Daily Archives: February 26, 2009

Dave Henderson Autograph TTM Success!!!

Dave ‘Hendu’ Henderson returned these 4 cards to me, each containing a beautiful autograph.  It took 33 days, but it was certainly worth the wait as ‘Hendu’ has a great looking autograph!!

I became a fan of Henderson’s like many others that fell for the ‘Bash Brothers’ in Oakland.  The A’s lineup was incredible, and Henderson was a large reason for their success although most of the credit was shifted to the bigger-name attractions on the team.  Still, in 1998 when Oakland was the best team in baseball(until the World Series), Henderson had the best statistical season of his career as he went .304/24/94 while also scoring 100 runs.

Thanks ‘Hendu’.  These cards make a wonderful addition to my growing autograph collection!! 

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Working On The Chicago Cugs Greats Of The Game Team Set

 Can anyone help me with this?  I have these 5 cards now but I want to get all of the Cubbies from this set.  I have seen Ryno and Grace before and I have to imagine that there is a Billy Williams available too but I have never seen it.

If anyone can get me the complete checklist for this set of Cubs cards I would be greatly appreciative!!

On to the cards…  Doesn’t this set of cards look like it was designed specifically for the Chicago Cubs?  I cannot think of another team whose colors would look as nice as the Cubs’ with this design.  And of course, any subset featuring the greatest Chicago Cubs baseball players of all-time is going to find a special place in my heart and my collection.

 Here is where I am at so far with this set.  5 down, how many more to go???  I just don’t know for sure. At least 2-3 minimum…

Man I wish that Fergie card was in color like the rest of these…

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What Ever Happened To Dave Magadan???

Like most players that are brought in through the New York Mets organization, the expectations put on Dave Magadan to be the saving grace of the team were immense.  Magadan had already built an impressive resume as a collegiate player as he dominated for the University of Alabama while winning several individual awards as well as taking his team to the College World Series.

Drafted in the 1st round by the Mets in 1983, Magadan was on his way to a starring role with the team.  Unfortunately for him, the Mets had a veteran and productive player at 3rd base in Howard Johnson.  Magadan was also capable of playing 1st base, but that role was occupied by Keith Hernandez – one of the best defensive first basemen in baseball history.  Still, the Mets wanted Magadan in their line-up and constantly tinkered with the roster to get him more playing time.  Never able to take over a position on a full-time basis did not seem to slow down Magadan’s production.  In just 85 games in 1987, he hit .318.  The next year he batted .277 in 112 games.  And then in 1989 he hit .286 while playing in 127 contests.

Dave Magadan’s best season was in 1990 where he played in 144 games – the most for 1 season in his entire career.  That year, Magadan hit .328 while driving in 72 runs and scoring 74. 

Of his 16 years in the big leagues, the first 7 years of Dave Magadan’s career were spent with the Mets.  The next 9 were spread over 6 more teams.  Magadan never regained his starring role on any of his new teams, yet he still performed well.  In the 9 seasons after he and the Mets parted ways, Magadan hit .275 or better 4 times. 

He ended his career with a lifetime batting average of .288 and 1,197 hits.  Never known as a power hitter, his career home run tally rests at 42.  But Magadan was productive – he scored 516 runs in his 16-season career while driving in 495.

Dave Magadan never made it to the World Series as a player.  But as a batting coach with the Boston Red Sox, Magadan won a World Series title in 2007. 

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‘The 40/40 Club’ – 1980’s – Card #34

‘The 40/40 Club’ – 1980’s – Card #34

Lee Smith – 1982 Topps

The closer gets no respect.  Unless your name name is Rivera, Hoffman, or Eckersley that is…

Before these guys established themselves as the best relief pitchersof all-time, Lee Smith was quietly dominating hitters as he was closing out game after game.  Upon his retirement, Lee Smith held the record for career saves at 478.  He has recorded 25+ saves in 13 of his 18 seasons in the major leagues, and did this for many teams that were fighting for playoff position.  Yet, he barely gets serious consideration for a Hall of Fame election, and he seems to be forgotten when talking about the best closers in the history of the game.

Breaking down his numbers a little further, and you will see how dominant Smith was.  For his career, Smith pitched 1,290 innings.  He has 1,251 strikeouts in total, which is just a hair under 1 per inning.  Considering that he got into most of his games in the 9th inning, it’s pretty safe to assume that roughly 1/3 of his recorded outs were due to strikeouts. 

A top 10 finisher for the Cy Young award 4 times in his career, Smith was getting consideration for this award when closers were not as highly touted as they are today.

In Smith’s 3 best statistical seasons, between 1991-1993, he tallied 136 saves while striking out 187 batters in just 206 innings of work!!

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