Daily Archives: November 7, 2009

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #14

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #14

1974 Topps – Card #598 – AKA – ‘The Ken Griffey Rookie Card’

Griffey Sr.

Dave Augustine – With a career that spanned just 29 games and 29 plate appearances, Augustine hardly had a successful major league career.  6 career hits include 5 singles and 1 double.  Augustine has 0 RBI, 0 stolen bases, and 0 home runs!

Ken Griffey – A 19-year veteran, Griffey had a solid career which was capped by World Series championship titles in 1975 and 1976.  In total, Griffey collected 2,143 hits, scored 1,129 runs, drove in 859 runs, stole 200 bases, and bashed 152 home runs.  A key part of Cincinnati’s ‘Big Red Machine’, Griffey scored 6 runs and drove in 5 runs in 11 World Series contests.

Steve Ontiveros – Ontiveros played 8 seasons in the big leagues and compiled a .274 career batting average.  In total he collected 600 hits, scored 230 runs, and smacked 24 round trippers.  Ontiveros never made it into post-season play.

Jim Tyrone – A 4-season career spanning just 177 games, Tyrone had a hard time breaking into the Cubs’ lineup.  A utility player that could play almost any defensive position, Tyrone did not do enough on offense to garner a full-time job in the big leagues.  A career .227 hitter, Tyrone only managed to amass 92 hits while collecting just 32 RBI.

1985 Topps Eddie Murray All-Star

1985 Topps Eddie Murray All-Star

Hey it’s another Eddie Murray card for my player collection!!!  And it’s a nice one too…

When I look at this card, I cannot help but think that it should have been issued in the decade prior.  Murray and his style scream 1970’s!!!  If you peeled back the ’85 Topps design and replaced it with the design of the 1973 or 1977 Topps card, I think you would have another winner on your hands…

Murray 85T AS

Did You Know…

Barry Bonds’ on-base percentage of .609 in 2004 is the highest of all-time; second highest is his .582 in 2002.

Bonds

**factoid courtesy of ‘Armchair Reader – Grand Slam Baseball’

My take – I wonder if we’ll ever take the time to appreciate just how awesome Barry Bonds really was…