Daily Archives: March 14, 2010

1975 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #560 – Tony Perez

1975 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #560 – Tony Perez

Tony Perez was one of the most important and steady parts of ‘The Big Red Machine’.

Playing in Cincinnati for 16 of his 23 big league years, Perez was and still is regarded as one of the team’s greatest players of all-time.

A skilled defender, Perez was primarily used as a first baseman, although he did log over 700 games at third base as well. 

A career .279 hitter, Perez collected 2,732 hits.  He eclipsed the 130 hits plateau 14 times, 10 of which were while playing for the Reds.  Perez has 379 career home runs and has driven in 1,652 runners.  While not a huge threat as a base runner, Perez did steal 49 bases while also scoring 1,272 runs.

Tony Perez is a 7-time All-star.  He finished in the Top 20 for the MVP award 6 times.  Perez was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2000.

Perez starred for both Reds teams that went on to win the 1975 and 1976 World Series championships!!!

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #49

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #49

1962 Topps – Card #594 – AKA – ‘The Bob Uecker Rookie Card’

Doc Edwards – Edwards, a catcher, played for 4 teams during his 5-year major league career.  Consistently used as a back-up, Edwards appeared in 317 games during that time.  A career .238 hitter, he has 15 career home runs with 69 runs scored and 87 RBI.

Ken Retzer – Retzer played 4 years in the big leagues, all of which were for the Washington Senators.  Strictly used as a ‘second-stringer’, he played in 237 games.  Retzer was a decent with and has a .264 lifetime average.  His most impressive stat shows off his ‘good eye’ as he struck out just 50 times in 754 plate appearances!

Don Pavletich – Pavletich played 12 seasons in the majors splitting time between Cincinnati, Chicago, and Boston.  He was never able to secure a job in the starting line-up, but was used often as a back-up catcher and first baseman.  In 12 big league seasons, Pavletich amassed 46 home runs and 193 RBI while also scoring 163 runs!!

Doug Camili – A 9-year veteran, Camili suited up for the Dodgers and Senators during his playing days.  In a back-up role, he appeared in 313 contests.  During that time Camili compiled a .199 batting average while collecting 153 hits, 18 homers, and just 80 RBI.

Bob Uecker – Playing for 4 teams over the course of 6 seasons, Bob Uecker was often used as a complimentary piece in trades.  A career .200 hitter, Uecker amassed 146 hits with 14 homers and 74 RBI during that time.  For such subpar numbers, Uecker is still one of the most famous faces in the sport today!

Darryl Strawberry 1987 Donruss – Opening Day

Darryl Strawberry 1987 Donruss – Opening Day

This set was a nice addition to the Donruss base set of 1987.  And I remember vividly collecting each one of the team sets from this ‘bonus set’. 

When collecting them, I would keep them all in the same order:  P, C, 1B, 2B, SS, 3B, RF, CF, LF.   Just like that.

But while I liked going after this set, this Darryl Strawberry card leaves so much to be desired.  One of the most photogenic players from the late 1980’s, you think that there would be stacks and stacks of higher quality images available to use than this one.  Sure, I wouldn’t mind seeing Darryl taking off for first base after making contact with a pitch – but show me all of it!!! 

This photo is way too close to the action.  I want to see his spikes digging into the ground.  I want to see his bat falling to the dirt as he prepares to pump is arms and haul ass towards first base.  Give me a little background of the catcher on the move as he prepares to back-up the first baseman.

I really need to be MLB’s photographer….

Happy Birthday Kirby Puckett!!!

Today is Kirby Puckett’s Birthday.

I miss Kirby Puckett.  I mean it; I really miss him.  Of all of the baseball stars to join the league in the mid 1980’s, I don’t know if anyone got more enjoyment out of playing a kid’s game than Puckett.  He played the game with heart and determination which made it very enjoyable to watch him take the field.

Unfortunately, we only got to watch Kirby play for 12 seasons.  First, due to Glaucoma, Kirby was forced to retire after the 1995 season as he lost vision in one of his eyes.  And just a few years later, Puckett passed away due to complications brought on by a stroke.  Puckett was the first player that I cheered for as a kid that passed away at an age when he could have still been a star in the game.  Sadly, this is life and you can never predict when these things will happen.  Besides leaving behind a family and team that loved(and still loves) him, Kirby was embraced by the city of Minneapolis and is still a cherished celebrity there today.

We miss you ‘Puck’!!