Daily Archives: August 26, 2009

Creating My Own Ron Santo Book Signing!!

Something tells me that Ron Santo is no longer out promoting his autobiography.  What makes me come to this conclusion?  Well, it’s because his book was released in 1993…

You may recall that I recently picked up this book for a relatively inexpensive price.  I have every intention of reading this book but I have 1 more in front of it to read first.  And since I have already collected signed autobiographies of former Cubs legends like Ernie Banks, Billy Williams, Fergie Jenkins, and Andre Dawson, I thought it would be fitting to try to get this book signed by My. Santo.

So off it goes.  The book is now in the USPS mail stream preparing to make a stop in Illinos and then to be returned back home to me.  Hopefully Mr. Santo will do me the honor of signing and personalizing this book for me as it will be another great addition to my rapidly growing collection of signed baseball memoirs!!! 

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Stay tuned to ’30-Year Old Cardboard’ as I will post the results from this ‘book signing’ as soon as the book is returned to me…

1983 Fleer Lee Smith

1983 Fleer Lee Smith

Another Lee Smith card for my very small collection of Lee Smith cards.  My total count is now at three!!

And while the 1983 Fleer design is one of the worst designs of the decade(my opinion), it’s never a bad thing to add a 2nd year card of one of the greatest closers in the game to your collection.  Especially when he’s wearing the good old Red, White, and Blue colors of a certain baseball team that calls ‘The Windy City’ it’s home.

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Is it me, or does Mr. Smith look especially thin in this photo??

Happy Birthday Rollie Fingers!!!

Rollie Fingers turns 63 years old today.

While Rollie Fingers may best be known for his famous facial hair, his solid baseball career earned him quite a bit of fame too.

A 17-year veteran, boasting 341 career saves and seven All-star appearances, Fingers was a dominant relief pitcher for more than a decade.

His best work was during the 1981 season while playing for the Milwaukee Brewers.  In that season, Fingers posted a 6-3 record while also collecting 28 saves.  He had a 1.04 ERA with 78 innings pitched.  And in those appearances he struck out 61 batters while walking just 13.  Fingers’ dominance was enough to earn him the league’s Cy Young and Most Valuable Player awards – a truly remarkable feat!!

Rollie Fingers is a 3-time World Series champion.  His efforts on the 1972-74 Oakland A’s teams help the team from ‘The Bay’ become one of baseball’s greatest dynasties!!! 

With such an impressive resume, it is kind of shocking that Fingers has a losing record.  For his career, he is 114-118.  So for his birthday, I would like to give Mr. Fingers a ‘do-over’ of the 1978 season in which he went 6-13.  I am hoping for 5 more wins than losses so this Hall of Famer could hold his head even a little higher with his above .500 winning percentage!!

Happy Birthday Mr. Fingers!!!

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