Daily Archives: April 8, 2012

Jim Palmer 2008 Upper Deck SP Legendary Memorabilia Game-Used Jersey Card – #d To 10!!!!

Jim Palmer 2008 Upper Deck SP Legendary Memorabilia Game-Used Jersey Card – #d To 10!!!!

I continue to try to build up on my Jim Palmer collection.  And while I certainly know that I have a way to go to get this to where I would like to be, I think that I have done an admirable job thus far in honoring Palmer’s Hall of Fame career.

My latest addition could be my greatest.  At least to this point…

The card comes from the 2008 Upper Deck SP Legendary Memorabilia set.  ANd it features a super-bright Orange swatch of jersey worn by Mr. Palmer.

Best of all, it is serial numbered to just 10 copies.  And this is number 2/10.

Enjoy.

Happy Anniversary Jim Abbott!!!

Happy Anniversary Jim Abbott!!!

On this day in 1989 Jim Abbott made his major league debut with the California Angels.

Prior to his big league debut, Abbott had already conquered Little League, High School baseball, Collegiate Baseball, and even The Olympics.  Yet this day stands alone.  On this day Jim Abbott stood toe to toe with the best baseball players in the world and was their peer.  Disability or not, he made it to the major leagues defying odds and hurdling obstacle after obstacle that was thrown his way.

On this day, we salute you Mr. Abbott!! A true baseball hero and icon!!!!

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1974 Headline: Hank Aaron Is New Home Run King!!!

1974 Headline: Hank Aaron Is New Home Run King!!!

On this day in 1974, and less than a week into the new baseball season, Hank Aaron became ball’s new home run king.  What a long offseason it must have been…

At home, and in front of 53,775 Braves fans, Hank Aaron crushed the 715th home run of his career passing Babe Ruth.  Coming to the plate in the bottom of the fourth inning, Arron faced Al Downing and sent his offering into the left field bleachers!!

And as they say, ‘The Crowd Went Wild’!!

Congratulations on this magnificent achievement Mr. Aaron!!!

Happy Birthday Gary Carter!!!!

Happy Birthday Gary Carter!!!!

Today, we celebrate the life and birth of Gary Edmund Carter.

Had it not been for a player named Johnny Bench, Gary Carter may be considered the best catcher in baseball history.  In this case, 2nd place is not too bad of a spot to be in when you’re behind one the greatest players in major league history.

Gary Carter brought a level of offensive and defensive consistency to the catching position for 19 seasons.  An 11-time All-star, Carter was the team leader during his days with the Montreal Expos and New York Mets.  His solid offensive play, highlighted by winning 5 Silver Slugger awards, and his dominant defense in which he won 3 Gold Gloves established him as one of the most complete players during the 1970’s and into the 1980’s.  With a career batting average of .262, Carter captured 2,092 hits during his playing days.  And with 324 homers, 1,225 RBI, and 1,025 runs scored, Carter provided punch to the offense that was rare from the catcher’s position during those times.  Due to the rarity of this kind of production by a catcher, Gary Carter finished in the Top 17 for the MVP award 7 times during his career.

Gary Carter played in 1 World Series match-up in 1986 and his New York Mets won the title in 7 games.  During that series, Carter batted .276 while hitting 2 home runs and knocking in an amazing 9 runs.

We miss you and love you Gary!!!

Happy Birthday.

Happy Birthday Jim ‘Catfish’ Hunter!!!

Happy Birthday Jim ‘Catfish’ Hunter!!!

Today we celebrate the birthday of Jim ‘Catfish’ Hunter.

Hunter’s Hall of Fame resume includes a 224-166 record.  Catfish pitched for 15 seasons in the big leagues and was an 8-time All-Star.  He won the Cy Young award in 1974 when he went 25-12 with a 2.49 ERA.  Catfish won 5 World Series rings – 3 with the Oakland A’s and 2 with the New York Yankees.

Happy Birthday ‘Catfish’!!!