Daily Archives: April 23, 2012

1968 Topps Game – Willie Mays

1968 Topps Game – Willie Mays

I have collected a good amount of the cards from this set.  And while I still have to scoop up several of the major stars that the set offered, this card of Willie Mays may be the best one of all 33 cards!!!

Possibly the greatest all-around player in baseball history, the name Willie Mays carries some major weight in the sport of professional baseball.

The resume:  Career .302 batting average.  3,283 hits.  660 home runs.  2,062 runs scored.  1,903 RBI.  338 stolen bases.

The accolades:  1951 Rookie of the Year.  2-Time MVP Winner(1954 & 1965).  20-Time All-star.  12 Consecutive Gold Gloves.  1 World Series Championship.

Progress – 18/33

Dwight Gooden ‘Fab Five’ – Card #5 – 1989 Topps

Dwight Gooden ‘Fab Five’ – Card #5 – 1989 Topps

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

Card #5 – 1989 Topps

By the time that the 1989 baseball season started, Dwight Gooden was not what he had been in prior campaigns.  Between the tremendous amount of innings worked in the prior years, and the drugs, a large toll was taken on Gooden’s body and he was unable to deliver like he had in prior seasons.

Still, I have a lot of great memories collecting the 1989 Topps set, and each time I found this card of ‘Doc’ in a pack it brought a smile to my face.

And he smiled right back at me!!  Thanks ‘Doc’.

Happy Birthday Andruw Jones!!!

Happy Birthday Andruw Jones!!!

Andruw Jones turns 35 years old today.

One of the most exciting all-around players from the prior decade, Andruw Jones had the skills to dominate the sport – both offensively and defensively.

At the plate, Jones’ ability to deliver the long ball was supreme.  He amassed ten straight seasons of smashing at least 25 homers, while reaching or eclipsing the 40-home run mark twice, including one season with 51 dingers.

From a defensive standpoint, Jones was phenomenal.  His ability to track down balls was outstanding, and his 10 consecutive Gold Glove awards from 1998-2007 confirm his ability to dominate the sport while patrolling center field.

Today, Jones is a role player for the New York Yankees.  Past his prime, his ability to remain in a starting line-up is all but gone.  And while he still has the ability to flash his skills everyone once in a while, Jones can no longer take over a game by himself.  Once guaranteed to reach 500 home runs, it is very possible that he does not reach 425.

We wish you luck Andruw!  Happy Birthday!!

1954 Headline: Henry Aaron Hits First Big League Homer!!

1954 Headline: Henry Aaron Hits First Big League Homer!!

On this day in 1954, Henry ‘Hank’ Aaron crushed the first home run of his major league career.

On the road, and playing against the St. Louis Cardinals, Hank Aaron and the Milwaukee Braves battled the Cards in a 4-hour marathon.  In total, the game consisted of 25 hits and 12 runs.

And for Aaron, this game was where his historic start as one of the game’s greatest power hitters took off.  In the top of the 6th inning, Aaron belted a solo homer off of Cardinals’ pitcher Vic Raschi.  On the day, Aaron went 3-for-7, while collecting 2 RBI, scoring 2 runs, and connecting for his first home run as a major league player.

And as they say, the rest was history…

Happy Anniversary, Mr. Aaron!!!

Happy Birthday Warren Spahn!!!

Happy Birthday Warren Spahn!!!

Today we celebrate Warren Spahn’s birthday.

A 21-year big league veteran, Warren Spahn was solidifying his spot as one of the game’s greatest pitchers way before the likes of Tom Seaver, Nolan Ryan, and Bob Gibson.

Over the course of his playing days, Spahn collected 363 wins – including 13 seasons of at least 20!!  A truly amazing and durable hurler, Spahn started 665 contests during his career, and finished way more than half(382 to be exact) including 63 shutouts.

Warren Spahn was a 15-time All-Star and the 1957 Cy Young Award winner.  He was a member of the 1957 Milwaukee Braves World Series championship winning team in which he started 2 games, going 1-1.

Happy Birthday Mr. Spahn!

The Players & Their Picks – Track The Strikeouts Contest!!!!

The Players & Their Picks – Track The Strikeouts Contest!!!!

Thanks to all that participated.  I truly believe that this will be a fun one too!

The Phillies and the Diamondbacks square off in the first of three games tonight, so stay tuned to those boxscores to see who gets the early lead in this 3-game contest.

Here is a list of the player and their picks:

Player # Of K’s
sirrahh 19
hiflew 20
Justin 31
Night Owl 32
Hackenbush 33
Doug 35
cardfreak 36
Jeff L 39
Shane K 40
Jason S 42
Darren 43
Chris 44
rob 45
Jeff 46
zebbers 47
Nathan 49
McGee-Fan51 51
Diamond King 52
Ron Churchwell 56
James Haynes 57

And don’t forget, the player that comes the closest to the total number of strikeouts, without going over,  from this 3-game series will win this:

And this:

And this:

And this:

Now that, my dear friends, is a very healthy stack of baseball cards!!!

Good Luck to you all!  The winner will be announced Wednesday evening once Game 3 is in the books.

Enjoy!!!

Mystery Box Headed To The Fergie Jenkins Foundation!!!

Mystery Box Headed To The Fergie Jenkins Foundation!!!

You may recall that I posted a note about an upcoming signing that the Fergie Jenkins Foundation is hosting in May.  If not, you can check out the details here.

Well, not only am I happy to promote anything that Fergie is involved with, but I am also wanting to participate.

So, on the way to work this morning I am dropping off this 10x6x6 cardboard box.

What are the contents???

You’re going to have to wait like everyone else to see – But I can promise you that I will show off the goods as soon as they get back home!!!

Thanks for reading.

Where Are You Getting Your Top Loaders From???

Where Are You Getting Your Top Loaders From???

As more and more baseball card and hobby shops close up, I am wondering where you get your supplies from – more specifically, your top loaders.

It seems that even my local Wal-Mart has stopped bringing these in – and trust me, I have been looking.  There are three Wal-Mart stores located between my house and my workplace.  They all used to sell top, and penny sleeves, but all three have been dried up for months now.

My supply has also run dry, and I need to stock up.

Any advice you can offer up would be G-R-E-A-T!!!

Thanks.