Daily Archives: April 16, 2010

2000 Fleer – “Club 3,000″ – Bob Gibson

2000 Fleer – “Club 3,000” – Bob Gibson

Date of entry into “Club 3,000” – July 17, 1974

The Story – At home, and battling ‘The Big Red Machine’, Bob Gibson had an ‘odd’ day by the standards he had set for himself.  Battling the talented Reds’ offense, Gibson pitched 7 innings while giving up 10 hits and only striking out 4.  But in those 4 strikeouts came #3,000 of his career against Cesar Geronimo.

Baseball History – Gibson struck out 3,117 batters over the course of his 17-year career.  He currently ranks in 14th place on the all-time list.

Dale Murphy 1984 Donruss

Dale Murphy 1984 Donruss

“Hey why not offer the fans and baseball collectors a really boring and bland up-close photo in our 1984 base set?” 

“Yeah, what a great and innovative idea.  Who on earth would want to see the reigning 2-time MVP doing anything but pose and smile for the camera anyway?”

Geez – when will the madness end??

Did You Know…

George Brett is the only player to win batting titles in three decades.  The Kansas City Royals’ superstar led the American League in hitting in 1976(.333), 1980(.390), and 1990(.329).

**factoid courtesy of ‘Big League Trivia’

My Take – it takes an awful lot of talent to remain that consistently solid over a span like that.  Brett is one of the greatest hitters for average that the game has ever seen!!

Hip, Hip, Jorge!! Hip, Hip, Jorge!! Hip, Hip, Jorge!!!

Not wanting to be a ‘streak-buster’, I waited until after Jorge Cantu of the Florida Marlins set a new major league record before I wrote about it.

Last night, in Florida’s 10-2 win over the Reds, Cantu set a major league record by collecting at least 1 hit and 1 RBI in the first 10 games of the season.  The previous record of 9 games was set more than 90 years ago.

Coming into the game tied with a  9-game streak with George Kelly(set in 1921), Cantu collected his ‘big hit’ in the bottom of the fifth inning.  A long double that scored Hanley Ramirez, and the rest is now history!! 

Jorge Cantu may never be enshrined at the Hall of Fame, but it is very possible that the ball, bat or uniform that he wore during this at-bat will be!!

Congratulations Jorge.  3 cheers!!!

Hip, Hip, Jorge!!  Hip, Hip, Jorge!!  Hip, Hip, Jorge!!!

1940 Headline: Indians’ Feller Tosses No-Hitter On Opening Day!!

1940 Headline: Indians’ Feller Tosses No-Hitter On Opening Day!!

You read that right, 1940.  Today marks the 70th anniversary of Bob Feller’s Opening Day no-hitter.  He is the only pitcher in major league history to toss a ‘N0-No’ in the season opener.

Battling the Chicago White Sox on the road, and in front of 14,000 fans, Feller and his Indians teammates reigned victorious as they beat the Sox 1-0.  The obvious star of the game was Feller, who dominated the Sox through all 9 innings!

Happy Anniversary Mr. Feller!