Daily Archives: November 11, 2011

1967 Topps Chicago Cubs Team Cards

1967 Topps Chicago Cubs Team Cards

Another to cross of my ‘Needs List’ for the Billy Williams collection…

This one, from the 1967 Topps baseball card set, features the team from 1966.

And if you look very closely, you can see Billy – he is in the second row and is the fourth player from the left!!!

Lou Brock 2002 Fleer ‘Fall Classic’

Lou Brock 2002 Fleer ‘Fall Classic’

I still have the St. Louis Cardinals and their 2011 World Series title on my brain…

And at the same time, I start thinking about the Cardinals legends…  Between all of the attention (rightfully so) to Gibson, Ozzie, Musial, Red, and Lou Brock during pre-game ceremonies in the World Series, I made some efforts to go after a few more cards of these legendary Redbirds…

This one comes from the 2002 Fleer ‘Fall Classic’ set and features Hall of Famer, Lou Brock.  Brock himself is a 2-time World Series champion – winning titles in 1964 and 1967.

A great addition to my collection that honors him, this card is a beauty!!!

Kirby Puckett 1989 Score

Kirby Puckett 1989 Score

Aw, Puck…

How many times did I watch that signature leg-kick in that powerful right handed swing???  Way too many to even try to count.

But as a righty myself, I certainly tried to mimic Kirby Puckett’s mechanics when playing baseball with my buddies when we would take turn trying to replicate the swings of our baseball heroes.

The photographer and editor of his image did a great job.  We can see the start of Kirby’s leg-kick, but I would love to see more!!!

Did You Know…

Phil Niekro holds the single game and single inning record for wild pitches thrown.  On August 7, 1979, Niekro on-corked four wild pitches in one inning and six for the game.

Marlins To Meet With Free-Agent Albert Pujols

Marlins To Meet With Free-Agent Albert Pujols

By Ken Rosenthal

The Marlins’ star search continues.

Club officials will meet with free-agent first baseman Albert Pujols either Friday or Saturday in Miami, according to major league sources.

The meeting, first reported by MLB.com, will be the Marlins’ third of the week with a prominent free agent. The club hosted left-hander Mark Buehrle on Tuesday and shortstop Jose Reyes on Wednesday before visiting Cuban outfielder Yoennis Cespedes in the Dominican Republic on Thursday.

And that might not be all.

The Marlins, who clearly want to add star power as they prepare to open their new ballpark in downtown Miami, also could meet with the other major offensive free agent, first baseman Prince Fielder.

Many in the industry expect Pujols to remain with the World Series champion Cardinals — or failing that, join another contender. The Marlins do not necessarily fit that description, but Pujols clearly is willing to explore his options. He rejected a nine-year deal from the Cardinals in the range of $190 million to $200 million during spring training.

Neither Marlins officials nor Pujols’ agent, Dan Lozano, could be reached for comment.

Happy Anniversary Fernando Valenzuela!!!

Happy Anniversary Fernando Valenzuela!!!

On this day in 1981, Fernando Valenzuela won the National League’s Cy Young Award. 

The week prior, he was named as the Rookie Of The Year, becoming the first player in major league history to earn both the ROY and the Cy Young Award in the same season.

The numbers?  Let’s take a closer look, shall we??

13-7 record with 11 complete games and 8 shutouts.  180 strikeouts with just 61 walks and an ERA of 2.48. 

Not too bad for a 20-year old hurler, huh??

Happy Anniversary Mr. Valenzuela!!!

The Baseball Video That EVERYBODY Is Talking About…

The Baseball Video That EVERYBODY Is Talking About…

Just in case you have not seen the video, or heard the banter, here it is.

This is the reason that Marlins’ manager Ozzie Guillen and special assistant to the team, Hall of Famer Tony Perez are in the Dominican Republic right now…

Stay tuned.