Daily Archives: January 2, 2010

1986 Donruss Darryl Strawberry

1986 Donruss Darryl Strawberry

This picture was taken just seconds after Darryl made contact with a pitch.  And I’m guessing fastball!!!

From the picture, what we do know is that Straw is on his way to first base.  We just don’t know for sure is if he got there safely or not…

I like the 1986 Donruss design.  The border design always gave me a feeling of speed.  The sharp angled cuts of the borders make the card look as if it were moving…  Maybe it’s just me!?!

Straw 86D

Did You Know…

Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, and Stan Musial played in the most All-Star Games: 24.

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

Happy Birthday David Cone!!!

David Cone turns 47 years old today.

Immensely talented, Cone was a dominant force over the course of his 17-season career.  With a lifetime record of 194-126, along with 2,668 strikeouts, Cone was often the leader of the rotation and set the pace for some of baseball’s greatest teams in the 1990’s.  In his best season as a member of the Kansas City Royals in 1994, David Cone won the Cy Young award.  With a 16-5 record alongside a 2.94 ERA and 2.44 K:walk ratio, Cone dominated the American League.  During his 17-year career, Cone finished in the top 6 for the Cy Young award a total of 5 times.

The individual highlight of Cone’s career is the perfect game he pitched in 1999 against the Expos.  As incredible as the no-hitter is, the perfect game is outstanding.  Cone dominated the Expos for 9 innings as he struck out 10 batters while not allowing any player for the Expos to reach first base.

David Cone may be the best example of a player being ‘in the right place at the right time’.  Cone has 5 World Series Championship rings. Simply Amazing.  Cone won 1 title with the Toronto Blue Jays and 4 more as a member of the New York Yankees.  In 15 post-season match-ups, Cone has a record of 8-3 with over 100 innings pitched.

Happy Birthday Mr. Cone!!

Happy Birthday Bill Madlock!!!

Bill Madlock turns 59 years old today.

One of the most underrated hitters of his era, Bill Madlock was a master at the plate!!

A 4-time batting champion, ‘Mad Dog’  finished his 15-year career with a .305 batting average.  His 4 batting titles included final averages of .354, .339, .341, and .323.

Madlock was a 3-time All-star and was part of the 1979 World Series championship winning Pittsburgh Pirates.  In that championship match-up, Madlock was phenomenal.  In 7 games, he hit .375 while collecting 9 hits as well as scoring 2 runs and driving in 3.

Happy Birthday Mr. Madlock!!!