Daily Archives: May 28, 2010

Andre Dawson Autographed Baseball ‘Triple Crown’

Andre Dawson Autographed Baseball ‘Triple Crown’

A few days ago I showed off my latest addition to my signed baseball collection, my Andre Dawson ’77 NL ROY’ ball.  If you missed that post, you can re-visit it here.

At home, I keep all of my signed baseballs neatly stacked and organized in their square cubes.  The ‘wall of balls’ that I am building is impressive, and this new addition to my collection has really made me happy.

I try to keep them organized, but since new additions come along in sporadic bursts that task is getting tougher and tougher.

But I do keep my Dawson balls as the primary focus.

And now I can proudly show off what I have dubbed as my ‘Andre Dawson Triple Crown’.

The three major accomplishments of Andre’s big league career:

3 outstanding achievements from Andre’s career that I have now proudly on display as the centerpiece of my autographed baseball collection!!!

I believe that this 3-ball set is my new pride and joy!!!

Ron Santo 1974 Topps Traded

Ron Santo 1974 Topps Traded

This was the card that from a hobby perspective marked the end of Ron Santo’s incredible 14-year career as a member of the Chicago Cubs.

And while Santo didn’t physically have to move too far to join his new team, it was not a happy time for the former All-star.  He ended up playing just 1 year with the Sox before calling an end to his playing days and retiring at just 34 years of age.

Clearly photo-shopped, it is very odd to see him wearing anything other than ‘Cubbie-Blue’ in any picture!!!

Paul Molitor 1990 Bowman

Paul Molitor 1990 Bowman

A classic picture of a classic player in a classic ballpark = Great Card!!

Molitor had another solid season in 1990.  And while his numbers may not have been Molitor-esque, they were still strong by comparison to his peers.  In 103 games, Molitor hit .285 while amassing 119 hits in 418 at-bats.  Of his 119 hits that year, he collected 27 doubles, 6 triples, and 12 home runs.  Molitor also scored 64 runs that year while driving in 48.

Did You Know…

Reggie Jackson is the only slugger to win the home run championship with three different teams.  Jackson led the AL with 32 homers in 1973 and 36 more in 1075 while playing for the Oakland A’s.  He also led the AL with 41 homers in 1980 when he was with the New York Yankees and with 39 homers in 1982 when he played for the California Angels.

**factoid courtesy of ‘Big League Trivia’

My take – Reggie Jackson – a truly rare and talented player!!!

Happy Birthday Kirk Gibson!!!

Kirk Gibson turns 53 years old today.

Images of Kirk  Gibson’s fist-pumping, leg-limping jog around the bases during Game 1 of the World Series is undoubtedly the first thing that baseball fans remember when Gibson’s name is mentioned.  That night turned Gibson from a very good everyday player into a baseball legend!!  Very few people remember that this was Gibson’s lone appearance in that ’88 title match-up.  It’s amazing how with 1 swing of the bat, Gibson etched his place in baseball history and created a moment that none of us will soon forget!!!

Few recall that just 4 years prior as a member of the Detroit Tigers Gibson won his first championship.  In that ’84 series, Gibson hit .333 in 6 games while collecting 6 hits, 2 home runs, 7 RBI, and 3 stolen bases.  Some players just have a knack for making their presence felt during the most necessary times, and Gibson is certainly that player.

Happy Birthday Mr. Gibson!!!