Daily Archives: August 6, 2010

Charley Delivers Some Wade Boggs Love!!!

Charley Delivers Some Wade Boggs Love!!!

It seems like every time I unveil a new list of players I will be collecting Charley offers up a healthy start towards my goals.

This time was no different…  As soon as my most recent group of 5 was announced, Charley told me he had some Wade Boggs cards for me. 

And true to his word, he delivered.

I broke the cards into 2 lots – Red Sox & Yankees.  We all know the heated rivalry between these two clubs, and I did not want to see #26 duke it out with #12 on my desk…

On to the loot!!!

First up, the cards of Boggs from his time with the Boston Red Sox:

And now for the Yankees:

Great cards – and a great addition to my collection that will honor one of my favorite hitters of all-time!!

Thanks again Charley.  I hope that you enjoy the little package that I sent your way as well…

By the way, make sure you stop by and check out Charlie’s blog – ‘Andre Dawson For The Hall Of Fame’.

Orel Hershiser 1993 Topps Gold!!!

Orel Hershiser 1993 Topps Gold!!!

By all accounts, 1993 was a down year for Orel Hershiser.  He tallied a 12-14 record in 33 starts with the Dodgers.  His ERA was a lofty 3.59 and he had a strikeout to walk ratio of 2:1.

The lone bright spot of Orel’s 1993 campaign was that he won the National League’s Silver Slugger award for pitchers.  Hershiser had a .356 batting average in ’93 which is a major accomplishment for a starting pitcher that made 33 starts.  He rang up 26 hits in 73 at-bats.  His tally included 4 doubles, 6 RBI, and 11 runs scored.  Even more impressive to me is that in 73 at-bats, Orel Hershiser only struck out 5 times – for me that is the sign of s true competitor; he made the opposition work when they faced him.

This card is the same as the base card from the 1993 Topps set.  The lone difference is the Gold plated nameplate that runs along the bottom of the card’s design.

Did You Know…

Hank Aaron and Babe Ruth, two of the three top home run hitters of all-time, are tied for fourth place on the all-time list of runs scored.  Each scored 2,174 times.

**factoid courtesy of ‘Big League Trivia’

My take – It’s amazing as to how offensively dominant these guys truly were.  There skills were immense and they could demoralize the competition in so many ways…

Happy Anniversary Rich “Goose” Gossage!!!

Happy Anniversary Rich “Goose” Gossage!!!

On this day in 1988 Rich ‘Goose’ Gossage collected the 300th save of his big league career. 

At home and in front of a crowd of 32,000 Cubs fans, Gossage came into the game in the top of the ninth inning to secure the Cubs victory, the win for Greg Maddux, and save #300 of his career.  The save was his 11th of the year and helped the Cubs secure the 7-4 win over Philadelphia.

In total, Gossage recorded 310 saves.  He currently sits in 18th place on the all-time list.

Happy Anniversary Goose!!!