Daily Archives: August 25, 2010

Paul Molitor 2007 SP Legendary Cuts – Game Used Jersey Card

Paul Molitor 2007 SP Legendary Cuts – Game Used Jersey Card

I’m a sucker for the pinstripe, and it pulled me in again with is Game-Used card of Paul Molitor.

From the 2007 Upper Deck SP set, this card comes from the subset titled ‘A Stitch In Time’.  Appropriately titled, the card features a vintage image of Molitor from his early days in Milwaukee.  By the looks of his uniform and haircut, I am guessing that this photo was take sometime between 1981-1983.

This card offers up a lot of what I like in my modern stuff – great photos, old-school logos, and that perfect pinstripe!!!

Wade Boggs 1992 Topps Stadium Club

Wade Boggs 1992 Topps Stadium Club

What a fun card!!!!

Back way before teams and players choreographed their celebrations, this is what you had when a player delivered a game-winning moment.  And for the Boston Red Sox and their fans, having Wade Boggs as the first player out of the dugout to congratulate the hero was a regular event!!

Boggs was a very classy player who always tried to do what was best for the team and its chance of winning.  A great hitter, Boggs led by example as he spent more and more time practicing his trade even when he was at the pinnacle.  He was a great role model for younger players, and his hard work wore off on most of them.

A great addition to my Wade Boggs collection!!!

Did You Know…

On April 6, 2002, Dodgers’ pitcher Jesse Orosco walked and eventually crossed the plate when Brian Jordan blasted a Grand Slam.  Orosco’s run was his first in almost 16 years and was just the third, and final, of his 24-year career.  Orosco had last scored in the 14th inning of New York’s 6-3 win over Cincinnati on July 22, 1986.

**factoid courtesy of ‘Big League Trivia’

My take – It is amazing to me that for a gut that logged over 1,295 innings pitched that he managed to only score 3 runs during his big league career!!!

Happy Anniversary Mark McGwire!!!

Mark McGwire hit the first home run of his major league baseball career on this day back in 1986.

Before ‘The Bash Brothers’.  Before #71.  Before the steroid allegations.  Before all of this, Mark McGwire was an athletic;y gifted player with a skill of hitting the long ball. 

And on this day 23 years ago, home run #1 of 583 was smacked into the outfield seats of Tiger Stadium.    I doubt that the 20,000 fans in attendance thought much of this young kid from the opposing team.  To them he was the enemy.  And nobody knew that just 1 year later he would set the rookie record for home runs in a season with 49.  And nobody there thought for a second that this guy was going  to be the one to rescue the sport in 1998 when the game and it’s fan base were both spiraling downward…

But he did it.  Mark McGwire became ‘Big Mac’ right in front of our eyes.  And most of us enjoyed the thrilling ride that he took us on.

And it all started on this day back in 1986.

Happy Anniversary Mark McGwire!!!! 

Happy Birthday Rollie Fingers!!!

Rollie Fingers turns 64 years old today.

While Rollie Fingers may best be known for his famous facial hair, his solid baseball career earned him quite a bit of fame too.

A 17-year veteran, boasting 341 career saves and seven All-star appearances, Fingers was a dominant relief pitcher for more than a decade.

His best work was during the 1981 season while playing for the Milwaukee Brewers.  In that season, Fingers posted a 6-3 record while also collecting 28 saves.  He had a 1.04 ERA with 78 innings pitched.  And in those appearances he struck out 61 batters while walking just 13.  Fingers’ dominance was enough to earn him the league’s Cy Young and Most Valuable Player awards – a truly remarkable feat!!

Rollie Fingers is a 3-time World Series champion.  His efforts on the 1972-74 Oakland A’s teams help the team from ‘The Bay’ become one of baseball’s greatest dynasties!!! 

With such an impressive resume, it is kind of shocking that Fingers has a losing record.  For his career, he is 114-118.  So for his birthday, I would like to give Mr. Fingers a ‘do-over’ of the 1978 season in which he went 6-13.  I am hoping for 5 more wins than losses so this Hall of Famer could hold his head even a little higher with his above .500 winning percentage!!

Happy Birthday Mr. Fingers!!!