Daily Archives: August 17, 2012

George Foster ‘Fab Five’ – Card #1 – 1972 Topps

George Foster ‘Fab Five’ – Card #1 – 1972 Topps

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

Card #1 – 1972 Topps

Simply stated, there is nothing that I do not like about this baseball card.

The card is true baseball card vintage – 40 years old!!

The card happens to be George Foster’s first in his Cincinnati Reds uniform, which is one of my favorite historic uniforms.

Oh, and best of all, the photographer caught Mr. Foster with a smile on his face – a feat that was not too common in the early stages of his playing days….

Here is the card:

This card is easily my favorite from the set that I have put together that honors the great career of Mr. George Foster.

Thanks for reading.

Lou Brock 1979 Topps ‘All-Time Record Holders – Stolen Bases’

Lou Brock 1979 Topps ‘All-Time Record Holders – Stolen Bases’

Make no mistake about it, I love baseball cards that honor the great history of the sport.  I find that the cards that do this hold their place in history well over time and emote a different kind of emotion from cards that celebrate moments of lesser significance.

So, while I love that this baseball card from the 1979 Topps set pays homage to the fact that Lou Brock was the single-season and career leader in stolen bases, I wish that Topps put as much effort into the card and its design as Brock did in to getting into these spots.

The card is a FAIL.  The player is a WIN!!!!

Happy Birthday Jorge Posada!!!

Happy Birthday Jorge Posada!!!

Jorge Posada turns 41 years old today.

I have always had a lot of respect for catchers.  I feel that their role is the most critical one on the team due to their handling of the entire pitching staff.  A good, strong catcher is able to communicate well, be a team leader, and must be trusted by each and every member of the pitching staff.  Jorge Posada is the perfect example of this.

Posada led the New York Yankees to 5 championship titles during his reign as their #1 catcher.  What is most impressive about this run of excellence is that the Yankees change players, and specifically pitchers, quite often.  Posada had the skills as a leader to be able to handle new pitchers added to the team while still keeping them as competitive and dominant as they need to be without skipping a beat.

Jorge Posada had a fantastic career and will go down as one of the best catchers from his generation.

Happy Birthday Mr. Posada!!!

Happy Birthday John ‘Boog’ Powell!!!

Happy Birthday John ‘Boog’ Powell!!!

‘Boog’ Powell turns 71 years old today.

The man who was beloved by the Baltimore Orioles and all of its fans is one of the most popular Orioles of all-time!!!

A 17-year bis league veteran, Powell spent 14 of his seasons with the Orioles.  He was a dynamic offensive threat that specialized in extra-base hits and driving in runs.  Over the course of his big league career, Powell collected 1,776 total hits with 620 of them (52%) going for extra bases.

Powell was a 4-time All-star player.  He won the American League’s MVP award in 1970 and also has a 2nd and 3rd place finish under his belt.

Powell competed in 4 World Series match-ups, winning three championships!!

Happy Birthday ‘Boog’!!!

Happy Anniversary Willie Mays!!!

Happy Anniversary Willie Mays!!!

On this day in 1973, Willie Mays hit the final home run of his career – #660!!

At Shea Stadium, in front of a crowd of more than 36,000 fans, the New York Mets hosted the Cincinnati Reds.  And in the bottom of the 4th inning, Willie Mays connected for the final home run of his amazing Hall of Fame career.  It was a solo shot off of Reds’ pitcher Don Gullett.  The Mets went on to lose the game 2-1.

Willie Mays had an amazing baseball career.  As one of the game’s most well-rounded players of all-time, smashing home run #660 was just another in the very long list of amazing accomplishments by the ‘Say Hey Kid’!!!