Daily Archives: October 26, 2009

A Very Special TTM Request Going In The Mail – With A World Series Twist…

With the World Series fully on my mind, I wanted to see if I could capture a very famous and wildly popular World Series hero’s autograph.

I have done my homework and I think I have everything in line for this to be a success.  So, on my way to work tomorrow, this very special package will be sent on its way as well. 

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Hopefully it won’t take long to make its way back home to me.  And I am very hopeful that I will have another great autograph to share with all of you!!

Wish me luck!!!

1985 Topps #1 Draft Pick – Mike Moore

1985 Topps #1 Draft Pick – Mike Moore

 Wow, what could have been….

Mike Moore was a very highly touted rookie during the 1982 baseball season.  Unfortunately, his debut campaign did not go as planned as he finished with a 7-14 record while starting in 27 games.  Moore had the stuff, but he was young and the Mariners offense did not offer a ton of run support when he or any Mariners pitchers took the mound. 

Still, Moore was a very talented pitcher, and ended up having a pretty solid career.  Marred with some very lofty double-digit loss seasons early in his career, Moore eventually turned it around and rebounded during the second half of his 14-year career to end up with a decent record.  Compiling a 161-176 career record, Moore ended up having 8 double-digit win seasons along with 11 double-digit loss seasons.

In his best season, 1989, Moore finished in 3rd place for the American League Cy Young award.  With a potent offense supporting him, Moore finished the year with a 19-11 record and a very low 2.61 ERA.  He helped lead his team into the playoffs and to the eventual World Series title that year.  During those ’89 playoffs, Moore started 3 games and won them ALL!!  He threw 20 innings, struck out 13 batters, and compiled a very low 2.08 ERA.

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Overall ranking – 6 out of 10.  Points earned for eclipsing the 100 wins total and winning the 1989 World Series.  Points lost for having a losing record. 

Welcome Back Mark McGwire!?!?!?

Word on the street is that Mark McGwire will be making a return to major league baseball.

OK, actually nobody in South Florida is talking about this.  Around the rest of the country, I’m not so sure either…

But the people at Yahoo Sports are reporting that ‘Big Mac’ is set to return to the St. Louis Cardinals in some type of coaching capacity – most likely as a hitting coach or instructor.

While I am not thrilled with how McGwire left the sport and took an unofficial vow of silence about his possible steroid use, I do admit that he was at one time GREAT for the game.  Returning to the organization that he brought a ton of attention to during his home run hitting rampage in the late 1990’s is a wise move on his behalf because he brought the city of St. Louis and the Cardinals organization a lot of attention and money.

If this report becomes fact, I may have to pencil in another road trip to Jupiter so I can pay ‘Big Mac’ a visit at Spring Training next February… 

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1988 Score’s Salute To Reggie Jackson – Card #1

1988 Score’s Salute To Reggie Jackson – Card #1

Oakland Athletics: 1968-1975

This card features a vintage photo of a young Reggie in his old-school Oakland Athletics uniform.  The card design is nice, and I like the flag pole border used to celebrate the years that Reggie played for this team.  I just wish they gave us a better picture of him from his days in Oakland.  There are some great action shots of Reggie available from the early years of his career – I have a hard time believing that this one ranks anywhere near the top of that list.

During this 9-year stint with the A’s, Reggie was a 6-time All-star.  During the 1973 season, he won the league Most Valuable Player award due to his amazing 32 home run, 117 RBI, and 99 runs scoring campaign.  While with the A’s, Reggie was a member of their 1973 & 1974 World Series championship teams.  In ’73 he was the series MVP as he hit .310 while collecting 6 RBI, 1 home run, and 9 hits in 7 games.

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