Daily Archives: October 3, 2010

Recapping ‘The Andre Dawson Firesale’

Recapping ‘The Andre Dawson Firesale’

For close to 5 months my Sunday nights were filled with ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball and Ebay’s Andre Dawson Firesale.

Documented throughout the entire process, I spent week after week checking out the new stuff that Craig was offering up as he took one of the biggest and most complete Andre Dawson baseball card and memorabilia collections and broke it apart piece by piece.  In total, over 2,000 pieces were sold.

This rare opportunity gave me the ability to see and capture some Dawson-related stuff for my collection that I otherwise would not have been able to find.  The rarity mixed with the impeccable condition of Craig’s collection showed just how loyal and addicted to collecting ‘The Hawk’ that Craig was.

As a way to bring more viewers and potential buyers to his auctions, I linked to him on a weekly basis when I showed off my bounty.  I know that a few readers told me that they too bought from him because of my mentioning his auctions, and I hope that it was helpful and beneficial to him.

So, in total, I made purchases during 18 different weeks of the ‘Andre Dawson Firesale’.  I scored 76 new cards for my collection during that time, and I have to say that my collection of Andre is now looking better than ever!

A breakdown of the cards I bought goes like this:

29 Limited Edition cards

29 Autographed cards

18 Game-Used Relic Cards

All in all, I was very sad to see that Craig’s lifetime of collecting Andre Dawson was put to a halt.  He showed tremendous loyalty to Andre, and his collection recognizing Andre as his favorite player was immense. 

Thankfully, memories remain for Craig – and those will not be sold anytime soon!!!

Thank you Craig!!!

Happy Anniversary George Brett!!!

On this day in 1990, George Brett became the first player in major league baseball history to collect batting titles in three different decades.

A true testament to his dedication to the game and excellence as a hitter, George Brett separated himself from some of the game’s greatest hitters with this accomplishment.  To be able to remain at such a high standard for more than 20 seasons and in between three decades shows just how truly great Brett was at the plate.  Let’s not forget that the game changed, and the pitchers Brett faced during that time also changed.

A quick glance at the numbers shows this:

Year  Batting Average
1976 0.333
1980 0.390
1990 0.329

Now how awesome is that?

Congratulations on this magnificent achievement Mr. Brett!!!

Happy Anniversary Dennis Eckersley!!!

Dennis Eckersley turns 56 years old today.

The man simply known as ‘The Eck’ was one of baseball’s brightest stars in the 1970’s and carried his success through 24 seasons as a big league player.  Dennis Eckersley began his career as a starting pitcher.  In fact, one of the game’s greatest relief pitchers in the history of baseball was a starter during his first 12 seasons.  As a starter, ‘Eck’ did well as he had (9) 10+ win seasons in 12 years.  That all changed in 1987 when Eckersley was traded to the Oakland A’s and was converted into a closer for the Athletics.  ‘Eck’ began to dominate.  And in 12 seasons after that trade, he piled up 387 saves.  Eckersley’s best season came in 1992 when he won the league’s MVP and Cy Young awards.  In ’92 he pitched 80 innings and saved 51 games.  With an ERA of just 1.91 and the control to strikeout 93 batters while walking just 11 and it is easy to see why ‘Eck’ was tagged as one of the best closers in baseball history.  Dennis Eckersley finished in the top 7 for the Cy Young award 6 times in his career – 4 of which came as a closer.

Eckersley has played in 11 post season match-up and 3 World Series championships.  He won the title with the Oakland A’s in 1989 and finished his career with 1 championship ring and 15 saves in post season play.

Happy Birthday ‘Eck’!!!

Happy Birthday Dave Winfield!!!

Dave Winfield turns 59 years old today!

And if you’re a baseball fan, you have no doubt caught Winfield on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight program.  Winfield looks great for his age and appears to still be in very good shape.  It’s nice to see the baseball heroes of my childhood like Winfield, Dawson, and Henderson stay in good shape.  It really bothers me when a player is unrecognizable due to their lack of physical activity after leaving the game.

Happy Birthday Mr. Winfield!!

“The Shot Heard ‘Round The World”

“The Shot Heard ‘Round The World”

On this day in 1951, a baseball moment transpired that would be considered one of the greatest game-changing home runs of all-time.  And now, more than 50 years later, the replays and stories told about this historic moment in baseball’s history resonate even more with the recent passing of Bobby Thomson.

From Wikipedia:

In baseball, the “Shot Heard ’round the World” is the term given to the game-ending home run hit by New York Giants outfielder Bobby Thomson off Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Ralph Branca at the Polo Grounds to win the National League pennant at 3:58 p.m. EST on October 3, 1951. As a result of the “shot” (baseball slang for “home run” or any hard-hit ball), the Giants won the game 5–4, defeating the Dodgers in their pennant playoff series, two games to one. It is one of the most famous moments in Major League Baseball history.

A huge ‘Thank You’ goes out to Bobby Thomson, and Ralph Branca for that matter, for building a historic scene in this wonderful sport that will live beyond all of us!!