Daily Archives: November 8, 2011

Ryne Sandberg 2001 Topps Archives

Ryne Sandberg 2001 Topps Archives

As a lover of the history of the Chicago Cubs, most of my favorite legends have at some point worn the famous ‘C’ on their cap.

You know my line-up:  Dawson, Jenkins, Williams, Santo, Banks, Grace, and Maddux.

But not on that list is Ryne Sandberg.  And while it is nothing personal, I just never really got into Sandberg as a player or a collector for that matter.  It’s not that I don’t care for him as a player or respect what he did while wearing his Cubs’ uniform.  I just didn’t buy the hype of him being the team leader or one of the best second baseman in baseball history.

On a completely unrelated note, I did grab this 2001 Topps Archives card of Sandberg.  Why, you ask??  Well, I love the image that they used for this card – plain and simple!!

Check it out:

Tony Gwynn 1989 Score

Tony Gwynn 1989 Score

What a sweet looking swing from the greatest hitter from my generation.

If you were a lefty during the late 1980’s and into the 1990’s, Tony Gwynn and his gorgeous swing was the one to emulate. 

The photographer that captured the picture used on this 1989 Score baseball card did a fantastic job of centering his subject, both from left to right and top to bottom. 

Ladies and gentlemen, I believe that we have found a potential candidate for a Tony Gwynn ‘Fab Five’.

Stay tuned.  As soon as I complete the collection I will unveil the ‘Final Five’.

Did You Know…

There are only two catchers in the history of major league baseball to capture batting titles – Ernie Lombardi in 1938 with a .342 average and 1942 with a .330 average and Joe Mauer in 2006 (.347), 2008 (.328), and 2009 (.365).

Happy Anniversary Jerome Walton!!!

Happy Anniversary Jerome Walton!!!

What a year 1989 was for Jerome Walton.

Not only did he make his major league debut in 1989 with the Chicago Cubs, but he also won the NL Rookie of the Year award that year while also helping the team capture their division crown!

At 23 years old, Walton had the presence of a veteran at the plate.  And his skills shined brightest in that rookie campaign.  Led by a batting average of .293, Walton collected 139 for the Cubs.  He also stole 24 bases, scored 64 runs, and drove in 46 more.  And he did all of this while patrolling one of the toughest center-field positions in the majors!

Congratulations on a fabulous rookie season Jerome.  Today we celebrate you winning the NL Rookie of the Year award in 1989!!!

Happy Anniversary Frank Robinson!!!

Happy Anniversary Frank Robinson!!!

On this day in 1966, Frank Robinson was named as the 1966 AL Most Valuable Player.  And it was really not contest – Robinson was the Triple Crown winner as he led the American League is Batting Average, RBI, and Home Runs.

What made this award even more special is that Robinson became the first player to win the MVP in both leagues with this award in 1966.

You see, just 5 seasons prior, in 1961, he won the award with the Cincinnati Reds of the National League.

A truly dominant player – and one of the best!!

Happy Anniversary Mr. Robinson!!!