Daily Archives: September 17, 2011

Andre Dawson 1990 Topps – Autographed!!!

Andre Dawson 1990 Topps – Autographed!!!

I found this one on Ebay and I sat patiently waiting until just a few seconds remained before striking.  Like a trained sniper, I struck when no one else could, and I took home the bounty!!

A perfectly signed 1990 Topps baseball card featuring my favorite baseball player of all-time, Mr. Andre Dawson.

Take a look:

Nice, right??

The colors of Dawson’s card from the 1990 set are fantastic, and the bright Blue Sharpie autograph is the perfect complement.

A very fine addition to my collection, if I say so myself.

This now makes 93 signed cards of ‘The Hawk’ in my collection!!!  Getting very close to #100!!!

Paul Molitor 2011 Topps Diamond Anniversary – ’60 Years Of Topps’

Paul Molitor 2011 Topps Diamond Anniversary – ’60 Years Of Topps’

I’m happy to see that Topps honored Molitor in this set of cards.  I think that Molitor is one of the most underrated players from his era – and his numbers (with the exception of home runs) stack up well against most of his peers.

A solid hitter, with great speed, and a knack for scoring runs, Paul Molitor is a very well-rounded offensive threat.

Did you know that Paul Molitor ranks in 11th place on the all-time list for doubles? His 605 doubles is ahead of Barry Bonds, Tony Gwynn, Dave Winfield, and Eddie Murray.  That is strong stuff right there.

And speaking of strong stuff, this card is pretty strong too…

Enjoy!!

Dwight Gooden 1989 Bowman – Pop Quiz Time!!!

Dwight Gooden 1989 Bowman – Pop Quiz Time!!!

OK, obviously Dwight Gooden is having a pretty good laugh in the picture from his 1989 Bowman baseball card.

So, what is ‘Doc’ laughing at??

  1. Sid Fernandez doing the hula
  2. Darryl Strawberry doing an impersonation of a giraffe
  3. Kevin Mitchell bench pressing Howard Johnson
  4. Roger McDowell taking batting practice in his underwear

Take your pick.

1984 Headline: Reggie Jackson Crushes Home Run #500 Of His Career!!!

1984 Headline:  Reggie Jackson Crushes Home Run #500 Of His Career!!!

On this date in 1984, Reggie Jackson crushed the 500th home run of his Hall of Fame career!!!

One of the most impressive players in the game joined the 500 Home Run Club in front of 28,862 fans at Anaheim Stadium in California.  As a member of the Angels, Jackson and his teammates took on the first place Kansas City Royals.

In the bottom of the 7th inning with his team trailing 7-0, Reggie Jackson crushed a Bud Black pitch into the outfield stands for a home run – #500!!!

Reggie Jackson currently ranks at 13th All-time with 563 career home runs.  And although that ranking will fall a few notches over the next few years, Reggie Jackson will always be remembered as being one of the greatest home run hitters of All-time!!

Congratulations to ‘Mr. October’!!! 

Ryan Braun Hits 2 Home Runs, Joins Exclusive 30/30 Club

Ryan Braun Hits 2 Home Runs, Joins Exclusive 30/30 Club

By JOE KAY, AP Baseball Writer

CINCINNATI (AP)—Ryan Braun celebrated 30-30 and helped the Milwaukee Brewers start their final push toward a first NL Central title.

Braun homered twice and became only the second player in Brewers history to get 30 homers and steals in a season Friday night, setting up a 6-3 victory that eliminated the Cincinnati Reds from playoff contention.

Braun hit one of Milwaukee’s four homers off Bronson Arroyo (8-12), then added his 30th off reliever Jeremy Horst. Braun, who also has 31 steals, joined Tommy Harper as the franchise’s only 30-30 players.

“I’m really proud,” Braun said. “There’s a reason it’s only been done one other time in franchise history. It’s a hard thing to do.”

So is finally nailing down that title.

Detroit Tigers Win AL Central, 1st Division Title Since 1987

Detroit Tigers Win AL Central, 1st Division Title Since 1987

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Baseball Writer

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP)—Pitcher Phil Coke yelled through the victorious clubhouse looking for Jim Leyland.

His turn had arrived to douse Detroit’s manager with beer and champagne.

“Where’s the skipper?” Coke shouted amid the cigar smoke and showers.

Leyland had already tucked himself away in the quiet confines of his office, reflecting for a few minutes on all the milestones in the Tigers’ run to the AL Central title while also preparing for the next step: lining everything up just right for what he hopes is a deep October run.

Newcomer Doug Fister pitched the Tigers to the division title on Friday night, beating the Oakland Athletics 3-1 to secure Detroit’s first top finish in nearly a quarter-century.

“A bunch of ‘em nailed me, and they should,” Leyland said of being soaked. “I want them to spray me. What the hell?”

Detroit is headed to the playoffs for the first time since winning the AL wild card in 2006 and losing to St. Louis in the World Series. The Tigers (88-63) had not finished on top since winning the AL East in 1987, three years after their last World Series championship.

“It’s been pretty much magical this whole second half,” Coke said. “We’ve gone out every day and handled our business. We’re all hungry. We’re all ready for this.”

When Josh Willingham grounded out to third to end it, the victorious Tigers sprinted out of their dugout. Closer Jose Valverde pumped both arms, then turned as catcher Alex Avila jumped into his embrace.

Leyland stood some 10 feet from the pitcher’s mound and waited for a hug from each of his players.

Happy Anniversary Brooks Robinson!!!!

Happy Anniversary Brooks Robinson!!!!

On this day in 1955, Brooks Robinson made his big-league debut.

At the age of 18, Robinson and his Baltimore Orioles teammates hosted the Washington Senators.  And in front of a crowd that barely crossed 5,000 spectators, Robinson performed like a veteran.

On the day, Brooks went 2-for-4, collecting two singles and an RBI.  His efforts helped lead the team to a 3-1 victory.

Welcome to the big leagues, Mr. Robinson.  Happy Anniversary!!!

Wade Boggs 1991 Score – ‘Dream Team’

Wade Boggs 1991 Score – ‘Dream Team’

Simply a fantastic baseball card, with a fantastic theme – take the sport’s best players and capture them in a more candid, but still baseball-themed pose. 

And while Wade Boggs may not have had the persona of some of the other players captured in this set (Puckett, Henderson, Canseco), he undoubtedly belongs on ‘The Dream Team’. 

Here is the card:

This did get me to thinking…  What players from today would I want to see in a similarly themed set?

Let’s go around the horn, shall we?

  • Ryan Howard
  • Robinson Cano
  • Derek Jeter
  • Chipper Jones
  • Buster Posey
  • Ichiro
  • Mike Stanton
  • Ryan Braun
  • Brian Wilson
  • Justin Verlander
  • Roy Halladay
  • Tim Lincecum

Now that is what I call a ‘Dream Team’.