Daily Archives: December 22, 2011

Jim Palmer 2003 Donruss Team Heroes

Jim Palmer 2003 Donruss Team Heroes

Wow, what a fantastic baseball card!!!

Brimming with bright colors and sporting a sweet action photo of Jim Palmer, this card looks G-R-E-A-T!!!

And the theme of ‘Team Heores’ is fitting of Palmer – he was the ‘rock’ of the Orioles staff for the better parts of three decades.

Tony Gwynn 1992 Fleer All-Stars

Tony Gwynn 1992 Fleer All-Stars

Question:  What made Tony Gwynn an All-Star during the 1992 baseball season?

Answer:  165 hits, .317 batting average, 77 runs scored, and just 16 strikeouts in 569 plate appearances.

Well done.

My First Time – Eddie Murray – April 7, 1977

My First Time – Eddie Murray – April 7, 1977

The setting – Memorial Stadium.  Baltimore, MD

From Murray – ‘We lost, and both starting pitchers went ten innings, Blyleven and Palmer.  You never see that these days’.

The boxscore – Rangers 2, Orioles 1.  Murray goes 1-for-4 on the day with a single and a strikeout.

Happy Birthday Steve Carlton!!!

Happy Birthday Steve Carlton!!!

Steve Carlton turns 67 years old today.

Steve Carlton is one of the game’s greatest pitchers of all-time.  And one of its most under-appreciated as well…

Carlton had a dominant 24-season major league baseball career.  A first ballot Hall of Famer, Carlton’s resume boasts some incredibly impressive accomplishments:

  • 4 Cy Young awards
  • 10-time All-star
  • 329 career victories
  • 4,136 strikeouts
  • 1 Gold Glove award
  • 1972 National League Triple Crown winner
  • Member of the 1967 World Series champions

See what I mean??  Not too many men that have played this game can compare.

Cheers to you, ‘Lefty’!!!  And Happy Birthday too!!!

Happy Birthday Steve Garvey!!!

Happy Birthday Steve Garvey!!!

Steve Garvey turns 63 years old today!!!

Garvey was a monster during the mid-to-late 1970’s while with the Los Angeles Dodgers.  From 1974 to 1981, Garvey finished in the Top 25 in the MVP race each season which validates how solid of a player he was during the prime of his career.  While winning the award in 1974, Garvey hit .312 while slugging 21 home runs and driving in 111 runs.

A 10-time All-star selection and winner of 4 consecutive Gold Glove awards, Garvey held down the spot as one of the game’s great first baseman during the mid-70’s and into the ’80s.

Garvey was also an instrumental player in helping his team reach 3 World Series championship match-ups in a 5-year span.  Garvey’s Dodgers made it to the Fall Classic in 1974, 1977, and 1978 – losing all three times.  But during those championship games, Garvey shined.  He boasts a .319 batting average in World Series play along with 1 home run, 6 RBI, and 5 runs scored.

Happy Birthday Mr. Garvey!!!