Daily Archives: August 10, 2011

Balls From Cooperstown!!!

Balls From Cooperstown!!!

Just a few days after the 2011 Baseball Hall of Fame inductions were done, a nice package was found at my front door when arriving hom from a long day of work.

I took part in a signing that was hosted by The Fergie Jenkins Foundation, and the two baseballs that I sent were now back home.

And now, I am ready to show them off to you!!

Ball #1 was signed by 3-time World Series Champion and multi-time All-Star, Bert Campaneris.

I opted for a pretty sweet inscription too:

Ball #2 was signed by none other than my favorite pitcher of all-time, Hall of Famer Ferguson Jenkins.  This is now my third Fergie ball, and this one features a pretty sweet inscription too:

Not to bad, huh?

A HUGE ‘Thank You to the Fergie Jenkins Foundation for hosting this event.  I cannot wait to see what you have coming up next…

 

Frank Robinson 2006 Fleer Greats Of The Game

Frank Robinson 2006 Fleer Greats Of The Game

I love this set.

I love the theme.

I love the design.

And the fact that the card features one of my favorite baseball legends of all-time, Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, make it all the better!!!

Enjoy.

Bo Jackson 1990 Score

Bo Jackson 1990 Score

Just look at how strong Bo’s swing was.  He could really bring the power back in the day, huh??

I remember learning that some baseball players used to swing bats in swimming pools as a way to strengthen their hips and swings at the same time.  While very low-impact, I would have to imagine that this kind of workout was reserved for the players in the best condition as this level of exercise sounds intense.

Something tells me that Bo could be a guy that mastered a technique like that…

What do you think?

Happy Anniversary Harmon Killebrew!!!

Happy Anniversary Harmon Killebrew!!!

On this day in 1971 Harmon Killebrew crushed the 500th home run of his big league career.

Amazingly, Killebrew seemed to get better with age as he collected more home runs in the second half of his career than he did in the first half. 

In 22 years, the Hall of Famer hit 573 round-trippers.  He currently sits in 11th place on the all-time list.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Killebrew!!!

Dan Uggla’s Hit Streak Extended To 30 Games!!

Dan Uggla’s Hit Streak Extended To 30 Games!!

By Mark Bowman / MLB.com 

MIAMI — Dan Uggla understands why so many are surprised that he has been able to prolong his career-best hitting streak for more than a month. But now that the Braves’ second baseman has reached this point, he is simply focused on adding to the surprise.

Uggla extended his hitting streak to 30 games — the longest active streak in the Major Leagues this season — with an infield single in the fifth inning of Tuesday night’s 4-3, 11-inning win over the Marlins at Sun Life Stadium.

Uggla and Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier now share the longest hitting streaks posted in the Majors this year. Ethier’s streak ended in May.

“I think the loudest cheer of the night was when [Uggla] beat out that ball,” Braves third baseman Chipper Jones said.

 

All-time Atlanta hit streaks
The longest hitting streaks in Braves history:
# Player Year
31 Rico Carty 1970
30 Dan Uggla 2011
29 Rowland Office 1976
28 Marquis Grissom 1996

Uggla bounced his close friend Clay Hensley’s 1-2 curveball to shortstop Emilio Bonifacio, who snared the ball in the outfield but was unsuccessful in his attempt to record the out at first base.

Through the first two games of this series against his former team, Uggla has gone 2-for-9, and both of his hits have been infield singles. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he has registered nine infield singles during this streak and had a total of six in the previous 86 games he had played.

“There are going to be times when you don’t feel as good, and you have to battle and take what you can get,” said Uggla, who has improved his batting average from .173 to .220 during the streak.

When the Braves conclude their three-game series against the Marlins on Wednesday night, Uggla will have a chance to match the Atlanta record Rico Carty set in 1970 with a 31-game hitting streak.

While playing each of the previous five seasons with the Marlins, Uggla developed a close bond with Hensley. He extended his hitting streak to 20 games with a three-run homer off the Marlins right-hander on July 29.

Uggla has hit .345 (41-for-119) with 12 homers during this streak that dates back to July 5.

