Daily Archives: May 20, 2011

Dwight Gooden 1985 Topps Record Breakers

Dwight Gooden 1985 Topps Record Breakers

Headline – “Teenager Gooden Sets Season Strikeout Record For Rookies’

The Story – Montreal, Quebec, September 30, 1984:  Mets’ right-hander Dwight Gooden has completed his first major league campaign with 276 strikeouts.  The total by Gooden, who’ll be 20 on November 16th, represents a new record for rookies.  The former mark of 245 strikeouts by a rookie was set by Indians’ ace Herb Score in 1955.

Wade Boggs 1992 Pinnacle

Wade Boggs 1992 Pinnacle

I love me some Black-bordered baseball cards.  And I really like the overall look and feel of the 1992 Pinnacle baseball card set.

I just wish that they used a better photo of Wade Boggs in it..

While the shot is far from terrible, we are just left guessing about too much of the action.  In my opinion, zoom it out and let me see all of the scene – and then you have a winner!!

Rest In Peace – “Macho Man” Randy Savage

Wrestling legend and actor “Macho Man” Randy Savage died Friday in Tampa, Florida after losing control of his car while suffering a heart attack, his brother tells TMZ. Lanny Poffo claims his brother was behind the wheel around 10 AM when the accident occurred. He was 58.

The Florida Highway Patrol later told the website that Savage and his wife, Lynn, were driving their Jeep Wrangler when the car veered across a concrete median, rushed through oncoming traffic and “collided head-on with a tree.”

Savage was taken to Largo Medical Center where he died, and Lynn was rushed to a different hospital, but survived with minor injuries.

The couple had just celebrated their 1-year anniversary.

The man known to millions of fans for his flashy outfits, his “Oooooo Yeaahhhh” catchphrase and his feuds with various rivals, Savage broke into wrestling in the early 1970s while at the same time playing minor league baseball under his given name Randall Poffo. After injuring his throwing arm he put the focus on pro wrestling.

He picked the name ‘Randy Savage’ because a booker said his nickname at the time — ‘The Spider Friend’ — didn’t suit him because he “wrestled like a savage.” In 1985 he signed up with Vince McMahaon’s World Wrestling Federation and quickly became one of the league’s most popular figures. His match with Ricky Steamboat in 1987’s WrestleMania III is still considered one of the greatest ever.

My First Time – Tony Gwynn – July 19, 1982

My First Time – Tony Gwynn – July 19, 1982

The Setting – Jack Murphy Stadium.  San Diego, CA.

From Gwynn – “First at bat, sac fly.  I ended up 2-for-4.  I made it.  And my first hit, Pete Rose trailed the play, shook my hand and said ‘Don’t catch me all in one day, kid’.  My folks were there, my whole family, they all saw it.”

The Boxscore – Phillies 7, Padres 6.  Gwynn goes 2-for-4 with 2 singles, an RBI, and a run scored.

Happy Anniversary Roger Clemens!!!

Happy Anniversary Roger Clemens!!!

On this day back in 1984, Roger Clemens won his first major league baseball game.

With his team on the road in Minnesota, the Boston Red Sox were battling the Minnesota Twins.  Clemens needed just 131 minutes to earn victory number 1 of his career.

Against a solid Twins team, Clemens pitched 7 strong innings in the 5-4 win.  He allowed 7 hits and 4 runs during the contest.  He also showed off his ability to dominate hitters with his powerful pitching and sharp control as he struck out 7 batters while walking just 1.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Clemens.  Win #1 of your 354 career victories came on this day 26 years ago!!!

Ron Santo ‘Fab Five’ – Card #1 – 1970 Topps All-Star

Ron Santo ‘Fab Five’ – Card #1 – 1970 Topps All-Star

Now that my Ron Santo collection is complete, it is time to show of my favorite five cards from the set.

Card #1 – 1970 Topps All-Star.

Here it is – the cream of the crop, the top banana, the icing on the cake, etc.

Time to unveil my favorite card from my Ron Santo collection….

I cannot tell you the specific reason that I love these All-Star cards from the 1970 Topps set.  And that’s because there are too many to reduce it down to one.

Prior to the ’70 All-Star cards, I found most of them to be boring.  And for 1970’s graphic design, this one is ground-breaking!  From the newspaper background to the 3-D effect of the player’s image to the frayed ends of where the paper has been blasted open – it’s all good!!!

A very fitting finale to my ‘Fab 5’ and a favorite of my collection that honor’s Ron Santo’s fabulous career!!

‘The Battle For Florida’ – Contest Players & Their Picks

‘The Battle For Florida’ – Contest Players & Their Picks

Alright gang, get ready some fabulous baseball in the ‘Sunshine State’ as we prepare for a 3-game set between the Florida Marlins and Tampa Bay Rays.

Here are the players and the total number of runs that they have predicted for this 3-game match-up.

Player # Of Runs
JT 1
Bill Hall 9
Mcgee-Fan51 15
cubsfan731 16
Mark Mosley 17
Charley 18
Nathan 19
Sam 20
cworeds 21
Potch 22
Gregory 23
Jacob 24
Ron 25
Axemanohio 26
Danny F 27
unclemoe 28
Dan 32

Don’t forget, the player with the closest number of total runs scored, without going over, wins the big prize!!!

And here is another reminder of that big prize!!!

Enjoy the games guys.  I’ll congratulate the winner on Sunday evening.  Stay tuned.


Best Baseball Commercial Of 2011? Got My Vote!!!

Best Baseball Commercial Of 2011?   Got My Vote!!!