Daily Archives: September 6, 2012

Another Wade Boggs TTM SUCCESS – YES!!!!

Another Wade Boggs TTM SUCCESS – YES!!!!

He did it again.

Well, I guess that I did it again as well.

I kind of ran a little test – you may recall that roughly three weeks ago I received a TTM return from HAll of Famer Wade Boggs.  If you didn’t read that story, you can here.

Well, soon after, I thought I would try a test.  You see, I had been seeing that Boggs had been signing for both fees and no fees.

So, I put two envelopes in the mail, each with two cards and a very nice letter.  In one envelope there was no donation.  And in the other, I slipped in a $10 bill.

And what do you know???

The return envelope that had my letter, two baseball cards, AND a $10 bill was returned to me with two more Wade Boggs autographs!!!

Have a look:

I would say that this was $10 that was very well spent.

And if the others come back, I will certainly show them off as well…

Thank you Mr. Boggs!!!

Rod Carew 1978 Topps – 1977 Batting League Leaders

Rod Carew 1978 Topps – 1977 Batting League Leaders

Rod Carew captured his seventh and final batting crown at the end of the 1978 baseball season.  This card from the 1979 Topps baseball card set honors that achievement.

While winning seven batting titles, Carew was also the league leader in on-base percentage four times.

In 1978, Carew led the American League in batting average with his .333 clip, and in on-base percentage with a very respectable .411.

Atta Boy, Rod!!!

1996 HEADLINE – Eddie Murray Joins The 3,000/500 Club!!!

1996 HEADLINE – Eddie Murray Joins The 3,000/5oo Club!!!

On this day in 1996, Eddie Murray became the 3rd member of the 3,000 hits/500 home run club!!!

Of all of the offensive stats that are recognized in the baseball world, I find the combination of the 3,000 hits and 500 home runs stats to be the perfect combination resulting in a complete offensive threat.

So on this day, Eddie Murray joined Willie Mays and Hank Aaron in the most elite and exclusive club in baseball.  His entry into this club helps stake his claim as one of the greatest offensive players to ever play the game of baseball.

Congratulations and Happy Anniversary Eddie Murray!!!

1995 HEADLINE – Cal Ripken Jr. Sets MLB’s Consecutive Game Streak At 2,131 Games!!!

1995 HEADLINE – Cal Ripken Jr. Sets MLB’s Consecutive Game Streak At 2,131 Games!!!

On September 6, 1995, Cal Ripken broke the all-time Major League Baseball record for consecutive games played.  Lou Gehrig’s record stood for an amazing 56 years, but on this day Cal eclipsed his 2,130th consecutive games played streak.

Amazingly he did not miss a single game in 13+ years!!!  We honor you Cal for this amazing baseball record.

Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton Joins Exclusive Home Run Group

From Joe Fisaro, MLB.com

 

MIAMI — A few extra text messages reminded Giancarlo Stanton that he did something impressive on Tuesday night. The slugger connected on his 30th home run in the Marlins’ 8-4 loss to the Brewers.

 

“You get a few extra texts, ‘Congrats for 30.’ You don’t necessarily see that for 25 or 29,” Stanton said. “It’s definitely something cool to do.”

 

The Marlins are in their 20th season, and just 17 times has a player reached the benchmark.

 

Stanton is a repeat performer, belting 34 in 2011, which is tied with Miguel Cabrera for the second most ever by a Marlin. Cabrera reached the 30 mark three times, and Dan Uggla did it four times.

 

Stanton also is the fifth player in MLB history to reach 30 homers before his 23rd birthday. Cabrera was the last to do so, as a Marlin in 2004-05. According to Elias, the others were Jimmie Foxx (1929-30), Eddie Matthews (1953-54), Albert Pujols (2001-02) and Cabrera.

 

If Stanton can match or surpass 34, he would be pleased.

 

“Especially being out for a month or two, to do what I did last year,” the 22-year-old said.

 

Stanton missed a month due to right knee surgery. And in April, he hit just one homer because he was hindered most of the month by a sore left knee.

 

“That’s pretty impressive,” manager Ozzie Guillen said. “Not just because he got No. 30, but because how much time he lost. He spent time on the DL.

 

“The thing I worry about now is everybody going to add and subtract and say, ‘He hit 30 home runs in 240 at-bats. Next year, for sure, he’s going to hit 90, because he will have 500 at-bats.’ That’s the wrong way to look at it. This kid is a 30-home run hitter. Just stay with 35 home runs. Don’t get the expectation that next year we’re going to build the ballclub around Stanton hitting 50 home runs and 190 RBIs. Then we’re making a big mistake.”

 

Stanton made his big league debut on June 8, 2010, and he’s already hit 86 homers.

 

That number puts Stanton in some elite company. It’s the eighth-most homers by a player ever before age 23. Foxx also hit 86 before turning 23. With one more, Stanton would pull even with Johnny Bench and Ken Griffey Jr. for the sixth most, according to STATS LLC.

 

The Marlins’ single-season record is 42, set by Gary Sheffield in 1996.

 

To reach that in 2012, Stanton mused: “We have some work to do.”

1982 Headline: Pirates Set To Retire Stargell’s Jersey!

1982 Headline:  Pirates Set To Retire Stargell’s Jersey!

In an honor reserved for the greatest players in a franchise’s history, the Pittsburgh Pirates retired Willie Stargell’s #8 jersey on September 6, 1982.

Stargell was and still is the pride and joy of the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise.  Having played with the team for 21 major league season, Stargell, the city of Pittsburgh, and all Pirates fans share a special bond.

An exceptional ball player, Willie Stargell was dynamic on offense.  He has a lifetime batting average of .282 with 2,232 hits.  His power numbers are solid as he smashed 475 home runs and 423 doubles.  He also scored 1,195 runs during his career while driving in an additional 1,540.

Stargell was a 6-time All-star and he won the MVP Award in 1979 at the age of 39.  Stargell was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1988.  He also helped lead the Pirates to two World Series championships in 1971 & 1979.

Private Signing Opportunity With Dwight ‘Doc’ Gooden!!!

Private Signing Opportunity With Dwight ‘Doc’ Gooden!!!

My friends at the Fergie Jenkins Foundation have a 50-item signing with Dwight ‘Doc’ Gooden taking place in early October.

Gooden is one of the most decorated pitchers of the last 40 years, and his autograph can be had, with a FREE inscription, for the very low price of $20.00.

The $20 fee covers the autograph fee for a baseball card, baseball, or photo.

If you’re interested, contact Craig Nyman at fergiejenkins1@primus.ca

And here is the mailing address:

Fergie Jenkins Foundation
ATTN: Craig Nyman
PO Box 664
Lewiston, NY 14092