Daily Archives: May 6, 2009

Ken Holtzman Autograph TTM Success!!!

36 days is all that it took for Ken Holtzman to return this signed card to me. 

The autograph was done in ball-point pen and doesn’t look great but beggers cannot be choosers….

While Holtzman may best be known as part of the 3-time World Series champion Oakland A’s teams from the mid-70’s, I like to remember his days with the Chicago Cubs.  Like a few other notable pitchers, Ken had 2 stints with the Cubbies – the first tem he played with for 7 years and then again for the final 2 years.

Altogether, Holtzman won 174 games while losing 150.  He has amassed 1,601 career strikeouts, a 3.49 ERA, 127 complete games, 31 shutouts, and 2 All-star team selections.

Thanks for the great autograph Mr. Holtzman!!! 

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1983 Topps Super Veteran – Reggie Smith

1983 Topps Super Veteran – Reggie Smith

I’m thinking more like ‘Really, Really Good Veteran’ when I look at Reggie Smith’s career.  A lifetime batting average of .287 along with 2,020 hits and 314 home runs are very impressive numbers for this 17-season veteran.  4 appearances in the World Series is very strong, and the 1 win with the Dodgers in 1981 gives him a title that many players never achieve.  7 All-star selections and 1 Gold Glove add to his resume too.

Super?  Really, really good?  Now that’s more like it!!

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Happy Birthday Willie Mays!!!

The ‘Say Hey Kid’ turns 78 years old today.

Possibly the greatest all-around player in baseball history, the name Willie mays carries some major weight in the sport of professional baseball.

The resume:  Career .302 batting average.  3,283 hits.  660 home runs.  2,062 runs scored.  1,903 RBI.  338 stolen bases.

The accolades:  1951 Rookie of the Year.  2-Time MVP Winner(1954 & 1965).  20-Time All-star.  12 Consecutive Gold Gloves.  1 World Series Championship.

Happy Birthday Mr. Mays!!!