Daily Archives: August 21, 2012

Alan Trammell 1987 Topps

Alan Trammell 1987 Topps

Jeez, wherever Alan Trammell was for this photo shoot it must have been chilly.  Just check out that turtle-neck he is wearing under his Tigers jersey.

1987 was a fantastic season for Trammell.  He was an All-Star again, and he finished in second place for the AL MVP award to Jorge Bell.  and the voting was very close too – 16 votes for Bell to 12 for Trammell.

My favorite stat from Trammell’s fantastic season in 1987?

There are many to choose, but I will say: 105!!!

Trammell drove in 105 runs during that campaign.  Not only was that a career-best for RBI in a single season, but he did that while batting in the 4th and 5th spots in the order – not a place you typically found a 165-pound shortstop in the late 1980’s.

 

Did You Know…

Since 2000, the team with the most inductees into the Baseball Hall Of Fame is the Boston Red Sox.  The Sox have had three former players inducted since 2000 – Carlton Fisk in 2000, Wade Boggs in 2005, and Jim Rice in 2009.

Happy Anniversary Rollie Fingers!!!

Happy Anniversary Rollie Fingers!!!

On this day in 1982, Rollie Fingers captured the 300th save of his major league baseball career.

Coming off of a Cy Young and MVP season in 1981, Fingers and the Brewers were riding high in 1982.  And as the team led their division heading into the last month of the season, several of the Brewers’ top players were performing at their peak – Fingers included.

On this night, in Seattle and in front of 20,000 fans, Fingers added another baseball milestone to his already impressive resume.  Save #300 came as he preserved the 3-2 victory over the Mariners. 

Fingers’ stat line looked like this – 2 innings pitched, 3 hits allowed, 2 runs allowed, and 1 strikeout.  Not the most impressive stuff on this night, but a victory and a save nonetheless.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Rollie Fingers!!!

Happy Birthday Craig Counsell!!!

Happy Birthday Craig Counsell!!!

Amazingly, Craig Counsell celebrates his 42nd birthday today.

For all of us Florida Marlins fans, we celebrate Craig today and take a minute to remember and enjoy the memory of the game winning run that he scored in extra innings in Game 7 giving us our first World Series title in 1997.

Happy Birthday Craig!!!

Counsell

1968 Topps Game – Rod Carew

1968 Topps Game – Rod Carew

I consider Rod Carew to be one of the most underrated superstars in baseball history.

Yes, I know he’s a Hall of Famer.  And yes, I know he is an 18-time All-star.  And yes, he was a constant threat to win the league’s MVP award for most of his career.

But when people talk about the greatest hitters in the sport’s history, Carew gets very little credit yet his numbers stack up quite well to the competition.  In 19 seasons, Carew collected 3,053 hits alongside a .320 batting average.  He also managed to score 1,424 runs, drive in 1,015 runs, and steal 353 bases.

The reason that Rod Carew still remains under the radar in the world of baseball card collecting is because he played for very low-profile teams – the Twins and Angels.  If he suited up for the Yankees, Dodgers, Cubs, or Reds he would be as sought after as any of the best hitters in the sport’s history.

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