Daily Archives: April 21, 2012

Jim Palmer 2006 Upper Deck SP Legendary Materials Game-Used Jersey Card!!! SWEET!!!

Jim Palmer 2006 Upper Deck SP Legendary Materials Game-Used Jersey Card!!!  SWEET!!!

Have a look at this beauty:

Man, that Orange piece of jersey really sets the card off well, huh??  If Upper Deck had used a chunk of White or Grey material instead of the Orange that they did chose, the card would lack substance.

But that Orange looks SWEET!!!

As for the card, it comes from the 2006 Upper Deck SP Legendary Materials set and is serial numbered as 033/225.

We have seen this picture of Jim Palmer used several times in modern issues released by Upper Deck, but within this card’s design, the card really looks great!!

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White Sox Pitcher Phil Humber Throws Perfect Game!!!

White Sox Pitcher Phil Humber Throws Perfect Game!!!

The Associated Press 

SEATTLE (AP) Phil Humber threw the first perfect game in the majors in almost two years, leading the Chicago White Sox to a 4-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday.

It was baseball’s 21st perfect game and first since Philadelphia’s Roy Halladay threw one against the Florida Marlins on May 29, 2010. It was the third in White Sox’s history, joining Mark Buehrle against Tampa Bay on July 23, 2009, and Charles Robertson against Detroit on April 30, 1922.

With the White Sox lined up on the top step of the dugout, Humber fell behind 3-0 to Michael Saunders leading off the ninth. But he rebounded to strike him out. John Jaso then flied out before Brendan Ryan, another pinch-hitter, struck out to end the game.

Ryan took a checked swing and missed at a full-count pitch, but the ball got away from catcher A.J. Pierzynski. Ryan lingered outside the batter’s box for a minute, unsure of umpire Brian Runge’s call, and Pierzynski fired to first to complete the play.

Humber, who underwent Tommy John surgery in 2005, fell to his knees went it was over, and his teammates rushed to the mound to congratulate him.

”This is awesome,” Humber said. ”I’m so thankful.”

Humber struck out nine and had a three-ball count only three times.

It was the first no-hitter of the season. There were three last season: Francisco Liriano of Minnesota, Justin Verlander of Detroit, and Ervin Santana of the Los Angeles Angels.

It was the third no-hitter thrown against Seattle. Mark Langston and Mike Witt of California combined on one on April 11, 1990, and Dwight Gooden of the Yankees threw one on May 14, 1996.

It was the second start of the season for Humber (1-0), who went 5 1-3 innings, allowing one run and six hits against Baltimore on Monday night.

Johnny Bench 1984 Fleer

Johnny Bench 1984 Fleer

Very far from spectacular, this card from the 1984 Fleer baseball card set does Johnny Bench no justice at all.

And while Bench did not make an appearance during the 1984 baseball season, it amazes me that they would select a picture like this for their set when the guy still offered us quite a bit to watch and enjoy on the ball field during the 1983 season.

Bench’s numbers from the 1983 baseball season include:  79 hits, 15 doubles, 12 home runs, 54 RBI, and 32 runs scored.  And he had 58 putouts at catcher too!

So, instead of giving us one more glimpse of the great Johnny Bench, we get this: 

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1983 Topps – 1982 Angels Team Leaders: Rod Carew & Mike Witt

1983 Topps – 1982 Angels Team Leaders: Rod Carew & Mike Witt

Man, I wish that Topps kept these ‘Team Leaders’ cards as part of their sets.  I would certainly have some more cards in many of my player collections!!  🙂

But, in the early 1980’s, these kind of cards were staples of the Topps base set.

And they often featured the most popular and best players of each squad.

Take the California Angels card from the 1983 set – featuring teammates Rod Carew and Mike Witt.

Here it is:

Carew paced the offense for the club with his .319 batting average.

And while not the best of his career, Witt led the way for the Angels with his 3.51 ERA.

Did You Know…

Of all of the legendary sluggers that have played the game, Babe Ruth is the one that led the league in home runs the highest percentage of his years played.  From 1918-1935, Ruth led the league in home runs hit during twelve seasons, good for 67% of the time. 

The next player on the list is Mike Schmidt who led the league in 8 of his 18 seasons, 44%.

Happy Anniversary Eddie Murray!!!

Happy Anniversary Eddie Murray!!!

On this day in 1994, Eddie Murray broke Mickey Mantle’s record of hitting switch-hit home runs in the same game.  Mantle’s record of 10 was dropped down to second place as Murray accomplished this incredible feat for the 11th time in his career.

It was 16 years ago that ‘Easy Eddie’ blasted a home run from both the left and right sides of the plate.  And the rest is baseball history!!

Man, This Is Going To Be A Lot Of Fun To Watch!!!!

Man, This Is Going To Be A Lot Of Fun To Watch!!!!

I can’t wait!!!

GO FISH!!!

With His 3,111st Career Hit, Derek Jeter Passes Dave Winfield On The All-Time Hits List

With His 3,111st Career Hit, Derek Jeter Passes Dave Winfield On The All-Time Hits List

By Bryan Hoch / MLB.com 

BOSTON — Derek Jeter had a poster of Dave Winfield on his bedroom wall growing up in Kalamazoo, Mich., and it is strange for the Yankees’ captain to consider that he has moved past his childhood hero on the all-time hits list.

“I look up to him,” Jeter said. “To have your name next to his in anything — in my opinion — is an honor, especially considering I’ve looked up to him. It means a lot.”

Jeter entered play on Friday with 3,110 career hits, tied with the Hall of Famer for 18th place on baseball’s all-time list, and he collected No. 3,111 with a second-inning infield single off Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz.

Of the many iconic names that Jeter has surpassed, matching Winfield — a lifetime .283 hitter who played 22 big league seasons, including nine with the Yankees, beginning in 1981 — is among the most meaningful to the captain.

“He just seemed larger than life,” Jeter said. “He was drafted in three sports, and I still think he’s the only one to be drafted in all three sports. He gave back. I remember reading up on him. He’s the reason I started my [Turn 2] Foundation. I just thought he was just a larger-than-life figure.”

Jeter said that he and Winfield have formed a friendship after meeting during one of the shortstop’s first seasons in New York. Jeter recalls exchanging basic pleasantries and not saying much before backing away from Winfield.

“I think when you’re younger and you look up to someone, a lot of times, you almost don’t want to meet him,” Jeter said. “You don’t want him to ruin it. But he definitely didn’t ruin it. I’ve enjoyed all the time that we’ve spent together throughout the years.”

With His 631st Home Run, Alex Rodriguez Passes Ken Griffey Jr. For 5th Place On The All-Time HR List

With His 631st Home Run, Alex Rodriguez Passes Ken Griffey Jr. For 5th Place On The All-Time HR List

The Associated Press 

BOSTON (AP) Alex Rodriguez has moved ahead of Ken Griffey Jr. into sole possession of fifth place with his 631st career homer.

Rodriguez connected on the first pitch of the fifth inning against Clay Buchholz, giving the New York Yankees a 5-1 lead over the Boston Red Sox on Friday. It was New York’s fourth homer of the game off Buchholz.

Rodriguez’s second homer of the season, over the left-field wall, left him 29 shy of Willie Mays’ fourth-place total of 660.