Daily Archives: May 8, 2010

John Smoltz 2008 SP Legendary Cuts ‘Destined For History’ Game-Used Jersey Card

John Smoltz 2008 SP Legendary Cuts ‘Destined For History’ Game-Used Jersey Card

When I think 1990’s baseball, one of my first thoughts is of the Atlanta Braves.  Well beyond the glory of Dale Murphy, the Braves featured a talented trio of starting pitchers that will all be enshrined at Cooperstown within the next 6-7 years.  That group consisted of Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and John Smoltz.

And while I would never try to rank them, I can flatly state that Smoltz was the most dominant of the three guys.  His 8 strikeouts per 9 innings of work easily outdistances his other 2 pitching mates.  While all three were great craftsman, it was Smoltz who was also able to overpower hitters at the plate.

I think that I admire his desire to win at all costs more than anything.  Any player that boasts his kind of resume and willingly takes a role change to the bullpen is a favorite at ’30-YOC’.  Not only did he accept that challenge, he flourished as the Braves’ closer.  In three seasons as the team’s full-time closer, Smoltz collected 144 saves – INCREDIBLE!!!!

I am thrilled to add this great looking card to my collection of future Hall of Famer – Mr. John Smoltz!!!

Ron Santo 1967 Topps

Ron Santo 1967 Topps

I ran this card through a new computer program that I installed.  It confirms that Ron Santo’s head takes up 47.3% of the surface area of this baseball card…  🙂

Santo was as steady as ever during the 1967 baseball season.  Coming in 4th place for the National League’s MVP, he did it all for the Cubs during that season.  Santo collected 176 hits en route to a .300 batting average.  He also crushed 31 home runs while driving in 98 and scoring 107 times.  The ’67 season also brought Santo his 4th of 5 consecutive Gold Glove awards.

Another great addition to my Ron Santo player collection – 1967 Topps!!

‘On The Road With psugator02’ – May 7, 2010

‘On The Road With psugator02’ – May 7, 2010

Brito HS at Florida Memorial
Regional baseball tournament
3:00-3:20 p.m.

Arrived right at 3 p.m. and saw Manny Machado and the rest of his team working out in right field. Once he finished he walked toward the dugout and I was able to get his attention. He signed everything I had and couldn’t have been nicer. I made small talk with him as he signed, asking him if he felt any pressure, what it was like to be represented by Scott Boras, etc. A few drops of rain had their way with the Staedtler, which was a bit of a bummer. I also tried to get some erased-SS balls done and the leather that was erased seemed to bubble up a bit. So much for that experiment. It’s all brand-new ROMLBs from now on. Oh well.

Manny Machado: 14/14 (4 ROMLB all on the SS, 10 USA Olympic cards)

 

1975 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #65 – Don Gullett

1975 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #65 – Don Gullett

Gullett enjoyed a nice 9-year big league career.  Spending 7 seasons in Cincinnati, as part of the Reds, he was able to enjoy the full run of ‘The Big Red Machine’.

A pitcher, used as both a starter and reliever, Gullett has a career record of 109-50.  During his time with the Reds, he went 91-44 – good for a 67.4 win percentage!  In 186 starts, he threw 14 shutouts and 11 complete games.  He also earned 11 saves in relief appearances with the team.

Don Gullett has appeared in 5 World Series, winning 3 titles.  He has 2 championships with the Reds(1975 & 1976) and 1 more with the New York Yankees(1977).  Not a bad stretch, huh???

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1984 Headline: Puckett’s Debut A Hit, 4 Of Them!!!

1984 Headline: Puckett’s Debut A Hit, 4 Of Them!!!

On this day in 1984, Kirby Puckett made his major league debut with the Minnesota Twins.

And he got off to an incredible start to his professional career…

Going 4/4 on the day, Puckett electrified the faithful Minnesota Twins fans.  Batting lead-off, Puckett went 4-for-5 while also scoring his first run and stealing his first base as well.  Of the 4 hits, all of them were singles.

He left his debut game with an .800 batting average and Twins fans had an instant hero.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Puckett.  Thanks for the memories!!!

Happy Anniversary Randy Johnson!!!

Happy Anniversary Randy Johnson!!!

On this day in 2001, you struck out 20 batters!!

That’s right 20!  And it came against the Cincinnati Reds. 

In that contest, Johnson pitched 9 innings while allowing just 3 hits and 1 run.  He struck out 20 batters, while walking none.  For the Reds, every starter struck out at least one time with two of them racking up three K’s a piece against ‘The Big Unit’.

Congratulations on this incredible feat – and Happy Anniversary!!!

Oh, Johnson’s team ended winning the game 4-3 in 11 innings.  Johnson was awarded with a no-decision for his amazing efforts…