Daily Archives: April 9, 2011

Rickey Henderson 2010 Topps ‘Cards Your Mom Threw Out’

Rickey Henderson 2010 Topps ‘Cards Your Mom Threw Out’

I think that one of the biggest reasons that I like this set is that the cards offer us a great reminder of the players and cards from our past that carry memories with them.  And as great as it is that Topps is constantly keeping the stars from prior generations in collector’s thoughts today, adding the element of reprints from those times completes the circle – Oh yes my friend, the circle of life!!

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I had a bunch of these ’81 Topps Henderson cards as a kid.  Why, you ask?  Well, when I was actively collecting, Rickey’s 1980 Topps rookie card(which I had 1 of) was one of the most sought after and expensive cards around.  So, I stocked up on ’81s.  I must have had 2-3 pages of just this one…

Again, I state – Thank you to Topps!  Another great collecting memory unveiled!!!

My First Time – Nomar Garciaparra – August 31, 1996

My First Time – Nomar Garciaparra – August 31, 1996

The setting – Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.  Oakland, CA.

From Garciaparra – “I was fortunate to have debuted in California, where my parents could see me play…  It’s a pretty long drive to Oakland from where I’m from, but they got in the car and made it in time to see the game.”

The Boxscore – Oakland 6, Red Sox 0.  Garciaparra goes 0-for-1.  Willie Adams(a childhood friend and teammate of Nomar’s) pitched the game of his life – a complete game 5-hitter with 9 strikeouts.

Wade Boggs 1985 Fleer – Limited Edition

Wade Boggs 1985 Fleer – Limited Edition

A very nice addition to my Wade Boggs collection, right here!

It’s not very often(especially during the early-to-mid 1980’s) that you got a baseball card of Boggs that showed him playing defense.  It’s not that he wasn’t a good defender during the beginning of his career, it is just that his ability to hit for a high average is what stole the spotlight.

Later during his career he actually won a Gold Glove for his defensive play at third base.  I wonder if being a New York Yankee at the time swung a few extra votes in his direction…

Did You Know…

Randy Johnson is the only pitcher in major league history to strikeout 19 batters on two different occasions in the same season.  Pitching for the Seattle Mariners in 1997, Johnson K’d 19 against the Oakland A’s on June 24 and then he accomplished the same feat against the Chicago White Sox on August 8.

Chipper Jones Collects Hit #2,500 Of His Career!!!

Chipper Jones Collects Hit #2,500 Of His Career!!!

ATLANTA (AP)

A perfect night for Chipper Jones.

Jones hit a go-ahead, three-run double in the fourth inning off Cliff Lee, added his 2,500th career hit and the Atlanta Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-3 on Friday night in their home opener.

Even better, Bobby Cox was there to see it all after throwing out the first pitch.

 ”I couldn’t have scripted it any better,” Jones said.

Jones had two hits to reach the milestone.

Detroit Tigers Honor Sparky Anderson At Home Opener

Detroit Tigers Honor Sparky Anderson At Home Opener

DETROIT — The Tigers paid tribute to Hall of Fame manager Sparky Anderson with a flag-raising ceremony prior to Detroit’s home opener on Friday.

Anderson’s tribute comes five months after his death from complications of dementia in Thousand Oaks, Calif. He was 76

The flag will remain raised for the rest of the season on the same flagpole used to honor legendary broadcaster Ernie Harwell last year.

The Tigers raised a tribute flag in honor of Harwell last May and after the passing of former Hall of Famer George Kell in 2009.

“You celebrate those lives – great lives and great contributors to the Tiger organization,” Tigers manager Jim Leyland prior to the pre-game ceremony. “This isn’t supposed to be a sad day. It’s a big day.”

The club announced Friday that Anderson, the first manager to win World Series titles in both leagues, will have his No. 11 number formally retired prior to the club’s interleague game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on June 26.

The Dbacks are managed by Kirk Gibson and bench coach Alan Trammell. Led by Gibson and Trammell, Anderson won the World Series with the Tigers in 1984.

Following the flag raising, Dan Petry and Lance Parrish — members of the club’s 1984 roster — helped a child representing C.A.T.C.H. deliver the ceremonial first-pitch ball. Founded by Anderson in 1987, the children’s charity aims to improve the quality of life for sick, injured and at-risk pediatric patients.

The Reds also celebrated their former manager, running a video tribute to Anderson and unveiling a sign that reads “Sparky 1934-2010” in the club’s home opener on April 5. Like the Tigers, the Reds players will also wear a patch on their sleeves commemorating Anderson.