Daily Archives: April 11, 2010

1975 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #180 – Joe Morgan

1975 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #180 – Joe Morgan

Ah, my favorite member of ‘The Big Red Machine’.

Joe Morgan was a baseball superstar during the 1970’s.  A 2-time MVP and 10-time All-star, Joe Morgan brought his well-rounded game to the Reds for 8 seasons.

A slick fielder, Morgan used his range and speed to garner 5 consecutive Gold Glove awards between 1973-1977.

Offensively, Morgan was awesome.  A threat at the plate, and on the base paths, he was the perfect complement to a Reds team that was full of potent offensive talent.  Morgan collected 2,517 hits during his career and has a lifetime batting average of .271.  Other notable offensive stats include his 1,650 runs scored, 689 stolen bases, 268 home runs, and 1,133 RBI.

Morgan was a member of both the 1975 and 1976 World Series championship winning Reds teams.  In those 2 match-ups, he hit .286 while collecting 12 hits and scoring 7 runs.

Joe Morgan was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1990.

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2007 SP Legendary Cuts – ‘When It Was A Game’ Relic Card – Bob Gibson

2007 SP Legendary Cuts – ‘When It Was A Game’ Relic Card – Bob Gibson

I am 1/3 of the way done with the book ‘Sixty Feet, Six Inches’.  Written by Reggie Jackson and Bob Gibson in 2009, this book offers an incredible glimpse into the baseball minds of these two players that dominated baseball in the 1970’s.

As I get deeper and deeper into the book, you can really get the sense of how much the sport is a true ‘Thinking Man’s Game’.  And now, as I watch the way a pitcher moves or the way a batter changes his stance, I often think back to what Reggie and Bob spoke about.

While I already held both players in very high esteem prior, I respect them even more now.

And after a quick trip through Ebay-Land, I found this:

And I got it for just $0.99!!!  You can’t beat that!!!

The card features a piece of game-used jersey from Gibson’s playing days with the Cardinals. 

Add another game-used relic card to my Hall of Fame collection!!!

2000 Fleer – “Club 3,000” – Carl Yastrzemski

2000 Fleer – “Club 3,000” – Carl Yastrzemski

Date of entry into “Club 3,000” – September 12, 1979

The Story – At home, and battling their division rivals, the Red Sox took on the New York Yankees in front of 34,000+ fans in attendance.  With both rosters chock full of superstars, none shined brighter on this day than Carl Yastrzemski.  In the bottom of the 8th inning, with an 8-2 lead, Yaz singled off of Yankees’ reliever Jim Beattie to collect the 3,000th hit of his big league career.  He was pulled from the game for a pinch-runner, but I see that move as more of a respect thing so the crowd could salute him for a bit longer.

Baseball History – Yaz collected 3,419 hits during his career.  He currently sits in 8th place on the all-time list. 

Dale Murphy 1984 Fleer

Dale Murphy 1984 Fleer

Finally, a great looking action shot of Dale Murphy – YES!!!!

After buying and buying and buying cards of the 2-time MVP, I finally found one that captures him in a way that I remember him.  And since my player collection is set up to honor his playing days with the Braves that made me a big fan of his, I am thrilled to add this card to my collection.

Getting to this point was hard.  I had to sift through a big stack of posed-photo cards to get here.  But now that I am here, I am very proud to add this card to my Murphy set!!!

In 1984, Dale Murphy was coming off of back-to-back MVP campaigns.  One of the sport’s biggest starts, Murphy was still relatively unseen due to his quiet demeanor and team’s losing ways.  Lucky for me, we had WTBS at home.  I watched a ton of Braves games as a kid, and I hold several of the players from those early 80’s rosters responsible for the reason that I fell in love with the sport.

What a great card, huh??