Monthly Archives: August 2011

Frank Robinson Is A 2-Time Most Valuable Player!!!

Frank Robinson Is A 2-Time Most Valuable Player!!!

Any player, in the right circumstance, can be a contender for the MVP award.

But it is the highly skilled player that can be a challenger for the award on an annual basis that separates himself from the pack.

Over the course of his 21-year career, 20 of which were full-time, Robinson finished in the Top 10 for the MVP award nine times.  Truly ahead of 99% of his peers, Robinson was able to do it in both leagues as well.

Ultimately, he won the award twice, once in 1961 with the Reds and then again in 1966 with the Orioles.  As a matter of fact, Frank Robinson was the first player in major league history to win the MVP Award in both leagues.

Frank Robinson & The 1956 Rookie Of The Year Award

Frank Robinson & The 1956 Rookie Of The Year Award

I enjoy celebrating the Rookie of the Year Award because I like to see a young guy play and act like a veteran on the field.  Typically reserved for the more well-rounded player, the award does not always lead to an award filled career, but it does indicate that for a young player, the stats compiled are well above the competition.

And in 1956, Frank Robinson did not disappoint.

Winning the award unanimously by capturing all 24 votes, Robinson put up some very solid numbers during the 1956 baseball season.  Robinson collected 166 hits en route to a .290 batting average.  Of his 166 hits, 27 were doubles, 8 were triples, and 38 were home runs.  He also contributed 83 RBI while scoring 122 runs.

A heck of a way to start a career in the major leagues if you ask me…

Happy Birthday Frank Robinson!!!

Happy Birthday Frank Robinson!!!

Frank Robinson turns 75 years old today.

Still one of the most underrated players of all-time, Frank Robinson compiled a career of accomplishments that are on par with the game’s greatest offensive players of all-time.

And what better way to celebrate one of your favorite baseball legend’s birthday than to honor him with a full day of posts to help celebrate his fantastic career and birthday.

So, all day long, this day is for Hall of Famer, Mr. Frank Robinson.

Happy Birthday!!!

The 900th Unique Andre Dawson Baseball Card For My Collection!!! Oh, Yeah!!!

The 900th Unique Andre Dawson Baseball Card For My Collection!!!  Oh, Yeah!!!

Andre Dawson 1988 Star – Platinum Edition!!!

Finally, and early too, I may add.

One of my collecting goals going into 2011 was to reach the 900-card mark for my Dawson collection.

And well, I am a few months pre-mature.

Here is card #900:

Obviously this is a momentous occasion for me.  I never thought three years ago that I would be able to take my Dawson collection to this level.

But I am thrilled that I have.  And you know what comes next….

1,000

Johnny Bench 2003 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites

Johnny Bench 2003 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites

Oh man, Topps did it this time.

Sheer and utter B-E-A-U-T-Y!!!!

‘Nuff Said!!!

Wade Boggs 1992 Donruss – Base & All-Star

Wade Boggs 1992 Donruss – Base & All-Star

Another 2-for-1 special for you.  This time courtesy of Donruss and their 1992 issue.

The player – Wade Boggs

The cards – Too Sweet!!

Here I have the base card and the All-Star card.

And I have to say that Donruss did a nice job of mixing up the action when providing two cards of one player in their set.

And I have to admit that as much as I enjoy a card that features Boggs and his classic swing, nothing beats a shot of him fielding ‘the hot corner’.

Did You Know…

The everyday player with the biggest decline in batting average from one year to the next was Norm Cash.  In 1961, Cash hit .361 but in ’62 he hit just .243 – a decline of 118 points.

Whoa!!

Happy Birthday Ted Williams!!

Happy Birthday Ted Williams!!

Today is Ted Williams’ birthday.

Arguably the greatest hitter of all-time, any player that collects multiple batting titles or maintains an average close to .350 for a lengthy time is compared to Williams.

Williams is the standard for hitting greatness – yet nobody has come close to eclipsing what he has done in the sport of baseball.  A lifetime, .344 hitter, Williams captured six batting titles during his playing days, and amazing had seven seasons in which he finished with a .350 batting average or better.

Williams was a 17-time All-Star, and a 2-time MVP winner for the Boston Red Sox.

And while he did not make a splash during World Series play, Ted Williams was the rare kind of player that was able to take center-stage while not playing on it.

Happy Birthday to ‘The Splendid Splinter’!!

Orlando Cepeda Autographed Major League Baseball w/HOF Inscription!!!

Orlando Cepeda Autographed Major League Baseball w/HOF Inscription!!!

Mill Creek did it again – and I took the bait!

Again.

This time around, they were offering a signed baseball signed by Hall of Famer, and legendary Giants player Orlando Cepeda.

Here is the ball:

And it is a fantastic addition to my signed baseball collection.  YES!!!

Carl Yastrzemski 2011 Topps Goodwin Champions – Mini

Carl Yastrzemski 2011 Topps Goodwin Champions – Mini

I love these little guys.

And while I personally own less than 4 of them, I have seen enough of them to make such a committed and fond statement.

In fact, if I were to ever attempt to collect a set issued in the last decade, it is very likely that the 2011 Topps Goodwin Champions set would be the one.

I mean, what’s not to like – vintage look, legendary ballplayers, and a sleek and mini design.

Got this collector droolin’