Daily Archives: February 6, 2010

2000 Fleer – “Club 3,000” – Paul Molitor

2000 Fleer – “Club 3,000” – Paul Molitor

Date of entry into “Club 3,000” – September 16, 1996

The Story – On the road in Kansas City, Molitor’s big day came in front of just 16,843 fans.  At the age of 39, and still an every day player for the Minnesota Twins, Molitor was still as sharp as ever.  On the year, he hit .341.  And for this historic game, Molitor went 3-for-4 collecting 2 singles and a triple.  Molitor also scored 1 run and drove in another, but the Twins ultimately lost 6-5 to the Royals.

Baseball History – Hall of Famer Paul Molitor currently ranks 9th on the all-time hits list with 3,319. 

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TTM Success: Lonnie Smith!!

Lonnie Smith sent these 2 beauties back to me in just 12 days.

Smith had a solid 17-year career in which he played for 6 different teams.  Of them, my greatest memories of him were with the St. Louis Cardinals and the Kansas City Royals.

Smith was a 1-time All-star and finished in second place for the MVP in 1982 with the Cardinals.  During that ’82 campaign, Smith hit .307 while collecting 182 hits.  He scored 120 runs that year while also stealing 68 bases and driving in 69 runs.

Lonnie Smith owns 3 World Series championship rings from his time with the 1980 Phillies, 1982 Cardinals, and 1985 Royals!

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

1992 Upper Deck Greg Maddux – Front & Back

1992 Upper Deck Greg Maddux – Front & Back

Upper Deck is the only baseball card company that produced cards in the late 1980’s and into the 1990’s that deserves to have the backs of its cards shown.  Using high quality, brightly colored photography, there is no question as to why they became an instant hit with fans.  Even if their cards were more high-end and high-dollar at the time…

Below is the 1992 Greg Maddux base card from the Upper Deck set.  The first picture is the front of the card and the second shot is the back.

Maddux 92UD Front

Maddux 92UD Back

Of the 2, I have to say that I love the back picture!!  Here you have a pitcher sliding into what appears to be second base.  No batting helmet means that he was hustling around the bases.  No pitching jacket means that he was legging out a double.  And his arm in the air calling a ‘TO’ means that he was safe at the bag!!!

Great card.  And a great addition to my Greg Maddux player collection!!!

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #39

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #39

1963 Topps – Card #169 – AKA – ‘The Gaylord Perry Rookie Card’

Dick Egan – A 4-year veteran, Dick Egan made just 27 appearances in the big leagues.  Playing for 3 different teams in 4 years, Egan pitched a total of 101 innings.  He has a career record of 1-2 with 2 saves along with an ERA of 5.15.  In 101 innings of work, Egan gave up 109 hits while allowing 66 runs.

Julio Navarro – Navarro enjoyed six seasons in the major leagues, but he was used sparingly.  Pitching a total of 212 innings, Navarro appeared in 130 games for the Angels, Tigers, and Braves.  He has a career record of 7-9 with 17 saves and an ERA of 3.65.  Navarro allowed 191 hits and 97 runs while also striking out 151 batters and walking 70.

Gaylord Perry – Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry played 22 seasons in the big leagues.  He is a 2-time Cy Young Award winner as well as a member of the ‘300 Wins Club’ and 3000 Strikeouts Club’.  Perry amassed 314 wins during his career and pitched an amazing 303 complete games, 53 of which were shutouts.  Gaylord Perry is a 5-time All-star.

Tommie Sisk – A 9-year veteran, Tommie Sisk suited up for the Pirates, Padres, and White Sox during his playing days.  He has a career record of 40-49 with 10 saves.  40 of his wins include 19 complete games and 4 shutouts.  In 928 innings of work, Sisk allowed 937 hits while giving up 57 home runs.