Daily Archives: July 16, 2012

1968 Topps Game – George Scott

1968 Topps Game – George Scott

There is no doubt as to why George Scott was included in this 1968 set.

Simply stated, Scott had a fantastic sophomore-season in 1967.

As a 23-year old member of the Boston Red Sox, George Scott put together the kind of season that the ‘Fenway Faithful’ attaches to the tag os ‘Superstar’.

Scott’s efforts in 1967 landed in 10th place for the AL MVP Award, and he also brought home a Gold Glove Award too.

The numbers – 159 games played, .303 batting average, 171 hits, 21 doubles, 7 triples, 19 home runs, 74 runs scored, and 82 RBI.  It looks as though Scott’s achille’s heel was the strike out – 641 plate appearances in the ’67 season, Scott struck out 119 times.  It was an improvement over his league leading 152 K’s from his rookie season in 1966, but it is a far cry from a disciplined hitter too…

Scott would go on to win 8 Gold Glove Awards during his time in Boston and Milwaukee.  He would finish in the Top 25 for the MVP Award five times. 

Progress – 27/33

Dave Winfield 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen

Dave Winfield 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen

It seems like I cannot keep my sh^t straight lately…

As I try to keep my collecting focus as straight as possible, I am getting derailed often.

Here is the proof in the pudding:

Just a few short weeks ago, I declared that I only wanted to collect cards of Dave Winfield in which he was wearing his Padres or Yankees uniform.  And then I go and scoop up the card featured above…  What am I going to do with myself??  Luckily, it only cost me a quarter, but I really need to try to stick to my guns going forward…

It’s not that I don’t care for the time that Winfield spent in Toronto or Cleveland – heel with the Blue Jays he captured his lone World Series win and with the Indians he hit the 3,000th hit of his career.

It’s just that I like to recapture the memories from my youth.  And my youth was full of Winfield winning Gold Gloves and smacking home runs as a member of the Padres and Yankees!!

Time to re-focus…  Again!

Jim Palmer 1989 Swell Baseball Greats

Jim Palmer 1989 Swell Baseball Greats

Taking you back to the old-school for a minute here…

This card comes from 1989’s Swell Baseball Greats set, and it features one of the best pitchers from the 1970’s – James Alvin Palmer.

And while the card may lack in some of the creative elements that are employed by today’s designers, I have to say that for a 1989 issue, this card looks fantastic!

Have a peek:

Sure, I have seen this image multiple times; and it has been used by multiple companies as well.  But for a 1989 release, I am very satisfied with the look of the card.

Another great one for the ‘Super Collection’!!!!

Happy Birthday Terry Pendleton!!!

Happy Birthday Terry Pendleton!!!

Terry Pendleton turns 52 years old today.

Pendleton was the National League’s MVP during the 1991 season.  And he was also the runner-up for the award in 1992 as well.  Raising his game to new heights during those 2 seasons, Pendleton hit .319 and .311 respectively.  In those 2 campaigns, he collected 386 hits, including 73 doubles, 9 triples, and 43 home runs.  He was also a scoring machine as he scored 192 times while also stealing 12 bases.

Pendleton played in 5 World Series match-ups for the Cardinals and Braves.  His teams lost all 5 series’.

Happy Birthday Mr. Pendleton!!!

Chicago Cubs Announce Schedule Of Activities Honoring Ron Santo’s Hall Of Fame Induction

Chicago Cubs Announce Schedule Of Activities Honoring Ron Santo’s Hall Of Fame Induction

From MLB.com

CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs have announced a schedule of events for fans to celebrate Ron Santo’s Hall of Fame induction, including a Cubs Corner Luncheon at Wildfire Chicago July 17; a Cubs Fan Fest in Cooperstown, N.Y., July 21; the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Cooperstown July 22; a corresponding viewing party at Wrigley Field’s Captain Morgan Club July 22; and Ron Santo Day at Wrigley Field for the Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals game July 27, the team’s first home game following Santo’s induction.

On Ron Santo Day at Wrigley Field, the Cubs will honor Santo with a special pregame ceremony featuring members of his family. The first 10,000 fans in the gate will receive a commemorative Ron Santo Hall of Fame Plaque courtesy of PNC Bank, while commemorative memorabilia will be also available for purchase from corporate partners such as Majestic and Chicago Kernel Gourmet Popcorn. The team has partnered with Scotts to incorporate an honorary design into the outfield grass of Wrigley Field for that afternoon’s game.

