Daily Archives: May 26, 2011

Signing Results: Hall of Famer & Cy Young Award Winner, Mr. Fergie Jenkins

Signing Results:  Hall of Famer & Cy Young Award Winner, Mr. Fergie Jenkins

I had been wanting to hook up with the Fergie Jenkins foundation for a chance to add another signed piece by Fergies to my collection.

Well, I finally got of my butt and sent a ball in.

And in just a few short weeks, my baseball was returned to me – signed beautifully!!!

Check it out:

I already own a signed ball by Fergie with a Hall of Fame inscription so I wanted to honor his amazing season of 1971 in which he won the NL Cy Young award.

I think I did a great job in choosing this.  And now that I have added another ball to my signed collection of baseballs (this is number 54), I am ready to go after a few more Fergies!!

I have a few ideas but am also open to suggestions.  If you have any ideas, let me hear them!!

A special ‘Thank You’ goes out to the great people of the Fergie Jenkins Foundation that treated me and my baseball with priority and kindness!!  Thanks.

Andre Dawson 1991 Baseball Card Magazine Issue

Andre Dawson 1991 Baseball Card Magazine Issue

Kind of a fun one here….

A replica of the 1971 Topps baseball card design, this card was issued in 1991, way before cards starting to recycle their most popular designs from prior years.

And I just love the photo that was issued on this card – just check out Dawson’s fierce glare.  He is absolutely tuned into every element of what the pitcher is offering up.

Great job by Baseball Card Magazine on this one!!!

George Foster 2005 Upper Deck SP Legendary Cuts ‘Glory Days’

George Foster 2005 Upper Deck SP Legendary Cuts ‘Glory Days’

Quiet off the field, but a monster on it, there is no doubting that the greatest and most glorious times of George Foster’s career came during his time in Cincinnati.

While with the Reds, Foster won 2 World Series titles, an MVP award, and was an All-Star on five occasions.

As for the card, it is cool.  I have a small stack of these of the guys that I like.  But this one, framed in Red, is my first one that features a player from the Reds.  And that added Red frame is just awesome – it gives the card incredible life!!

Oh, and it’s numbered to just 399 issues as well!!!

Wade Boggs 1992 Bowman

Wade Boggs 1992 Bowman

WHOA!!

Check out that follow-through!!!

Great work by the photographer on this one! 

And I love Wade’s low-top Nike spikes too.  I think I had those when I was playing as well.  🙂

1976 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #514 – Dan Driessen

1976 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #514 – Dan Driessen

Dan Driessen’s big league career last for 15 seasons.  Not surprisingly, his most successful run came during his years in Cincinnati.  From 1973-84, Driessen called Riverfront Stadium home as he patrolled the corners of the infield and outfield for the Reds.

A utility player, and solid athlete, Driessen used his skills to get himself on the field.  A great reserve, he offered the team a role player that was able to play 4 of 8 defensive positions.

Offensively, Driessen was serviceable. A lifetime .267 hitter, Driessen’s greatest gift was his speed.  In 15 seasons, he stole 154 bases en route to scoring 746 career runs.

Driessen was a part of the 1975 & 1976 World Series championship winning teams in Cincy.  In 6 games, he went 7-for-16 with a home run.

Mariano Rivera Marks 1,000th Game With New York Yankees

Mariano Rivera Marks 1,000th Game With New York Yankees

Mariano Rivera hadn’t pitched in a week, so manager Joe Girardi used him in a non-save situation this afternoon to close out a 7-3 victory over the Blue Jays, and the appearance was the 1,000th of Rivera’s amazing career.

He becomes the 15th pitcher in baseball history with at least 1,000 appearances and, not surprisingly, Rivera’s adjusted ERA+ is the best of the bunch by a huge margin.

Jesse Orosco is the all-time leader with 1,252 appearances and Jose Mesa has the honor of being the worst pitcher to ever appear in 1,000 games, by virtue of his career adjusted ERA+ barely being above the average mark of 100. And just to put Rivera’s dominance in perspective, consider that the difference between his ERA+ (205) and second-ranked Hoyt Wilhelm’s ERA+ (147) is bigger than the difference between Wilhelm (147) and Mesa (101).