Daily Archives: December 11, 2010

Frank Robinson Dominated Baseball In 1966. And Now I Have The Cards To Prove It!!!

Frank Robinson Dominated Baseball In 1966.  And Now I Have The Cards To Prove It!!!

The Triple Crown is quite possibly baseball’s greatest offensive accomplishment.  And rare too – it has now been more than 40 years since the last time a player accomplished this feat. 

And of the very few players that have reached these heights, my favorite is Frank Robinson.  Traded in the offseason between the 1965 and 1966 seasons, Robinson was off to Baltimore to help the Orioles.

And what did he do during his debut campaign playing for the O’s?

Let’s see…

He led the league in batting with his .316 average.

He led the league in RBI with 122.

And, he led the league in home runs with 49.

And just for good measure, I have also picked up his base card from that 1967 set too.

What a legend!!! 

And while not an official ‘subset’, this 4-card doozie that I have pieced together is quite the classic set of cards!!!

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Tony Perez 1981 Donruss

Tony Perez 1981 Donruss

Photographer: “Ok Tony, for this shot, I want you to pretend like you are at the plate.  Really get zoned in to what you’re doing so I can capture it on film forever.

Tony Perez: “Yeah, Sure.”

Oh, and I had a little scanner trouble with this one.  In person, the card is fine…

Did You Know…

Vida Blue is the only pitcher with a 300-strikeout season who never struck out 200 batters in any other season.  Blue whiffed 301 batters with the 1971 Oakland A’s, but his next best total was in 1975 when he struck out 189.

**factoid courtesy of ‘Big League Trivia’

1951 Headline: “Dimaggio Set To Retire”

1951 Headline:  “Dimaggio Set To Retire”

The power of Joe DiMaggio’s name still carries an incredible amount of weight with it 59 years after his retirement from the game.  “Joe D” personified what baseball and specifically what baseball in New York was all about during the 1930’s and 1940’s. 

Amazingly DiMaggio’s legendary status was built on just 13 seasons as a major leaguer.  Joe missed 3 seasons during the prime of his career due to his commitment to serve his country.  Many players from his era fought in the war and it always makes me wonder what we as fans missed during those years when these guys were away from the game.

In 13 seasons, ‘The Yankee Clipper’ finished in the Top 12 for the MVP in 11 seasons.  The numbers are pretty impressive:  (3) 1st place finishes, (2) 2nd place finishes.  Along with these honors, Joe DiMaggio compiled 2,214 career hits with 361 home runs and 1,537 RBI.  Joe also made the All-Star team in each of his 13 years in the majors.  WoW!!!  The Gold Glove was not awarded during Joe’s playing days, but if it had been he would own quite a few as his range in the outfield was unparalleled back then.

One of the main factors of DiMaggio’s fame was due to his incredible World Series accomplishments.  Joe played in 10 World Series contests, and won 9 championships!!! 

And then, there is a little thing known as baseball’s grandest milestone – “The Streak”.  In 1941, DiMaggio hit safely in 56 consecutive games.  Since then, only 1 player has hit safely in 40+ games and nobody has come close to 50 again. 

Joe DiMaggio is a true legend in the game of baseball and today we salute him for his amazing career and desire to be the best player in the game.