Daily Archives: January 17, 2010

1989 Score Darryl Strawberry

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):

  1. full body action photo – from the top of the bat to the shoes on his feet
  2. a plain, but not boring design
  3. 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!!

Straw 89S

Did You Know…

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??

Happy Birthday Don Zimmer!!!

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!!!