Daily Archives: November 19, 2011

Carlton Fisk 2011 Topps Lineage – NICE!!!!

Carlton Fisk 2011 Topps Lineage – NICE!!!!

The last time that I showed off a Carlton Fisk baseball card it was from the 2001 Topps Archives set.  I didn’t care too much for the card, and I offered it up to my readers.

Well, this one certainly makes up for that – I love this one!!!!

Just look at the card:

From the great, vintage photo to the old-school Red Sox uniforms to a very thin Fisk photo from his prime – this is a great looking baseball card.

Well done Topps, Well done!!!

 

Kirby Puckett 1991 Topps – Kirby, The Pitcher???

Kirby Puckett 1991 Topps – Kirby, The Pitcher???

Check it out, Kirby looks like he is practicing his change-up….

Did You Know…

Rusty Staub is the only major league player to have played 500 or more games with at least four different teams.  During his career, Staub played in 500 or more contests for the Houston Astros/.45s, Montreal Expos, New York Mets, and Detroit Tigers.

1980 Headline: “Nolan Ryan Becomes Baseball’s First Million Dollar Player”

1980 Headline: “Nolan Ryan Becomes Baseball’s First Million Dollar Player”

On this day in 1980, Nolan Ryan signed a 4-year, 4.5 million dollar contract with the Houston Astros.

Amazingly, this level of a contract did not go to a player that was going to suit up for 150+ games in a season.  It went to a pitcher that was going to appear in no more than 35 games a year.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Ryan!!!

Who would have thought that the contracts would multiply in value as quickly as they did following this signing…

Happy Birthday Roy Campanella!!!

Happy Birthday Roy Campanella!!!

I enjoy the tradition of the Dodgers, but I wouldn’t really classify myself as a fan of the franchise.  I do however, enjoy learning about their history, especially the time that they called Brooklyn home.

The fact that the three greatest franchises from the 1950’s all called New York home amazes me.  At the same time, I understand why expansion across the country was a good thing.

Neat the center of the greatness that was the Brooklyn Dodgers was Campanella.  A 10-year Brooklyn Dodger, Campanella held down the catcher role for the team while scooping up three MVP awards and eight All-Star roster selections.

His career numbers are solid, and as a catcher they are solid – 1,161 hits, .276 lifetime batting average, 242 home runs, 846 RBI, 627 runs scored, and just 501 strikeouts in 4,205 at-bats!!!

Happy Birthday Campy!!!