Daily Archives: December 5, 2011

Fergie Jenkins 1998 Fleer – Legends Of The Game

Fergie Jenkins 1998 Fleer – Legends Of The Game

The name of this card, ‘Legends Of The Game’, promises so much more than what the card actually delivers…

Have a peek:

Not to exciting huh?  Yeah, I don’t really think so either.

In fact, I find it to be rather boring.  Still, it is another card to add to my official Fergie Jenkins collection.  I just wish that it was a bit more appealing and enjoyable.


Reggie Jackson 1998 Topps Hall Of Fame Collection

Reggie Jackson 1998 Topps Hall Of Fame Collection

I had seen a few of these cards before.   But it had not been until October, when I started to grab more cards of Reggie, that I really took a look at them.  It’s a nice card, featuring the Hall of Fame plaque as a background, with a nice action shot in the foreground.  The card back features the text from the player’s plaque which is a very nice touch since I often find the text of the real plaques a little tough to read.

This is card number six in the set.  I wonder how many cards are in the complete set…  could ne something fun to go after.

Here is the card:


I would love to see a full set of cards like this issued today.  And I would love to have an Andre Dawson card like this in my collection!!!

Ron Santo Is A Hall Of Famer!!! FINALLY!!!

DALLAS — Legendary Cubs third baseman and broadcaster Ron Santo was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame by a 16-member Golden Era Committee, which revealed the results of its balloting on Monday at the Winter Meetings.

Santo and Gil Hodges, for many years two of the most-debated candidates for Cooperstown, were once again up for induction on a 10-person ballot, representing players and executives who participated from 1947-72.

Needing 12 votes (75 percent) to be elected, Santo — who died last year from the complications of diabetes and cancer — received 15 of the 16 votes. Pitcher Jim Kaat finished second with 10 votes, followed by Hodges and Minnie Minoso with nine each and Tony Oliva with eight.

Buzzie Bavasi, Ken Boyer, Charlie Finley, Allie Reynolds and Luis Tiant each received fewer than three votes.

Santo becomes the fourth member of the Cubs teams from the 1960s and ’70s to enter the Hall, joining teammates Billy Williams, Ernie Banks and Ferguson Jenkins. Williams was a member of the committee that elected Santo.

Santo will be inducted during next year’s ceremony on July 22.

Also to be announced during the Winter Meetings are the winners of the 2012 J.G. Taylor Spink Award on Tuesday and the Ford C. Frick Award on Wednesday. The Spink is awarded by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America to a baseball writer for long and meritorious service from that group. The Frick Award annually honors a baseball broadcaster for his excellence.

The annual BBWAA Hall of Fame ballot was sent out this past week and includes Reds shortstop Barry Larkin, Tigers, Twins and Blue Jays pitcher Jack Morris and a host of players whose names are appearing on it for the first time. Larkin is on the ballot for the third time and seemingly has the best shot at being elected. Last year, he garnered 62.1 percent of the vote.

The BBWAA ballot winners will be announced on Jan. 9 by Hall president Jeff Idelson. MLB.com will simulcast MLB Network’s coverage of the announcement at 2 p.m. ET.

The Golden Era Committee gathered on Sunday to discuss the candidates and voted early Monday morning prior to the announcement.

The Golden Era Committee took its first crack at it this year with a pre-integration, pre-1946 committee to hold its first election next year. The post-expansion committee voted in general manager Pat Gillick last year. The trio of smaller committees cycle every three years. Finalists each year are selected by a BBWAA-appointed Historical Overview Committee. To be eligible this year, candidates must have played at least 10 Major League seasons, not appear on MLB’s ineligible list and have been retired for 21 or more seasons.

Managers, umpires and executives must have spent at least 10 years in baseball and be retired for consideration.

