Daily Archives: October 21, 2010

39 Glorious Balls!!!

39 Glorious Balls!!!

That’s right my collection of signed baseballs is preparing to hit the ‘Big 4-0’ soon.  And with 3 balls in the mail set up for 3 different signings that will happen over the course of the next few weeks, reaching number 40 will happen.  The only question is who will number 40 be???

But my focus for this post is on the current day.

And currently I have 39 balls in my collection.  And I feel like showing them off.

Here Goes:

Ok, now to give you a better description of what you are looking at.

Starting from the top, and going left to right…

Row 1 – Andre Dawson, Andre Dawson, Andre Dawson, Andre Dawson

Row 2 – Frank Robinson, Fergie Jenkins, Billy Williams, Ernie Banks, Jim Palmer, Reggie Jackson, Bob Gibson

Row 3 – Tim Raines, Ron Santo, Tony Perez, Gary Carter, Dave Winfield, Dale Murphy, Darryl Strawberry

Row 4 – Lee Smith, Ryne Sandberg, Pete Rose, Jose Canseco, Mark Grace, Josh Johnson, Dwight Gooden

Row 5 – Don Larsen, Bob Feller, Phil Niekro, Gaylord Perry, Rich ‘Goose’ Gossage, Rollie Fingers, Whitey Ford

Row 6 – Jeff Conine, George Foster, Dan Uggla, Jim Abbott, Kirk Gibson, Duke Snider, Cameron Maybin

 And there you have it – 39 Gloriuos Balls!!!


2008 Upper Deck Heroes: Ernie Banks, Frank Robinson, & Mike Schmidt – Red

2008 Upper Deck Heroes: Ernie Banks, Frank Robinson, & Mike Schmidt – Red

Still suffering from a lack of Ernie Banks cards from this 2008 Upper Deck Heroes set, I grabbed a few colored versions of the ‘Trio’ card from the same set.  And it features 3 guys that I love – Ernie Banks, Frank Robinson, and Mike Schmidt.

This version, the Red one, is serial numbered 44/249.  The Red is a bit much for me, bu the shading that they did to give you two different contrasts of Red helps break up the very bright background color.

And while the Red background looks great behind the Schmidt photo since it matches his helmet color, it does very little for the rest of the card…

Joe Morgan 1984 Topps

Joe Morgan 1984 Topps

1984 was Joe Morgan’s final season in the big leagues.  And while this baseball card depicts him in a Phillies’ uniform, he spent the ’84 baseball season with the Oakland A’s.

At 40-years old, and with his prime well behind him, Morgan still got on the field and provided offensive support to a team that was building for the future. 

Of his stats from that season, the most notable are – 21 doubles, 8 stolen bases, and just 39 strikeouts in 438 plate appearances.  That’s vintage Joe Morgan right there…

And when you look at the inset cameo on the lower-right side of this card and compare it to how Joe Morgan looks today, you can easily see that he has aged very well!!

A very nice addition to my collection that honors the Hall of Famer!!!

Happy Birthday Ed ‘Whitey’ Ford!!!

Happy Birthday Ed ‘Whitey’ Ford!!!

Hall of Famer Whitey Ford celebrates his 82nd birthday today.

One of the most celebrated and valued member of the New York Yankees franchise had a career like no other.  A pitcher on a team full of sluggers, Ford made his presence known with his command on the mound.

Ford spent his entire 16-year career in pinstripes, and he started in 438 contests.  During that time, he compiled a record of 236-106, good for a 69% winning percentage.

Ford won the Cy Young award in 1961 largely in due to his amazing 25-4 record.  He was an 8-time All-star, while also finishing in the Top 20 for the MVP award 6 times.

In his 16 seasons, Ford made it to the World Series 11 times.  He ended winning 6 championships along the way, and he has a 10-8 record in the Fall Classic.

Happy Birthday to a true legend, Mr. Whitey Ford!!!