Daily Archives: September 28, 2011

Welcome, Ozzie!!!!

Welcome, Ozzie!!!!

I am not one to put too much weight into the value of a manager.  But I will say that the Florida/Miami Marlins are in desperate need of an identity. 

And I do belive that new manager Ozzie Guillen can offer the team and its players the direction needed to find that identity.

Welcome, Ozzie!!!

Andre Dawson 2011 Tri-Star Obak – Base

Andre Dawson 2011 Tri-Star Obak – Base

Well, it took me a few weeks, but I finally scooped up one of Andre’s cards from the 2011 Tri-Star Obak baseball card set.

And while I still struggle with the whole ‘Obak’ theme and what does it mean, I have to say that in my eyes, the 2011 version is better than the 2010 issue that you can view here.

Judge for yourself:

Kirby Puckett 1989 Topps – Uber Fail!!!!

Kirby Puckett 1989 Topps – Uber Fail!!!!

I loved watching Kirby Puckett play baseball.  And I could argue that he was the most exciting player of his era.

But, you would NEVER know that by looking at his 1989 Topps base card!!!

Did You Know…

The first player to win the Rookie Of The Year and Most Valuable Player award in the same season was Fred Lynn who accomplished the feat in 1975 as a member of the Boston Red Sox.

Being born in 1975, I have always tried to learn more about the great players from that season.  It may be time for me to try to get a ball signed by Mr. Lynn…

Joe Morgan ‘Fab Five’ – Card #3 – 1985 Topps

Joe Morgan ‘Fab Five’ – Card #3 – 1985 Topps

Now that my Joe Morgan collection is complete, it is time to show of my favorite five cards from the set.

Card #3 – 1985 Topps

If you know ’30-YOC’ than you know that the 1985 Topps baseball set is the that got me hooked on collecting cards some twenty-five years ago.  Whew…

I love the basic and clean design from the 1985 set.

And for Joe Morgan’s card in that issue, there is one more stand-out feature:

Do you see it??

Ok, let me tell you – That Donut!!!  I have not seen a baseball donut like that in twenty years.  They converted to rubber coated metal discs when I was in Little League so I have no clue hoe Mr. Morgan was able to get one.  But I do love it!!!!

Happy Anniversary Tony Gwynn!!!

Happy Anniversary Tony Gwynn!!!

On this day in 1997, Tony Gwyn won the 8th and final batting championship of his career.  This title also put him at the top of the all-time list with the legendary Honus Wagner for the most in a career.

Taking a look back, Gwynn’s numbers are staggering:

Year # of Hits Average
1984 213 0.351
1987 218 0.370
1988 163 0.313
1989 203 0.336
1994 165 0.394
1995 197 0.368
1996 159 0.353
1997 220 0.372

That’s classic stuff right there – and the fact that he did that over a 14-season span is remarkable.

Congratulations and Happy Anniversary to Hall of Famer, Tony Gwynn!!!