Daily Archives: March 12, 2011

Nolan Ryan 2003 Upper Deck ‘Vintage’

Nolan Ryan 2003 Upper Deck ‘Vintage’

Just a sweet looking baseball card here.   It reminds me quite a bit of the 1965 Topps base card design.  And that is a very good thing as the ’65 Topps issue is probably my favorite from that decade.

This card happens to feature a photo of a very young, but determined looking Nolan Ryan.  And while we are unable to see the subject that he is staring so intently at, it is safe to say that Ryan was in control of the situation.

Take a look for yourself:

See, I told you.  Could you imagine having to face this guy during his prime?  And that prime lasted close to 20 years..  WHEW!

Did You Know…

Dusty Baker is the only person to have managed three 600-home run hitters:  Barry Bonds(San Francisco Giants), Sammy Sosa(Chicago Cubs), and Ken Griffey Jr.(Cincinnati Reds).

Happy Birthday Darryl Strawberry!!!

Happy Birthday Darryl Strawberry!!!

Darryl Strawberry turns 49 years old today.

Darryl Strawberry made an immediate impact on the sport during his debut in 1983.  The league’s Rookie of the Year played like a seasoned veteran and quickly became the centerpiece of the New York Mets and their championship roster.

Equipped with the perfect blend of speed and power, Straw’s talents landed him on 8 consecutive All-star teams while he and the Mets took baseball by storm.  His career home run total of 335 and stolen base count of 221 along with his 1,000 career RBI show just how versatile and steady he was.

Strawberry had his share of setbacks during his career that didn’t allow him to become the MVP that he had the talent to be.  Yet he still found himself as a member of 3 World Series Championship teams!!!

Happy Birthday ‘Straw’!!!

Happy Birthday Dale Murphy!!

Happy Birthday Dale Murphy!!

Dale Murphy turns 55 years old today.

One of my favorite players as a kid, Murphy’s retirement in 1993 was the start of seeing some of my idols leave the sport of baseball.

My memories of watching Dale Murphy play are endless.  Being a fan of the sport, and having no ‘home’ team to cheer for in Florida during my childhood, I drifted to the teams I was able to watch on television.  WTBS, WGN, and WOR game me my baseball fix.  And of the guys that I drifted towards – Murphy was prominent.

His skills as a player were endless.  Whether it was delivering home runs or making incredible plays in the outfield, Dale Murphy was one of the best players in the game for more than a decade – and I enjoyed watching all of it!!

Happy Birthday Mr. Murphy!!