Daily Archives: April 5, 2010

The 2010 Hall Of Fame Class Gets Sweeter!!!

The 2010 Hall Of Fame Class Gets Sweeter!!!

As all of you know, Andre Dawson is my favorite baseball player of all-time.  My enjoyment of watching ‘The Hawk’ during his playing days has filled my brain with incredible memories.  And now I choose to honor him by collecting his baseball cards and autographs.

His induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame is long overdue.  And I look forward to watching it and I have already started to countdown the days until his election becomes a reality.  I’m serious, 112 days…

And then today, I got more great news.  Both Karl Malone and Scottie Pippen have been elected as inductees into the Basketball Hall of Fame.  Both superstars during my youth, and into my twenties, Karl Malone is absolutely my favorite basketball player of all-time.  And Scottie Pippen is in the Top 10(probably closer to Top 6).  One of these days I will have to share my Karl Malone stories and collection with you all.  Trust me when I say that have been a loyal Karl Malone fan for the better part of my life.

So the weeks between Dawson’s induction and then Malone and Pippen’s induction will be incredible for this fan.  And although I will always keep ’30-YOC’ as a baseball and baseball card related blog, please excuse me if I pepper it with a little hoops talk during that time.

Congratulations to both Karl Malone and Scottie Pippen – Well deserved!!!

5th Spring Training TTM Return – Matt Williams!!

5th Spring Training TTM Return – Matt Williams!!!

Yes!!!  The third time is the charm for me and Matt Williams.  The 2010 Spring Training season was the third time in the last 20 months that I sent a request to the former 5-time All-star.

And now, I am the lucky owner of these 2 autographed baseball cards!!!

Sweet, huh??

Williams was a solid player for the better part of his career.  A stud third baseman, with superior offensive skills, Williams was well-round and well-liked.

In addition to his 5 All-star team selections, Williams also won 4 Silver Slugger trophies and 4 Gold Gloves.  His career stats include 1,878 hits with 338 doubles and 378 home runs.  Williams scored 997 runs while driving in another 1,218. 

Williams played in 3 World Series match-ups during his career.  He finally won a title in 2001 as a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Thank you Mr. Williams!!!!

Play Ball!!!

Play Ball!!!

Finally we get to hear those two words we’ve been wanting to hear since November – ‘PLAY BALL’!!!

I am very excited that the 2010 baseball season is here.  In fact, my lunch-time plan is to sneak over to the sports bar located across the street from my workplace so I can enjoy Opening Day there for about an hour.  I will do my best to enjoy some good sports bar food as I watch the opening innings of the Florida Marlins as they battle the New York Mets.

As a kid, I always wanted to go to an Opening Day game, but there was no team in Florida during my youth.  And as an adult, I guess that work and other priorities have gotten in my way as I have still not been able to conquer that dream.

I promise that one day I will!!!

Until then, ‘PLAY BALL‘!!!!

1985 Topps Record Breakers – Card #9 – Bruce Sutter

1985 Topps Record Breakers – Card #9 – Bruce Sutter

Headline – ‘Bullpen Ace Bruce Sutter Ties Major League Record For Saves’

The Story – Chicago, Illinois, September 20, 1984:  Cardinals’ reliever Bruce Sutter has achieved another niche in his career.  He has completed the 1984 campaign with 45 saves, more than any other reliever in NL history.  The former NL mark of 37 saves had been set by Reds’ Clay Carroll in 1973 and tied by Padres’ Rollie Fingers, 1978.

My added notes – Since that 1984 season, Sutter’s 45 saves has been topped 9 times in the National League.  The new NL mark of 55 belongs to John Smoltz(2002) and Eric Gagne(2003).

Did You Know…

Bernie Williams and Jorge Posada are the only teammates to homer from each side of the plate in the same game.  Williams homered from the left side against Frank Castillo in the first inning, Posada did the same in the second, and then they each homered from the right side off Clayton Andrews in the fourth during the Yank’s 10-7 win at Toronto on April 23, 2000.

**factoid courtesy of ‘Big League Trivia’

My take – 2 of my favorite, and 2 of the classiest, Yankees of the modern era!!