Daily Archives: February 22, 2010

Gerad Sends Over An Awesome Andre Dawson Autograph For My Collection!!!

Gerad Sends Over An Awesome Andre Dawson Autograph For My Collection!!!

The generosity of readers and bloggers never gets old!!  In fact, it seems to just get better as time goes by.

And the latest treat come courtesy of Gerad, a longtime reader and commentor of ’30-YOC’.

Gerad sent over a pristine 1994 Upper Deck Collector’s Choice card signed by ‘The Hawk’.  Andre never disappoints when it comes to autographs, and this one looks great!!!  This is the first non-certified autograph of Andre in his Red Sox uniform that I have obtained.  All I have left now is a Marlins card…

Thanks again Gerad.  I’ve got a special package headed your way…

2000 Fleer – “Club 3,000” – Nolan Ryan

2000 Fleer – “Club 3,000” – Nolan Ryan

Date of entry into “Club 3,000” – July 4, 1980

The Story – On our country’s Independence Day, Nolan Ryan took the hill for the Houston Astros on the road against the Cincinnati Reds.  The fans that bought tickets for tis game months in advance were expecting fireworks after the contest was complete, but they would have reason to celebrate prior to the finish as well.  Ryan recorded his 3,000th strikeout during this game, and he accomplished this feat in just his 14th major league season.  For the game, Ryan pitched just 4 1/3 of an inning in a 8-1 loss, but he did record 6 strikeouts before leaving.

Baseball History – The game’s all-time strikeout king holds a record that is likely to be safe for decades to come.  The picture of consistency, Ryan struck out 200 or more batters 15 times during his 27-year career.  And he did it 5 times after the age of 40 – Truly Amazing!!!

Jim Palmer 1975 Topps

Jim Palmer 1975 Topps

This beauty comes from that 2-toned set that some of us love and some of us not so much…

While I have stated several times during the last 18 months that I don’t particularly care for the 1975 Topps design, this card of Jim Palmer stands out as one that Topps did right.

While the picture leaves a lot to be desired, Topps did incorporate the Baltimore Orioles team colors into the equation.  Normally this set contains bright Purples, Pinks, Greens, and Yellows, but Topps went with Brown and Orange for this one and they compliment the team theme perfectly.

Now the picture on the other hand…

‘Hey Jim!!!’

Still.  A great addition to my Jim Palmer player collection!!

Happy Birthday George “Sparky” Anderson!!!

Hall of Famer and legendary manager of the ‘Big Red Machine’ turns 76 years old today.  Always a fan favorite, Anderson provided some great quotes during the course of his coaching career.

Here is a small sampling:

“If I ever find a pitcher who has heat, a good curve, and a slider, I might seriously consider marrying him, or at least proposing.”

“I understand people who boo us. It’s like going to Broadway show, you pay for your tickets and expect to be entertained. When you’re not, you have a right to complain.”

“The day I got a hit off (Sandy) Koufax was when he knew it was all over.”

A true character and a legendary personality in the sport, Sparky Anderson is 1-of-a-kind!!!

Happy Birthday, Mr. Anderson!!!