Daily Archives: November 18, 2009

TTM Success: Hall Of Famer Duke Snider!!!

9 days.  9 days was all that it took for this Hall of Fame and Dodger great to return these 2 cards to me signed.

Duke Snider 2

Of the 5 autograph requests that I put in the mail less than 2 weeks ago, I am a little surprised that Mr. Sinder is the first one that I got back.  I’m not at all surprised that he signed for me, as he has one of the best reputations of all of the HOF’ers when it comes to signing through the mail.  I’m just surprised it was back to me that quick.  

My envelope had to go across the country from Florida to California and them back to me.  And Veteran’s Day was mixed in there too…

Thank you for the great autographs Mr. Snider!!  These are incredible additions to my collection.

 

Happy Anniversary Andre Dawson!!!

On this day in 1987, Andre Dawson was awarded with the National League’s MVP award.

The headlines across baseball on that day had everything to do with Andre’s incredible year for a terrible team.  Dawson was the first and only player to capture this award while playing for a last place team.  Oh, what a year it was!!!

The 1987 season was magical for Andre.  In his debut season playing for the Cubs, Dawson took center stage on a star filled roster, and he quickly became the centerpiece of their offense as well a fan favorite.  His incredible numbers from that season include 178 hits, 90 runs scored, 49 home runs, 137 RBI, and a .568 slugging percentage.

In addition to winning the MVP award in ’87, Dawson also walked away with a Gold Glove award, a Silver Slugger trophy, and his first of five All-star appearances as a Cub.

Congratulations Mr. Dawson!!  I am so thankful that I got to enjoy watching this year-long sensational performance!!

Dawson Ball

1978 Topps Victory Leaders Starring Jim Palmer

 1978 Topps – Victory Leaders

This card is 31 years old and I have to say it looks pretty good!!  But any card featuring Jim Palmer and honoring him is going to bring a smile to my face…

This 1978 Topps card celebrates the pitchers that won the most games during the 1977 baseball season.  Palmer won 22 games during that campaign. 

1976 was the 7th time in his career that Palmer would match or eclipse the 20-win mark.  By the end of his amazing career, he would accomplish that feat 8 times.

A great pitcher and a great card!!!  A perfect addition to my Jim Palmer collection!!!

Palmer 78 ALV

Happy Birthday Gary Sheffield!!!

Gary Sheffield turns 41 years old today.

Wow, this really makes me feel old.  And he’s 7 years older than me…

I remember Sheffield when he broke into the big leagues.  His 1989 Topps card was a hot commodity and his very famous uncle helped build quite a bit of buzz about this young, talented shortstop.  Like many fans and collectors, I took the bait and bought into Sheffield.  Yet, with all of the attention and praise he got early on in his career, I don’t think many of us saw being a future member of the 500 home run club in his future.

I think that this is what is great about the game of baseball.  I cannot think of another major sport where you can see someone get better and better at parts of the game like they can in baseball.  Yes, basketball players can refine their shot to convert more opportunities.  But in baseball, the amount of skills that can be improved are never-ending.  From hitting for power, to pitch control, to fielding, it is very obvious when a player takes that next step and gets better at their job.

Anyways, back to Sheff.  Gary Sheffield will be a Hall of Famer when his career is over.  Being a World Series champion and a member of the 500 HR Club are just 2 of the big reasons that this will happen.  And as much as I want it to happen, I hope that he is the second player with ties to the Marlins that gets enshrined at Cooperstown(come on Andre!).

Happy Birthday Sheff!!!

Sheffield