Daily Archives: September 19, 2011

1989 Topps Turn Back The Clock – Card #2 – Lou Brock & The 1979 Baseball Season

1989 Topps Turn Back The Clock – Card #2 – Lou Brock & The 1979 Baseball Season

“Ten Years Ago”

This card is card #2 from the 1989 Topps ‘Turn Back The Clock Set’.  The card features Lou Brock’s 1979 Topps baseball card on the front and recalls some of the greatest highlights from the ’79 season on the back.

Here are a few of my personal favorites:

Phil and Joe Niekro both reaching 20 wins – first brothers to accomplish the feat in same season.

Ken Foorsch’s no-hitter – the only one of the 1979 campaign.

Lou Brock setting the all-time steals mark with 938.

Mariano Rivera – Baseball’s New Saves King!!!

NEW YORK — The familiar opening guitar riff and drum beat from Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” blared, and what has become perhaps the most legendary custom in the Yankees’ rich history commenced.

As the door to the outfield bullpen opened and Mariano Rivera appeared, the Yankee Stadium crowd rose to its feet. It would grow louder still through the scoreless ninth as the ever-dominant reliever converted yet another save. This one, the 602nd of his career, was one for the record books.

In preserving New York’s 6-4 victory against the Twins on Monday afternoon in the Bronx, Rivera eclipsed Trevor Hoffman for the top spot on baseball’s all-time saves list. The win, coupled with a Boston afternoon loss, trims New York’s playoff magic number to four and the club’s magic number to win the American League East to five.

It’s the seventh time in Rivera’s illustrious career that he has recorded at least 43 saves in a season (1997, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2005 and 2009), as he continues to build on yet another 40-save year. Only Hoffman, who has done it nine times, has more than Rivera’s eight 40-save seasons.

It was the right-hander’s 290th save at home and 32nd against the Twins.

Happy Anniversary Alex Rodriguez!!!

Happy Anniversary Alex Rodriguez!!!

On this day in 1998, Alex Rodriguez stole his 40th base of the baseball season giving him entrance into the elite ’40/40 Club’.

Just the 3rd of 4 members of this group, Rodriguez is the only infielder in the club.

A-Rod finished the season with 42 homers and 46 steals.  And while he never eclipsed more than 28 steals in any year after, he did hit more than 42 home runs in a season six more times.

Congratulations on this elite achievement, and Happy Anniversary A-Rod!!!

Happy Anniversary Tom Glavine!!!

Happy Anniversary Tom Glavine!!!

On this day in 1993, Tom Glavine collected the 20th win of the baseball season.

This win gave Glavine twenty or more victories in three consecutive seasons.  The feat was last accomplished by Hall of Famer Ferguson Jenkins almost two decades prior.

Glavine was a machine during these three years.  In 1991 he captured 20 wins, in 1992 another 20, and then in 1993 he amassed 22.  During that three-year span, Glavine started 103 games for the Braves, capturing 62 wins with only 25 defeats.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Glavine!!!

Happy Birthday Jim Abbott!!!

Happy Birthday Jim Abbott!!!

Jim Abbott turns 44 years old today.

One of the most inspirational athletes of my generation, Jim Abbott and his amazing story remain as a precious baseball memory for me.

I knew little about Abbott prior to his rookie card debut in the 1988 Topps baseball card set.  Back then it meant quite a bit to be part of the Team USA set so I always tried to spend a little time learning about the players featured.  And with no Internet, this was quite a challenge.  But when Abbott’s second card came out in the 1989 Topps set, he had a reputation and stories about him and his abilities became more available to collectors.

Abbott was a fan favorite in each city he called ‘home’.  And on the road he was quite an attraction.

Happy Birthday Mr. Abbott!!!

Happy Birthday Joe Morgan!!!

Happy Birthday Joe Morgan!!!

Joe Morgan turns 68 years old today.

Joe Morgan was a baseball superstar during the 1970’s.  A 2-time MVP and 10-time All-star, Joe Morgan brought his well-rounded game to the Reds for 8 seasons.

A slick fielder, Morgan used his range and speed to garner 5 consecutive Gold Glove awards between 1973-1977.

Offensively, Morgan was awesome.  A threat at the plate, and on the base paths, he was the perfect complement to a Reds team that was full of potent offensive talent.  Morgan collected 2,517 hits during his career and has a lifetime batting average of .271.  Other notable offensive stats include his 1,650 runs scored, 689 stolen bases, 268 home runs, and 1,133 RBI.

Morgan was a member of both the 1975 and 1976 World Series championship winning Reds teams.  In those 2 match-ups, he hit .286 while collecting 12 hits and scoring 7 runs.

Joe Morgan was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1990.

Happy Birthday Mr. Morgan!!!