Daily Archives: January 29, 2010

Amazing TTM Success: Hall of Fame Manager, Sparky Anderson!!!

In just under two weeks time, Hall of Fame baseball manager, Mr. Sparky Anderson, returned my copy of ‘The Machine’ to me.  And you know what, he instantly added a great treasure to my autograph collection.

Here’s the book:

And here is Sparky’s signature as well as his message to me:

“To Brian:  Thank you for being such a great fan of the Reds,  Sparky Anderson”

Truly a class act – I am not quite sure that it gets any better than this.  A personal note from one of the greatest baseball managers of all-time.

But, I do know one way to make this even more special…

I know that it would be virtually impossible to get the entire ‘Big Red Machine’ to sign this book for me, but I should be able to add a few more autographs.  There are 3 more blank pages at the very beginning of the book – maybe they’re there for a reason.  I am starting to believe so…

Let me see what I can do with this.  I know that guys like Bench, Griffey, Rose, and Morgan may be tough but the team had more than 4 players on its roster!!!

Thank you Mr. Anderson!!  This is very special for me, and I cannot wait to sit down and read this story about one of my favorite teams of all-time.  But first I have a few more autographs to hunt for.  🙂

2000 Fleer – “Club 3,000” – Rod Carew

2000 Fleer – “Club 3,000” – Rod Carew

Date of entry into “Club 3,000” – August 4, 1985

The Story – Playing for the California Angles, Carew was at home in front of 41,000 fans waiting for him to make history.  In his 19th and final season in the big leagues, Carew entered the game just 1 hit shy of the rare milestone of 3,000.  It didn’t take long for Carew to thrill the fans and put himself into elite company.  In the bottom of the third inning, Carew hit a single off of Twins’ pitcher Frank Viola and the crowd went wild.

Baseball History – At the time of his retirement, Rod Carew collected 3,053 hits.  Currently he ranks in 22nd place on the all-time list!!!

1973 Topps Jim Palmer – Boyhood Photos

1973 Topps Jim Palmer – Boyhood Photos

The 1973 Topps base set contained a small subset of cards tagged as ‘Boyhood Photos’.  The premise of this set of cards was to feature some of the game’s biggest stars and show a picture of them during their youth.

And while Topps did a pretty good job of selecting which players would be part of this set, there are some glaring omissions as well as some questionable picks too.

But, Topps did honor Jim Palmer in this set.  And here is the card.

The ‘Boyhood’ photo shows a young Palmer enjoying the day in a swimming pool.  Having grown up in New York, it’s not clear where this picture was taken.  Possibly in New York, possibly during a family vacation…   I estimate that Palmer is between the ages of 5 and 6 in this photo.

This baseball card is a nice, yet odd,  addition to my Jim Palmer collection.

Did You Know…

Reggie Jackson had 4 consecutive home runs spanning Games 5 and 6 of the 1977 World Series.**factoid courtesy of ‘Armchair Reader – Grand Slam Baseball’

My take – We all know about Reggie’s 3 in Game 5, but it’s not mentioned too often that he got another homer in his first at-bat of Game 6 as well.