“Ron Santo embodied what it meant to be a Chicago Cub. This franchise couldn’t be prouder as he is enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame and we’re honored he will forever represent the Chicago Cubs in Cooperstown,” said Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts. “Our family looks forward to celebrating this well-deserved accomplishment with Cubs fans worldwide.”

A full schedule of celebratory events follows:

July 17 – Cubs Corner Luncheon – Chicago

A panel featuring Ron Santo’s son, Ron Santo Jr., former teammate and Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins, and Cubs WGN Radio broadcaster Pat Hughes will reflect on Ron Santo’s Hall of Fame induction at the Cubs Corner Luncheon July 17 at Wildfire Chicago. The session will air on WGN Radio 720 AM from 12-1 p.m. CDT.

Cubs Corner Luncheon tickets are priced at $55 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity. Each guest receives an autographed photo of a featured panelist upon check-in and a lunch of signature Wildfire dishes, including an individual salad, rolls, an individual main course plate and dessert. On-site registration begins at 11 a.m. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m., while the live broadcast takes place from 12-1 p.m. Tickets are available at www.cubs.com/cubscorner.

July 21 – Cubs Fan Fest – Cooperstown

The Cubs will host a Cubs Fan Fest in Cooperstown Saturday, July 21, in honor of Ron Santo’s induction into the Hall of Fame. The party will be held in the lawn-tented section of Cooperstown’s Fenimore Art Museum from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. EDT. This casual party is for Cubs fans who wish to celebrate Santo’s life and induction with other members of the Cubs community, including Ron’s teammates and several members of the Cubs front office. Special guests include Pat Hughes, Billy Williams, Fergie Jenkins, Randy Hundley, Glenn Beckert, the Ricketts family and others. Attendees will enjoy a live Q-and-A session, video of memorable Santo moments, music, food and drinks. A suggested $10 donation at the event will help benefit Chicago Cubs Charities and the not-for-profit National Baseball Hall of Fame.

July 22 – National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony – Cooperstown

The National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Sunday will take place in Cooperstown July 22 at 1:30 p.m. EDT on the grounds outside of the Clark Sports Center. The ceremony is expected to last two hours. Seating for the event is unlimited and free of charge. A blanket or lawn chair is recommended for comfortable viewing. Ball caps, yearbooks and museum membership packages are available for purchase at the Hall of Fame induction site.

July 22 – Hall of Fame Induction Viewing Party, Wrigley Field’s Captain Morgan Club – Chicago

Concurrent with the National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Cooperstown, the Cubs will host a viewing party at the Captain Morgan Club adjacent to Wrigley Field starting at 11 a.m. CDT. Attendees can watch the ceremony live on dozens of televisions from 12:30-2:30 p.m. CDT just steps away from Ron Santo’s statue at the corner of Addison Street and Sheffield Avenue.

July 27 – Ron Santo Day at Wrigley Field – Chicago

The first Cubs home game following the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be dedicated to honoring Ron Santo in the ballpark he enjoyed the most with the fans he cherished closely. The following activities will highlight Ron Santo Day at Wrigley Field:

  • The Cubs will honor Santo during an on-field ceremony featuring members of his family before the 1:20 p.m. CDT game vs. the St. Louis Cardinals.
  • The first 10,000 fans to arrive at that day’s game will receive a commemorative Ron Santo Hall of Fame Plaque, courtesy of PNC Bank.
  • The outfield grass in center field will showcase an honorary Number 10 design that was chosen by fans through a partnership with Scotts, the Official Lawn Care Company of the Cubs and Major League Baseball.
  • Chicago Kernel Gourmet Popcorn will hand out free samples of their gourmet popcorn at Wrigley Field and sell a limited-edition collectible art popcorn tin commemorating Ron Santo’s legendary career and induction into the Hall of Fame. Each tin includes a limited-edition Ron Santo baseball card.
  • Majestic will offer commemorative Ron Santo Hall of Fame Cubs jerseys, T-shirts and patches for sale, with proceeds benefitting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

Fans may purchase tickets for the July 27 game at Wrigley Field at www.cubs.com, 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827) or in person at the Wrigley Field Box Office.