Monthly Archives: June 2012

Happy Birthday Pedro Guerrero!!!

Happy Birthday Pedro Guerrero!!!

Pedro Guerrero turns 56 years old today.

Guerrero was a solid contributor to both the Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals teams that he was a part of for fifteen seasons.

A 5-time All-Star with a knack for delivering power at the plate.  In his 15 seasons in the big league, Pedro collected 215 home runs while driving in 898 RBI.  In four seasons, he hit at least 27 home runs with his highest tally coming in 1985 with 33.

Guerrero also finished in the Top 4 for the MVP award on four different occasions.  He was a steady and consistent hitter from the time he made it to the big leagues in 1978 and throughout the course of his playing days.

Happy Birthday Mr. Guerrero!!!

Happy Birthday Harmon Killebrew!!!

Happy Birthday Harmon Killebrew!!!

Harmon Killebrew was a baseball superstar that played in a city that never quite got the attention of other major cities.  And because of that, Killebrew was kind of like a secret.

But what was not a secret was the fact that Killebrew could slug home runs at the same rate, and oftentimes greater, than the sport’s best sluggers.

Amazingly, Killebrew seemed to get better with age as he collected more home runs in the second half of his career than he did in the first half.  In 22 years, the Hall of Famer hit 573 round-trippers.  He currently sits in 11th place on the all-time list.

Happy Birthday Mr. Killebrew!!  Rest In Peace.

Derek Jeter Ties Cal Ripken Jr. On All-time Hits List

Derek Jeter Ties Cal Ripken Jr. On All-time Hits List

By Ray Monell | Yahoo! Contributor Network 

NEW YORK — Derek Jeter tied fellow shortstop Cal Ripken Jr. for 13th place on Major League Baseball’s all-time hits list with a one-out, seventh-inning single up the middle off Chicago White Sox starter Dylan Axelrod.

Jeter’s single marked career hit No. 3,184. Ripken, a 19-time All-Star who spent his entire career with the Baltimore Orioles, retired after the 2001 season. 

Besides inevitably taking sole possession of 13th place on the all-time hits list, the New York Yankees captain is closing in on two additional statistical milestones: Jeter is two appearances short of having played in 2,500 games since debuting in 1995; he also needs to score seven more runs to tie Boston Red Sox great Carl Yastrzemski (1,816 runs scored) for 16th place all-time.


Contest Time: ‘MVP For A Day’

Contest Time: ‘MVP For A Day’

OK, time for another fun contest at ’30-YOC’.

This one should be fun.  ‘MVP for a Day’ goes like  this.  You select one player that you feel will be the most valuable player for the day.  On Sunday, July 1st, there are 15 games taking place – you can review the schedule here.

Your challenge is to pick the one offensive player that you think will be the most valuable to their team.

Here are the rules:

  1. The player must be an offensive player(no pitchers allowed)
  2. Once a player is selected, he is off of the boards and cannot be used again
  3. All picks must be submit into the comments section of this post no later than 11:59 PM on Saturday

Here is how the scores will be tallied:

  1. Hits = 5 points each
  2. Home Runs = 8 points each
  3. RBI = 10 points each
  4. Walks = 3 points each
  5. Stolen Base = 8 points each
  6. Strikeouts = (-5) Points each

So take your time, but not too much time, and review the schedules.  And get your picks in so we can choose Sunday’s ‘MVP For A Day’!!!

And now for the prize…

How about a healthy stack of 2012 Topps baseball cards??  Over 150 beautiful cards!!!

Here are a few pics:

No matter how you slice it up, there are some great cards in these stacks.  The lot is full of future HOF’ers, Cy Young winners, MVPs, All-Stars, as well as cards of the stars of the future!!!

Now study those match-ups and make your selections.  When ready to enter, simply leave the name of the player you are selecting in the comments section of this post – and remember, once a player is taken he is off the boards!!

Good Luck and thanks for playing!!!

1994 Donruss Studio Florida Marlins Team Set – Senior Picture Day

1994 Donruss Studio Florida Marlins Team Set

OK Guys, you know the rules.

It’s your Senior picture, but we have to stick to the guidelines mandated by the administration.  We can use props, but only ones that have been approved.  And you have to be clean-shaven, no fuzz, no beards, and no long hair.

Are you ready?

OK, then let’s do this!!!

Sheffield, what did I tell you – you must be clean shaven.  Get out of here.  Go to LA or New York…


Kirby Puckett ‘Fab Five’ – Card #2 – 1986 Topps

Kirby Puckett ‘Fab Five’ – Card #2 – 1986 Topps

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

Card #2 – 1986 Topps

During the near 4-year stretch that I have been running this blog, I have fondly called the 1986 Topps set the ‘Stencil Set’.

The design is basic, the pictures are large, and the lone graphic element looks like it could have been done with a set of stencils.

This card of Kirby Puckett looks great.  The Red used in the team nameplate is a perfect complement to the Red of Kirby’s Twins uniform.

And I also love the full follow-through that the photographer captured for this image!!!

Have a look:

Derek Jeter 2005 Playoff Absolute Memorabilia

Derek Jeter 2005 Playoff Absolute Memorabilia

Over the last few years, I have picked up a small stack of cards from this set.

And almost all of them are just too dark for my liking.  From the Frank Robinson to the Rod Carew to the Ron Santo – they are all dark, dark, dark!

But the Jeter??

It is not too dark.  In fact, it is pretty ‘well lit’ if you ask me.

And I am digging it!!!

Have a peek:


My First Time – David Wells – June 30, 1987

My First Time – David Wells – June 30, 1987

The Setting – Exhibition Stadium.  Toronto, Canada.

From Wells – ‘I was out with the guys and did not get in until after 1 A.M. – imagine that!  Well, there is a message on my machine to call Doug Ault (manager) no matter what time it was.  I got the call-up!!!’

The Boxscore – Yankees 4, Blue Jays 0.  Wells takes the loss while going just four innings, allowing 9 hits and 4 runs.


Happy Birthday Mark Grace!!

Happy Birthday Mark Grace!!

Amazingly, Mark Grace turns 48 years old today!!

One of my favorite Cubs players of all-time, Mark Grace was so much fun to watch.  It’s not often that you get to witness watching a player have fun day in and day out during his playing days.  But with Mark Grace, that is exactly what you got!!

A guy with an incredible swing and defensive skills to match, Grace was an all-around baseball star.  While never the most celebrated player on his roster, Grace was certainly the most consistent.  His approach at the plate was consistent enough to yield him more hits than ANY other player in the decade of the 1990’s – WoW!!!

For Mr. Grace’s birthday I want to get him a flag.  Not just an ordinary, run-of-the-mill flag though…  I want this one to be special.  I want it to be White in color with Blue letters and numbers.  And while we’re at it, let’s slap his name and #17 on it and hang it from a pole in the outfield at Wrigley Field(a place Gracey called home for 13 amazing years)!!

Happy Birthday Gracey!!!

Andre Dawson 2001 Leaf Certified Materials ‘Fabric Of The Game’ Game-Used Jersey Card

Andre Dawson 2001 Leaf Certified Materials ‘Fabric Of The Game’ Game-Used Jersey Card

This card is far from great.  In fact, of all of the relic cards of Dawson that I am missing, this one is probably classified as ‘not very exciting’.

Still, it is Andre Dawson.  And I am a collector of all things Andre Dawson.

Thankfully, this one set me back just a few bucks…