Daily Archives: August 15, 2011

TTM Success – Terry Pendleton!!! Just 481 Days…

TTM Success – Terry Pendleton!!!  Just 481 Days…

You can say that I was a bit surprised to find a TTM return in my mailbox this afternoon when I got home from work.  Especially since it had been more than a year since I sent out any kind of volume looking for autographs through the mail.

But, lo and behold, Terry Pendleton stepped up and returned two baseball cards to me that I sent him back in April of 2010.

And now, the cards are back home with me – and safe too!!!

Check them out:

Pretty cool, huh?

I always liked Pendleton as a player – from his time with the Cardinals to the Braves to the Marlins – TP was a great teammate and one heck of a hitter!

Thank you Mr. Pendleton – Thanks for the great autographs!!

Frank Thomas 1995 Fleer Ultra ‘Hitting Machine’

Frank Thomas 1995 Fleer Ultra ‘Hitting Machine’

Sadly, Frank Thomas will probably never go down in the record books as being one of the best hitters of his generation.  There were far too many .340+ seasons when Thomas played for him to be lumped into that category of hitter.

But, as a slugger, Frank Thomas was an incredible hitter!!!

He never reached 3,000 hits.  He never recorded 200 hits in a season.  But here is what he did do:

  1. 10 seasons with a .300 average or better
  2. 1997 batting title with .347 batting average
  3. career batting average of .301
  4. career on-base percentage of .419 – and he was a clean-up hitter!!!
  5. six seasons of at least a .450 on-base percentage
  6. led American League in on-base percentage in four seasons
  7. led American League in walks in four seasons

So, is Frank Thomas a hitter or a slugger?

Either way you vote, one this is for sure – Fleer got it right in 1995 – Frank Thomas is a ‘Hitting Machine’!!!

Bob Gibson 2001 Topps Archives

Bob Gibson 2001 Topps Archives

Ever since the 2011 Topps Lineage set was released, I have been feeling a bit nostalgic.  And since they used their 1975 Topps design as part of this year’s set, my desire to check out and enjoy a few more cards from the ’75 issue has grown immensely.

In the meantime, I can proudly show off this card of Bob Gibson from the 2001 Topps Archives set.  Another replica of the 1975 design, this card features a close-up shot of an older Gibson as he was nearing the very end of his playing days in the majors.

1975 was Gibson’s final year in the big leagues – and it was a forgettable one.  He started 14 games for the Cardinals and compiled a 3-10 record.  His ERA that year was 5.04; the second highest of his 17-season career.

Dwight Gooden 1992 Topps

Dwight Gooden 1992 Topps

After firing what is presumably a 96 mile-per-hour strike, Dwight Gooden is getting into his fielding position just as the photographer snaps the picture.

Take a look:

Gooden was a solid fielder during his playing days.  And while he never won the Gold Glove award for fielding excellence, he never committed more than six errors in a single season and he retired with a .950 fielding percentage.

1987 Topps ‘Turn Back The Clock’ – Card #5 – Maury Wills

1987 Topps ‘Turn Back The Clock’ – Card #5 – Maury Wills

‘Twenty Five Years Ago’

Topps’ 1987 baseball card set was a celebration of their very popular release from 25 years prior – the 1962 Topps set.  Keeping with the theme of a wood-grain border, the ’87 set was a bit brighter and lighter than it’s older brother, but the feeling of nostalgia is certainly there.

Here is the card from the ‘Turn Back The Clock’ set that features Dodgers legend, Mr. Maury Wills.

Some of my favorite highlights from the 1962 baseball season:

  1. Tommy Davis leading the league in batting average, hits, and RBI
  2. Sandy Koufax’s 18 strikeouts in a 9-inning game
  3. Jackie Robinson’s election into the Baseball Hall of Fame

Dan Uggla’s Hitting Streak Ends At 33 Games In Braves’ Loss

Dan Uggla’s Hitting Streak Ends At 33 Games In Braves’ Loss

ATLANTA, Aug 14 (Reuters) – Atlanta slugger Dan Uggla(notes)
saw his Major League-best 33-game hitting streak come to an
end as the Braves fell to the Chicago Cubs 6-5 on Sunday.

Uggla nearly kept his red-hot stretch going in the fifth
inning when he sent a fly ball into shallow right field, but
Chicago second baseman Darwin Barney(notes) made a diving catch to deny
the hit.

Uggla finished 0-for-3 with a sacrifice-fly for his first
hit-less game in over a month.

The Atlanta infielder had surpassed the previous top hitting
streak of the baseball season, a 30-game stretch produced by the
Los Angeles Dodgers’ Andre Ethier(notes).

Uggla’s run helped him turn around his hitting struggles. He
was batting just .173 at the start of the streak but has now
rocketed his average up to .231.

He also has 27 home runs this season for the Braves (70-51)
who are leading the National League Wild Card race.