Daily Archives: September 21, 2012

Mike Schmidt 1983 Topps All-Star

Mike Schmidt 1983 Topps All-Star

By the time that the 1983 baseball season was rolling around, Mike Schmidt was entering this 12th big league campaign.

As a veteran, at just 33 years old, Schmidt was one of the game’s greats.  His ability to drive the ball and knock in runs was supreme.

A league leader in many categories throughout the course of his career, by the end of the 1983 season, Schmidt led the NL in home runs, walks, strikeouts, and on-base percentage.  

In 1983, Schmidt made his 8th All-Star team. 

1987 HEADLINE: Darryl Strawberry & Howard Johonson – First Ever 30/30 Teammates!!

1987 HEADLINE: Darryl Strawberry & Howard Johonson – First Ever 30/30 Teammates!!

On this date in 1987, Darryl Strawberry and Howard Johnson of the New York Mets became the first ever teammates to both join the ’30/30′ club in the same season.

The ’30/30′ club is pretty exclusive.  And the members have to be a very specific kind of player.  Powerful enough to hit bomb after bomb into the outfield seats, yet graceful and quick enough to swipe base after base in a frenzied rush to outrun a catcher’s throw.

It’s an amazing accomplishment to become a member of the ’30/30′ club.  But when 2 players on the same team reach that goal, it is baseball history!!!

By the end of the ’87 season, Darryl Strawberry finished the season with 39 home runs and 36 stolen bases.  With him was teammate Howard Johnson who crushed 36 homers and swiped 32 bases.

Congrats to Straw & HOJO!!!

1970 HEADLINE: Vida Blue Hurls No-Hitter In Just 8th Big League Start!!!

1970 HEADLINE: Vida Blue Hurls No-Hitter In Just 8th Big League Start!!!

On this day in 1970, Vida Blue threw a no-hitter for the Oakland A’s.  Amazingly, it was just the eight start of his major league career.

At home and in front of a crowd that just eclipsed 4,000 fans, the 20-year old Blue put on quite a performance.

The numbers – 9 innings pitched, 0 hits allowed, 1 walk, 9 strikeouts, and most importantly an Oakland Athletics victory!!!

Happy Anniversary Mr. Blue!!!

Happy Birthday Cecil Fielder!!!

Happy Birthday Cecil Fielder!!!

Cecil Fielder turns 49 years old today!!

As mighty of a power hitter as there ever has been, Cecil Fielder is the owner of some of the biggest, and longest home runs hit in the last 30 years!!

To say he is known for one thing is a fair statement.  That happens when you bash 51, 44, 35, 30, 38, 31, and 39 home runs in consecutive seasons.  But Fielder’s game was a bit more well-rounded than his power numbers may hint at.  ‘Big Daddy’ had 7 straight seasons with at least 100 hits or more and he also had two seasons where he scored 100+ runs.

Cecil Fielder is a 3-time All-Star, 2-time Silver Slugger winner, and a World Series champion.

Happy Birthday Cecil Fielder!!!

Andre Dawson 2009 Topps Tribute Certified Autograph w/Game Used Bat Relic – Blue – #34/75

Andre Dawson 2009 Topps Tribute Certified Autograph w/Game Used Bat Relic – Blue – #34/75

The release of the 2009 Topps Tribute set gave me a lot of opportunities to add some great Andre Dawson cards to my collection.

Unfortunately, they all sport autographs, and usually have a pretty hefty price tag attached to them.

Still, that does not prevent me from shopping and watching.

And every once in a while, that method of ‘window shopping’ pays off.

Like it did when I found this one:

This is the Blue version of the Tribute Auto & Relic cards that features Andre Dawson.  This card is serial numbered as 34/75.  I have seen White, Yellow, and Red versions of this card.

Maybe in time, I can add a few more…