Kirk Gibson turns 52 years old today.
Images of Kirk Gibson’s fist-pumping, leg-limping jog around the bases during Game 1 of the World Series is undoubtedly the first thing that baseball fans remember when Gibson’s name is mentioned. That night turned Gibson from a very good everyday player into a baseball legend!! Very few people remember that this was Gibson’s lone appearance in that ’88 title match-up. It’s amazing how with 1 swing of the bat, Gibson etched his place in baseball history and created a moment that none of us will soon forget!!!
Few recall that just 4 years prior as a member of the Detroit Tigers Gibson won his first championship. In that ’84 series, Gibson hit .333 in 6 games while collecting 6 hits, 2 home runs, 7 RBI, and 3 stolen bases. Some players just have a knack for making their presence felt during the most necessary times, and Gibson is certainly that player.
For his birthday, I would like to give ‘Gibby’ perfect health. Perfect health for the 4 games of that 1988 World Series. Heck, if he was able to create one of baseball’s grandest highlights with just 1 at-bat, imagine what he could have done with 16-20 of them… I only ask for 1 thing in return – keep the limp. It really adds to the dramatic flare!!
Happy Birthday Mr. Gibson!!!
Posted in Birthdays & Anniversaries, Stars from the 80's
Tagged 1984 world series, 1988 world series, all-star, baseball, baseball cards, detroit tigers, dodgers, kirk gibson, los angeles dodgers, most valuable player, MVP, tigers, world series
Tonight Randy Johnson takes his 3rd shot at career win #299. In his last outing Johnson was dazzling – He pitched 6 innings while allowing just 1 run and striking out 7 batters. Unfortunately it was not enough as the Giants fell to the Mariners in extra innings.
Will tonight be any different for Johnson? His Giants team is at home tonight, where they are 14-8, as they take on the Atlanta Braves. In 12 career games versus the Braves, Johnson is 5-5. Hopefully start #13 is indeed lucky as ‘The Big Unit’ continues his march towards career victory #300.
Posted in Random Baseball Thoughts
Tagged 2001 world series, 300 wins, 5000 strikeouts, all-star, arizona diamondbacks, baseball, baseball cards, baseball history, big unit, countdown to 300 wins, cy young, cy young award, diamondbacks, Expos, giants, mariners, montreal expos, randy johnson, san francisco giants, seattle mariners, the big unit, world series, world series MVP
This happened in such a flurry that I don’t even know where to begin this story…
I try to search the autograph webpages that I follow often so I keep on top of what is happening in that part of the hobby. Of the sites I follow, some deal with in-person autograph experiences, some are strictly for TTM collectors, and then there are the ones that encompass the entire subject.
One that I use quite often is www.sportsgraphing.com. This site has 2 options for the user – (1) free listings of all professional athlete autograph appearances in the country. The only limit is that these are often not revealed until just days prior to the occurrence making it hard to plan ahead. (2) a paid membership allowing total access to dates and times of events so you can plan accordingly. Obviously the second plan is much better, but I stick to the free listings in hopes that I can move quickly to add some pretty sweet autographs to my collection.
And now I have added this….
Johnny Bench was doing a signing at a Barnes and Noble store in Arizona. Although Bench was only offering free autographs with the purchase of his new book, I took this chance to grab a Hall of Fame autograph from one of the greatest players this sport has ever seen.
Check it out…
And now the autograph…
NNNIIIICCCEEEE!!!!! My signed book collection is growing by leaps and bounds. I am thrilled to add this HOF and 2-time MVP to my collection and look forward to reading this book in the very near future.
Thank you Mr. Bench!!!
Posted in Autographs
Tagged 1975 world series, 1976 world series, all-star, authentic, autograph collecting, autograph hunting, Autographs, baseball, baseball cards, big red machine, Cincinnati Reds, collection, Hall Of Fame, HOF, Johnny Bench, most valuable player, MVP, reds, sports autographs, world series
‘The Big Hurt’ turns 41 years old today.
I have to say that of all of the players in the 40-ish age group that are no longer active, I think that Frank Thomas still could be a great contributor in the majors today. Thomas was a rare player and his offensive abilities were limitless. Had it not been for injuries that effected his daily performance and eventually prematurely ended his career, Thomas would certainly have gone down as one of the greatest ‘Big Men’ in the sport.
His resume is impressive – a 2-time MVP, 521 home runs, .301 lifetime batting average, 1,704 RBI, 2,468 career hits.
For his birthday I will be granting numerous wishes. Thomas leaves the game with a Hall of Fame caliber career – but I believe he deserves much more than that. In the last 10 years of his career, Thomas missed more than half of the games his teams participated in. I want to give him back those 10 years. And with those 10 years, I am positive that he would easily eclipse the 600 home run and 3,000 hit plateaus adding him to a very elite and superior group of ball players that he deserves to be ranked alongside of.
Happy Birthday Mr. Thomas!!!
Posted in Birthdays & Anniversaries
Tagged 500 home runs, 500 HR, A's, all-star, Athletics, baseball, blue jays, bug hurt, chicago white sox, designated hitter, first base, frank thomas, Hall Of Fame, most valuable player, MVP, oakland A's, Oakland Athletics, toro, white sox
Yeah, so did I. That’s why I sent a few cards to Mr. Steinbach courtesy of the Minnesota Twins during Spring Training this year.
