Daily Archives: June 29, 2010

Andre Dawson, Frank Robinson, & Gary Sheffield: 2005 Donruss Throwback Threads – “Generations”

Andre Dawson, Frank Robinson, & Gary Sheffield: 2005 Donruss Throwback Threads – “Generations”

Now this card here is a beauty!!!

Brimming with bold color, this card immediately draws your eye with its vivid design and use of great baseball-themed colors.

As you all know, I am an Andre Dawson guy.  And of the guys that were baseball heroes from the generation prior, Frank Robinson is one of the best of the bunch.  And as for Gary Sheffield rounding out this amazing trio, he is a soon-to-be Hall of Famer that was part of my 1997 Marlins team.

3 incredible players, 1 great card.  This one is an instant classic in my eyes!!!

Paul Molitor 1983 Topps

Paul Molitor 1983 Topps

My favorite set issued during the 1980’s is a bit disappointing with this issue of Paul Molitor…

While the design doesn’t fail, the main image was a poor, poor choice.  The color scheme is perfect.  The image used in the cameo of Molitor is good.

Thankfully, the classic design of the 1983 set saves the card and it gets a passing grade from me: C-

1990 Headline: Two No-Hitters In One Day!!!

1990 Headline:  Two No-Hitters In One Day!!!

I can recall this day like it was yesterday… 

On this day in 1990, both Dave Stewart of the Oakland Athletics and Fernando Valenzuela of the Los Angeles Dodgers threw no-hitters.

I remember checking the box scores the day after these two no-hitters and thought how cool it was to see two on the same page of the paper…

Let’s look a little closer at these two ‘No-No’s’:

Dave Stewart – On the road and in front of a crowd of just under 50,000, the A’s were in Toronto to battle the Blue Jays.  Stewart pitched a gem while striking out 12 batters ang giving up just 3 walks.  He threw 115 pitches during the game it took just 147 minutes for his A’s team to beat the Blue Jays 5-0.

Fernando Valenzuela – At home and facing the Cardinals, Valenzuela was awesome as he and his Dodgers teammates beat St. Louis 6-0 in 161 minutes.  Valenzuela was brilliant – allowing just 3 base runners while striking out 7 batters.  For the game, he threw 119 pitches.  He also went 1-for-4 at the plate.

2 great pitchers.  1 amazing accomplishment.  Baseball history!!!

Today Is ‘Billy Williams Day’!!!!

On June 29, 1969, the Chicago Cubs held ‘Billy Williams Day’ at Wrigley Field. 

While an event of this caliber is usually reserved for a player in his final year or final home stand as a member of the home team, I guess that the Cubs organization thought so much of Mr. Williams that they chose this day to honor him.

So, 41 years later I will carry on this tradition.  Today, I will celebrate the main player that brought me back to the hobby of collecting baseball cards – ‘Sweet Swinging Billy Williams’!! 

The below pin was handed out to all in attendance at Wrigley back on June 29, 1969.