Daily Archives: March 6, 2012

2009 Upper Deck Goudey 4-In-1 Starring Williams, Santo, Zambrano, and Soriano

2009 Upper Deck Goudey 4-In-1 Starring Williams, Santo, Zambrano, and Soriano

I’ve always liked these cards, but have never really sought them out.  But in an attempt to bring home a few more modern cards of two of my favorite Cubs’ players (can you guess which two?) I was happy to add this card to my shopping cart.

Now I have a hard decision to make – which player collection gets to be the lucky holder of this beauty?  Santo or Williams???

Wade Boggs ‘Fab Five’ – Card #4 – 1991 Score Superstar

Wade Boggs ‘Fab Five’ – Card #4 – 1991 Score Superstar

Now that my Wade Boggs collection is complete, it is time to show of my favorite five cards from the set.

Card #4 – 1991 Score Superstar

This card is just oozing with team spirit.  The colors used on the border of the card are perfect compliments to the Boston Red Sox color scheme, and with the added team logo in the upper-right corner of the card, you have a great looking baseball card.

The photo of Boggs is solid as well.  And to be honest, I find him to be a very undervalued defender.  His best days on defense were played in Boston, yet his lone Gold Glove came during his days in New York…

Did You Know…

The first televised baseball game was hosted by the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field.  On August 26, 1939, Red Barber call both games as the Dodgers played the Reds in front of a televised audience.

1987 Headline: Dawson Signs 1-Year Deal With Cubs

1987 Headline: Dawson Signs 1-Year Deal With Cubs

And as they say, the rest was history…

After 11 years as an Expos player, Andre and the Expos were at an impasse while negotiating a contract for future employment.  The Expos wanted to low-ball the superstar, and Dawson wanted to be paid comparably to his peers.  Fed up with their shenanigans, Dawson walked out.

Enter the Chicago Cubs.  Dawson wanted to play for a team that had its home games on real grass as he felt that the artificial turf would end his playing days prematurely.  Wrigley Field obliged him.  Dawson visited the team during Spring practice causing a minor media frenzy as this kind of bold move was not commonplace in that era.  He finally met with the team’s management and offered up a ‘blank contract’  In a ‘Pay me what you think I’m worth’ move, Dawson was offered a 1-year $650,000 contract, and while still relatively low at the time for an established star, he signed.

Then he went out on a mission to prove to the Expos that they made a huge mistake and to the Cubs that they got a bargain!!

The result:  .287 batting average, 49 home runs, 137 RBI, 178 hits, 90 runs scored, 11 stolen bases, a trip to the All-star game, A Gold Glove award, and the grand prize of being named the National League’s MVP!!!

I’d say that the Cubs got a steal with that one, huh…

Happy Birthday Willie Stargell!!!!

Happy Birthday Willie Stargell!!!!

Stargell was and still is the pride and joy of the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise.  Having played with the team for 21 major league season, Stargell, the city of Pittsburgh, and all Pirates fans share a special bond.

An exceptional ball player, Willie Stargell was dynamic on offense.  He has a lifetime batting average of .282 with 2,232 hits.  His power numbers are solid as he smashed 475 home runs and 423 doubles.  He also scored 1,195 runs during his career while driving in an additional 1,540.

Stargell was a 6-time All-star and he won the MVP Award in 1979 at the age of 39.  Stargell was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1988.  He also helped lead the Pirates to two World Series championships in 1971 & 1979.

Happy Birthday ‘Pops’!!!