Daily Archives: August 2, 2010

Steve Carlton 1971 Topps

Steve Carlton 1971 Topps

1971 was the year that Steve Carlton officially ‘Made It’ as a big league pitcher.  At 26 years of age and already having 6 seasons under his belt, Carlton finally put it all together in ’71.

Appearing in 37 games, ‘Lefty’ went 20-9, capturing his first of six 20-win seasons.  He compiled an ERA of 3.56 over the course of throwing 273 innings.  Carlton struck out 172 batters while walking 98.  Carlton made his third All-Star team in 1971 as well.

1971 was Lefty’s final season in St. Louis.  He left the team with a 77-62 record and headed for Philadelphia where he became one of the greatest left-handed pitchers of all-time.

I am thrilled to add this card to my collection – it feels like I am capturing him right on the brink of his greatest success in the majors!!!

Paul Molitor 1989 Donruss – ‘Baseballs Best’

Paul Molitor 1989 Donruss – ‘Baseballs Best’

Molitor just kept chugging along during the 1989 baseball season – and for his efforts, Donruss added him to their ‘Baseball’s Best’ set.

A closer look at Molitor’s ’89 stats reveals:  .315 batting average with a .379 on-base percentage.  He tallied 194 hits including 35 doubles, 4 triples, and 11 home runs.  He also accounted for scoring 84 runs, driving in 56, and stealing 27 bases.

Yes, I would say that Paul Molitor was one of ‘Baseball’s Best’!!! 

Happy Anniversary Eric Davis!!!

Happy Anniversary Eric Davis!!!

On this day in 1987, Eric Davis collected his 30th home run of the baseball season gaining him entrance into the ’30/30 Club’.

The landmark homer that put him into this elite status came in just his third major league season.  And with his raw ability at the plate and uncanny speed on the base paths, Davis had many fans thinking ’40/40′ was in his near future.

Officially, Davis completed the 1987 baseball season with 37 home runs and 50 steals.  1987 was the most well-rounded offensive season of his career, and he would never reach the ’30/30′ mark again.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Davis!!!

Happy Anniversary Willie McCovey!!!

Happy Anniversary Willie McCovey!!!

On this day in 1959 Willie McCovey hit the first home run of his major league career.

Just 3 days after making his big league debut, McCovey made his first mark with the Giants.  And nobody knew that 520 more bombs would follow over the next 22 seasons.

Congratulations and Happy Anniversary Mr. McCovey!!!

1987 Topps Record Breakers – Card #3 – Dwight Evans

1987 Topps Record Breakers – Card #3 – Dwight Evans

Headline – “Dewey Connects On First Offering Of The Campaign”

Story – Detroit, Michigan, April 7, 1986:  Red Sox lead-off batter Dwight Evans hit years first pitch for HR, the earliest HR in history.  The former mark was held by Cubs’ Bump Wills who hit the second pitch for a home run 4-5-82.  Astros’  Terry Puhl hit third pitch for a home run on 4-10-80.

My take – More amazing than this neat fact is that the Sox had someone with 385 career home runs hitting lead-off!!!