Daily Archives: October 6, 2011

Reggie Jackson 2011 Topps Kimball Champions Mini

Reggie Jackson 2011 Topps Kimball Champions Mini

As nice as this card is, and belive me when I tell you that I like it, I think it could have been better.

What’s wrong with it, you ask?  Nothing really, but with what the ‘Kimball Champions’ series offered up, I think that this card doesn’t meet the lofty highs that some of the other cards from the set does.

Specifically, I would love to have seen a young Reggie on this vintage-inspired issue.  Give me Reggie in a sleeveless A’s uniform and remove the facial hair.

If the theme is old-school, take me back, way back if you have to!!!

Chicago White Sox Name Robin Ventura As Their New Skipper

Robin Ventura on Thursday was named manager of the Chicago White Sox, agreeing to a multiyear deal to lead the team for which he starred for a decade.

Ventura, 44, becomes the 17th former White Sox player to manage the club. No. 16 was Ozzie Guillen, with whom the club parted ways following the 2011 season.

Ventura has no prior managerial experience and will return to uniform after rejoining the club on June 6, 2011 as a special advisor to director of player development Buddy Bell.

“When I rejoined the White Sox, I said this was my baseball home and that part of me never left the White Sox organization,” Ventura said. “My family and I are thrilled to be returning to Chicago. Managing a Major League Baseball team is a tremendous honor. It’s also an opportunity and a challenge.

“I am excited to begin my career as a manager surrounded by former teammates, staff, media and White Sox fans I know very well. I already am looking forward to talking to our players, to this offseason and to getting things under way at Spring Training next February.”

Ventura, a line-drive hitter best known prior to his Major League career for a 58-game hitting streak for Oklahoma State that remains the NCAA Division I record, spent the first 10 seasons of his 16-year career with the White Sox. He also played with the New York Mets (1999-2001), the New York Yankees (2002-03) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (2003-2004).

In 2,079 career games, Ventura hit .267 (1,885-7,064) with 294 home runs and 1,182 RBI. His 18 career grand slams are tied for fifth in Major League history.

Gotta Love Game 5!!!!

Gotta Love Game 5!!!!

The 2011 baseball playoffs have been nothing short of spectacular so far.

With dominant performances coming from both the hitters and the pitchers, we have seen some incredible player and team play in just one week’s time.

The next 30 hours will be quite remarkable – three Game 5 scenarios all being played right before our eyes!!!

I, for one, cannot wait!!!!

Enjoy the games everybody!!!

Tony Gwynn 1990 Score

Tony Gwynn 1990 Score

Wow, look at how skinny Tony looks in the photo used of him for his 1990 Score baseball card:

As we all know, Tony Gwynn was not the lightest player, nor the heaviest, during his time in the big leagues.  Still, I don’t recall seeing him ever being this thin…

Maybe Score used an older picture?  I thought that was possible, but when I look back at Gwynn’s older cards from the very early days of his career, he was pictured heavier than he is here.  So, what gives?  Photo-Shop?  Not in 1990…

Hmmmm….

My First Time – Edgar Martinez – September 12, 1987

My First Time – Edgar Martinez – September 12, 1987

The Setting – Kingdome.  Seattle, Washington.

From Martinez – ‘My first action was as a pinch runner of all things.  I remember that my parents couldn’t make the trip from Puerto Rico so I was kind of on my own.  They never saw me play in the majors until the next year’.

The Boxscore – Mariners 12, White Sox 2.  Martines goes 0-for-1.

Happy Anniversary Phil Niekro!!!

Happy Anniversary Phil Niekro!!!

On this day in 1985, and at the age of 46, Phil Niekro joined the 300 Wins Club.

A seasoned veteran with 24 years of major league experience, Niekro tallied win after win through 3 decades leading up to this historic day.

On the last day of the regular season, Niekro and his New York Yankees team was on the road to take on the Toronto Blue Jays.  44,000+ fans packed the stadium and watched history be made as Niekro earned his 300th victory as the Yankees won the game 8-0.  In the game, he pitched all 9 innings en route to 4-hit shutout.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Neikro!!!

Happy Anniversary Jim Palmer!!!

Happy Anniversary Jim Palmer!!!

On this day in 1966, a 20-year old Jim Palmer threw a gem in Game 2 of the World Series.

Still in his rookie season, and on the road to take on the Los Angeles Dodgers, Palmer took the mound with the entire baseball world watching.

And this kid delivered one of the greatest pitching performances in World Series history.  And he was the youngest player on the field.

Palmer pitched a masterpiece.  Going the distance, Palmer and his Orioles teammates won the game 6-0.  He threw a complete game shutout while allowing just 4 hits and striking out 6 batters.  A legendary performance by a calm, cool-mannered kid!!!

Congratulations Mr. Palmer!!!

Up For Grabs – Three 1972 Kellogg’s 3-D Baseball Cards!!!

Up For Grabs – Three 1972 Kellogg’s 3-D Baseball Cards!!!

I will leave this post active and ‘sticky’ for 24 hours – anyone that wants to get in and have a chance at nabbing these three cards just needs to leave a comment on this post stating so.

The winner will be randomly selected by me through one of the many ‘randomizer’ type websites that are out there.

Up for grabs are three baseball cards from the 1972 Kellogg’s set.  And while the players featured are far from Hall of Famers, this is a pretty special set and I know that it has a strong following among collectors that appreciate vintage and oddball baseball cards.

The cards:

The players:  David Roberts, Joe Coleman, and Doug Rader

As an FYI, I obtained these cards as part of a 4-card set.  The card I am keeping features Fergie Jenkins.

If you want in, simply leave a comment.  All 3 cards will go to one winner!!!

Thanks for reading!!!