Daily Archives: January 17, 2011

Bob Gibson 2010 Topps ‘Cards Your Mom Threw Out’

Bob Gibson 2010 Topps ‘Cards Your Mom Threw Out’

Another great card of Gibson for the ’30-YOC’ collection!!

This one, from the brilliant ‘Cards Your Mom Threw Out’ series issued by Topps in 2010, features a replica of Gibson’s 1959 Topps baseball card.

Gibson’s first year in the big leagues was 1959.  And while he went just 3-5 during that rookie season, I wonder if anyone thought that they were going to get what Gibson brought over the next sixteen years…

1 MVP award, 2 Cy Young awards, 8 All-Star appearances, 9 Gold Gloves, and 2 World Series titles!!!  Simply Awesome!!!

Ozzie Smith 1995 Fleer Ultra

Ozzie Smith 1995 Fleer Ultra

Ozzie had great instincts as a defender. 

Taking little time, and energy, to get into place, he made the most difficult plays looks routine.

For this 1995 Fleer Ultra card, you can kid of get a sense of that – he looks ready to go.  And something tells me that if this shot was zoomed out a bit more, his feet would already be moving…

1988 Fleer Superstar Specials – Card #624 – Mark McGwire & Jose Canseco

1988 Fleer Superstar Specials – Card #624 – Mark McGwire & Jose Canseco

“Oakland’s Power Team”

There will be no power shortage in the city of Oakland as long as Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco are employed there.  In 1987, these powerful youngsters combined for 80 home runs and 231 runs batted in and helped keep the Oakland A’s in the American League West pennant race until the final week of the season.

After a brief appearance in 1986, McGwire burst onto the baseball scene in his rookie season.  Mark slammed a rookie record 49 home runs, shattering the mark of 38 set by Wally Berger in 1930 and later tied by Frank Robinson in 1956.  Mark also knocked in 118 runs, third highest in the American League last season.

Jose Canseco’s sophomore season was just as impressive as his Rookie of the Year season of 1986 when he batted .240 with 33 home runs and 117 runs batted in.  He almost duplicated those splendid numbers with a .257 batting average, 31 home runs, and 113 runs batted in in 1987.  With back-to-back seasons like that, Canseco proved that he was a legitimate superstar of the future.

Happy Birthday Don Zimmer!!!

Don Zimmer turns 80 years old today.

‘Zim’ enjoyed a 12-season major league baseball career.  And in those 12 years he played for 6 teams, all of them legendary – Brooklyn Dodgers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs,  New York Mets, Cincinnati Reds, and the Washington Senators.  And while nobody would count Zimmer  as one of the game’s greats with his career .235 batting average, he was a key contributor for these teams – even making the All-star team as a member of the 1961 Cubs!!

Zimmer is better known as a baseball manager.  And while most people’s memories go straight to some of his highly publicized happenings while coaching the Yankees, my memories of ‘Zim’ are firmly planted in the home team’s dugout at Wrigley Field!!  Zimmer was managing the team the year(1989) that my family moved to Chicago from Florida.  Never having a ‘home’ team before, I was quickly swept up into ‘Cubbie-Fever’.  And now, more than 20 years later I still have vivid memories of ‘Zim’ and his division winning team having one heck of an enjoyable season.

‘Zim’ was smiles every step of the way!!  Happy Birthday Coach Zimmer!!!