2 weeks ago I got an email from a woman who had never been to the site before. She’s not a baseball fan. She’s not a collector, or a hobbyist, or anything that you would relate to baseball. But what she is is very kind and thoughtful.
You see, she owns a storage company and while cleaning out an old tenant’s left behind belongings she found a 1982 Topps Kent Hrbek rookie card in a desk drawer. And above and beyond that, the card was autographed by Mr. Hrbek himself.
With little else to go on, she ‘Googled’ the names of all three players featured on this card and found a post on my blog about trying to get Mr Hrbek’s autograph. I guess my story compelled her as she emailed me asking if I would like the card.
Naturally I jumped at this opportunity, and last night this was in my mailbox:
Wow!!! How nice does this look? What a great addition to my autograph collection!!! Hrbek was one of my favorite players on the dominant Minnesota Twins teams of the late 1980’s and early 1990’s and I am proud to own this signed card.
Thanks again Tracey – you are incredibly kind!!!
Posted in Autographs, Stars from the 80's
Tagged authentic, autograph collecting, autographed baseball cards, Autographs, autographs through the mail, kent hrbek, kent hrbek outdoors, minnesota twins, sports autographs, twins, world series
You may recall that yesterday I showed you 3 of the 4 cards that Alfredo sent my way. 3 great Andre Dawson cards to add to my player collection.
Not to be outdone was this incredible card of one of my favorite Cubs of all-time, “Sweet Swinging” Billy Williams.
Obviously this is a great looking baseball card of this Cubs Hall of Famer. The card is a 2001 Upper Deck Cooperstown Collection card and features a big piece of a game used bat. I love the vintage feel of the card, and I like how the wood grain of the bat really works with the design while also standing out as an obvious feature.
Thanks again Alfredo, this is a great addition to my Billy Williams collection and it’s my first game used bat card of his!!!
Posted in Billy Williams Collection, Chicago Cubs, Game Used/Memorabilia Cards
Tagged all-star, baseball, baseball cards, Billy Williams, Billy Williams Collection, Chicago Cubs, Cubs, Game Used/Memorabilia Cards, Hall Of Fame, HOF, jersey cards, memorabilia, memorabilia card, most valuable player, MVP, Rookie of the Year, ROY, Wrigley Field
Loyal Chicago Cubs fan and actor Vince Vaughn knows how to bring the heat. In fact he’s so disappointed in his first attempt he demands a ‘Re-do’ and still barely makes it to the plate.
Hey Vince, stick to your day job!!!
Posted in Celebrity First Pitch
Tagged actor, actress, baseball, baseball game, baseball tradition, baseball video, baseball videos, celebrity, Celebrity First Pitch, comedian, dancer, entertainer, film, first pitch, funny, humorous, movies, music, sense of humor, singer, sports, television, vince vaughn
During a game on July 15, 1973, California Angels pitcher Nolan Ryan was working on his second career no-hitter. Detroit Tigers first baseman Norm Cash, who was already a strikeout victim twice that night, went to the plate in the bottom of the ninth with two outs using a sawed-off leg of an old table from the clubhouse instead of a bat. Although the fans loved it, the stunt drew immediate action from the umpire, who ordered Cash to use a legal bat.
**factoid courtesy of ‘Armchair Reader – Grand Slam Baseball’
My take – I love the light-hearted side of this sport. If something of this magnitude happened in today’s game it would make headlines across the globe!!!
Posted in Did You Know....
Tagged 300 wins, 7 no-hitters, all-star, angels, astros, baseball, baseball cards, baseball jersey, california angels, detroit tigers, Hall Of Fame, HOF, houston astros, jersey retirement, no hitter, nolan ryan, norm cash, pitcher, rangers, retired jersey, starting pitcher, strikeout king, texas rangers
He did it again. The guy that is known for his amazing skill as a power pitcher has done it again with his bat….
Josh Johnson connected for his 3rd home run of the season Tuesday night and is 1 homer away from being the team’s single-season leader for round-trippers hit by a pitcher!!
Posted in Florida/Miami Marlins
Tagged ace, ace of staff, all-star, baseball, baseball cards, florida marlins record, Florida/Miami Marlins, home run, home run by a pitcher, josh johnson, Marlins, pitcher, pitching rotation, starting pitcher, team leader