Daily Archives: March 17, 2010

Signing Results – 1982 & 1983 NL MVP Dale Murphy!!

Signing Results – 1982 & 1983 NL MVP Dale Murphy!!

There are a few hobby sites that I frequent often.  WWW.SportsGraphing.com is one of them.  A great tool for the autograph collector, this site has it all from in-person tips to TTM results, as well as upcoming signing info.

And when I read that one of the site’s members was hosting a Dale Murphy singing, I clicked it.  And when I saw that it was just $20 for Murphy to sign my baseball, I signed up.

And now, less than 10 days after the signing, my ball is back home…

… and it is beautifully signed!!!

I opted for the inscription on this one and plunked down another $7 to make it happen.  Dale Murphy accomplished a lot during his major league baseball career, but nothing is as impressive as winning back-to-back MVP awards!!

Thanks Murph!!

2000 Fleer – “Club 3,000” – Stan Musial

2000 Fleer – “Club 3,000” – Stan Musial

Date of entry into “Club 3,000” – May 13, 1958

The Story – On the road and battling their rivals, the Chicago Cubs, there were just under 6,000 fans in attendance to see Stan Musial record hit number 3,000 of his career.  Used as a pinch hitter in the game, Musial entered the contest in the 6th inning.  And in his lone at-bat, he laced a double off of Cubs’ pitcher Moe Drabowsky. 

Baseball History – Musial has 3,630 career hits as a major leaguer.  That total puts him solidly at 4th place on the all-time list.  It looks as if that spot will be his for quite some time!

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #50

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #50

1964 Topps – Card #541 – AKA – ‘The Phil Niekro Rookie Card’

Phil Roof – Roof played in the big leagues for 15 years.  Never staying in one city for more than 6 seasons, he played for 8 different teams during that time.  A catcher, Roof saw time primarily as a back-up to the team’s starter.  He amassed a .215 batting average during his 15-year playing career.  Roof’s career stats include 463 hits, 190 runs scored, 69 doubles, 43 home runs, and 210 RBI.

Phil Niekro – A member of Baseball’s Hall of Fame and ‘300 Wins Club’, Phil Niekro’s major league career spanned three decades and 24 seasons.  Used primarily as a starting pitcher, Niekro made 864 appearances in big league games, 716 of which came as the game’s starting pitcher.  He compiled a 318-274 record while throwing 245 complete games and 45 shutouts.  Niekro struck out 3,342 batters during his 24-year career while compiling a 3.35 ERA.  Phil Niekro was a 4-time All-star, 5-time Gold Glove winner, and he finished in the Top 6 for the Cy Young Award 6 times.

Dale Murphy 1985 Donruss

Dale Murphy 1985 Donruss

YAWN!!  Just another lazy effort by a card company as they take overkill to a whole new level….

Here is one of the most well-rounded and exciting players from the mid-80s and the photo of choice is another ‘up-close-and-personal’ shot.

What I really want to see is Murphy hitting one out of the park.  Or stealing another base.  Or making a play in the outfield.  Something, anything, but another shot just like this one…

The only thing saving this card is the old Braves logo in the bottom right corner.  It kind of gets lost in the Blue of Murphy’s jersey, but with a card like this you need to find one positive in the design – and for me it is Chief Noc-A-Homa!!

1975 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #581 – Darrel Chaney

1975 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #581 – Darrel Chaney

Chaney played in the big leagues for 11 seasons – 7 of which were with the Reds.

A utility infielder that could play second base ,third base, and shortstop, Chaney was a nice player to have come off of the bench when the starters needed a break.  Used in a lot of late-game situations, Chaney appeared in 536 games as a Red.  During that time he hit .207 and collected 217 hits.  Other offensive stats from his days in Cincy include 131 runs scored, 34 doubles, 7 home runs, 95 RBI, and 10 stolen bases.

Chaney was a member of the 1975 Reds’ World Series championship team.  He was traded in the offseason between the 1975 and 1976 seasons  to the Atlanta Braves.