Daily Archives: February 21, 2009

Starting Line-Up Figurine Commercial From The 1980’s

Back in the 1980’s baseball fans were thrilled to have action figures of their favorite sports stars!

Ladies & Gentlemen – Starting Line-up.

1986 Headline – Fingers’ Career Ends Because Of His Mustache…

You read that right.  In 1986 Rollie Fingers had a chance to extend his career to an 18th season as a member of the Cincinnati Reds.  The problem was that Cincinnati had a strict player policy that read ‘No Facial Hair’.  As most baseball fans know, Fingers’ mustache is more of a trademark than his pitching arm.  His refusal to part with his handle-bar facial hair ended his opportunity with the Reds and ultimately his career in baseball.

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I find this story very entertaining.  In today’s game, and overall in sports,  the players are known to display their personalities with their personal grooming and style.  Tattoos, piercings, and clothing have helped define this generation’s athletes and it’s kind of cool that 20+ years ago Fingers would not allow his style to be altered by a silly team policy.

Today, with the money being much higher than it was back in 1986, the players are more likely to change their physical traits if it means not getting that extra-large paycheck.  Just ask Johnny Damon about that one….

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‘The 40/40 Club’ – 1980’s – Card #39

‘The 40/40 Club’ – 1980’s – Card #39

David Cone – 1987 Topps Traded

Immensely talented, Cone was a dominant force over the course of his 17-season career.  With a lifetime record of 194-126, along with 2,668 strikeouts, Cone was often the leader of the rotation and set the pace for some of baseball’s greatest teams in the 1990’s.  In his best season as a member of the Kansas City Royals in 1994, David Cone won the Cy Young award.  With a 16-5 record alongside a 2.94 ERA and 2.44 K:walk ratio, Cone dominated the American League.  During his 17-year career, Cone finished in the top 6 for the Cy Young award a total of 5 times.

The individual highlight of Cone’s career is the perfect game he pitched in 1999 against the Expos.  As incredible as the no-hitter is, the perfect game is outstanding.  Cone dominated the Expos for 9 innings as he struck out 10 batters while not allowing any player for the Expos to reach first base.

David Cone may be the best example of a player being ‘in the right place at the right time’.  Cone has 5 World Series Championship rings. Simply Amazing.  Cone won 1 title with the Toronto Blue Jays and 4 more as a member of the New York Yankees.  In 15 post-season match-ups, Cone has a record of 8-3 with over 100 innings pitched.

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