Members of the Golden Era Committee were Hall of Famers Hank Aaron, Al Kaline, Ralph Kiner, Tommy Lasorda, Juan Marichal, Brooks Robinson, Don Sutton and Williams; Major League executives Paul Beeston, Bill DeWitt, Roland Hemond, Gene Michael and Al Rosen; and veteran media members Dick Kaegel, Jack O’Connell and Dave Van Dyck.

Wade Boggs 1990 Upper Deck – LOVE THIS CARD!!!!

Wade Boggs 1990 Upper Deck – LOVE THIS CARD!!!!

Upper Deck definitely took baseball card photography to a new level when they debuted in 1989.

And this card, issued during their sophomore campaign, solidifies that fact!!!




Phil Niekro 2001 Topps Archives

Phil Niekro 2001 Topps Archives

Yep, another sweet card from the 2001 Topps Archives set for you to enjoy!

This one, features Phil Niekro and that glorious 1987 Topps wood-panel design.

As for Niekro, the Hall of Famer retired in 1987 – after spending 24 seasons in the major leagues.  During that final campaign, Niekro suited up for three teams – the Indians, Blue Jays, and Braves.  Overall, he collected a 7-13 record, while throwing 135 innings.

Here is the card:

Oh, I forgot to mention – Niekro was 48 years old in his final season of ’87.  Unreal!

Miami Marlins Ink All-Star Jose Reyes To 6-Year Deal

Miami Marlins Ink All-Star Jose Reyes To 6-Year Deal

By Tim Brown, Yahoo Sports

DALLAS – Shortstop Jose Reyes, one of the most intriguing players on the free-agent market, also became one of the first big names to change teams, agreeing to terms with the suddenly flush Miami Marlins on a six-year, $106 million contract Sunday.

The news came on the eve of baseball’s annual winter meetings as executives were checking into the Hilton Anatole Hotel. On the heels of the signing of closer Heath Bell, the Marlins’ acquisition of Reyes gives the team that shifted its affiliation from the broader Florida to the more precise Miami a measure of authenticity.

The Marlins courted nearly every significant free agent in the last month, and perked ears had begun to give way to rolled eyes. But with the move of Reyes from the New York Mets to South Florida, it’s clear Miami is a legitimately hot destination.

Sources said Sunday night they expect the Marlins to continue their courtship of a superstar first baseman – either Albert Pujols (whom they’ve offered a nine-year contract worth almost $200 million) or Prince Fielder – and a frontline pitcher, likely left-hander Mark Buehrle. At a time in the NL East when the Philadelphia Phillies are showing their age and the New York Mets are irrelevant, and with the opening of a new ballpark, and then feeling the pressure of opening that ballpark on the public dime, the Marlins are, said one source, “Going after it.”

They signed Bell last week to a three-year, $27-million contract, and are showing no signs of stopping.

In his walk year, Reyes again could not stay off the disabled list (strained left hamstring), but he batted .337 in 126 games for the first batting title of his career. Reyes won it on the final day when he bunted for a hit in his first at-bat, then removed himself from the game in order to sit on his lead.

He remains supremely talented, and very productive when motivated. His acquisition will push Hanley Ramirez to third base, giving Miami as talented a left side of the infield as any team.

Ramirez, 27, has publicly supported the Marlins’ pursuit of Reyes and, therefore, his own transition to third base or, perhaps, center field. Reached Sunday night, Ramirez’s agent, Adam Katz, refused to comment on how the signing would impact his client. Smoothing the notoriously mercurial Ramirez’s transition to another position will be the first piece of business for new manager Ozzie Guillen.

1978 Headline: ‘Pete Rose Joins The Phillies’

1978 Headline: ‘Pete Rose Joins The Phillies’

On this day in 1978, Pete Rose signed as a free agent with the Philadelphia Phillies.

After spending the first 16 seasons of his big league career with the Reds, Rose would spend the next 5 with the Phillies.  And during that 5-year stretch, Rose would amass 826 hits while being named an All-Star four times, winning a Silver Slugger award, and a World Series title in 1980!!