Daily Archives: September 4, 2009

Wicked Ortega Delivers An Andre Dawson Certified Autograph!!!

Alfredo, of the blog ‘My Pasttime, I Love It’ and I met up at the Cody Ross signing a few weeks ago.  And although we had different spots on line for that event, we were able to talk for a few minutes.  And then he handed me this and wished ’30-YOC’ a Happy Anniversary!!!

Dawson Cert Auto

How nice is that???   A great surprise and a perfect addition to my Andre Dawson collection.

This card comes to us courtesy of the 2004 Donruss Timelines subset tagged as ‘Boys of Summer’.  The card has an interesting design and features a distinct and subtle grid-line pattern that ties the graphics and images together nicely.  The image used is from Andre’s days with the Red Sox and the various shades of Red used throughout the card’s design work well with the card.  And then there is that great, classic autograph!

Another beautiful signature delivered by ‘The Hawk’!!!

Thanks again Alfredo!!!

1989 Bowman Greg Maddux

1989 Bowman Greg Maddux

The 1989 Bowman baseball card is heads and shoulders above the rest of the cards issued during 1989.  Literally.

The card is slightly larger card than what the other brands were issuing at the time.  And bringing back the ‘old’ name of Bowman created quite a bit of hype back in 1989 – 20 years ago!!!

The card is nice and features a large action photo.  From what I recall and have seen of the few ’89’s that I have crossed paths with recently, the pictures are pretty grainy.  The design also incorporates a facsimile signature which was not common among card designs in the late 80’s. 

Overall the card is a nice issue with a plain and basic design.  If this was a debut in 2009 it would fail miserably due to it’s lack of creativity and quality design, but back in 1989 it was a nice set to go after.

I am happy to add this new Greg Maddux card to my player collection!!!

Maddux 89 Bowman

Happy Anniversary Jim Abbott!!!

On this day in 1993, Jim Abbott pitched a no-hitter for the New York Yankees.

All major league starting pitchers have the talent to throw a no-hitter.  Yet of all of the guys that I have seen, watched, or read about tossing a ‘No-No’, Jim Abbott’s performance back in 1993 was astonishing to me and remains a bold memory for me 16 years later.

In that game, Abbott was awesome.  In front of 27,000 fans at Yankee Stadium, Abbott’s Yankees team took on the Cleveland Indians.  The Indians roster was stacked with talented hitters like Kenny Lofton, Albert Belle, Manny Ramirez, and Jim Thome.  Having to battle and overcoming these incredilby talented hitters makes Abbott’s no-hitter more remarkable…

While putting in 9 innings of work, Abbott threw 119 pitches.  And while walking 5 batters and striking out just 3 men through the game, it was Abbott’s compettive nature that helped him through the game which led his team to victory and him into baseball’s record books!!!

Congratulations Jim Abbott!!!

The ball I had Abbott sign for me TTM - SWEET!!!

The ball I had Abbott sign for me TTM - SWEET!!!

Happy Birthday Mike Piazza!!!

Mike Piazza turns 41 years old today.

It’s more and more uncommon that a player in today’s sports is not still on an active roster while celebrating his 41st birthday.  Many are able to still contribute to their teams, and a few of them are still able to star as the team’s centerpiece.

Piazza was a solid offensive contributor for the teams he played for during his 16-year career.  One of the game’s greatest slugging catchers of all-time, Piazza was an offensive machine.  During his career he piled up some very impressive numbers: a lifetime .308 batting average along with 2,127 hits, 427 home runs, 1,335 RBI, 1.048 runs scored, and 344 doubles.  A true power hitter with a good ‘batter’s eye’, Piazza shined brightly when the spotlight was on him.

And during that 16-year career, Piazza picked up a nice handful of individual awards.  He was the 1993 Rookie of the Year, he was a 12-time All-star, and he won 10 Silver Slugger awards.

For his birthday I would like to give Mike Piazza two more years.  2 more years in the big leagues with a few statistical milestones within reach.  Most notably would be 2,500 career hits.  While I don’t think he was talented enough to join the elite 3,000 hits club I do think that he was solid enough of a hitter to be just 1 notch behind them!!

Happy Birthday Mike.  High Five!!!