Daily Archives: December 4, 2012

Frank Thomas 2003 Bowman Heritage

Frank Thomas 2003 Bowman Heritage

Frank Thomas is one of the guys that I would love to collect.

Sadly, he falls into the category that many of the players that I cheered for in the late 1980s and into the 1990s do – TOO MANY CARDS!!!

So, instead, I scoop up unique cards of these guys.  And rookie cards too if they can be found affordably.

The below card of Frank Thomas is from the 2003 Bowman Heritage set.  And I have to say that even though the card features a posed portrait in which Thomas is not even looking in the direction of the photographer, I really like it!!

Have a look:

Dave Parker 1976 Topps Baseball Card

Dave Parker 1976 Topps Baseball Card

The 1976 baseball season was Dave Parker’s fourth in his career.  And he was starting to show flashes of the brilliant hitter that he would become!

The numbers:  168 hits, .313 batting average, 28 doubles, 10 triples, 13 home runs, 82 runs scored, 90 RBI, and 19 stolen babes.  And all of this was accomplished in just 138 games!!

Dave Parker is an imposing figure – 6′ 5″ tall and 230 pounds.  The fact that he hit 10 triples and stole 19 bases in 1976 shows just how athletic this ‘big guy’ was!

Atta Boy Parker!!!

1988 HEADLINE: Eddie Murray Traded To The Los Angeles Dodgers

1988 HEADLINE: Eddie Murray Traded To The Los Angeles Dodgers

On this day in 1988, the Baltimore Orioles traded the cornerstone of their franchise, Eddie Murray, to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

A 12-year veteran, with more than 2,000 hits with the club, Murray was moved as part of a youth movement to energize the aging Orioles squad.

In return for Murray, the Dodgers acquired Juan Bell, Brian Holton, and Ken Howell.  In total, these three players suited up for 215 games for the O’s.

I would say that LA got the best of that deal!!!

1984 HEADLINE: A’s Ship Henderson To Yankees

1984 HEADLINE: A’s Ship Henderson To Yankees

Back in the 1980’s you didn’t get same kind of media attention given to the players and teams of today.  Between the new age of provocative journalism and the players themselves providing personal updates via web-based outlets, there is very little that we miss.  But back in the 80’s things were different and that is why this trade bothers me 25+ years later…

Rickey Henderson has been traded by the Oakland Athletics with Bert Bradley and cash to the New York Yankees for Tim Birtsas, Jay Howell, Stan Javier, Eric Plunk, and Jose Rijo.

While the A’s didn’t just get bodies, they really didn’t get much in return for one of the game’s biggest stars either…

By this point of his career Rickey had solidified himself as the game’s top lead-off hitter and base stealer.  He was a scoring machine and his near .400 OBS was a key to many wins for the A’s.

Something tells me that there is more to the story, but we may never know…  But what I do know is that if an All-star gets traded in the prime of his career in 2009 we know each and every detail within hours!!