Daily Archives: April 21, 2010

2000 Fleer – “Club 3,000″ – Wade Boggs

2000 Fleer – “Club 3,000” – Wade Boggs

Date of entry into “Club 3,000” – August 7, 1999

The Story – At home(literally as Boggs is from the Tampa area) and in front of almost 40,000 fans, Wade Boggs entered the game with 2,999 career hits.  Taking on the Cleveland Indians, Boggs went 3-for-4 collecting 4 RBI and scoring 2 runs on the day.  Hit #3,000 was a home run off of Chris Haney that landed deep in the right field seats.  The Rays lost the game 15-10 that day, but for the capacity crowd that was on hand, they got to witness baseball history.

Baseball History – Boggs is the only player in major league baseball history to hit a home run as the 3,000th hit of his career.  He retired at the end of that season with 3,010 total hits.  He currently ranks in 25th place on the all-time hits list.

1975 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #210 – 1972 MVP’s w/Johnny Bench

1975 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #210 – 1972 MVP’s w/Johnny Bench

1975 was the 25th anniversary of Topps baseball cards.  And in the set that year they issued cards to commemorate the MVP performances from that time.  As you could imagine, there are several Cincinnati Reds players featured in this little set, and Johnny Bench is honored twice.

This is the second of 2 cards featuring Johnny Bench and his amazing MVP campaigns.

Bench was an unstoppable force during the 1972 baseball season.  Hitting .270 along with 40 home runs and 125 RBI, Bench solidified himself as the greatest hitting catcher in baseball history.  During that season, Bench earned his 5th consecutive Gold Glove as well as his 5th straight All-star game selection.  He also led the team into the 1972 World Series, losing in game 7 to the mighty Oakland A’s.

Progress – 25/34

Dale Murphy 1988 Fleer

Dale Murphy 1988 Fleer

I’ve said it before, and I will say it again: ‘The 1988 Fleer design works very well for certain teams’.  And the Atlanta Braves are one of them.  Pretty much any team using a Red, White, and Blue theme does the trick.  Atlanta, Chicago, Texas, Montreal…  that may be it.  But the diagonal pinstriping that Fleer used on this design just doesn’t work with teams that offer opposing colors like Baltimore and Oakland.  Just my two cents…

1988 was what could be considered a ‘down-year’ for Mr. Murphy.  After coming off of 6 consecutive All-star campaigns, Murphy hit a snag in ’88.  Batting just .226 in 156 games, his MVP-caliber stats were over.  And while his run-producing numbers remained(24 HR, 77 RBI), his days of leading the league as one of the premier offensive talents in the NL were gone.

Happy Anniversary Eddie Murray!!!

Happy Anniversary Eddie Murray!!!

On this day in 1994, Eddie Murray broke Mickey Mantle’s record of hitting switch-hit home runs in the same game.  Mantle’s record of 10 was dropped down to second place as Murray accomplished this incredible feat for the 11th time in his career.

It was 16 years ago that ‘Easy Eddie’ blasted a home run from both the left and right sides of the plate.  And the rest is baseball history!!