Daily Archives: June 21, 2011

Results: Frank Thomas Book Signing!!!

Results:  Frank Thomas Book Signing!!!

For me, this one was a no-brainer….

I am on a lot of email subscriber lists.  Mostly dealing with sports, they tend to focus on companies selling clothing, equipment, and memorabilia.  Also included in that group is a handful of book stores that cater to public ‘Meet The Author’ events.

So, when the email came through that Frank Thomas was going to be on hand signing copies of a book he helped write, I jumped all over it!!

The book, titled ‘Going Yard’ is all about home runs.  From history to trivia and everything in between – all 246 pages have one common theme: The Longball!!

Frank Thomas wrote the forward for the book, and that is just fine with this fan.  Thomas is one of the guys that I would really like to collect – but he just has way too many cards for me to consider collecting; especially since I only know how to collect one way…

So, I will settle for picking up little odds and ends that feature ‘The Big Hurt’ – and this is the start.

Check it out…  Here is the book:

 

And here is that great Frank Thomas autograph, with a sweet and requested personalization!!!

As for the book, I will add it to the ‘On Deck’ list for ‘Required Reading’.

Thanks.

Fergie Jenkins 1973 Kellogg’s Pro Super Stars

Fergie Jenkins 1973 Kellogg’s Pro Super Stars

I love these old ‘oddball’ cards – and in the early-to-mid- 1970’s nobody was doing it better than Kellogg’s and the cards that they were issuing.

Creating small sets of cards that allowed them to focus on the stars of the game, the 1973 set consisted of just 54 cards.  The Fergie Jenkins card is number 28 in the set.

Here it is:

Looks pretty cool, huh?  It’s kind of under-sized when compared to the Topps issues from the same time period.

So far I have managed to grab two Kellogg’s cards of Fergie.  I am going to have to go after a few more…

Wade Boggs 1993 Score “Dream Team”

Wade Boggs 1993 Score “Dream Team”

Style inspired by Chuck Norris.

🙂

Did You Know…

No player in major league history has hit more All-Star game home runs than Stan Musial.  In 24 contests, Stan ‘The Man’ connected for six round trippers!!

A-Rod’s History March A Testament To Hank Aaron!!!

A-Rod’s History March A Testament To Hank Aaron!!!

By Barry M. Bloom | MLB.com Columnist

CINCINNATI — The numbers are no less daunting in their size than in what they represent. Henry Aaron is the only player in Major League Baseball history to amass more than 700 homers, 3,000 hits, 2,000 RBIs and 2,000 runs scored. And here comes Alex Rodriguez.

“Oh, he’s going to run right by him,” Joe Torre said on Monday about A-Rod. “At his age and with how hard he works? Unless God forbid he gets injured, those numbers don’t even have a chance.”

Barry Bonds came close, falling only four RBIs and 65 hits short. This was a prevalent conversation back in 2007 when the former Giants left fielder concluded his assault on Aaron’s cherished home run record. Bonds finished at 762 to the Hammer’s 755.

With a pair of singles, an RBI and another run scored in the Yankees’ 5-3 victory over the Reds at Great American Ball Park on Monday night, A-Rod has 626 homers, 2,746 hits, 1,875 RBIs and 1,804 runs scored. He’s going to be only 36 on July 27 and has six years to go after this one on his contract.

Rodriguez, who doesn’t like to talk publicly about his numbers and his place in baseball history, was duly impressed when shown how close he was to matching Aaron.

“I love Hank Aaron,” A-Rod said, shaking his head. “Nobody has ever shown me these numbers before. He may be the most unsung player in history.”

No doubt. Aaron, clearly the greatest hitter of all time, finished one-two-three-four in those hallowed offensive categories. He’s No. 1 with 2,297 RBIs. He’s second in homers behind Bonds. His 3,771 hits are third behind Pete Rose and Ty Cobb. And his 2,174 runs scored were good enough for fourth behind Rickey Henderson, Cobb and Bonds. Aaron did this over the course of a 23-year career that ended in 1976.

“The thing that sticks out in my mind about Aaron is how important it was for him to score 100 runs [per season],” said Torre, who had his right arm in a sling after recent surgery to repair the labrum in his right shoulder. “It was like you knew he was going to knock in 100 runs, but the stat he paid most attention to was scoring 100 runs.”

The reason for that was simple: Aaron knew that if he scored 100 runs in a season, his club was going to win a lot of games.

Torre, now MLB’s executive vice president, played on the Milwaukee Braves with Aaron and managed A-Rod with the Yankees. Reds manager Dusty Baker played with Aaron as a kid in Atlanta and managed Bonds with the Giants.

The two men have a unique, first-person impression, and it was fortuitous to have both of them in the house on Monday.

Baker always looked up to Aaron, and behind his office desk in the Reds’ clubhouse is a picture from a recent Civil Rights Game hosted in Cincinnati, with Aaron hugging Dusty’s son, Darren. The picture, of course, is signed by Aaron.

