Daily Archives: November 8, 2012

Dave Parker 1984 Fleer – Dave Flashes Us His Million Dollar Smile!!!

Dave Parker 1984 Fleer – Dave Flashes Us His Million Dollar Smile!!!

Dave Parker played in an era when player salaries started to blossom.  He was not part of the period in which players were signing hundred-million dollar contracts, but he did play when the first multi-year multi-million dollar contracts were issued.

A quick check at www.baseballreference.com shows that Parker did earn more than a million dollars per season played from 1986-1991.

And when I talked to Dave about this, he flashed me his ‘Million Dollar Smile’!!!

Ken Griffey Sr. ‘Fab Five’ – Card #2 – 1976 Topps

Ken Griffey Sr. ‘Fab Five’ – Card #2 – 1976 Topps

Now that my Ken Griffey Sr. player collection is complete, it is time to show of my favorite five cards from the set.

Card #2 – 1976 Topps

Ken Griffey had a lot to smile about in 1976.  His Reds team had won the 1975 World Series in dramatic fashion, and he was becoming a major component of one of the most talented and well-rounded offensive line-ups of all-time.

During the 1975 season, Griffey hit .305 while collecting 141 hits.  He was also able to showcase his speed with 15 doubles, 9 triples, and 16 stolen bases. 

Happy Birthday Giancarlo Stanton!!

Happy Birthday Giancarlo Stanton!!

Giancarlo Stanton turns 23 years old today.

In a very short amount of time, Giancarlo Stanton has become the centerpiece of the Miami Marlins run production unit.  Batting anywhere from 4-6 in the batting order, Stanton has been the team’s main source of home run and RBI production.

While some may label Stanton as a ‘Slugger’ due to his ability to hit the ball 500+ feet, he has also shown the ability to learn while at the plate and use what he is learning to become a more patient and skilled hitter.  In 2010, Stanton hit .262 in 150 games.  In 2011, he hit .290 in 123 games.

Happy Birthday Giancarlo.  Keep doing what you’re doing!!

1989 HEADLINE: Jerome Walton Captures NL Rookie Of The Year Award!

1989 HEADLINE: Jerome Walton Captures NL Rookie Of The Year Award!

What a year 1989 was for Jerome Walton.

Not only did he make his major league debut in 1989 with the Chicago Cubs, but he also won the NL Rookie of the Year award that year while also helping the team capture their division crown!

At 23 years old, Walton had the presence of a veteran at the plate.  And his skills shined brightest in that rookie campaign.  Led by a batting average of .293, Walton collected 139 for the Cubs.  He also stole 24 bases, scored 64 runs, and drove in 46 more.  And he did all of this while patrolling one of the toughest center-field positions in the majors!

Congratulations on a fabulous rookie season Jerome.  Today we celebrate you winning the NL Rookie of the Year award in 1989!!!

1966 HEADLINE: Frank Robinson Becomes First Player To Win MVP In Both Leagues

1966 HEADLINE: Frank Robinson Becomes First Player To Win MVP In Both Leagues

On this day in 1966, Frank Robinson was named as the 1966 AL Most Valuable Player.  And it was really not contest – Robinson was the Triple Crown winner as he led the American League is Batting Average, RBI, and Home Runs.

What made this award even more special is that Robinson became the first player to win the MVP in both leagues with this award in 1966.

You see, just 5 seasons prior, in 1961, he won the award with the Cincinnati Reds of the National League.

A truly dominant player – and one of the best!!

Happy Anniversary Mr. Robinson!!!

Andre Dawson 2012 Topps Triple Threads – Emerald

Andre Dawson 2012 Topps Triple Threads – Emerald

As I begin my journey of trying to put together the 2012 Topps Triple Threads rainbow of Andre Dawson, I have made a silent vow to try to not overspend on the cards I need for the set.

We’ll see how that goes, but I have been known to show patience on prior missions so I am guessing that it will not be a problem for me.

Currently, I have just two cards of the set – the base card and now this Emerald card.

The Emerald card is serial numbered as 119/250, and the Green looks fantastic!!