I got the cards back, unsigned, along with a letter from this former Oakland A’s superstar in which he asks for a donation to a scholarship fund that he and his wife created called ‘The Terry Steinbach Scholarship Fund.’ Since 1988 the Steinbach family has raised over $75,000 and has aided 21 kids in their goals of getting a college education. This is a very admirable project by the Steinbachs – and that’s a lot of autographs too!!!
So, my original question still stands, ‘Anyone want a Terry Steinbach autograph?’ I know I do, now I just need to pick up a few more cards of him before I send something out. Terry charges just $2 per signed card, $3 for a personalized card, and $5 for a signed photo. These prices are just too good to pass up, and I will be sending something Mr. Steinbach’s way very soon.
Interested? If so, send your cards and donation made out to ‘The Terry Steinbach Scholarship Fund’, Terry Steinbach, P.O. Box 181, Hamel, MN, 55340. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery of your signed cards.
Thank you for the great offer Mr. Steinbach. And thank you for helping us with our future too!!!
Posted in Autographs, Stars from the 80's
Tagged 1989 world series, A's, all-star, Athletics, authentic, autograph collecting, autograph hunting, Autographs, autographs through the mail, baseball, baseball cards, bash brothers, catcher, minnesota twins, oakland A's, Oakland Athletics, sports autographs, terry steinbach, TTM, ttm autographs, twins, world series
1985 Donruss Rickey Henderson
What a great photo!!! This is the way that I most remember Rickey Henderson. The epitome on concentration and terror on the base paths, Henderson made watching base running fun for me.
The 1985 Donruss set was an odd one. With it’s Black borders and Red striping, the cards often had a tone of darkness. For this specific card, I would have preferred a full-body picture versus this cropped one. It would also be nice to see how many steps Rickey was away from second base as he prepares to swipe third. And although it’s not the card companies fault, this alternate jersey of the Oakland A’s really makes the look of the card much darker than it would be if Rickey was dressed in his ‘home whites’.
Posted in Rickey Henderson Collection, Stars from the 80's
Tagged all-star, baseball cards, baseball legend, baseball milestones, collecting, collection, Hall Of Fame, hobby, HOF, lou brock, most valuable player, MVP, new york yankees, oakland A’s, Oakland Athletics, rickey henderson, Rickey Henderson Collection, stolen bases, yankees
Derek Lowe of the 2004 Boston Red Sox is the only major league pitcher to win the final game of a division series, a league championship series, and the World Series all in the same year.
**factoid courtesy of ‘Armchair Reader – Grand Slam Baseball’
I recently scored 7 Andre Dawson certified autographs off of Ebay for less than $30 delivered. This is card #2 of the 7.
The scan does not do the design of this card justice. The ‘industrial’ feel that the Silver-colored gears on this card’s design is visually appealing to me. And the photo of Andre in his old Expos uniform has just a hint of Silver in it too so it blends very well with the overall feel of this card. Tagged as ‘Etchec In Time’, this card is numbered as 58/375 and once again features a beautiful autograph from ‘The Hawk’.
Posted in Andre Dawson Collection, Autographs, Chicago Cubs, Stars from the 80's
Tagged all-star, Andre Dawson, Andre Dawson Collection, authentic, autograph collecting, autograph hunting, Autographs, baseball, baseball cards, certified autograph, Chicago Cubs, collection, collector, Cubs, Expos, gold glove, hobby, montreal expos, most valuable player, MVP, silver slugger, sports autographs
I patrol eBay quite a bit. If I had my way, I would spend quite a bit too. I guess both good and bad things come from being a ‘disciplined’ collector. It’s very rare that I will buy a single card due to the inflated ‘Buy It Now’ pricing and ridicolous shipping fees people will ask for just to ship 1 baseball card. Instead I focus on sellers that offer value, whether it is combined shipping discounts or large lots of the cards I like.
If you’re a player collector, like me, you’re going to want to check out this ebay store – dan-o-78. Although not for everyone, this seller has some very large lots of the players we love. Guys from the 1980’s and 90’s that dominated the game. And although the prices for these lots have high starting prices, the breakdown of these lots is just a penny or two per card.
Do you need 700 Roger Clemens cards – if so click here. Is Tom Glavine your favorite pitcher? If so, you’re going to love this. If the Twins are your favorite team, you’re in luck as he has a great Kirby Puckett lot for sale as well a smaller one of Rod Carew too. Do you only collect Hall of Fame players? Why not grab Brooks Robinson, Steve Carlton, Jim Palmer, or Tom Seaver and stock up on these baseball legends at very affordable prices?
In my opinion, eBay lots are the way to go for the player collector and I think that these are some of the best deals I have seen in quite some time. There are a few lots I have my eyes on, and if times were different and money was no issue, I would be submitting bids on quite a few of these great lots!!!
Posted in Random Baseball Thoughts
Tagged baseball, baseball card lots, baseball cards, brooks robinson, Ebay, ebay auctions, great deals, jim palmer, Kirby Puckett, rod carew, Roger Clemens, sports cards, steve carlton, tom glavine, tom seaver
If you have the day off from work, enjoy it. If you have no school today, enjoy it.
Take the time to relax a little today if you can. 3-day weekends do not come around often enough, so spend the extra time you have doing something you enjoy but can’t do as often as you’d like.
Happy Memorial Day to you all!!!