Daily Archives: October 8, 2010

Rich ‘Goose’ Gossage 1974 Topps

Rich Gossage 1974 Topps

1986 Fleer Reggie Jackson

1986 Fleer Reggie Jackson

Reggie Jackson celebrated his 40th birthday during the 1986 baseball season.

And what else did he do while celebrating the ‘Big 4-0’??

Let’s see – Collecting 100+ hits for the last time in his career, Reggie slugged 18 home runs and collected 58 RBI for the Angels in ’86.  And while his relatively low batting average of .241 was way below his career mark of .262, Reggie was still productive.  His Angels team made it to the ALCS that year and came close to beating the Boston Red Sox for a chance to compete for the World Series title.

A great addition to my Reggie Jackson collection!!!

Ozzie Smith 1988 Topps

Ozzie Smith 1988 Topps

Nice follow-through – Bat is level, Eye is on the ball, Hips are squared, Rear foot is pivoting!!!  Good work Ozzie!!

Smith had a solid outing in 1988.  He compiled a .270 batting average while collecting 155 hits.  Of his hits, 27 were doubles, 1 was a triple, and 3 were home runs.  He stole 57 bases in ’88 en route to scoring 80 runs for the Cardinals.  And of course, Ozzie was named to the NL All-Star team again.  And he also won his ninth straight Gold Glove that year as well due to his slick .972 fielding percentage!!

Did You Know…

The 1987 Minnesota Twins are the only World Series champions to be outscored in the regular season.  Despite scoring only 786 runs while allowing 806, the Twins finished the 1987 regular season with a record of 85-77, two games ahead of Kansas City in the AL West and then shocked the favored Detroit Tigers in the ALCS and beat St. Louis in seven games for the title.  Their .525 winning percentage is the lowest ever for a World Series champion.

**factoid courtesy of ‘Big League Trivia’

My take 0 I remeber that team very well.  And they were a ton of fun to watch!!!

My Orel Hershiser ‘Fab 5′ – Card #1

My Orel Hershiser ‘Fab 5′ – Card #1

Now that my Orel Hershiser player collection is complete I wanted to take the time to show off my favorite 5 cards from this set.

Card #1 – 1993 Donruss

Simply stated, this card is bad-ass!!!

A perfect picture that is rarely seen on a sports card, this shot shows us exactly what the hitter, catcher, and umpire see right before Hershiser got into his wind-up. 

And with what appears to be a very relaxed body, it’s amazing how quickly and powerfully Orel would turn that body into a pitching machine that could dominate hitters like few others could.  His ‘bulldog’ persona and ability to intimidate hitters with his array of pitches made Hershiser one of the game’s great pitchers for the better part of half of a decade.

And if I were looking at this when I was at the plate, my knees would buckle a bit too.

Thanks for taking the time to check out my Orel Hershiser ‘Fab 5’.  I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I did sharing it!!