I have met Andre Dawson on three separate occasions.
To date, I have 30 autographs – 1 book. 1 baseball, 1 photo, and 27 cards.
And NONE of that is remotely close to being as cool as it would be to be the ‘other guy’ featured here:
Memorialized for life and published for millions to witness and collect, I so desperately want to be ‘Blue polo shirt with jeans guy’!!!
Ah, to dream!!!!
Posted in Andre Dawson Collection, Chicago Cubs, Stars from the 80's
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I admit it. I have been fighting the urge to get back into the TTM game for some time now…
I have seen some tremendous TTM successes lately and I admit that I am jealous. Jealous of the great autographs these collectors have added to their collections – Alfredo, Dan, and Zach . And I’m also jealous of their dedication to this part of the hobby too.
I don’t know if I have just been lazy or what, but it has been some time since I sent anything to a player and I want to start back up again!!! I am in desperate need of supplies(mainly cards) so I have some shopping to do before I start so I thought I would send out some baseballs while I build up a stack of cards to send out…
I’m getting back into the game!!!!
And away we go!!!!
1985 Topps #1 Draft Pick – Bill Almon
Let’s get right down to it. Bill Almon spent 15 years in the big leagues, played for 8 teams(7 different), and was hardly worthy of the #1 selection in the baseball draft.
Almon is a career .254 hitter that amassed just 846 hits in 15 seasons. His highest hit total for 1 year came in 1977 when he reached 160. His next best year(126) was not even close to that total. And with just 390 runs scored, 36 home runs, and 296 RBI, Almon would probably be considered a sub-par player by today’s standards.
The most noteworthy stat from Almon’s career are his 126 stolen bases. A consistent base-stealing threat, Almon enjoyed 7 seasons in which he eclipsed double-digit steals.
Overall ranking – 3 out of 10. Points earned for a Top 20 finish for the MVP award and collecting more than 100 career steals.
Posted in 1985 Topps 1st Draft Pick Subset
Tagged #1 draft pick, #1 draft pick subset, 1985 Topps, base stealing, baseball, baseball cards, bill almon, collecting, collection, hobby, infielder, outfielder, padres, san diego padres, steals, stolen bases, topps, utility player
I recall watching the highlights of this event on SportCenter 19 years ago and thinking about how cool of an accomplishment this was. And today, almost two decades later, the feelings still remain.
For me, this was one of the most enjoyable baseball records I have been able to witness in my lifetime. And more than anything else, I remember the joy shared by this father and son as they shared a special moment between each other. Luckily, millions of us got to enjoy it too…
And for the 34,000 fans that attended the game in Anaheim, they got to witness it live!!!
In the top of the first inning, each of the Griffeys belted home runs to left/center field. These back-to-back homers put the Mariners out to an early 3-0 lead and made the duo the first ever father/son tandem to hit home runs in consecutive at-bats!!!
Congratulations to Junior & Senior!!!
And not to be outdone in his home ballpark, future Hall of Famer Dave Winfield crushed 2 home runs himself en route to a 5 RBI performance… Atta boy “Big Dave”
Posted in Birthdays & Anniversaries, Stars from the 80's
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