Daily Archives: March 13, 2010

1973 Topps Ron Santo

1973 Topps Ron Santo

Another Spring Training ‘close-up’ – YES!!!¬† ūüôā

Kind of a boring card here if you ask me.  The picture is lousy, and the 1973 Topps design does very little for me in the way of excitement.

What really stands out is how much older Santo looks in this photo than he really was.¬† During the 1973 baseball season, Santo was just 33 years old.¬† In the picture he looks to be that plus another 2 decades…. YIKES!!!

Scratch another one off my ‘Need List’ for¬†my Ron¬†Santo collection.

Did You Know…

The 1972 New York Mets are the only team since 1900 that did not have a single player collect at least 100 hits.¬† The Mets played just 156 games¬†that season because a player’s strike¬†delayed the start of the season and resulted in every club¬†losing some games.¬† Tommie Agee led the team¬†with 96 hits, followed by Cleon Jones with 92, and Bud Harrelson with 90.¬†¬†

**factoid courtesy of ‘Big League Trivia’

My Take – What a stat!!!¬† Even with 156 games, a player could have easily amassed 500+ at-bats that year.¬† And nobody collected 100 hits…¬† WoW!!!

1954 Headline: Aaron To Start In Place Of Injured Thomson

1954 Headline: Aaron To Start In Place Of Injured Thomson

And this is how one of the greatest careers in major league baseball started…

During Spring Training, Braves’ outfielder Bobby Thomson suffered an ankle injury that was going to keep him off of the playing field for an extended amount of time – Enter Henry Aaron!!!

Nobody knew what to expect, and there is no way that anyone would have predicted that Aaron would become a 21-time All-star, league MVP, and the game’s ‘Home Run King’.¬† But that is just what he did.¬† Hank’s career resume is as impressive as they come.¬† A member of both the ‘3,000 Hits Club’ and the ‘500 Home Runs Club’, Aaron’s offensive skills were impressive and due to his ability to remain relatively injury free throughout his playing days, his numbers are some of the greatest ever by a player from any era.

Aaron won one world championship with the Braves in 1957. 

He is and will always be considered one of the greatest hitters in the sport’s history.¬† He is a true ambassador of the game!!

Happy Birthday Will Clark!!!

Will Clark turns 46 years old today.

Noted as having one of the sweetest swings in the game during his playing days, Will Clark became an instant favorite to many baseball fans due to his incredible talent and personality.¬† On the field he was a perennial MVP candidate that flirted with .300 every year.¬† Off the field, he was a loud-mouthed, opinionated player who you couldn’t wait to her what he was going to say next.

Today, Will Clark is employed by the San Francisco Giants.  I sent a card of him to Spring Training hoping for an autograph РWish me luck!!

Happy Birthday Mr. Clark!!