Daily Archives: August 16, 2011

Tony Gwynn 1983 Fleer – ROOKIE CARD!!!

Tony Gwynn 1983 Fleer – ROOKIE CARD!!!

Finally, Finally, Finally, I have landed myself a Tony Gwynn rookie card for my collection!!!

Starting my collection that honors Gwynn’s amazing hit-filled career more than six months ago, it was about time that I snagged a Gwynn rookie card.

So, I searched and searched and save a bunch of listed auctions in ‘My Ebay’ account.  And finally after a few weeks of waiting to strike, I nailed it!!!

And here it is:

Ernie Banks 2005 Topps Heritage – Front & Back

Ernie Banks 2005 Topps Heritage – Front & Back

It’s not often that I show off both a card’s front and back.  In fact, I think that if we sat back and counted, it would be less than ten times.

On the front, we get to see a shot of Ernie Banks as he chooses the right piece of lumber as he prepares to get at-bat.

And on the back, we get a nice cartoon celebrating Banks starting his career by appearing in 424 consecutive games to start his big league career.

Pretty nice card and a very solid addition to my Ernie Banks collection!

Frank Robinson 2006 Topps – Washington Nationals Manager Card

Frank Robinson 2006 Topps – Washington Nationals Manager Card

Just a cool-ass card of a cool-ass dude!!

Come see:

My favorite element of this card’s design is the Silver printing in both the team banner and player/manager nameplate.

And it doesn’t hurt that the Silver used matches the Grey of Robinson’s pants and hair..  🙂

Did You Know…

No one since Wade Boggs has hit .355 or better for four consecutive seasons.

1984 Headline: Pete Rose Returns To Cincinnati!!!

1984 Headline: Pete Rose Returns To Cincinnati!!!

When this headline hit the papers 25+ years ago I am pretty certain that the feeling in the Cincinnati area was one of sheer joy!!!

A former baseball star was coming back to the city to once again play for and now manage the team that he helped become one of baseball’s greatest dynasties.

What a ride Pete took Reds’ fans on once he came back to the team.  From making history by becoming the game’s all-time hits leader to being banished from the game for gambling.

No matter how you look at it and how you feel about Pete Rose today, you must admit that this was a historic day for the sport back in 1984!!!

Jim Thome Hits 600th Home Run Of His Big League Career!!!

Jim Thome Hits 600th Home Run Of His Big League Career!!!

By NOAH TRISTER, AP Sports Writer

DETROIT (AP)—Minnesota slugger Jim Thome(notes) become the eighth player to hit 600 home runs, connecting twice against the Detroit Tigers on Monday night.

The 40-year-old Thome hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning for No. 599, then added a three-run shot in the seventh. The milestone came on a 2-1 pitch from Daniel Schlereth.

Both homers were hit to the opposite field. When No. 600 cleared the fence in left, Thome raised his right fist as he went around first base, and the crowd in Detroit came to its feet to applaud him.

Thome became the second-fastest hitter to reach the milestone, hitting his 600th homer in at-bat No. 8,137. Babe Ruth needed only 6,921 at-bats.

His 65 home runs against Detroit are his most against any team.

The Tigers posted a congratulatory message on the scoreboard after Thome’s homer, and the Twins came out to greet him at home plate.

Fighting injuries during a frustrating season in Minnesota, Thome hasn’t received nearly the amount of national publicity that his predecessors who reached the milestone did. Even Derek Jeter’s accomplishment of 3,000 hits earlier this season dwarfed the attention Thome has been getting for a chase that’s far more rare.

Only seven hitters have hit more home runs than the bulky Thome: Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Ken Griffey Jr., Alex Rodriguez and Sammy Sosa. Rodriguez joined the 600-homer club last August.

It was perhaps fitting that Thome reached No. 600 in a matchup of AL Central rivals. He hit 334 home runs with Cleveland and 134 with the Chicago White Sox.

Thome is the oldest person to hit his 600th homer. Sosa previously held that mark at 38 years, 220 days. He reached the milestone in 2007.