Daily Archives: April 16, 2012

Eddie Murray 2004 Donruss Classics – “Membership”

Eddie Murray 2004 Donruss Classics – “Membership”

Another great Murray card for my collection.

And the design of this one is stellar!!!  Donruss really did some great work in the mid-2000s, and this card is just one example.

Here is the card:

The theme of ‘Membership’ celebrates the fact that Murray  is a member of both the ‘500 home runs’ club – a club he joined during the 1996 baseball season.

I really like the muted tones of the background, and that faded old-school Orioles logo is a perfect, but not dominant addition to the card’s design.

Enjoy.

1968 Topps Game – Mike McCormick

1968 Topps Game – Mike McCormick

With this card, I cross the half-way mark in my goal of completing this set of cards.  And I am loving each and every step of the process!!

Mike McCormick enjoyed a nice 16-year major league career.  His win/loss record as a starting  pitcher is 134-128.

McCormick was included in this set because he had a fantastic season in 1967.

The numbers from his ’67 season – 22-10, with a 2.85 ERA, 14 complete games, 5 shutouts, 150 strikeouts.

McCormick won the 1967 National League Cy Young Award, beating out Jim Bunning and Fergie Jenkins.

Progress – 17/33

Happy Birthday Steve Avery!!!

Happy Birthday Steve Avery!!!

Steve Avery turns 42 years old today.

Steve Avery may have been thrown into the fire a little too early, but his talent level even at a young age had expectations high as he joined the Atlanta Braves’ talented starting pitching core nicknamed – ‘The Young Guns’.  To be considered on par with Greg Maddux, John Smoltz, and Tom Glavine must have been wonderful, and yet stressful, for Avery.

Avery made his debut with the Braves in 1990 and didn’t fare well as he finished the season with a 3-11 record alongside his 4.02 ERA.  But as the youngest player in the game in 1990, Avery managed to impress the Braves’ management enough to remain in the pitching rotation and his hard work began to pay off.  In 1991, Avery went 18-8  while finishing in 6th place for the Cy Young Award.  The next year he declined a bit as he went 11-11 but then thrived in 1993 by going 18-6 and earning his lone trip to the All-star game. 

Unfortunately Avery suffered an injury to his pitching arm in late 1993 and he would never be able to recover the success he had for the Braves.  Prior to the injury Avery had a regular season record of 48-36, but after coming back from his injury he managed to go just 44-50.  Many blame the heavy workload and pressure to perform as the Braves’ 4th starter for his breakdown.  While the Braves’ were winning division titles one after  the other, the accolades went to their talented trio of pitchers and Avery became lost in the shuffle.

In 1997 Steve Avery joined the Boston Red Sox and pitched well for them for 2 seasons.  He was no longer the dominant guy that he was in the early 90’s but he performed well as their #2 starter.  The Red Sox kept his innings down and he managed to go 16-14 for them.  In 1999 he joined the Cincinnati Reds and posted a losing record of 6-7 with an enormous ERA of  5.16.  Steve Avery left the game after the 1999 season.

Avery attempted a comeback in 2003 as he wanted to give professional baseball one more attempt.  4 years after leaving the game, Avery joined his hometown team, the Detroit Tigers, as a relief pitcher.  He went 2-0 and played in 19 contests for the Tigers before finally hanging up his cleats for good.

Happy Birthday Mr. Avery!!!

Happy Birthday David Justice!!!

Happy Birthday David Justice!!!

David Justice turns 46 years old today.

Starring for four different teams during his 16-season big league career, David Justice was a baseball superstar for most of his playing days in the major leagues.

A player with a tremendous swing, Justice was able to hit monster home runs while maintaining a healthy batting average.  On 11 different occasions, Justice collected 20 or more home runs, including 2 seasons with at least 40 dingers.  He also compiled a .300 or better batting average four times.

Justice made the All-star team 3 times.  He won the Rookie of the Year award in 1990 with the Braves.  And most importantly, Justice competed in 6 different World Series match-ups, ultimately winning two championships.

Dave Justice was an impactful player for all of the rosters he was a part of.

Happy Birthday Mr. Justice!!!

1940 Headline: Indians’ Feller Tosses No-Hitter On Opening Day!!

1940 Headline: Indians’ Feller Tosses No-Hitter On Opening Day!!

You read that right, 1940.  Today marks the 70th anniversary of Bob Feller’s Opening Day no-hitter.  He is the only pitcher in major league history to toss a ‘N0-No’ in the season opener.

Battling the Chicago White Sox on the road, and in front of 14,000 fans, Feller and his Indians teammates reigned victorious as they beat the Sox 1-0.  The obvious star of the game was Feller, who dominated the Sox through all 9 innings!

Happy Anniversary Mr. Feller!

Miami Marlins Centerfield Sculpture Goes Off Courtesy Of Omar Infante!!!!

Miami Marlins Centerfield Sculpture Goes Off Courtesy Of Omar Infante!!!!

Leading off the second inning of this afternoon’s Miami Marlins/Houston Astros affair, second baseman Omar Infante became the first Marlins’ player to hit a home run at the new Marlins Park.

And the sculpture went nuts!!!

And just for good measure, in the 8th inning Hanley Ramirez hit a game-tying home run to even the score at 4-4.

And again, the sculture went berserk!!!