Daily Archives: February 9, 2010

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #40

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #40

1966 Topps – Card #424 – AKA – ‘The Lee May Rookie Card’

Lee May – May, a 3-time All-star and perennial MVP contender played 18 years in the big leagues.  Splitting time between the Reds, Astros, Orioles, and Royals, May put up solid numbers for every team he played for.  A career .267 hitter, May collected 2,031 career hits with 340 doubles and 354 home runs.  He also scored 959 runs during his playing days while driving in an additional 1,244.  May played in both the 1970 and 1979 World Series, but did not come away a winner in either match-up.

Darrell Osteen – Osteen has a brief 3-year career with the Reds from 1965-67.  Appearing in just 26 contests with the team, Osteen was 0-4 with 3 saves.  Osteen was traded to the Oakland A’s during the offseason of 1967 and made a relatively short comeback with the A’s during the 1970 campaign before calling it quits.

TTM Success: Darren Daulton!!

14 days was all it took for former All-star Darren Daulton to return this wonderfully signed baseball card to me!!

From a far I had always admired Daulton’s game.  Then he joined my Florida Marlins in 1997 as they drove towards the playoffs and soon I was a HUGE Darren Daulton fan.  His World Series performance was incredible.  In 7 games ‘Dutch’ racked up some great numbers – .389, 7 hits, 7 runs, 2 doubles, 2 RBI, and a home run.  Most importantly he took home a championship ring!!

Thanks for the autograph Dutch!!!! 

Happy Birthday John Kruk!!!

John Kruk turns 49 years old today!

A man with one of the largest personalities in baseball during his playing days, Kruk was always a fan favorite.  Although Kruk did not look like the prototypical baseball player, or athlete for that matter, he was as talented a hitter as there was in the late 80’s.  In Kruk’s 10-year playing career, he hit .300 or better 7 times.  And when he retired from the sport, he left with a career batting average of .300 while amassing 100 home runs and 592 RBI.

But for Kruk’s birthday I want to give him something else.  Something nobody else may think of to give him.  I want to give him 1 more double.  I mean, who wants to retire from the game with 199 doubles when 200 sounds so much better?  So, ‘Krukkie’ my gift to you is 1 more ‘2-bagger’. 

Happy Birthday & Enojy!!!

My Eddie Murray ‘Fab 5′ – Card #4

Now that my Eddie Murray player collection is complete I wanted to take the time to show off my favorite 5 cards from this set.

Card #4 – 1985 Fleer

A posed portrait, yet so different from the other posed photography we were hammered with during the 1980’s.

I love this card.  I love the look on Eddie’s face.  I love the bright and bold coloring!!

At first glance, Eddie kind of looks like Samuel L. Jackson from his Pulp Fiction days.  In fact, if they were ever going to make ‘The Eddie Murray Movie’, Jackson would be a prefect fit strictly based on his uncanny resemblance to Murray.

While the 1985 Fleer issue is a rather bland one, the card’s sharp coloring and team-themed look makes the card a winner.  And that famous O’s logo in the top-right corner of the card is the icing on the cake!!!