Daily Archives: April 13, 2010

3 New Autographed Baseball Cards Courtesy Of Gerad!!

3 New Autographed Baseball Cards Courtesy Of Gerad!!

Gerad and I have traded cards quite regularly over the last 20 months or so.  One of the first followers of this blog, he and I have shared stories of our youth when I was a Cubs fan and he was cheering on the Cardinals.  And although there is a fierce rivalry between the two clubs, there is nothing but fun between these two collectors.

Here is the latest bunch of cards that he send my way:

Nice, huh??

Batting lead-off is Dwight Smith, who finished in second place for the 1989 Rookie of the Year Award to the guy on his right, Jerome Walton.  These two Cubs players elevated the team during their run into the 1989 playoffs, and both of them are still wildly popular in Chicago today, more than 20 years after their debut with the club.  Batting 3rd is Greg Vaughn.  Vaughn was a home run hitting machine during his 15 years in the majors.  Smashing 355 homers, Vaughn had 9 years of hitting at least 20 home runs.

Thanks Gerad – great additions to my autographed baseball card collection.  Your next package is in the mail.  And you’re going to love it!!

Tim Raines 1987 Donruss

Tim Raines 1987 Donruss

Wow, the photographer zoomed ‘Way-In’ for this shot, huh??

But that is ok, because we all love Tim Raines!  I just prefer his uniform to be dirtier, that’s all.

Raines had a solid campaign in during the 1987 baseball season.  Making his seventh and final All-star team, he was still at the top of his game.  Hitting .330 with 175 hits to his credit, Raines continued to dominate for the Expos at the lead-off spot.  He also stole another 50 bases while scoring 123 runs – exactly what you want to see from your lead-off hitter.  In 627 plate appearances, Raines struck out just 52 times while drawing 90 walks – giving him an exceptional .429 on-base percentage!!!

Another card added to my collection honoring one of my favorite lead-off hitters of all-time!!!

1975 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #507 – Tom Carroll

1975 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #507 – Tom Carroll

Tom Carroll played in the big leagues over the course of two seasons.  Between 1974 and 1975, Carroll appeared in 28 games for the Reds, earning 20 starts during that time.

Carroll’s career record is 8-4.  During his brief career, he compiled an ERA of 4.16.  In 125 innings of work, he allowed 120 hits and 72 runs.

Carroll did not make it to the post-season with the Reds in 1975.  He was traded by Cincy to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the off-season between the 1975 and 1976 seasons – he never appeared in the majors after.

Progress – 23/34

1984 Headline: Rose Collects Hit #4,000

1984 Headline: Rose Collects Hit #4,000

Just 8 games into the 1984 baseball season, and in front of 46,000+ fans in Montreal’s Olympic Stadium, Pete Rose made baseball history by becoming just the second player to collect 4,000 hits.

On his home turf, and facing his former team, Rose’s Expos were taking on the Philadelphia Phillies.  In the bottom of the 4th inning, Rose smacked a double off of Jerry Koosman giving him 4,000 hits for his career.

Rose was the first player to collect 4,000 hits since the legendary Ty Cobb.

Congratulations to ‘Charlie Hustle’!!