The question to Baker was a simple one: what made Aaron, Bonds and A-Rod great?

“They all had a calmness and a determination,” Baker said. “God gave them a whole bunch of ability and they worked at it. They cultivated it. I know Barry worked hard and I’ve heard that A-Rod works hard. Hank, I used to go with him to this gym and I’d play basketball. The whole time, he’d do lap after lap after lap and throw this big medicine ball around. Then he’d play racquetball to work on his hands and quickness. These guys worked.”

That’s the key, Baker added: “There were other guys who had close to their abilities, but didn’t work as hard. I like A-Rod. I’ll be pulling for him.”

Bonds also said last year as A-Rod was going for his 600th homer that he’d be pulling for the right-handed hitter, who is currently sixth on the all-time homer list, four behind Ken Griffey Jr.

“If he gets to 762, I’ll be in the stands rooting for him,” Bonds said.

A-Rod is 11th in RBIs, 16th in runs scored and just passed Al Oliver into 52nd place on the hits list. He’s already in the pantheon of the greats, but he has plenty of time to separate himself from all but a few.

When he passes Griffey at 630, only Mays (660), Babe Ruth (714), Aaron and Bonds will be ahead of him.

“If he stays healthy enough, if he plays the game the way he always has, he has a great shot at it,” Bonds said. “He just needs to stay focused. There are a lot of reporters around all the time. You’ve got to separate yourself from that. You want to do well for your teammates on top of everything else that’s swirling around you. A home run, base hit, whatever, to win the game for your team is the most important thing.”

For his part, Rodriguez seemed humbled, almost stunned about the baseball history that lies ahead of him.

“Hank is definitely one of my heroes,” he said. “Anytime I get mentioned with him, it’s good enough.”

Albert Pujols Out 4-6 Weeks With Broken Arm

Albert Pujols Out 4-6 Weeks With Broken Arm

By R.B. FALLSTROM, AP Sports Writer

ST. LOUIS (AP)—St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols(notes)will be out an estimated six weeks with a fractured left wrist, leaving baseball without a three-time MVP in a devastating blow for a franchise hit hard by injuries this season.// 0) {
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The team announced the results of an MRI and CT scan Monday, one day after Pujols was injured during a home game against Kansas City. The team said Pujols has a non-displaced fracture of his left radius and that his arm is in a splint, and general manager John Mozeliak referred to the injury as a fractured wrist.

Mozeliak said he hoped to have Pujols back by the beginning of August.

Pujols is hitting .279 this year, starting to heat up after a slow start. The team said his left shoulder was sore, but no structural damage was found.

Pujols was hurt on Sunday after Kansas City’s Wilson Betemit(notes) collided with him when trying to reach first base.

“He hit me on my wrist and my shoulder,” Pujols said afterward. “He kind of jammed me back. It’s the toughest play to make as a first baseman. It’s a bang-bang play. I saw the replay a couple of times, but I didn’t really want to look at it.”

The 31-year-old Pujols is due to enter free agency at the end of this season after rejecting a multiyear contract extension at the start of spring training. He will be placed on the 15-day disabled list for only the third time in his career.

Happy Birthday Rick Sutcliffe!!!

Happy Birthday Rick Sutcliffe!!!

Rick Sutcliffe turns 55 years old today.

Rick Sutcliffe enjoyed a very solid 18-year major league career. 

A starting pitcher, with 392 starts on his resume, Sutcliffe finished his playing days with a 171-139 record.  He also threw 72 complete games, including 18 strikeouts.

Sutcliffe was a dominant pitcher – largely due to his physical stature.  Standing 6 feet, 7 inches tall, Sutcliffe looked better equipped to chop down trees, but he still chopped down batters in the National League.  In total, he struck out 1,679 batters during his career, good for 5.6 batter per 9 innings pitched.

A winner of the Rookie of the Year award in 1979 and the Cy Young Award in 1984, Sutcliffe was highly decorated throughout his career.  He is also a 3-time All-Star.

Happy Birthday to ‘The Red Baron’!!!

Up For Grabs – 10 Card Lot From 2002 Upper Deck ‘Pieces Of History’

Up For Grabs – 10 Card Lot From 2002 Upper Deck ‘Pieces Of History’

I recently found these cards in a package that I received from an Ebay seller.  I did not purchase them – and since they enveloped the card that I actual bought, I guess that these can be tagged as ‘packing materials’.

Well, now these ‘packing materials’ can be yours.

In the group are:  Carlton Fisk, Willie Stargell, Kirk Gibson, Todd Helton, Wade Boogs, Omar Vizquel, Dwight Gooden, Joe Mays, Luis Gonzalez, and Joe Carter.

And here are the cards:

As sweet as they are, I just don’t need them.  So, I am trying to find a better home for them.  Are you up for the challenge?

The first person that tells me that they want the cards gets them.  Just promise that treat them well and give them a good home.

Thanks.