Daily Archives: May 4, 2011

Ernie Banks 2005 Topps Turkey Trio – Red, White, and Blue!!!

Ernie Banks 2005 Topps Turkey Trio – Red, White, and Blue!!!

I’m always keeping my eyes peeled for Ernie Banks baseball cards.  And while I would prefer cards that were issued fifty years ago, more often than not I have to settle for ones issued within the past decade as they are more affordable and abundant.

Still, some price tags shock me.

Like this one – 3 cards from the 2005 Topps Turkey set featuring Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks.

3 cards for $0.99 – SOLD!!!

Dave Winfield 2009 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Sweet Swatch Memorabilia Game-Used Jersey

Dave Winfield 2009 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Sweet Swatch Memorabilia Game-Used Jersey

It was time to add another relic card of ‘Winnie’ to my collection….

And I think I made a nice selection!!!

Agreed?

Frank Robinson 2008 Topps Heritage ‘Flashbacks’

Frank Robinson 2008 Topps Heritage ‘Flashbacks’

I love sets like this!!!

The set tagged as ‘Flashbacks’ takes us back to some incredible moments in baseball history.  This card here pays homage to Frank Robinson hitting for the cycle during the 1959 baseball season.

On May 2nd of that year, Robinson and his Red team was battling the Dodgers, and it was Robinson who stole the show.  A single, a double, a triple, and a home run was the fuel that helped lead the Reds to an easy 16-4 rout of the Los Angeles Dodgers!

Dwight Gooden 1989 Fleer Superstar Special w/Mark Davis

Dwight Gooden 1989 Fleer Superstar Special w/Mark Davis

When pairing up the greatest pitchers from that year, I have to think that very few baseball fans or baseball card collectors would pair Dwight Gooden and Mark Davis together.

But truth be told they share more than what you may think.  You see, Mark Davis is a Cy Young award winner, just like ‘Doc’ Gooden.  And while he may not be as decorated or spectacular, he did have a phenomenal season in 1989.

But this card is going into my Dwight Gooden collection, so it’s time to focus on him.  In an injury-plagued year, Gooden made 17 starts, compiling a 9-4 record.  He amassed a 2.89 ERA and struck out 101 batters in 118 innings of work.

Hanley Ramirez Swipes His 200th Base!!!

Hanley Ramirez Swipes His 200th Base!!!

In last night’s 7-5 loss to the Cardinals, Hanley Ramirez stole the 200th base of his big league career.

And while this steal will not make headlines across the country, it is a nice milestone for the 27-year old superstar.

Hanley has 40/40 and 300/300 potential.  And while the first month’s worth of stats from this season is not a good indicator, Hanley has the talent to be one of the most dynamic all-around players in the sport!

Maybe this was the steal he needed to get things going – I sure do hope so!!

Congratulations Hanley.  GO FISH!!!!

Ozzie Smith 1997 Donruss

Ozzie Smith 1997 Donruss

Ozzie didn’t collect a single at-bat in 1997.  He did not field a single ground ball either…

But that didn’t stop the card companies from trying to take advantage of the immense popularity that Ozzie had amongst collectors.

Ain’t that right Donruss??

1st No-Hitter Of The 2011 Season – Twins’ Hurler Francisco Liriano!!!

1st No-Hitter Of The 2011 Season – Twins’ Hurler Francisco Liriano!!!

Congratulations Francisco!!!

Marlins’ Josh Johnson Named April’s National League ‘Pitcher Of The Month’

Marlins’ Josh Johnson Named April’s National League ‘Pitcher Of The Month’

Florida Marlins starting pitcher Josh Johnson has been voted National League Pitcher of the Month for the month of April.

In six April starts, Johnson went 3-0 and led the National League with a 0.88 ERA. The 27-year-old right-hander notched 39 strikeouts, ranking second in the league, while only walking 11 in 41.0 innings of work. The two-time All-Star had six quality starts for the month and he tossed at least 6.0 innings in each of his outings while never allowing more than two earned runs. Johnson’s 18 hits allowed were the fewest allowed before May 1st in the modern era (since 1900) by any pitcher with a minimum of 40.0 innings pitched. On April 1st, Johnson made his second career Opening Day start, going 6.2 innings en route to a 6-2 Marlins victory over the visiting New York Mets. The win marked his first career Opening Day victory. On April 13th, the fourth round selection in the 2002 First-Year Player Draft tossed 7.1 shutout innings, allowing just one hit on the day, a double to Braves rookie Freddie Freeman. He followed that performance with a 7.0-inning, two-hit shutout on April 19th, earning his third win of the season in a 6-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates at home. Johnson finished his remarkable month by tossing another 7.0 shutout innings at Cincinnati on April 30th, but did not factor in the decision as the Reds came from behind to win 4-3 in 10 innings. In his last four April starts, a span of 28.1 innings, the Marlins ace allowed only a single earned run. The Marlins, currently tied for the first in the N.L. East, were 4-2 during Johnson’s starts this month. This is his second career National League Pitcher of the Month Award, previously winning for the month of June 2010.

Other pitchers receiving votes were Phillies right-hander Roy Halladay (4-1, 2.14 ERA, 47 SO, 46.1 IP, 7 BB); Cardinals right-hander Kyle Lohse (4-1, 1.64 ERA, 24 SO, 38.1 IP, 5 BB); Rockies closer Huston Street (10 SV, 2.20 ERA, 17 SO, 16.1 IP); and Pirates closer Joel Hanrahan (1.93 ERA, 8 SV, 12 SO, 14.0 IP).

Josh Johnson will receive specially designed trophy, suitably engraved, to commemorate his Pitcher of the Month performance.