Daily Archives: March 16, 2012

1966 Topps Chicago Cubs Team Cards

1966 Topps Chicago Cubs Team Cards

It has been three and a half months since I added a vintage Billy Williams baseball card to the collection.

Well, that drought has been snapped as I am now the proud owner of the 1966 Topps Chicago Cubs team card that features Williams.

As for the Cubs in 1966, they were pretty lousy.  Finishing in last place in the National League, the team was 59-103.  Offensively, the team had stars and plenty of power – including six players with at least fifteen home runs.  Pitching was the team’s achile’s heel – just one starter with double-digit wins, Ken Holtzman’s eleven victories led the squad.

Now if that pesky short-print of Williams from the ’66 Topps set could just be had….

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Jim Palmer 2005 Upper Deck Legendary All-Stars

Jim Palmer 2005 Upper Deck Legendary All-Stars

I really like the photo that Upper Deck selected for this card of Jim Palmer.  It shows him in the midst of his pitching delivery – and you get a good sense of the full body action that Palmer threw into each and every pitch that he hurled.

As for the card, it is a nice one.  However, the choice of color used for the print of the phrase ‘Legendary All-Stars’ is far from complimentary.  As a matter of fact, it is very hard to find…

Now picture that is a bright and bold Orange to match Palmer’s team colors – WoW!!!

Andy Pettitte Is Coming Back To The Yankees!!

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TAMPA, Fla. — Andy Pettitte is coming back to the Yankees. The 240-game winner signed a Minor League contract on Friday and will slip his old No. 46 back on in an attempt to restart his career.

The contract is worth $2.5 million, YES Network’s Jack Curry reported.

Pettitte, 39, did not pitch in 2011 and had already made two visits to the Yankees’ Spring Training camp this year as a guest instructor, throwing batting practice and saying that he was keeping his left arm in shape by tossing to his children.

Speaking at George M. Steinbrenner Field on Feb. 27, Pettitte said that he was content with his decision to retire but believed he could make a comeback if he so desired.

“I’m sure I could,” Pettitte said that day. “You start training, working out and getting yourself into shape, I’d imagine you could. I retired, I felt, after one of my better years. I felt like I was at the point where I just kind of knew what I was doing mechanically out there on the mound. I retired to go home and be with my family.”

A five-time World Series winner with the Yankees — in 1996, 1998-2000 and 2009 — Pettitte announced his retirement in a news conference at Yankee Stadium on Feb. 4, 2011, saying that he no longer felt the drive to put the uniform on for another season.

That apparently changed, as Pettitte tried his old uniform on for size at the team’s training complex, commenting at the time how odd it felt to be dressing in the coaches’ room instead of alongside teammates like Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and CC Sabathia.

Pettitte pitched 13 of his 16 big league seasons with the Yankees, spending 2004-06 in his native Houston, pitching for the Astros. The left-hander is the all-time leader in postseason wins (19), starts (42) and innings pitched (263). He is tied for second in postseason strikeouts (173) with Roger Clemens, 26 behind John Smoltz.

His 203 victories as a Yankee rank third in franchise history, behind Hall of Famers Whitey Ford (236) and Red Ruffing (231), and his 1,823 strikeouts are second, only 133 behind Ford’s 1,956. He was an All-Star in 2010, when he went 11-3 with a 3.28 ERA in 21 starts despite missing two months with a left groin injury.

Bobby Bonds 2002 Topps ‘American Pie’

Bobby Bonds 2002 Topps ‘American Pie’

Bobby Bonds will almost always be first thought of as being the father of Barry Bonds.  And while that may be his preference, the numbers he put up during his major league career are certainly worthy of being mentioned.

Bonds played in the big leagues for 14 years. 

His career numbers – .268 batting average, 1,886 hits, 1,258 runs scored, 1,024 RBI, 302 doubles, 66 triples, 332 home runs, and 461 stolen bases.

Bonds was named an All-Star three times and he also captured three Gold Gloves for his excellence in the outfield.

In 14 major league seasons, Bonds made it to the post-season just once time.  In 1971, Bonds and his Giants teammates were eliminated by the Pirates in the first round of the playoffs.

Tony Gwynn 1991 Donruss Baseball’s Best

Tony Gwynn 1991 Donruss Baseball’s Best

I don’t know about you, but this card is just not working for me… 

So let’s talk stats!!!

Gwynn was great in 1991 – my favorite stat from his season in ’91??

11 – Gwynn hit 11 triples in 1991.  His career high for triples was captured in 1987 when he hit 13.  His second highest tally came during the 1991 baseball season.

The Blue and Brown combination are just a little on the nauseating side for me…

Did You Know…

Juan Marichal led all picthers during the 1960’s with 191 victories.  During the decade, he won 25 games in two different seasons and won 26 games in 1968.

Justin Verlander Makes Us Laugh In This MLB 2K12 Video Game Commercial

Justin Verlander Makes Us Laugh In This MLB 2K12 Video Game Commercial

A nice chuckle to start off your Friday…

Enjoy.