Daily Archives: June 5, 2012

Kirby Puckett 1993 Fleer Ultra All-Stars

Kirby Puckett 1993 Fleer Ultra All-Stars

I am getting very, very close to polishing off my Kirby Puckett set of cards.

As a matter of fact, I have just one more to nab after showing off this one to you…

And this one, the 1993 Fleer Ultra All-star card of Puckett, is sweet!

If you look closely at the background of the card, you can see the same image of Puckett in the Gray.  It almost looks like Kirby has been molded into it.

I like it – kind of a Han Solo effect…  LMAO.

Fergie Jenkins 1984 Topps Tiffany

Fergie Jenkins 1984 Topps Tiffany

I am working my way deeper and deeper into my Fergie Jenkins player collection.

Sadly, Fergie has not been a part of too many 2012 Topps releases as of yet.

So, as a determined collector, I am finding ‘new’ cards from prior eras to scoop up.

And the latest one??

It’s Fergie’s card from the 1984 Topps Tiffany issue.

Here is the card:

Just a little brighter and shinier (sp?) that the regular base card from the Topps set, chock up another one for the list!!

🙂

Mike Schmidt 2003 Donruss Champions – 1986 NL MVP Commemorative

Mike Schmidt 2003 Donruss Champions – 1986 NL MVP Commemorative

This card is a beauty!!!

Full of color, a great action photo, and that sweet National League logo – this one is N-I-C-E!!!!

Have a look:

Pretty nice, huh??

I really, really like the oversized NL logo that is featured in the lower-left corner of the card.  It adds a nice element to the overall look and the color choice of Gold works well with background.

Did You Know…

Babe Ruth is ranked the highest among World Series batters with at least 10 World Series home runs when it comes to home runs per plate appearance.  Ruth hit 15 home runs in 129 World Series at-bats, good for a 8.6 clip.  Reggie Jackson ranked second with one home run in every 9.8 at-bats.

Rest In Peace – Pedro Borbon

Rest In Peace – Pedro Borbon

By JOE KAY | The Associated Press

CINCINNATI (AP) Pedro Borbon, who pitched 10 years for the Cincinnati Reds and helped the Big Red Machine win back-to-back World Series titles, died of cancer on Monday. He was 65.

Borbon had been in hospice care at his home in Pharr, Texas, his son, Pedro, told The Associated Press in a phone interview. Borbon requested to be cremated without a memorial service, his son said.

Borbon was a key member of the bullpen on Cincinnati’s 1975-76 championship teams, winning 13 games during those two seasons. He also pitched for the Angels, Giants and Cardinals. In 2010, he became the third reliever to be inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame.

”He was probably most proud of the World Series championships,” he son said. ”He would talk about it often. He was also proud that he never once had a sore arm. He could pitch almost every day.”

Borbon appeared in more games than any other NL pitcher from 1970-78. He holds the club record with 531 career appearances. Borbon pitched in 20 playoff games during his career with a 2.55 ERA.

”The entire organization is very sad to hear of the loss of another member of our baseball family,” Reds owner Bob Castellini said. ”Pedro was an important contributor to the success of the Big Red Machine, and he always will be remembered for his colorful personality and his contributions to that wonderful time period in our history.”

Borbon became part of baseball lore in 1995 when, at age 48, he decided to return to the game as a replacement player during Major League Baseball’s labor dispute. He joined the Reds in Florida for spring training and faced two batters. He struck out the only batter he faced in an exhibition against the Pirates in Bradenton.

The Reds released him after he faced one batter in another game against the Indians, fell down while trying to field a bunt and threw wildly to first base for an error.

Borbon also got notice for his mention in the 1980 movie ”Airplane!” While trying to concentrate, pilot Ted Striker hears a public address announcer’s voice in his head: ”Pinch hitting for Pedro Borbon … Manny Mota.”

”He was always talking about that,” his son said. ”A lot of people remember him by that. He liked that.”

Another son, Pedro Jr., pitched nine seasons in the majors.

Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton Receives National League ‘Player Of The Month’ Award

Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton Receives National League ‘Player Of The Month’ Award

By Clark Spencer, Miami Herald

Giancarlo Stanton was rewarded for his monster May, becoming only the fourth Marlin to win the National League Player of the Month award.
The 22-year-old outfielder for the Marlins hit .343, smashed 12 home runs and drove in 30 runs. Only Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio had as productive a month statistically at such a young age.
“To be mentioned in the same category, or the same sentence as him, is eye-opening,” Stanton said.
With his 12 home runs, Stanton tied the club record for any month. Dan Uggla also hit 12 in May 2008. Stanton was three RBI short of Hanley Ramirez’s club record 33 for any month. The dozen home runs tied the Rangers’ Josh Hamilton for most in the majors last month. And his OPS (on-base percentage plus slugging percentage) was an off-the-charts 1.201.
“I didn’t give away too many at-bats that month, and when I did, it was, ‘Boom, forget about it,’ ” Stanton said. “So I thought I was very disciplined and smarter in key situations.”
The other Marlins to win the award were: Jeff Conine (June 1995), Ramirez (June 2008) and Emilio Bonifacio (July 2011).