Los Angeles Dodgers Honor Hall Of Famer Duke Snider

Los Angeles Dodgers Honor Hall Of Famer Duke Snider

LOS ANGELES — Seeing the number four cut into Dodger Stadium’s center-field grass brought Bev Snider back to a different era.

It was an era when Duke Snider, her husband of 63 years who passed away in February, roamed the outfield in Brooklyn and Los Angeles from 1947-62 as the last Dodgers player to don that number before it was retired.

The Dodgers paid tribute to Snider, the club’s all-time leader in home runs, with a special pregame ceremony Tuesday night in which more than 40 of his family members were in attendance, including all four of his children and his wife.

“This is something so special only Duke could bring it,” Bev Snider said. “I love it.”

When asked of her memories of Dodger Stadium, Bev’s eyes welled with a few tears. She pointed to center field and muttered one word: “Duke.”

The Dodgers honored Snider with pregame tribute video, a Snider bobblehead for fans in attendance and by putting his plaque from the Hall of Fame on display before and during the game.

To Pam Chodola, Snider’s daughter, the best part of the ceremony was the Snider reunion. Ten minutes before the game began, the entire family gathered behind home plate for a photo centered around Snider’s plaque.

“It means everything for this family to get together,” said Chodola, who recalled knitting in the stands during batting practice because, as a girl, she wasn’t allowed on the field in the late 1950s. “We used to do this every year. We’d go to Disneyland together as a family. Now we’re saying this is like Disneyland again.”

An eight-time All-Star, Snider finished with 407 home runs and 2,116 hits in his 18 seasons, 16 with the Dodgers. He played in six World Series, winning two.

Snider was never named Most Valuable Player, but from 1952-56, he finished in the top 10 in voting every season — including finishing second in 1955 to teammate Roy Campanella by one of the narrowest margins. In that season, he hit .309 with 42 homers on the Dodgers’ first World Series championship team.

Snider was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1980, and his plaque remained stationed there until Tuesday, when Hall of Fame senior director Brad Horn escorted the plaque to Dodger Stadium.

“Duke meant so much to the franchise that having his plaque here with so many fans seeing it on display helps keep his memory alive,” said Horn, adding that Snider’s plaque will return Wednesday to the same place it’s hung for the last 31 years.

Horn said removing plaques from Cooperstown is an incredibly rare occurrence, happening only about a dozen times in the last decade. He was with Harmon Killebrew’s plaque when the Twins honored him after he passed away in May.

But when the Dodgers called to ask to borrow Snider’s plaque for a day, there was no hesitation on the part of Cooperstown.

To legendary Dodgers announcer Vin Scully, who has a plaque of his own in Cooperstown, Snider’s accomplishments on the field were only topped by his personality off it.

Scully called Snider “an absolute sweetheart of a guy.” He noted that while Snider may have been overshadowed by the abundance of center-field greatness in New York at the time, he certainly merited his place in the discussion of the game’s best.

“He competed in New York with Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle and the memory of Joe DiMaggio,” Scully said. “So it was awfully tough for him to get that recognition. … To put it in proper perspective, he certainly belongs in the Hall of Fame and he certainly belongs in that song, ‘Willie, Mickey and the Duke.'”

I’m Going To The Sportacular Sports Card Show!!! Who’s Coming With Me??

I’m Going To The Sportacular Sports Card Show!!!  Who’s Coming With Me??

With the terrible news that my local baseball card show had gone belly-up a few moths ago, I was pleasantly surprised to hear of a new show headed to South Florida!!

Sportacular is headed this way during the upcoming Labor Day Weekend.  And while I have never heard of the show prior, I am very excited as it looks like it can be very promising for this collector.

Why so optimistic?  Because the show has its own website – http://www.sportacularshow.com/index.html

This is a huge step up from what I am used to – and I cannot wait to see what the show has to offer.

Just a few weeks away, I am eager to see if they announce any more baseball player appearances.  I’d love to see another HOFer added to the mix.

Sportacular – I CANNOT WAIT!!!

Now, who is coming with me???