Daily Archives: February 2, 2010

TTM Success: Steve Avery!!

51 days was certainly worth the wait for these great autographs!!

Steve Avery was a fan favorite during the early-to-mid 1990’s when he pitched for the Atlanta Braves.  Teaming up to be part of one of the greatest starting pitching rotations in the game’s history, Avery was often the #4 guy, but his role was significant and important.

Avery’s record with the Braves was 72-62 in 201 starts.  He offered a solid option on the fourth day and he would have been a #2 or #3 starter for any other team in the league.  But having 3 Hall of Fame pitchers ahead of Avery(Maddux, Smoltz, and Glavine) offered a little shelter from the spotlight as well as some incredible mentors.

Avery played with the Braves from 1990-96, and in that time his team made it to the playoffs 5 times.  In those 5 playoffs, the Braves made it to the World Series 3 times but lost all three.

Thank you for the great autographs Mr. Avery!!!

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1975 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #531 – Sparky Anderson

1975 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #531 – Sparky Anderson

One of the most famous managerial faces in all of baseball, George ‘Sparky’ Anderson’s 1975 Topps card is the perfect, and only way, for me to start this new collection!!

Anderson was the manager of the 1975 & 1976 World Series winning Cincinnati Reds.  With only 1 year of playing experience under his belt, Anderson changed roles and focused on teaching the game and leading the team. 

It certainly worked out well for him, as he won 3 World Series championships(2 in Cincy and 1 in Detroit) as well as 2 Manager of the Year awards.  Amazingly both of his Manager of the Year awards came with the Tigers in 1984 and 1987, and not when he managed one of baseball’s greatest dynasties during the mid-1970’s.

Sparky Anderson was voted into the baseball Hall of Fame in 200 by the veteran’s committee.

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‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #38

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #38

1976 Topps – Card #599 – AKA – ‘The Ron Guidry Rookie Card’

Rob Dressler – Dressler’s career spanned 5 seasons in which he played in 82 games.  Splitting time with three different teams in that span, Dressler was primarily used as a starter, but his innings pitched were strictly minimized.  He has a career record of 11-23 with an ERA of 4.17. 

Ron Guidry – Guidry enjoyed an award-filled 14-year career with the New York Yankees.  In his best year with the team in 1978, he won the Cy Young Award as well as helping to lead  the team to its second consecutive World Series championship.  In that ’78 season, Guidry won 25 games while losing just 3 – good for a 89% winning percentage!  He also threw 16 complete games, including 9 shutouts en route to a low 1.74 ERA.  Guidry was a 4-time All-star, 5-time Gold Glove winner, and finished in the top 5 for the Cy Young award 5 more times!

Bob McClure – Bob McClure’s career lasted an amazing 19 major league seasons.  Used primarily in middle relief, McClure appeared in 698 games and compiled a 68-57 record.  He has an ERA of 3.81 with 52 saves and a strikeout to walk ratio of 1.41:1.  McClure appeared in 1 World Series – in 1982 when his Brewers team lost to the St. Louis Cardinals.

Pat Zachry – A 10-year veteran, Zachry pitched for 4 teams during his career.  In 293 career appearances, Zachry amassed a record of 69-67 with 3 saves.  He threw 29 complete games, including 7 shutouts, and struck out 669 batters in 1177 innings of work.  Zachry was part of the 1976 World Series championship winning Cincinnati Reds team.