974 Billy Williams was traded by the Chicago Cubs to the Oakland Athletics for Darold Knowles, Bob Locker, and Manny Trillo.

It was a sad day in Chicago as one of the Cub’s all-time greatest players was shipped away during a rebuilding process.  The man that had occupied left field for the Cubs for the last 16 seasons was gone.  Billy Williams’ 16 year career as a Chicago Cubs player was over!!!

Williams played the final 2 years of his career with Oakland and still put up respectable numbers for the A’s.  He batted just .230 but was able to hit 34 home runs and drive in 122 runs.  It wasn’t until this trade to the A’s that Williams was able to make the post-season.  In 1975 the A’s lost to the Boston Red Sox while Billy Williams went 0-for-7 in the series.

Personally for me, it is very hard to see Williams wear anything other than ‘Cubbie Blue’.  Although I never got to see him play live, I have seen plenty of highlights and have read books and articles about his amazing career and it always feels strange to me that his career ended in Oakland and not in Chicago.

But, as we all know, baseball is a business and players are treated as assets and not humans.  So, although I am saddened by how his career ended I am happy that Billy Williams was able to finally make it to the playoffs.

But this does look a little strange to me still…

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Happy Anniversary Joe Carter!!!

On this day in 1993 you hit one of the most recognizable home runs in World Series history.  On baseball’s biggest stage, you rose to the occasion and secured your spot as one of the game’s biggest heroes.

I remember watching this game and seeing the joy in Joe’s eyes, smile, and body language as he rounded the bases after blasting this huge World Series winning home run.  As kids, we all dream of this exact spot that Joe Carter was in on that night in October.  His boyhood dream became reality right in front of our eyes and it was an amazing sight to witness.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Carter!!

’30-Year-Old Cardboard’ Is Getting Back To Basics!!!

I feel like I’ve lost a little of my focus in the last few weeks.  Picking up cards of Greg Maddux, Mark Grace, Eddie Murray, and other baseball superstars from the 1970’s and 1980’s is not a terrible thing.  But, I do want to shift my focus and concentrate on my player collections over the next few weeks.

I am getting down to the wire in regards to my Billy Williams collection and would love to pick up a few more.  For my Fergie Jenkins collection, I really need to concentrate on his cards from the 60’s and 70’s as the cards from the 80’s seem to be easily available and very inexpensive.  And for my Andre Dawson, Dave Winfield, and Rickey Henderson collections, they have grown considerably in the last month and I want to continue down that path.

So, you may not be seeing too many autographed or game-used cards purchased by me over the next few weeks.  But, if I hit a card show, that may change as I cannot resist the urge to grab some deals when I come across them.  🙂

 

But for the next few weeks, you can look forward to reading a few more posts about these specific collections and how much I look forward to completing them!!!!