Daily Archives: December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas!!!

I just wanted to wish all of you a Merry Christmas!!

Whatever you decide to do today, enjoy it to the fullest.  On this special holiday, spend it with people you love, eat great food, and if you can sneak away for two hours, watch one of the greatest movies of all-time!!!

Those are my plans…

Eddie Murray 1988 Topps Record Breaker

Eddie Murray 1988 Topps Record Breaker 

The perfect card?  Quite possibly…

What this 1988 Topps card does for the collector, especially the young collector, is provide a glimpse of just how solid of a major league player Eddie Murray was.

You see, the card celebrates Murray and his ability to dominate the game offensively while batting both lefty and righty.  This card specifically recognizes Murray for belting home runs from each side of the plate in two consecutive games – an amazing accomplishment.

How rare you ask??  So rare, that is baseball’s incredible history Eddie Murray was the first player to ever do this.  And no-one has done it since!!

Eddie Murray is a true baseball talent – and he should be honored and treated as such!!!

Murray 88T RB

Did You Know…

Tony Cloninger is the only pitcher to hit two Grand Slams in the same game.  He did it for the Atlanta Braves on July 3, 1966.

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

My take – A pitcher??  Yes, a pitcher!!  That’s 8 RBI in a single game.  That’s more than most pitchers collect in a full season.  Great stuff!!!

1990 Headline: Tim Raines Traded To Chicago White Sox!

1990 Headline: Tim Raines Traded To Chicago White Sox!

During the offseason of 1990, Tim Raines was shipped off to the Chicago White Sox after 12 seasons with the Montreal Expos.  In typical Expos form, it was out with the old and in with the new.  The Expos had a talented crop of young rookies in the early 1990’s and wanted to give them playing time so they dumped their veterans – including their 7-time All-star Raines.

During his 12 years with Montreal, Raines shined as one of the game’s best lead-off hitters.  With a solid, and decade-long .300 batting average, Raines was the ideal guy to start each game with the goal of igniting his team’s offense.  And boy did he deliver…  With the Expos, Raines collected 634 stolen bases while scoring 934 runs.  He also developed a knack for driving in runs as he collected 552 RBI while batting lead-off.  He even hit 96 home runs!!!

Montreal’s loss eventually became the White Sox, Yankees, A’s, Marlins, and Orioles gain as Tim Raines was a classy ballplayer both on and off the field!!!