1989 Score Darryl Strawberry
This card offers some of my favorite elements when it comes to design – making this an instant classic for me!!
This list goes like this(in random order):
- full body action photo – from the top of the bat to the shoes on his feet
- a plain, but not boring design
- a baseball-themed graphic containing the team name and player position
The 1989 Score design is not going to win any awards for originality or style, but simply stated it is a clean baseball card. No wild graphics. No un-readable fonts. No outrageous borders… The card focuses on ‘Straw’ and that works for this collector.
This card is right up my alley, and I am proud to add it to my Darryl Strawberry collection!!
Posted in Darryl Strawberry Collection, Stars from the 80's
Tagged 1986 world series, 1996 world series, 1999 world series, all-star, darryl strawberry, dodgers, los angeles dodgers, Mets, New york mets, new york yankees, Rookie of the Year, ROY, silver slugger, world series, yankees
In 1974, Mike Marshall became the first relief pitcher to win the Cy Young Award.
**factoid courtesy of ‘Armchair Reader – Grand Slam Baseball’
My take – While probably not the most impactful reliever, Marshall appeared in 106 games in 1974. How many of today’s relief pitchers would cry if they had to work that hard??
Posted in Did You Know....
Tagged baseball, baseball cards, baseball trivia, closer, cy young, cy young award, Did You Know...., dodgers, los angeles dodgers, relief pitcher, reliever, sports trivia
Don Zimmer turns 79 years old today.
‘Zim’ enjoyed a 12-season major league baseball career. And in those 12 years he played for 6 teams, all of them legendary – Brooklyn Dodgers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, New York Mets, Cincinnati Reds, and the Washington Senators. And while nobody would count Zimmer as one of the game’s greats with his career .235 batting average, he was a key contributor for these teams – even making the All-star team as a member of the 1961 Cubs!!
Zimmer is better known as a baseball manager. And while most people’s memories go straight to some of his highly publicized happenings while coaching the Yankees, my memories of ‘Zim’ are firmly planted in the home team’s dugout at Wrigley Field!! Zimmer was managing the team the year(1989) that my family moved to Chicago from Florida. Never having a ‘home’ team before, I was quickly swept up into ‘Cubbie-Fever’. And now, more than 20 years later I still have vivid memories of ‘Zim’ and his division winning team having one heck of an enjoyable season.
‘Zim’ was smiles every step of the way!! Happy Birthday Coach Zimmer!!!
Posted in Birthdays & Anniversaries, Chicago Cubs
Tagged all-star, baseball, baseball cards, brooklyn dodgers, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, collecting, collection, Cubs, Don Zimmer, hobby, los angeles dodgers, manager, New york mets, washington senators, Wrigley Field, Zim