Daily Archives: November 2, 2010

A Fergie Jenkins Card That Has Eluded Me For Years… Is Now Mine!!!

A Fergie Jenkins Card That Has Eluded Me For Years…  Is Now Mine!!!

Fergie Jenkins 2007 Upper Deck Goudey – Short Print

When I tell you that I had shopped for this card for more than a year, I am not kidding. 

I have had this card saved in my searches in ‘My Ebay’ for so long that I had to renew my email notifications for it twice.  That’s 360 days…

And while it is not that I couldn’t have just bought it a year ago, but I tried very hard to buy this one in person.  At each and every show, this is the card that ranks at the top of the list of ones I would love to find.  And each time, I ended up leaving the show without it.

I had never seen this baseball card in person until it arrived in my mailbox about a week or so ago.  And to say that I ‘love it’ is a bit crazy, but I do think that this one of the best cards issued in the Upper Deck Goudey series, as well as the best modern issue of Fergie Jenkins that I have seen.

I am thrilled to add this beauty to my Jenkins collection!!  I am so happy to have this bad-boy in my possession – Finally!!!

Dale Murphy 1983 Topps RBI League Leaders

Dale Murphy 1983 Topps RBI League Leaders

There was quite a surprise that ‘Murph’ would be close to or at the top of the RBI leader board in the NL in 1982.  After an average campaign in ’81, in which he drove in just 50 runs, Dale Murphy had yet to prove what Braves’ fans believed – he was an extremely talented baseball player!!

At the end of the ’82 season, Murphy was alone at the top of the RBI rankings.  He drove in 109 runs that year, tying Al Oliver of the Expos for first place, with both players finishing with 4 more RBI than Bill Buckner who finished in third place.

And here is the card that captures is all!!!

Did You Know…

Detroit Tigers pitcher Mickey Lolich never hit a home run in the regular season in 821 at-bats – but hit one in Game 2 of the 1968 World Series.  Lolich connected in the third inning against Cardinals’ pitcher Nelson Briles for a solo home run at Busch Stadium as the Tigers beat the Cardinals 8-1.  He is the only player to hit his only career home run in the World Series.

**factoid courtesy of ‘Big League Trivia’

My take – What a fantastic baseball trivia question this one makes!!!

Happy Birthday Willie McGee!!!

Willie McGee turns 52 years old today.

A true baseball star that consistently excelled for the duration of his career, McGee put on quite a show for 18 major league seasons.

A player with all-around skills, McGee was able to change the games in which he played with his multi-faceted talents.  He was a great contact hitter and finished his career with a batting average of .295 alongside 2,254 total hits.  He was also a threat on the base paths as he stole 352 bases during his career en route to scoring 1,010 runs.

In his best season of 1985, Willie McGee dominated the National League and won the MVP award.  During that season he collected 216 hits and finished the year with a .353 batting average.  For the year he hit 18 triples, 26 doubles, stole 56 bases, and scored 114 times.  Additional hardware that McGee picked up in ’85 was a batting title, a Gold Glove, an All-Star roster spot, and a Silver Slugger award.

For his birthday, I give Willie McGee my vote.  There are a few petitions around on the web trying to get enough votes to retire number 51 in St. Louis as a way to honor McGee.   I’m on board!!!  And if you are too, please submit your vote here.

Happy Birthday Mr. McGee!!!

Congratulations To The World Series Champion San Francisco Giants!!!

Congratulations To The World Series Champion San Francisco Giants!!!

Well, that was one hell of a series, and amazingly the team that I wanted to win came out on top this time!!

The San Francisco Giants are your 2010 World Series Champions!!!

From their timely hitting to their dominant starting pitching, the Giants played brilliantly in this post-season and they deserve to be the team that hoists the trophy tonight!!!

And a special congratulations go out to Edgar Renteria and Cody Ross!!!!  Way to go guys!!!