Daily Archives: December 11, 2011

An Andre Dawson Inspired Birthday Gift. To Me, From Me!!!

An Andre Dawson Inspired Birthday Gift.  To Me, From Me!!!

Yes, today is my birthday – the years keep sneaking past me….

And for the first time in my life, I bought myself a ‘birthday present’.  Cleverly tagged as such, this gift would probably have been bought regardless of the time of year, but I can very easily use that ‘gift’ tag now and get away with it a bit easier.

Anyway, on to the gift!!!!

I saw this land up on Ebay a few weeks ago.  And as soon as I did, I immediately knew that I wanted to give a great effort in obtaining it.

And after going back and forth with the seller for a few nights, I was convinced that this item is ‘the real deal’.  And now that ‘real deal’ is mine!!!

Here it is:

What you are looking at is a game-used Andre Dawson batting glove from his time with the Montreal Expos.  The glove, very worn and incredibly dried out, has to be over 25 years old.  It shows quite a bit of wear on it as you can see, and it also proudly sports Andre’s #10 from his Expos uniform.

This new item, actually old item, is now the centerpiece of my Andre Dawson collection.  And it is easily the greatest prize I have added to date.

Happy Birthday to me!!!

Reggie Jackson 1978 Topps Highlights

Reggie Jackson 1978 Topps Highlights

There are a lot of baseball cards in the market that celebrate Reggie Jackson and his incredible Game 6 performance during the 1977 World Series, and I have most of them.

From ‘Archives’ to ‘Cards Your Mom Threw Out’ to ‘History Of The World Series’ – they are all great and worthwhile cards that celebrate one of baseball’s greatest post-season moments.

But, there is nothing like owning an original.  And that is what this baseball card is:

Straight out of the 1978 Topps set, and into my collection that celebrates Reggie Jackson!!!  Oh, Yeah!!!!

Kirby Puckett 1993 Upper Deck

Kirby Puckett 1993 Upper Deck

There are not too many baseball cards in the collection that I am putting together that show Kirby Puckett playing defense.

And while he was certainly one of the most talented offensive players from his era, he was also a pretty solid defender too.

And he has six Gold Glove awards to his credit proving that fact.  Blessed with great speed for his size, and a solid throwing arm, Puckett was a premier defender during the early stages of his playing days.  In fact, his career fielding percentage as an outfielder is 98.9% – just 51 errors committed in 12 seasons.

Atta boy Kirby!!!

1973 Headline: Santo Traded To The Other Team In Chicago

1973 Headline: Santo Traded To The Other Team In Chicago

On this day in 1973, Ron Santo was traded from the Chicago Cubs to the Chicago White Sox.

After 14 glorious seasons in which he called Wrigley Field home, Ron Santo was traded to the White Sox where he would play his 15th and final season in the big leagues.

During his time with the Cubs, Santo established himself as one of the best third basemen in all of baseball.  A 9-time All-star and winner of 5 consecutive Gold Glove awards, Santo was a fan favorite.  As the team started to tear apart it’s core, Santo was gone along with Fergie Jenkins and Billy Williams.

In that 1 year he played for the White Sox, Santo hardly lived up to his reputation.  At just 34 years of age, his prime was past him.  Gone were the double-digit home runs and gone were the 80+ RBI tallies.  Still, Santo enjoyed one more year in the city he loved.  And the fans showered him with appreciation!!!

1951 Headline: “Dimaggio Set To Retire”

1951 Headline: “Dimaggio Set To Retire”

The power of Joe DiMaggio’s name still carries an incredible amount of weight with it 59 years after his retirement from the game.  “Joe D” personified what baseball and specifically what baseball in New York was all about during the 1930’s and 1940’s. 

Amazingly DiMaggio’s legendary status was built on just 13 seasons as a major leaguer.  Joe missed 3 seasons during the prime of his career due to his commitment to serve his country.  Many players from his era fought in the war and it always makes me wonder what we as fans missed during those years when these guys were away from the game.

In 13 seasons, ‘The Yankee Clipper’ finished in the Top 12 for the MVP in 11 seasons.  The numbers are pretty impressive:  (3) 1st place finishes, (2) 2nd place finishes.  Along with these honors, Joe DiMaggio compiled 2,214 career hits with 361 home runs and 1,537 RBI.  Joe also made the All-Star team in each of his 13 years in the majors.  WoW!!!  The Gold Glove was not awarded during Joe’s playing days, but if it had been he would own quite a few as his range in the outfield was unparalleled back then.

One of the main factors of DiMaggio’s fame was due to his incredible World Series accomplishments.  Joe played in 10 World Series contests, and won 9 championships!!! 

And then, there is a little thing known as baseball’s grandest milestone – “The Streak”.  In 1941, DiMaggio hit safely in 56 consecutive games.  Since then, only 1 player has hit safely in 40+ games and nobody has come close to 50 again. 

Joe DiMaggio is a true legend in the game of baseball and today we salute him for his amazing career and desire to be the best player in the game.