Daily Archives: October 1, 2010

My Andre Dawson Collection Reaches 650 Different Cards!!!

My Andre Dawson Collection Reaches 650 Different Cards!!!

That’s right, 650 different cards.  And it has been a thrill a minute.

This card comes from the 2003 Donruss set and it offers a nice vintage photo from Andre’s early years with the Expos.  Judging by the look of the uniform, I would guess that this shot was taken around the early 1980’s.  And man, could Andre swing that bat hard and fast!!

Take a look:

How cool is that Expos pennant waving in the lower right-hand corner?  Pretty sweet, I know.

I believe that I am well on my way to building one of the most complete and thorough Andre Dawson baseball card collections out there.  And while this is card #650, I now have well over 1,500 cards in total of ‘The Hawk’.

Something tells me that reaching the ‘700 Club’ will be a fun and easy ride!

Wish me luck.

Ozzie Smith 1989 Score

Ozzie Smith 1989 Score

The action photography used on baseball cards of Ozzie Smith may be the best of the 80’s.  And while he was the greatest defensive specimen of that era, I think that is part of the reason why I like to see action shots of him at bat too. 

Give me the greatest defender hitting!  Give me the most powerful pitcher bunting!  Give me the game’s best slugger sliding into third base!

Ozzie is taking a mean rip into a pitch in the photo used for this 1989 Score card.  And by the looks of it, he is at the ‘old’ Shea Stadium.

A great addition to my Ozzie Smith collection!!!

Happy Birthday Mark McGwire!!!

Mark McGwire turns 47 years old today.

Simply stated, Mark McGwire is the greatest power hitter of my generation.  Of all of the players that have played the game in the last 25 years, I believe he is the best single-skill player of them all.  Not a good contact hitter,  no speed,  and not the most talented player with the glove, McGwire could do one thing better than anyone else – hit the ball out of the park!!! 

McGwire retired from the game with 583 career home runs.  He collected those homers in 6,187 at bats which gives him a home run in every 10.6 at bats over the course of his 16- year career.  One has to wonder how many more dingers a healthy Mark McGwire could have crushed.  4 more years equals 160+ home runs which surpasses the 700 HR Club!!!

Happy Birthday Mr. McGwire!!! 

Happy Birthday Rod Carew!!

Rod Carew turns 65 years old today.

I consider Rod Carew to be one of the most underrated superstars in baseball history.

Yes, I know he’s a Hall of Famer.  And yes, I know he is an 18-time All-star.  And yes, he was a constant threat to win the league’s MVP award for most of his career.

But when people talk about the greatest hitters in the sport’s history, Carew gets very little credit yet his numbers stack up quite well to the competition.  In 19 seasons, Carew collected 3,053 hits alongside a .320 batting average.  He also managed to score 1,424 runs, drive in 1,015 runs, and steal 353 bases.

The reason that Rod Carew remains under the radar is that he played for very low-profile teams – the Twins and Angels.

Happy Birthday Mr. Carew!!

October Is Here. You Know What That Means…

October Is Here.  You Know What That Means…

That’s right.  It’s October.  And in typical ’30-YOC’ fashion, I will dedicate an entire series of posts over the course of the month to Mr. October himself, Reggie Jackson.

Like I did last year and the year before that one, I will post stories, videos, and cards all featuring the incredible and incomparable baseball legend and Hall of Famer.

Reggie had a tremendous career and is known as one of the game’s greatest characters. 

This will be fun!!!