Daily Archives: March 6, 2011

New Feature Coming To 30-Year Old Cardboard: ’30-YOC TOP Ten Lists’

New Feature Coming To 30-Year Old Cardboard: ’30-YOC TOP Ten Lists’

I have been toying with this idea for a while now.  It’s about time that I put those thoughts into action.

Starting next Sunday, and every Sunday afterwards, I will post a ’30-YOC Top Ten List’.  The themes will range from sports to music to film to pop-culture to television.  I may even mix in a little wrasslin’ too.

But regardless of the topic, most of my ‘TopTen Lists’ will still have a 30-YOC feel as I try to go back to my youth and focus on topics that go well with the 1970’s and 1980’s.

The lists will be interactive too – feel free to submit comments about my lists, good or bad.  And if you want to see me offer up a specific theme for a future ‘Top Ten List’, ask away.

Mark your calendars, the ’30-YOC Top Ten List’ debuts next Sunday night.  Here’s a little hin as to what is in store for week #1…

’30-YOC’s Top Ten Mustaches’ – Trust me, this one will make you laugh!!!

See you next Sunday!!  🙂

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1987 Headline: Dawson Signs 1-Year Deal With Cubs

1987 Headline: Dawson Signs 1-Year Deal With Cubs

And as they say, the rest was history…

After 11 years as an Expos player, Andre and the Expos were at an impasse while negotiating a contract for future employment.  The Expos wanted to low-ball the superstar, and Dawson wanted to be paid comparably to his peers.  Fed up with their shenanigans, Dawson walked out.

Enter the Chicago Cubs.  Dawson wanted to play for a team that had its home games on real grass as he felt that the artificial turf would end his playing days prematurely.  Wrigley Field obliged him.  Dawson visited the team during Spring practice causing a minor media frenzy as this kind of bold move was not commonplace in that era.  He finally met with the team’s management and offered up a ‘blank contract’  In a ‘Pay me what you think I’m worth’ move, Dawson was offered a 1-year $650,000 contract, and while still relatively low at the time for an established star, he signed.

Then he went out on a mission to prove to the Expos that they made a huge mistake and to the Cubs that they got a bargain!!

The result:  .287 batting average, 49 home runs, 137 RBI, 178 hits, 90 runs scored, 11 stolen bases, a trip to the All-star game, A Gold Glove award, and the grand prize of being named the National League’s MVP!!!

I’d say that the Cubs got a steal with that one, huh…

Happy Birthday Octavio ‘Cookie’ Rojas!!

Happy Birthday Octavio ‘Cookie’ Rojas!!

‘Cookie’ Rojas turns 72 years old today.

Most baseball fans know Cookie Rojas as the former 5-time All-Star that spent most of his career playing for the Kansas City Royals and Philadelphia Phillies.  But if you live in South Florida, like Cookie and I do, then you know him as the radio commentator for the Spanish audience of the Florida Marlins.

Rojas put in a solid 16-year big league career.  A utility player, Rojas played every position on the field at some point during those 16 season, including 7 at catcher and even 1 at pitcher in a relief effort back in 1967.

The 5-time All-Star collected 1,660 hits during his playing days en route to a career batting average of .263.  A very highly skilled hitter, Rojas was far from a slugger(just 54 homers), but his incredible ‘eye’ at the plate led to him striking out just 489 times in 6,871 plate appearances. 

Happy Birthday ‘Cookie’!   See you at the ballpark!!!

Happy Birthday Willie Stargell!!!!

Happy Birthday Willie Stargell!!!!

Stargell was and still is the pride and joy of the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise.  Having played with the team for 21 major league season, Stargell, the city of Pittsburgh, and all Pirates fans share a special bond.

An exceptional ball player, Willie Stargell was dynamic on offense.  He has a lifetime batting average of .282 with 2,232 hits.  His power numbers are solid as he smashed 475 home runs and 423 doubles.  He also scored 1,195 runs during his career while driving in an additional 1,540.

Stargell was a 6-time All-star and he won the MVP Award in 1979 at the age of 39.  Stargell was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1988.  He also helped lead the Pirates to two World Series championships in 1971 & 1979.

Happy Birthday ‘Pops’!!!