Daily Archives: December 6, 2011

Reader Andy Offers Up A Plethora Of Pucketts!!!!

Reader Andy Offers Up A Plethora Of Pucketts!!!!

My readers are unreal – the best around!!!!

One of them, Andy, told me that he sorted through all of his Kirby Puckett cards and thought that he could help me complete my collection.  I was thrilled to hear the news and I eagerly awaited the arrival of the new additions to my collection.

Just over one week later, the cards have arrived.  And as promised, each and every one of them takes me one step closer to completing my Kirby Puckett set!!

Here are the cards:

Andy, I cannot thank you enough for this donation.  I know that you said that you want nothing in return, but I have a few Dave Winfield cards that I think you’re going to love!!!  Thanks again.

George Foster 2001 Topps Archives

George Foster 2001 Topps Archives

When I think of George Foster, I think Cincinnati Reds.  The Reds are where he became an offensive threat.  The Reds are where he became a champion.  The Reds are where he mashed 500-ft. home runs.  The Reds are where he became an MVP.

This card of Foster shows him as a member of the New York Mets.  And I like it!!  I have a lot of memories of the 1986 Topps baseball card set, and most of those are good.  I named this set the ‘Stencil Set’ because it looked like any kid with a black marker and a stencil could have come up with the design.

So, while I prefer my George Foster baseball cards to feature him in a Reds uniform, I like this one because it takes me back to my youth.

And I also cannot get enough of Foster’s Rayban Aviators!!!

Have a look:

Dwight Gooden 1990 Bowman

Dwight Gooden 1990 Bowman

In this collector’s opinion Bowman offered up way too many close-up images of players in this 1990 set.  Count 1989’s debut set in that group as well.

And while there may be a handful of guys that are good-looking enough to have their cards plastered on the walls of their teenage girl fans, this card and the photo are not what the majority of collectors want to see.

Come see what I am talking about:

 

At least they got ‘Doc’ to smile on this one…

 

Did You Know…

The fewest errors committed by a shortstop in a full season belongs to both Omar Vizquel and Cal Ripken, Jr.  In 2000, Vizquel committed just three errors in 650 chances and 150 games.  Ripken also committed just three errors in 680 chances during the 1990 baseball season.

Ron Santo’s Family, Friends Celebrate Hall Of Fame Voting

Ron Santo’s Family, Friends Celebrate Hall Of Fame Voting

By Paul Sullivan, Tribune reporter

Ron Santo’s family and friends rejoiced Monday at the news he’d finally made it into the Hall of Fame.
It was a bittersweet moment because of Santo’s passing one year ago last weekend, but the timing couldn’t have been more appropriate, as his wife Vicki noted.
“When Billy (Williams) got on the phone and said ‘Vicki, we finally got it done,’ I started to cry,’” Vicki said. “It’s been so important to Chicago, and Ron’s fans in Chicago. It’s a thrilling honor for us. What would Ron say? I could see him sitting on the sofa here, pumping his fist in the air and saying, ‘Yes, yes.’”
Jeff Santo, Ron’s son and the director of the documentary “This Old Cub,” said he barely slept all weekend because of the anniversary of his father’s death. He went to his sister, Linda’s house at 6:30 a.m. on Monday morning to await the news. When the good news arrived, they began to cry.
“Something came over us when we got the call,” Jeff said. “The feeling is amazing. As much as I’m ticked off that he’s not here right now, for the Cubs to acknowledge him like they have, and for (the Hall of Fame) to restructure the system and correct it. They got it right… I think my dad had a lot to do with the change. I feel like he’s here with us today.”
Longtime friend and teammate Billy Williams, one of the 16 members of the Golden Era voting committee that voted Santo into the Hall of Fame, said he believed Santo knew he would eventually get into Cooperstown.
What would Santo be doing now?
“I think he would click his heels,” Williams said with a laugh. “No, over the years I played with Ronnie, and I know that he’d rejoice…  After hearing this news that he’d be in the Baseball Hall of Fame, he’d say ‘Geez, I waited a long time, but now I’m just going to enjoy it. He probably had a glass of red wine.”
Santo was named on 15 of the 16 ballots, after coming close but being denied on three past ballots. The long wait was tough on Santo, who was adamant he wanted to make the Hall while he was alive to enjoy it. It didn’t happen, but his family was able to share the joy with each other.
“I’m just a believer in what’s meant to be,” Vicki said. “I believe he was meant to be in the Hall. Unfortunately it didn’t happen in his lifetime. But this is going to continue his legacy, who he was, and what he meant to baseball. I think it’s going to be a tremendous event in Chicago, how he persevered.”
Williams said it was a “healthy “discussion and everyone had merits.
“It was nice to see Santo get in,” said Hall of Fame third baseman Brooks Robinson.
The former Orioles great joked that Gene Michaels, another member of the committee, looked at the numbers of Santo and Ken Boyer and asked him: “How in the world did you get in?”
Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts said in a statement that it was an honor long deserved.
“All who knew Ron or welcomed him into their homes on the radio recognize he was so much more than a Hall of Fame baseball player,” he said. “As an athlete, he was our All-Star.  As a radio analyst, he carried our passion. For those battling illness or disease, he remains an inspiration.  And for all of us who had the honor of calling him our friend, he is forever beloved.
“Though it is bittersweet that Ron is not here to enjoy this day, we are comforted by the pride members of the Santo family have for their husband, father and grandfather.  On behalf of the Chicago Cubs organization and all of our fans, we congratulate Ron Santo’s family on this historic day and look forward to his induction next summer.”
Vicki said she would be giving the speech at Santo’s induction.

So, The Guy I Jeered Is Now My ‘Lead-Off’ Hitter….

So, The Guy I Jeered Is Now My ‘Lead-Off’ Hitter….

Today has been a day full of mixed emotions.

On one hand, I am thrilled that the Miami Marlins are working to put a supremely talented team on the field in 2012.

On the other hand, the personnel that they are choosing are a bit hard for a guy like me to digest.

Actually, it is one guy – Mr. Jose Reyes!!

You see, the last time that Reyes’ name was mentioned on this blog, I was hardly complimentary towards him…  You can read that story here.

So, while I will be the first one to admit that Jose Reyes is immensely talented, I am a bit skeptical of him as well.  I have not seen that he has shown traits of a leader.  I have not seen that he will put the team’s goals before his personal ones.  I have not seen that he will play when not at 100% and stand alongside his teammates when times are tough.

Thankfully, MY LOVE for MY TEAM is stronger than my liking of any one player.  I wish Jose Reyes a lot of success; I think that a player with his skill level can help a team like this in numerous ways.

So, it is with just a slight twinge that I now shout ‘WELCOME TO MIAMI, JOSE REYES’!!!!!