Daily Archives: January 2, 2011

New Feature Coming To ’30-Year Old Cardboard’ – ‘My First Time’

New Feature Coming To ’30-Year Old Cardboard’ – ‘My First Time’

It’s time to unveil what will hopefully be one of many new features that I have to offer to the readers of my beloved blog.

This one, titled ‘My First Time’, is inspired by a book that I received for Christmas in 2009.  In ‘You Never Forget Your First’, the author, Josh Lewin, interviewed over 120 former and current major league players and talked to them about their big league debuts.

Published in 2005, Lewin was able to speak with Hall of Famers, All-Stars, and bench players.  I read through this book rather quickly, and it was fascinating to see how each of these guys recalled their major league debuts.

Starting next week, I will bring you what I consider the highlights of these interviews.

And if you ever want to go out and buy the book for your self, it is a very quick and fun read.

Gary Carter 1985 Topps

Gary Carter 1985 Topps

Looks like somebody just hit a double!!!

I love cards that tell stories. 

For me, this one goes like this:

Gary Carter just smacked a double down the right field line.  The crowd at home in Montreal cheered wildly for Carter as he round for second and beat the throw.  Amazingly he did not get his uniform dirty.


Ok, so it’s possible that Carter is at first base too.  Maybe he got plunked by a pitch or drew a walk.  He seems to be looking into the dugout for a signal – although he was hardly a base stealing threat.

My story sure does sound more exciting though, doesn’t it??


Happy Birthday David Cone!!!

David Cone turns 48 years old today.

Immensely talented, Cone was a dominant force over the course of his 17-season career.  With a lifetime record of 194-126, along with 2,668 strikeouts, Cone was often the leader of the rotation and set the pace for some of baseball’s greatest teams in the 1990’s.  In his best season as a member of the Kansas City Royals in 1994, David Cone won the Cy Young award.  With a 16-5 record alongside a 2.94 ERA and 2.44 K:walk ratio, Cone dominated the American League.  During his 17-year career, Cone finished in the top 6 for the Cy Young award a total of 5 times.

The individual highlight of Cone’s career is the perfect game he pitched in 1999 against the Expos.  As incredible as the no-hitter is, the perfect game is outstanding.  Cone dominated the Expos for 9 innings as he struck out 10 batters while not allowing any player for the Expos to reach first base.

David Cone may be the best example of a player being ‘in the right place at the right time’.  Cone has 5 World Series Championship rings. Simply Amazing.  Cone won 1 title with the Toronto Blue Jays and 4 more as a member of the New York Yankees.  In 15 post-season match-ups, Cone has a record of 8-3 with over 100 innings pitched.

Happy Birthday Mr. Cone!!

Happy Birthday Bill Madlock!!!

Happy Birthday Bill Madlock!!!

Bill Madlock turns 60 years old today.

One of the most underrated hitters of his era, Bill Madlock was a master at the plate!!

A 4-time batting champion, ‘Mad Dog’  finished his 15-year career with a .305 batting average.  His 4 batting titles included final averages of .354, .339, .341, and .323.

Madlock was a 3-time All-star and was part of the 1979 World Series championship winning Pittsburgh Pirates.  In that championship match-up, Madlock was phenomenal.  In 7 games, he hit .375 while collecting 9 hits as well as scoring 2 runs and driving in 3.

Happy Birthday Mr. Madlock!!!