Daily Archives: September 8, 2011

Contest Time: ‘MVP For A Day’

Contest Time: ‘MVP For A Day’

OK, time for another fun contest at ’30-YOC’.

This one should be fun.  ‘MVP for a Day’ goes like  this.  You select one player that you feel will be the most valuable player for the day.  On Sunday, the 11th, there are 15 games taking place – you can review the schedule here.  Pick the one player that you think will be the most valuable to their team.

Here are the rules:

  1. The player must be an offensive player(no pitchers allowed)
  2. Once a player is selected, he is off of the boards and cannot be used again
  3. All picks must be submit into the comments section of this post no later than 11:59 PM on Saturday

Here is how the scores will be tallied:

  1. Hits = 5 points each
  2. Home Runs = 8 points each
  3. RBI = 10 points each
  4. Walks = 3 points each
  5. Stolen Base = 8 points each
  6. Strikeouts = (-5) Points each

So take your time, but not too much time, and review the schedules.  And get your picks in so we can choose Sunday’s ‘MVP For A Day’!!!

And now for the prize…

A full box of 1989 Topps Baseball card.  We’re talking about 36 packs of cards right here!!!

Now study those match-ups and make your selections!!!

Good Luck and thanks for playing!!!

Ozzie Smith 1994 Fleer Ultra – Front & Back – Which Is Better???

Ozzie Smith 1994 Fleer Ultra – Front & Back – Which Is Better???

As you all know by now, I enjoy the backs of baseball cards but don’t make it a habit to show them off very often on the blog.  Not enough flash, or color, or appeal.

But every once in a while, I find one that is worthy of getting some ‘love’ and this 1994 Fleer Ultra card of Ozzie Smith fits the bill!!!

Here is the front:

And here is the back:

So, which do you prefer?

My choice is clear – The Back!!  With stunning color, great action photos, and a superb design – for this collector, the back trumps the front!!!

My First Time – Kenny Lofton – September 14, 1991

My First Time – Kenny Lofton – September 14, 1991

The Setting – Riverfront Stadium.  Cincinnati, OH

From Lofton – ‘I got the call and the team was in Cincinnati which was good for me since I had family there and close by in Chicago too.  It was a good game for me – I went 3-for-4, and I guess it was all downhill from there.’

The Boxscore – Astros 7, Reds 3.  Lofton goes 3-for-4 with 3 runs scored.

Happy Anniversary Mark McGwire!!!

Happy Anniversary Mark McGwire!!!

On this day in 1998, Mark McGwire broke one of the records in baseball that most fans thought would never fall.

At home, and playing in the historic Busch Stadium, ‘Big Mac’ hit the 62nd home runs of his 1998 baseball season, eclipsing the 61 round-trippers that Roger Maris hit during the 1961 season.

One of the game’s greatest sluggers, it was this home run that catapulted McGwire into the main-stream of America and made his name known in every household.  And while some were not too happy that Maris’ record had been snapped, it is very clear that McGwire did quite a bit in 1998 to rekindle life into a sport that needed it desperately!

Thank You and Happy Anniversary Mark McGwire!!!

Happy Anniversary Fergie Jenkins!!!

Happy Anniversary Fergie Jenkins!!!

On this day in 1972, Fergie Jenkins recorded his 20th win of the baseball season.  This victory gave Fergie 20 wins, or more, in 6 consecutive seasons and solidified him as one of the most dominant and consistent pitchers of his era.

Here is a quick look at Fergie’s amazing 6-year run:

Year Wins Losses Win %
1967 20 13 61%
1968 20 15 57%
1969 21 15 58%
1970 22 16 58%
1971 24 13 65%
1972 20 12 63%
Totals 127 84 60%

Not a bad run at all!!!

I was trying to find out how many 1-run games Fergie lost during that time.  I know that I have heard the number before, but I don’t want to mis-quote it.  I have searched around a bit but have not come up with an easy way to find that number.  If I recall correctly, it was somewhere in the neighborhood if 15 or so…

Happy Anniversary to my favorite pitcher of all-time, Mr. Ferguson Arthur Jenkins!!!