Daily Archives: April 6, 2010

Dale Murphy 1977 Topps – Rookie Card

Dale Murphy 1977 Topps – Rookie Card

FINALLY!!!

It took much longer than I expected, and I found out that I was more patient than I believed I was, but I got my Dale Murphy 1977 Topps rookie card.

Murphy is one of those guys that has 2 rookie cards, from two different sets, made in two different years.  But this one is the oldest – I like to refer to it as his ‘Premiere’.  And to be honest, even if I was not a Dale Murphy collector, I would want this card in my collection.  I think anybody who was a fan of 1980’s baseball would agree with that!!

Murphy started out as a catcher, then became a first baseman, and then solidified himself as a center-fielder.  A Gold Glove winning center-fielder too.  Full of talent, Murphy had the rare ability to dominate a baseball game from both offensive and defensive positions.  A stud in the field, and on the base paths, Murphy used his speed to cover ground in the outfield while also stealing bases and scoring runs in bunches.  And don’t let his looks fool you – Dale Murphy was able to hit for power!

The perfect addition to my collection that honors one of my favorite players from the 1980’s – Mr. Dale Murphy!!

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #56

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #56

1975 Topps – Card #622 – AKA – ‘The Fred Lynn Rookie Card’

Ed Armbrister – a 5-year veteran, Armbrister suited up for the ‘Big Red Machine’ from 1973-1977.  Winning 2 World Series championship rings in the process, Armbrister played all three outfield positions for the team.  A career .245 hitter, he collected 65 hits in 265 at-bats.  Other notable offensive stats include his 46 runs scored and 15 stolen bases. 

Fred Lynn – Lynn played for 5 teams over the course of his 17-year major league career.  A 9-time All-star and winner of three Gold Glove awards, Lynn sported an all-around game that was to be envied.  His best season in the majors was his rookie year – 1975.  During that season Lynn hit .331 while collecting 175 hits that included 47 doubles, 7 triples, and 21 home runs.  He also scored 103 runs while driving in another 105.  Lynn’s performance was so dominant that he won the Rookie of the Year and MVP awards in that year. 

Tom Poquette – Poquette was used as a utility outfielder during his 7-year big league career.  During that time, he played for 3 different teams and managed 3 post-season appearances(all losses in the ALCS).  Poquette has a lifetime batting average of .268 that includes 329 career hits.  He also amassed 127 runs scored, 10 home runs, 136 RBI, and he struck out just 82 times in 1,350 plate appearances.

Terry Whitfield – Whitfield played for 3 of the most historic franchises in major league baseball during his 10-year career – the Yankees, the Giants, and the Dodgers.  In that time, he managed just one trip to the post-season.  Using mostly as a defensive replacement, Whitfield appeared in 730 games.  He has a career batting average of .281 and he scored 233 runs, drove in 179, and collected 537 hits.

Happy Birthday Bert Blyleven!!!

Bert Blyleven turns 59 years old today!!

Bert Blyleven may be more famous toady than he was during any time in his playing days.  His success as the had coach for the Netherlands during the WBC in 2009 followed up by a near-election vote into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2010.

But, Mr. Blyleven has put together an amazing resume and is one of the best pitchers to ever play the game that has not been elected to Cooperstown.  !n 22 seasons, Mr. Blyleven recorded a win-loss record of 287-250.  He threw 242 complete games and 60 shutouts.  He has tallied 3,701 career strikeouts while finishing his career with a 3.31 ERA.  He also has 2 World Series rings from his days with the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates and 1987 Minnesota Twins teams.

So for his birthday, I am giving Bert my vote for Hall of Fame enshrinement.  Congratulations and Happy Birthday, Mr. Blyleven!!!

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30-YOC’s Opening Day Contest Winner Is…

30-YOC’s Opening Day Contest Winner Is…  Ken!

With a guess of 165 strikeouts, Ken came the closest to the actual number thrown which was 172.  ‘Play at the Plate’ was 1 strikeout over with his pick of 173. 

It’s kind of ironic that Josh Hamilton and his 2 K’s from Opening Day played into the results from this contest.

Congratulations  Ken!!!  You can take your pick of the cards below.

Thanks to all that played in the ’30-YOC Opening Day Contest’.

Stay tuned to ’30-YOC’ all season long as I look to bring you at least 1 contest per month during the course of the baseball season!!