Daily Archives: December 31, 2008

1983 Topps Super Veteran Subset

I am amazed at how many people came through on this for me.  In just a few short hours, I had 4 emails and 1 comment on the blog providing me with the full checklist of the 1983 Topps Super Veteran set.

I gues the set builder in you never dies, huh?  I’ve got my first piece to the puzzle courtesy of Wax Haeven and now I am starting on a new conquest to add to my collection. 

I have added a category link for this set to my page so you can track my progress as I attempt to build a set for the first time in 18 years.  Wish me luck….

1983 Topps Super Veterans
Card # Player Got it ??
18 Kent Tekulve    
36 Rollie Fingers    
61 Johnny Bench    
71 Steve Carlton    
101 Pete Rose    
146 Don Sutton    
151 Bruce Sutter    
161 Dave Kingman    
179 Luis Tiant    
201 Rod Carew    
231 Fergie Jenkins y  
241 Rich Gossage    
256 Gene Garber    
283 Reggie Smith    
301 Mike Schmidt    
334 Dave LaRoche    
361 Nolan Ryan    
378 Lee May    
411 Phil Neikro    
421 Al Oliver    
451 Ted Simmons    
464 Gaylord Perry    
491 Jim Palmer    
501 Reggie Jackson    
511 Tug McGraw    
551 Carl Yastrzemski    
581 Tom Seaver    
604 Joe Morgan    
636 Graig Nettles    
673 Jim Kaat    
694 Sparky Lyle    
716 Tony Perez    
736 Tommy John    
741 Rusty Staub    
783 Bobby Murcer    

Ticket Stub #18 – Florida Marlins vs. Tampa Bay Rays – 06/26/2008

Ticket Stub #18 – Florida Marlins vs. Tampa Bay Rays – 06/26/2008

Dolphin Stadium – Miami, FL

Rays 6, Marlins 1

This is the most recent game that I have been to and concludes this series of posts highlighting the baseball games that I have attended.  I have offered up 18 games, but in reality have probably been to 30 or so.  Careless moments and ticket stubs in the washing machine don’t mix when you are trying to relive past events.  I hope that you have enjoyed this series and I will certainly present to you any games I attend in the future.

On to game #18…

I scored these tickets using a 2-for-1 coupon.  I was able to get seats right alongside the Marlins bullpen so I made sure I arrived extra early to grab some up-close pictures.  When we arrived, Scott Olsen was was firing away in the pen and was quickly joined by most of the Marlin’s starters and several of the bullpen players.  It was nice to be there so early with little noise.  I clearly remember being able to hear the ‘zip’ of the ball as it raced 60 feet from Olsen to the bullpen catcher.

The game was great, if you were cheering for the Tampa Bay Rays.  The Rays’ bats were hot and were led by Evan Longoria’s 3 for 5 performance which was capped off by a home run.  I have to say that it is kind of cool to say that I saw the American League Champions play.  The Marlins were terrible, both on offense as well as pitching.  The bats were cold, cold, cold…

Now onto the big story of the game – Matt Garza!!!  This kid was awesome.  He was getting batters out at will and racked up hitless inning after hitless inning.  As the game went on, and the hits were not coming  and I started to get flashbacks of the Al Leiter no-hitter I witnessed several years prior.  4th inning – no hits.  5th inning – no hits.  Do I tell my buddy that I have seen a no-hitter before?  Do I mention thosewords?  How many people have been to 2 no-hitter in their lives??  WoW!!!  6th inning – no hits.  Oh my, it’s going to happen again; too bad there is noone at the park to enjoy this…  7th inning – CRACK!!!  Hanley Ramirez launches a deep home run to left field.  Gone is the no-hitter.  Gone is the shutout.  Gone is history.  This Marlins only accounted for 1 hit in this game.  1 pitch is what separated my second no-hitter in person from my 1 no-hitter and 1 1-hitter.  One hell of an effort by Matt Garza though…

 

Tampa Bay Rays AB R H RBI BB SO BA NOTES
Iwamura 5 0 2 1 0 0 0.274  
Aybar 4 0 1 0 0 1 0.250  
Crawford 4 0 0 0 0 0 0.279  
Upton 3 2 1 0 2 0 0.284  
Longoria 5 2 3 1 0 2 0.261 HR, (2)2B
Gomes 3 0 0 0 0 0 0.206  
Gross 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.232  
Riggins 3 1 1 3 1 0 0.246  
Zobrist 3 1 1 1 1 1 0.292 HR 
Garza 3 0 0 0 1 2 0.000  
  33 6 9 6 6 6    
                 
Florida Marlins AB R H RBI BB SO BA NOTES
Ramirez 4 1 1 1 0 0 0.294 HR
Hermida 2 0 0 0 1 1 0.274  
Cantu 3 0 0 0 0 0 0.280  
Jacobs 3 0 0 0 0 2 0.236  
Uggla 3 0 0 0 0 1 0.290  
Gonzalez 3 0 0 0 0 1 0.272  
Ross 3 0 0 0 0 2 0.217  
Hoover 3 0 0 0 0 2 0.231  
Hendrickson 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.276  
Waechter 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.167  
Helms 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.248  
  27 1 1 1 1 10    

What Ever Happened To Danny Tartabull???

Danny Tartabull was another member of the great rookie class that took baseball by storm during the 1986 season.  As a rookie with the Seattle Mariners, Tartabull finished in 5th place for the Rookie of the Year voting after hitting .270 with 25 home runs and 96 RBI.  Tartabull spent the next 5 years of his career as a member of the Kansas City Royals and this is where he reached his greatest statistical output.  In 5 seasons with the Royals, he finished in the Top 20 for the MVP 2 times.  From 1987-1991, Tartabull smashed 124 dingers and amassed 425 RBI along with scoring 276 runs as well.  After the 1991 season, Tartabull signed a contract to play for the New York Yankees but was unable to duplicate his prior success and was traded to 3 teams in his final 3 years.  In his last season in 1997, Tartabull was with the Phillies.  After fouling a ball off of his foot, Tartabull quickly retired from the sport leaving his fans and teammates puzzled.

After 14 seasons in the major leagues, Tartabull retired with a .273 average and tallied 262 home runs and 925 RBI.  He appeared in only 1 All-star game and never made the playoffs in his career.

Danny Tartabull is no longer involved with baseball and his rare public appearances since his retirement have been limited to 2 guest-starring roles as himself on Seinfeld in 1994.

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