Daily Archives: September 20, 2012

Jim Palmer 2005 Donruss Diamond Kings ‘Gallery Of Stars’

Jim Palmer 2005 Donruss Diamond Kings ‘Gallery Of Stars’

Donruss issued a lot of baseball cards in 2005.  And with that large amount of cards, came some pretty cool stuff.

In addition to the vast number of versions of their Diamond Kings set, they also have us a ‘Gallery Of Stars’ set that used a little inspiration from the DK brand.

I had a few of these cards of other players, but not one of Jim Palmer.

Until now.  Come see:

Sure, it is missing a little something on the right-side of the card.  But, I really like these – I love the horizontal design, and the ‘Gallery Of Stars’ logo is very well done.

A fantastic addition to my Jim Palmer player collection!!!

Ken Griffey Sr. 1979 Topps

Ken Griffey Sr. 1979 Topps

Even though he only played in 95 games during the 1979 baseball season, Ken Griffey still put up some pretty solid numbers with the Reds.

In 95 contests, Griffey amassed 120 hits en route to a .316 batting average.  He sported a .374 on-base percentage in ’79 which helped lead him to stealing 12 bases and scoring 65 runs.

Had it not been for injuries, Griffey could have eclipsed the 200 hits and 100 runs scored during that season.

Here is his card from the 1979 Topps set:

1998 HEADLINE: Ripken’s Streak Ends At 2,632 Games

1998 HEADLINE: Ripken’s Streak Ends At 2,632 Games

On this day in 1998, Cal Ripken voluntarily sat out his first baseball game in more than 16 seasons.

Baseball’s ‘Iron Man’ thought that it was time for a break, albeit just one game.

Cal’s streak will go down as one baseball’s most grand accomplishments.  His class on and off the field accompanied by a very large baseball skill set makes him one of the greatest ambassadors that the sport will ever encounter.

Always gracious, always smiling, always a favorite – Thank You Cal!!!

1953 HEADLINE: Ernie Banks Hits First Home Run Of His Major League Career

1953 HEADLINE:  Ernie Banks Hits First Home Run Of His Major League Career

On this day in 1953, Ernie Banks hit the first home run of his career as a professional baseball player.

Nobody knew what was in store for Banks’ future, but ‘Mr. Cub’ certainly left a lasting impression on the city of Chicago and the sport of baseball.

Home Run #1 was just the start.  The start of 512 career home runs.  The start of 11 All-star appearances.  The start of 1 Gold Glove award.  And the start of 2 Most Valuable Player awards.  Home Run #1 started it all…

Congratulations and Happy Anniversary Mr. Ernie Banks!!!

Banks

Omar Vizquel Passes Babe Ruth On Major League Baseball’s All-Time Hits List

Omar Vizquel Passes Babe Ruth On Major League Baseball’s All-Time Hits List

From Yahoo Sports

Veteran infielder Omar Vizquel of the Toronto Blue Jays moved ahead of Babe Ruth on the all-time hits list with a single and double at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

The 45-year-old doubled home Mike McCoy in the eighth inning on a 1-0 pitch from New York setup man David Robertson for his 2,874th hit to cut the home side’s lead to 3-2 after singling to right field off starter Andy Pettitte in the fourth.

New York went on to win 4-2 in the opener of a day-night doubleheader.

Wednesday’s feat, which moved Vizquel to 41st spot on the all-time hit list, came more than 23 years after Vizquel recorded his first major league hit off Oakland Athletics pitcher Storm Davis on April 6, 1989.

“Not even in my wildest dream was I going to think that you could bring the name of Babe Ruth next to mine and compare hits,” Vizquel, a three-time all-star shortstop who is retiring after this season, told reporters recently. “I guess when you play for a while, every time you score a run, steal a base, get a base hit, they start bringing some of the numbers that you aren’t even aware what’s going on.

“When I started the season I wasn’t really thinking about numbers. I just wanted to finish my career strong.”

An 11-time Gold Glove winner, Vizquel entered Wednesday’s game with a .226 batting average and six RBIs in 137 at-bats this season.

The oldest active position player in the big leagues doesn’t remember career hit 1,000, a groundball to left field off retired Red Sox knuckleballer Tim Wakefield on July 18, 1997, but can recall his 2,000th hit.

“It was against Jason Grimsley, he was with Kansas City at the time, I was playing for Cleveland,” said Vizquel, who broke into the majors with Seattle in 1989 and also played for San Francisco, Texas and the Chicago White Sox before signing a free-agent contract with the Blue Jays on Jan. 23 of this year.