Daily Archives: January 9, 2012

New Books To Add To My ‘On-Deck Circle’!!! YES!!!!

New Books To Add To My ‘On-Deck Circle’!!!  YES!!!!

Well friends, one of my favorite Christmas gifts was a $50 gift card to Amazon.com.  I enjoy a lot of the product categories that Amazon has to offer, but none more than the books!

And as an avid readers, I am always on the hunt for the next great read to throw into my personal ‘On-Deck Circle’.

So, I will officially list the titles of my newly acquired books on my ‘Required Reading’ page, but here is a picture of all six books that I recently scooped up:

Happy Reading!!

Barry Larkin Is A Hall Of Famer!!!

NEW YORK — Barry Larkin will be the newest member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, joining the Class of 2012 as the sole member elected by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, it was announced on Monday.

The 12-time National League All-Star shortstop and three-time Gold Glove Award winner, who played his entire 19-year career for his hometown Cincinnati Reds, garnered 86 percent of the vote. Last year, Larkin finished third behind inductees Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven when his name appeared on 62.1 percent of the ballots cast. It was Larkin’s third year on the ballot.

Larkin will be inducted into the Hall during this year’s ceremonies on July 21-22 in Cooperstown, N.Y., joining legendary Cubs third baseman Ron Santo, who was elected posthumously to the Hall last month by the Golden Era Committee. They will be inducted on July 22 behind the Clark Sports Center. Ford C. Frick Award winner Tim McCarver and J.G. Taylor Spink Award electee Bob Elliott will be honored in a separate ceremony on July 21 at Doubleday Field.

Larkin was a nine-time Silver Slugger winner, a member of the Reds squad that swept the A’s in the 1990 World Series and the NL Most Valuable Player in 1995. His .295 lifetime batting average was 33 points higher than that of Cardinals shortstop Ozzie Smith, who was elected predominantly for his defense in 2002. Cal Ripken Jr., elected along with Padres right fielder Tony Gwynn on the first ballot for both men in 2007, hit .277 as a shortstop, the position he played for most of his stellar 21-year career with the Orioles.

Among the notable first-timers on the BBWAA ballot, which was distributed in December, were Yankees center fielder Bernie Williams, Braves catcher Javy Lopez and Angels outfielder Tim Salmon.

Other major hopefuls on this year’s ballot were pitcher Jack Morris and first baseman Jeff Bagwell, the latter of whom played his entire career for the Houston Astros.

Morris, who won the World Series with Detroit, Minnesota and Toronto and had 254 victories during his 18-year big league career, was a long shot. He needed to pick up 21.5 percent to make it this year. This was his 13th of a possible 15 years on the BBWAA ballot and his hopes are fading, considering the star-studded ballots that eligible BBWAA voters will confront in the next four years.

BBWAA members with at least 10 consecutive years of covering Major League Baseball can place as many as 10 names on their ballots.

1968 Topps Game – Hall of Famers, Ron Santo & Frank Robinson

1968 Topps Game – Hall of Famers, Ron Santo & Frank Robinson

These two guys are the guys that inspired me to go out and collect the full set of baseball cards tagged as 1968 Topps Game.

I picked up both of these near-mint beauties at a baseball card show last November, and ever since then I have thought about completing the set.  So, as part of my ‘Collecting Goals of 2012’, I will attempt to do just that – complete the full 33-card set.

My checklist is built.

And now I happily add cards one and two into the set:

Progress – 2/33

Kirby Puckett 1992 Upper Deck ‘Twin Titles’ With Kent Hrbek

Kirby Puckett 1992 Upper Deck ‘Twin Titles’ With Kent Hrbek

These two guys meant a lot to the Minnesota Twins offense during the late 1980’s and into the 1990’s.

Both guys performed very well for the Twins during each of their title runs in both 1987 and 1991.  And both were fan favorites too!!

Kirby and Hrby!!!

While this card is officially going into my Kirby Puckett baseball card collection, a little part of it goes into my Kent Hrbek one too!!

1990 Headline: Jim Palmer & Joe Morgan Voted Into National Baseball Hall Of Fame

1990 Headline: Jim Palmer & Joe Morgan Voted Into National Baseball Hall Of Fame

On this day in 1990, both Jim Palmer and Joe Morgan were elected into the Hall of Fame as part of the ‘Class of 1990’.

Jim Palmer was the heart and soul of the Baltimore Orioles pitching staff for the better part of three decades.  Capturing 268 wins en route to a 64% winning percentage, Palmer captured 3 Cy Young Awards and three World Series championships.  He is a 6-time All-Star and 4-time Gold Glove winner.

Joe Morgan personified the term ‘team player’ as he used his skills to help his team win and win big!  A 2-time World Series champion and 2-time MVP, Morgan set the bar for offensive output for second basemen.  Morgan was a 10-time All-Star and 5-time Gold Glove winner.

Jim Palmer & Joe Morgan – 2 favorites at ’30-YOC’


1989 Headline: Johnny Bench & Carl Yastrzemski Voted Into National Baseball Hall Of Fame

1989 Headline: Johnny Bench & Carl Yastrzemski Voted Into National Baseball Hall Of Fame

On this day in 1989 both Johnny Bench and Carl Yastrzemski were voted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Ironically, both players spend their entire big league careers playing for just one team.

Johnny Bench was a Rookie of the Year winner, multiple time All-Star, multiple time Gold Glove winner, 2-time MVP, and 2-time World Series Champion, Bench did it all during his remarkable 17-season major league career.

Carl Yastrzemski put up some unreal stats – The stats : 3,419 hits, 452 home runs, 1,844 RBI, 1,816 runs scored, 168 stolen bases, and a career batting average of .285.  In Yaz’s 23-year career, he finished in the Top 20 for the MVP award 12 times, while earning the award in 1967 with his .326/44/121 performance.

Congratulations Gentlemen!!!