Daily Archives: November 27, 2010

A Trio of 1969 All-Stars Starring Bob Gibson, Willie McCovey, and Brooks Robinson

A Trio of 1969 All-Stars Starring Bob Gibson, Willie McCovey, and Brooks Robinson

I could not resist adding these three cards to my collection.

All purchased from the same seller on Ebay, I think I really got a great deal on these three beauties from the 1969 Topps set. 

And it doesn’t hurt that these are three of the guys from that era that I truly value and admire for what they did for the game of baseball!

Three tremendous additions to my collection of vintage baseball cards:

SWEET!!!

Dale Murphy 1990 Fleer – ‘Players Of The Decade’

Dale Murphy 1990 Fleer – ‘Players Of The Decade’

You better believe that Dale Murphy was one of the best players of the 1980’s.  In fact, Fleer thought the same thing and that is why they named him to their ‘Players Of The Decade’ team…

During the 1980’s, Murphy was selected to 7 All-Star teams.  He also won 5 Gold Gloves, 2 Silver Slugger awards, and 2 MVP Trophies!!

Murphy connected for 24 or more homers in 9 of the 10 seasons played in the 1980’s.  In addition to that, he scored 77 or more runs 8 times, drove in 77 or more runs 9 times, and even stole 10 or more bases 6 times.

And he did all of this while playing for one of the worst teams in baseball…

Atta Boy Murph!!!

1976 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #362 – Will McEnaney

1976 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #362 – Will McEnaney

McEnaney played in the major leagues for 6 seasons, 3 with the Reds.  And boy, did he have good timing!!

McEnaney called Cincinnati home during the 1974, 1975, and 1976 baseball seasons.  Perfect timing to be part of one of the most celebrated dynasties in all of baseball’s history.  

A middle reliever pitcher, McEnaney saw plenty of action with the Reds.   He appeared in 149 games for the team while compiling a 9-9 record during that time.  His ERA as a member of the squad was 3.64 in 349 innings pitched.  He struck out 89 batters while walking 55.

McEnaney earned two World Series rings with the team.  In those 2 match-ups, he made 7 appearances in relief while throwing in 11 innings.  In those games, he helped the team with his very low 1.59 ERA.

Happy Birthday Ivan ‘Pudge’ Rodriguez!!!

Pudge Rodriguez turns 39 years old today.

Still a favorite of all Florida Marlins fans, Pudge Rodriguez should go down as one of the greatest players from his era!!

With a resume that includes 1 Most Valuable Player Award, 7 Silver Slugger awards, 13 Gold Gloves, and 14 All-star games, one has to wonder where Pudge ranks in the conversation about the game’s greatest catchers.

Through the 2010 baseball season, Rodriguez has tallied 2,817 hits, 1,340 runs scored, 309 home runs, 1,313 RBI, and he even has 127 stolen bases to his credit.

As he continues to climb towards a few more baseball milestones, it seems like his election into baseball’s Hall of Fame is inevitable.  One thing is for certain:  He has my vote!!!

Happy Birthday Pudge!!!