Monthly Archives: June 2009

Today Is ‘Billy Williams Day’!!!!

On June 29, 1969, the Chicago Cubs held ‘Billy Williams Day’ at Wrigley Field. 

While an event of this caliber is usually reserved for a player in his final year or final home stand as a member of the home team, I guess that the Cubs organization thought so much of Mr. Williams that they chose this day to honor him.

So, 40 years later I will carry on this tradition.  Each and every post on ’30-Year Old Cardboard’ today will be about or feature baseball cards of Billy Williams.

The below pin was handed out to all in attendance at Wrigley back on June 29, 1969. 

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Mariano Rivera Picks Up Save #500 Of His Career!!!

History has been made as Mariano Rivera recorded the 500th save of his career Sunday night during the Yankees 4-2 victory over the Mets.

In typical Rivera fashion, ‘Mo’ faced 5 batters while allowing just 1 hit and striking out two.

Congratulations to Mariano Rivera on this impressive baseball achievement!!!

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Mariano Rivera’s Race To 500 Saves!!! Part 15

Mariano Rivera’s Race To 500 Saves!!! Part 15

The New York Yankees have been able to embarrass the Mets on their home field over the last 2 nights.  And Mariano Rivera has enjoyed a front-row seat to view the action.

There is one more game left in this 3-game series and it takes place Sunday night on ESPN during their Sunday Night Baseball telecast.  Maybe ‘Mo’ will get his chance to capture save #500 in front of a national audience.  Stay tuned…

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Did You Know…

In 1979, Gary Templeton of the St. Louis Cardinals became the first player to get 100 hits batting from each side of the plate.

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**factoid courtesy of ‘Armchair Reader – Grand Slam Baseball’

Happy Birthday Mark Grace!!

Amazingly, Mark Grace turns 45 years old today!!

One of my favorite Cubs players of all-time, Mark Grace was so much fun to watch.  It’s not often that you get to witness watching a player have fun day in and day out during his playing days.  But with Mark Grace, that is exactly what you got!!

A guy with an incredible swing and defensive skills to match, Grace was an all-around baseball star.  While never the most celebrated player on his roster, Grace was certainly the most consistent.  His approach at the plate was consistent enough to yield him more hits than ANY other player in the decade of the 1990’s – WoW!!!

For Mr. Grace’s birthday I want to get him a flag.  Not just an ordinary, run-of-the-mill flag though…  I want this one to be special.  I want it to be White in color with Blue letters and numbers.  And while we’re at it, let’s slap his name and #17 on it and hang it from a pole in the outfield at Wrigley Field(a place Gracey called home for 13 amazing years)!!

Happy Birthday Gracey!!! 

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Can Anyone Tell Me More About This Andre Dawson Card???

 I picked up this card recently in an Andre Dawson ‘oddball’ lot.

The graphics screams 1988 Donruss, and the brand logo and year stamp confirm it.  But for the life of me, I cannot figure out what set this card is a part of.

I am hopeful that one of my readers can help me with this…

Here is the card front.  Again, it looks exactly like the ’88 Donruss base set with the Blue being replaced by this Day-Glo Orange.

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And the back looks nothing like the back of the base set from the same year.  The ’88 base set is printed horizontally, and has a different overall design while still featuring ‘The Hawk’s’ stats. 

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It should be noted that the bottom of this card mentions Andre’s All-star appearances so I am leaning towards believing it is part of an All-star subset…  but I don’t know for sure…

Please help!!!  Thanks.

Mariano Rivera’s Race To 500 Saves!!! Part 14

Mariano Rivera’s Race To 500 Saves!!! Part 14

There was no need for ‘Mo’ to even warm up last night as the Yankees dominated the Mets en route to a 9-1 victory.

Rivera sits for another night with 499 career saves as he waits for his chance to become just the second player in baseball history to capture 500 career saves!!!

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Peter Gammons Is The Man!!!

I like it when a person that is normally known for their calm and professional demeanor shows us a different side.  I especially like it when they allow us to laugh at them and find humor in it too.

Peter Gammons gets the job done!!!

Happy Birthday Jeff Conine!!!

Jeff Conine turns 43 years old today.

Jeff Conine has been affectionately given the tag of ‘Mr. Marlin’ by the team’s fans.  A testament to his playing days in South Florida, Conine’s performance and winning ways as a member of the Florida Marlins has solidified him as their most decorated player and one of it’s favorites.

A member of both World Series championship teams in 1997 and 2003, Conine was a key cog in the Marlins franchise for 8 seasons.  Today, Conine holds a position in the front office with the team and also does some television work for the local channel that covers ‘The Fish’.

For his birthday, I think it would be fitting to give Mr. Marlin the honor of the first retired jersey in franchise history.  I know that these types of honors are normally held for players of a Hall of Fame type caliber, but Conine is certainly the greatest Florida Marlins player(so far)!!!

Happy Birthday Mr. Marlin!!!

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Albert Pujols Is On His Way To His First 50 Home Run Season!!!

Armed with 26 home runs, Albert Pujols is on pace for a potential 60 home run season.  Even if he does not hit that mark, 50+ seems like a very possible scenario.  And that would be Albert’s first 50 home run season of his career.

How does this guy continue to do it with such little press and fanfare??  We all recognize Pujols as one of the Top 5 players in the game.  And the argument can be made that nobody ranks higher.  So how does he continue to put up such incredible numbers and get such little publicity.  It’s very rare that any of the sports newscasts and highlights shows lead off with a story about Albert, yet he continues to out-slug the best hitters in the game.

Coming into the 2009 baseball season, Pujols had 319 home runs.  With a steady pace of 40+ home runs a season, he will reach 400 home runs during the 2010 season.  And if his health remains in tact with little time missed, he could reach 500 homers during the 2012 season.  And in 2012 he will be just 32 years old!!!

Hmmm…  Sounds like the possibilities are endless, huh???? 

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