Daily Archives: February 12, 2009

Happy 125th Anniversary To A Baseball Classic!!!

Hillerich & Bradsby, makers of the Louisville Slugger baseball bat, are celebrating their 125th anniversary in 2009!!

To think that this incredible brand, and arguably the most recognized brand in baseball, has been making professional baseball bats for 125 years is amazing.  With all of the advances in technology in regards to production, material management, and trafficking of goods, the team at H&B has withstood the test of time and are thrilled to have been in business for 125 years(and counting) and five generations!!!

A special website has been created to celebrate this occasion, and you can learn quite a bit more about the company and their products by clicking here : http://www.slugger.com/125/

For some great facts, check out their ‘By The Numbers’ link.

On a personal note, most of my time as a kid playing baseball revolved around the world of aluminum bats.  However, my fondest memory during my Little League days came in a game in which I cracked a 3-run double while using a Louisville Slugger wood bat.  I had used the bat during practice many times, but never in game situations.  I still remember and can hear that unmistakable sound of a baseball and wood bat meeting – WHACK!!!!

Happy Anniversary H&B and Congratulations!!!!

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Tom Brunansky Autograph Through The Mail Success

15 short days was all it took to get these cards back from Tom Brunansky!  ‘Bruno’ was one of my favorite players on a roster of Twins that captured the hearts of baseball fans in the late 1980’s and into the 90’s.

I have to say that Bruno’s signature is one the best I have received so far.  The script is perfect and his name can be made out very clearly.  I am thrilled to add these to my growing autograph collection.

Thanks Bruno!!!

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The Final Pack Of 1990 Fleer – Pack #4

I received 4 packs of 1990 Fleer in the contest I won on the Autographed Cards blog.

Here are the results from Pack #4

Andy Hawkins, Ron Gant, Gregg Olson, Howard Johnson, Steve Olin, Tony Pena, Howard Johnson/Ryne Sandberg, Paul O’Neil, Joe Carter, Don Aase, Steve Farr, Jeff Peterek, BJ Surhoff, Jerome Walton, and Eric Hetzel.

Not too bad of a pull.  I like the Joe Carter, Jerome Walton, and Paul O’Neil cards. 

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Chicago Cubs Greats Of The Game – Gary Matthews, Sr.

What a sweet looking card!!!   I love the design and the Ivy leaves added behind the Cubs logo makes me think about good old Wrigley Field. 

 To the average fan, Gary Matthews probably doesn’t rank too high on their list of the greatest Cubs to play the game.  But to the loyal fans cheering for the team on the ‘North Side’, Matthews starred on our team for 3 1/2 seasons between 1984-87.  His best season as a Cubbie was in 1984 when he finished 5th for the league MVP award as he hit .291/14/82.

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