Daily Archives: February 11, 2011

‘My First Time’ – Craig Biggio – June 26, 1988

‘My First Time’ – Craig Biggio – June 26, 1988

The setting – The Astrodome, Houston, TX

From Biggio – “Hal Lanier asked me the next day when I got to the Astrodome if I was ready to play.  An even though I’d only had a couple hours of sleep, I said absolutely.  So he put me in there catching Jim Deshaies.  San Francisco is who we got…and a few days later I got my first hit.  It was off Orel Hershiser.”

Frank Robinson 2010 Topps – History Of The Game

Frank Robinson 2010 Topps – History Of The Game

If there was ever a subset of cards tailor-made for this collector, Topps’ ‘History Of The Game’ is the one.

A lover of the sport and the incredible roots that it has in American culture keeps me enthralled in learning and absorbing as much as I can.

And this card of Frank Robinson is just another reason as to why I love this set.

From the back of the card: “Winning the Triple Crown is a dramatic achievement, but there was little drama surrounding Frank Robinson’s in 1966.  He put nine batting average points, 10 homers, and 12 RBI between himself and his nearest competitors, finishing .316 – 49 – 122.  An even bigger achievement was being named the AL Most Valuable Player, making Robinson the only player to win the honor in both leagues.”

Gary Carter 1987 Topps

Gary Carter 1987 Topps

Ah, a beautiful baseball card here.  I cannot get enough of this 1987 Topps set.

As a kid I had tons of these – enough to probably have between 4-5 complete sets while still having a surplus of the players that I collected to fill sheets and sheets of 9-pocket pages.

The design, a remake of the 1962 issue that was produced 25 years prior, is kind of gawdy, yet perfect.

And that picture of Gary Carter is simply sweet!!

Those Mets colors look great with the wood-grain background too!!!

1982 Headline: Ozzie Smith Dealt To The Cardinals!!!

1982 Headline:  Ozzie Smith Dealt To The Cardinals!!!

On this day in 1982, Ozzie Smith was traded from the San Diego Padres to the St. Louis Cardinals.  Part of a 6-player deal, the 2-time All-star and 1-time Gold Glove winner was the focal point of the trade.

And as they say, the rest was history… 

For the next 15 years, Ozzie Smith was the centerpiece of the Cardinal team as well as the face of the franchise.  Amazingly enough, he captured the hearts of the Cardinals’ fans with his amazing defensive play, and not his career .262 batting average.  ‘The Wizard of Oz’ was truly a wonderful sight to see as he covered more ground, made more plays, and solidified the entire right side of the Cardinal infield for one and a half decades.

While Ozzie will never be noted as one of the better hitters in the Hall of Fame, he did excel in certain areas of offense.  A speedster, Smith tallied 580 career stolen bases which puts him in 21st place on the all-time list.  He also scored 1,257 runs in his career.

Ozzie went on to capture 13 Gold Gloves, 15 All-star selections, and 1 World Series Championship!!!

Mark Buerhle Takes A Bite Out Of Michael Vick…

Mark Buerhle Takes A Bite Out Of Michael Vick…

BY Kevin Armstrong

Mark Buehrle, a Chicago White Sox pitcher and animal rights activist, does not believe Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick has been fully punished for his felony conviction for bankrolling and partaking in a dogfighting ring in 2007.

“He had a great year and a great comeback, but there were times where we watched the game, and I know it’s bad to say, but there were times where we hope he gets hurt,” Buehrle told MLB.com in a recent interview. “Everything you’ve done to these dogs, something bad needs to happen to these guys.”

The story, which was published on Wednesday, centered around the animal rights work Buehrle does with wife Jamie. Sometime after being posted, the comments were edited out of the text.

The writer, Scott Merkin, also posted the quotes on his Twitter account, but the tweets were later deleted.

Vick, 30, served 19 months in a federal penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kansas. After being released, he was signed by the Eagles in 2009 and served as a backup to starter Donovan McNabb. In 2010, he was named NFL Comeback Player of the Year and reached the Pro Bowl after throwing for 3,018 yards and 21 touchdowns.

Buehrle, who threw a perfect game in 2009, and his wife, Jamie, have three dogs. They are active in promoting canine rights and the couple has partnered with the White Sox on a program called “Sox for Strays,” which hosts area animal rescue groups during the season at U.S. Cellular Field.

Buehrle’s wife drew attention when she helped save a dog who was found wandering the streets of St. Louis with an arrow sticking out of its abdomen in December. The couple donated money to help pay for the dog’s veterinarian bills.