Daily Archives: June 19, 2012

Hank Aaron 2001 Topps American Pie ‘Decade Leaders’

Hank Aaron 2001 Topps American Pie ‘Decade Leaders’

I don’t own too many baseball cards that feature Henry Aaron.  But, I am going to change that.

And while my preference would be to haul in a bunch of the cards that were issued during his playing days, that is not very likely considering that many of them come with a pretty hefty price tag.

Still, I will try!

And while I try to work that angle, I will also examine some of his modern issues as well.

And this one from the 2001 Topps American Pie set is pretty sweet.  And it certainly takes us all back to a time when Hank Aaron was the true king of the baseball world.

Have a look:

This card screams 1970’s – and Aaron ruled the baseball world back then.

A great addition to my collection.  YES!

Jim Palmer 1983 Kellogg’s 3-D Super Stars

Jim Palmer 1983 Kellogg’s 3-D Super Stars

Gotta love these 1980’s oddballs!!!

But odd was hardly the case for the Kelloggs-branded baseball cards of the 1980’s – they had become a fixture of the collecting world by then.

And this card of Jim Palmer from the 1983 set looks fantastic.

Have a look:

Palmer was at the tail-end of his playing career in 1983.  He would only pitch in 14 games that year, and then just 5 in 1984 before retiring.

Still, it is great to see such an accomplished player included in a set like this.

Thank You Kellogg’s!!!

Oh, and in case you were wondering, Jim Palmer’s signature does not look anything like the one pictured above…

🙂

Lee Smith 1983 Topps

Lee Smith 1983 Topps

1983 was Smith’s fourth season in the major leagues, but his 1983 Topps baseball card is classified as his second-year card.

By the time the 1983 baseball season rolled around, Smith had solidified his role as a bullpen specialist for the Chicago Cubs.  In the prior season, he appeared in 72 games as a reliever.  In ’83, he would appear in 66.

And in those 66 appearances, Smith was solid!!

He compiled a 1.65 ERA in 103 innings of work.  He finished the campaign with a 4-10 record, but led the league in saves with 29.  Smith struck out 91 batters in 1983, and averaged 7.7 strikeouts per 9 innings of work.

Lee Smith made his first All-Star team in 1983, and became a contender for the Cy Young award as well.

Aaron Hill Hits For The Cycle!!!

PHOENIX — Coming to the plate in the seventh inning with a comfortable lead and needing a homer to hit for the cycle, D-backs second baseman Aaron Hill swore he wasn’t trying to go deep.

“I don’t think I’ve ever tried to hit a home run and actually done it,” he said. “I just took a deep breath and tried to do what I did the previous at-bats.”

Whatever the 30-year did, it worked. Hill connected with an offspeed pitch up in the zone and drove it into the left-field bleachers to complete the fifth cycle in D-backs history as his club defeated the Mariners, 7-1, on Monday.

Even though Hill wasn’t swinging for the fences, that’s not to say he wasn’t fully aware a homer was all he needed. The veteran had singled in the first, tripled in the third and doubled in the fifth.

“Oh yeah,” said Hill when asked if he knew the situation he was in before the at-bat. “It’s something you can easily get excited about and try to do too much, so I just tried to look for a good pitch.”

For his efforts, the crowd at Chase Field stood on its feet as Hill retreated to the dugout, prompting a curtain call.

“It’s a special thing,” Hill said. “The fans are here for us and they’ve been here all year. It’s nice when the recognize something, it’s the least you can do to go out and show that we appreciate them.”

Through 16 games this month, Hill is batting .302 with nine RBIs and seven extra-base hits.

“He’s staying back and finding his groove,” D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. “He’s got good confidence.”

The last D-backs player to hit for the cycle was Kelly Johnson on July 23, 2010, against the Giants. Coincidentally, Johnson was part of the trade that sent Hill to Arizona from Toronto last year.

Did You Know…

There are only four players in major league history to lead their leagues in home runs for four straight seasons.

They are:

  • Harry Davis, 1904-1907
  • Franklin Baker, 1911-1914
  • Babe Ruth, 1918-1921 (six straight)
  • Ralph Kiner, 1946-1952 (seven straight)