Can My Third Time Be A Charm???
I cannot resist – because the prize is soooo worth it…
But no matter the outcome, this will be my last attempt. So tomorrow, on the way to work, I will drop off one more letter to the legendary Yogi Berra. This is the third such letter that I have written in the last 6-7 weeks to him, and if all goes well, I will be pleasantly surprised. If not, I can say that I gave it my all and move on.
Come on Yogi, the ’30-YOC’ readers are all crossing our fingers!!!
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Tagged all-star, autographs through the mail, baseball, baseball cards, baseball legend, catcher, most valuable player, MVP, new york yankees, through the mail failure, TTM, ttm failure, world series, yankees, yanlee stadium, yogi berra, yogi berra address, yogi berra autograph, yogi berra failure
Mike Schmidt 2000 Fleer ‘Greats Of The Game’
A very sweet looking card from a very under-appreciated set…
This card, from the 200 Fleer issue titled ‘Greats Of The Game’, is a beauty! The photo shows Schmidt watching the ball fly off his bat, and it makes me wonder if he connected for one of his legendary longballs on this very swing.
One of the great elements of the card is the strong border color. And while not an exact match for the Burgundy of the Phillies’ uniform, it is still a very nice complimentary color.
And while the scan may not show you all of the details, the Fleer GOTG logo in the upper left-hand corner of the card is pretty sweet too!!
Posted in Mike Schmidt Collection, Stars from the 80's
Tagged 1980 world series, 1983 world series, 3rd base, 500 home runs, all-star, fleer, fleer GOTG, gold glove, GOTG, greats of the game, Hall Of Fame, HOF, mike schmidt, most valuable player, MVP, philadelphia phillies, phillies, silver slugger, world series, world series MVP
Tony Gwynn 1988 Topps
Look Mom, It’s old Shea Stadium in the background of this baseball card!! LOL
I love when I can identify old stadiums!!
And I love this card of Tony Gwynn too. You all know that I am a sucker for a full-body action photo on my baseball cards, and while the action has yet to really transpire, it is coming…
In this photo, Gwynn is locked and loaded!!!
Posted in Tony Gwynn Collection
Tagged 3000 hits, all-star, baseball, baseball cards, batting champion, batting title, Hall Of Fame, HOF, padres, san diego padres, silver slugger, tony gwynn
1988 Fleer Superstar Specials – Card #633 – Pat Taber & Mark McGwire
“Big Bats At First”
The American League is chock full of outstanding first basemen. Two of the best are Oakland’s Mark McGwire and Cleveland’s Pat Tabler.
McGwire had the best rookie season baseball fans have seen in a long time. He led the American League with 49 home runs, and produced 118 RBIs. Originally projected as a platoon player, Mark got off to such an incredible start that he virtually assured himself of a regular spot at first base. By the All-Star break Mark had amassed a phenomenal 33 home runs and 68 RBIs. He was selected to play in the All-Star game – a game which was played in his home ballpark – the Oakland Coliseum.
Table enjoyed the best season of his career. He set career highs with 34 doubles, 11 home runs, and 86 RBIs. He also received the ultimate honor of his career when he was chosen to play in the 1987 All-Star Game. Pat is a clutch hitter and his prowess with the bases loaded has been well documented. He was the New York Yankees first round selection in the 1976 baseball draft.
Posted in 1988 Fleer Superstar Specials
Tagged 1988 fleer, 1989 world series, 500 home run club, 500 home runs, 500 HR club, 70 home runs, A’s, basebal history, baseball, baseball cards, Cardinals, cleveland indians, fleer, fleer superstar specials, home run record, indians, Mark McGwire, oakland A’s, Oakland Athletics, pat tabler, Rookie of the Year, ROY, sammy sosa, st. louis cardinals, superstar specials, world series
Happy Birthday Bret Saberhagen!!!
Bret Saberhagen turns 47 years old today.
Bret Saberhagen put together a nice 16-season career for himself. If it were not for his playing for so many losing teams, who knows what he could have accomplished. The individual accomplishments that Bret achieved rival those of some of the greatest pitchers from the 1980’s and 90’s. A 2-time Cy Young Award winner and World Series MVP, many would love to have his resume.
Saberhagen’s career record of 167-117 doesn’t do justice for some of the finest single seasons by any pitcher in the 80’s. As a member of the Kansas City Royals in 1985, Bret won his first Cy Young award as he finished the season with a 20-6 record while striking out 158 batters andwalking just 38. The dominance continued into the post-season in ’85 as his Royals went on to win the World Series behind Bret’s MVP performance. In the ’85 match-up he pitched 2 complete games, earning the win in each, while allowing just 1 run in 18 innings. A few seasons later in 1989, Saberhagen again had a monstrous year as he went 23-6, with a 2.16 ERA and he struck out 193 batters while allowing just 43 walks. These amazing stats earned Bret his 2nd Cy Young Award in 5 seasons.
After 8 amazing seasons with the Royals, Bret went on to play for the New York Mets, Colorado Rockies, and the Boston Red Sox. Although he did compile 3 more 10+ win seasons during his last 8 years in the big leagues, he was unable to recapture his amazing from from his days in Kansas City.
It should be noted that Saberhagen has an incredible K:walk ratio. For his career, he has 1,715 strikeouts while giving up just 471 walks – good for a 3.64:1 K:walk ratio which ranks him at #10 in major league history.
Happy Birthday Mr. Saberhagen!!!
Posted in Birthdays & Anniversaries
Tagged 1985 world series, all-star, baseball, baseball cards, baseball history, boston red sox, bret saberhagen, colorado rockies, cy young, cy young award, kansas city royals, Mets, New york mets, red sox, rockies, royals, world series