Daily Archives: March 6, 2010

1987 Headline: Dawson Signs 1-Year Deal With Cubs

1987 Headline: Dawson Signs 1-Year Deal With Cubs

And as they say, the rest was history…

After 11 years as an Expos player, Andre and the Expos were at an impasse while negotiating a contract for future employment.  The Expos wanted to low-ball the superstar, and Dawson wanted to be paid comparably to his peers.  Fed up with their shenanigans, Dawson walked out.

Enter the Chicago Cubs.  Dawson wanted to play for a team that had its home games on real grass as he felt that the artificial turf would end his playing days prematurely.  Wrigley Field obliged him.  Dawson visited the team during Spring practice causing a minor media frenzy as this kind of bold move was not commonplace in that era.  He finally met with the team’s management and offered up a ‘blank contract’  In a ‘Pay me what you think I’m worth’ move, Dawson was offered a 1-year $650,000 contract, and while still relatively low at the time for an established star, he signed.

Then he went out on a mission to prove to the Expos that they made a huge mistake and to the Cubs that they got a bargain!!

The result:  .287 batting average, 49 home runs, 137 RBI, 178 hits, 90 runs scored, 11 stolen bases, a trip to the All-star game, A Gold Glove award, and the grand prize of being named the National League’s MVP!!!

I’d say that the Cubs got a steal with that one, huh…

Orel Hershiser 1993 Fleer Ultra

Orel Hershiser 1993 Fleer Ultra

By the early 1990’s Fleer knew it had to do something with its business to compete with Upper Deck.  Card images and quality had reached a new level and for Fleer – Ultra was the result.

Overall, the Ultra product is very nice.  And for this card of Orel Hershiser from their 1993 base set, they have captured him perfectly!!  The picture is magnificent, as we get an up-close look at this former Cy Young winner.  Check out the fierce look on his face too!!   Along with the cool fireball logo that Fleer Ultra used in this 1993 issue, they also dropped the border.  This effect gives us a bigger, nicer picture.  And it allows us to see more of what is going on.

Great job on this one.  And a great start to my Orel Hershiser player collection!!!

Did You Know…

The only players since 1950 to drive in 100 runs while hitting fewer than 10 home runs are Tommy Herr and Paul Molitor.  Herr drove in 110 runs with only 8 home runs for the 1985 St. Louis Cardinals.  Molitor drove in 113 runs with just 9 homers in 1996 for the Minnesota Twins.

**factoid courtesy of ‘Big League Trivia’.

My take – Just another reason why Molitor was one of my favorites as a kid – a truly well-rounded offensive machine!!

Happy Birthday Willie Stargell!!!!

Willie Stargell turns 70 years old today.

The player that they called ‘Pops’ celebrates a landmark birthday today.

Stargell was and still is the pride and joy of the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise.  Having played with the team for 21 major league season, Stargell, the city of Pittsburgh, and all Pirates fans share a special bond.

An exceptional ball player, Willie Stargell was dynamic on offense.  He has a lifetime batting average of .282 with 2,232 hits.  His power numbers are solid as he smashed 475 home runs and 423 doubles.  He also scored 1,195 runs during his career while driving in an additional 1,540.

Stargell was a 6-time All-star and he won the MVP Award in 1979 at the age of 39.  Stargell was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1988.  He also helped lead the Pirates to two World Series championships in 1971 & 1979.

Happy Birthday ‘Pops’!!!