Daily Archives: January 7, 2013

Alan Trammell 1981 Donruss

Alan Trammell 1981 Donruss

By the time that the 1981 baseball season rolled around, Alan Trammell had solidified himself an anchor of the Tigers’ infield.  And his offense was impressive too!

In 105 games played, Trammell was the American League’s leader in sacrifice hits with 16.  And while that may not sound impressive or like it is a grand number, the sacrifice in baseball is an essential part of the game.

There may be no more unselfish of a play in the game than the sacrifice, and that is also a mark of a team player with a high baseball intelligence too!!

Atta Boy Tram!!

1992 Headline: Tom Seaver & Rollie Fingers Voted Into National Baseball Hall Of Fame

1992 Headline: Tom Seaver & Rollie Fingers Voted Into National Baseball Hall Of Fame

On this day in 1992, both Tom Seaver and Rollie Fingers were elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.  Both pitchers amassed amazing individual and team accolades during their brilliant careers – Seaver as a starting pitcher, and Fingers as a reliever.

Tom Seaver won 311 games during his major league career while amassing 3,640 strikeouts.  Being a member of both the ‘300 wins’ and ‘3000 strikeouts’ clubs, Seaver is in very rare and elite company.  Seaver is a former Rookie of the Year, a 3-time Cy Young Award winner, 12-time All-Stat, and World Series Champion.

Rollie Fingers set the standard for the ‘closer’ role in baseball.  His is a member of the ‘300 Saves Club’ with his 341 career saves.  Fingers has a career ERA of 2.90 and a lifetime strikeout to walk ratio of 2.64.  His ability to seal wins during his tenure with the A’s, Padres, and Brewers set the bar for his competition and the future of the closer role.  Fingers was a 7-time All-Star as well as a Cy Young and MVP winner.  He was part of three World Series championship winning teams in the 1970’s with Oakland. 

Tom Seaver collected 425 of 430 votes cast during his first year of eligibility in 1985.

Rollie Fingers hauled in 349 of 430 votes cast in his second year of eligibility to gain entry into Cooperstown.

1985 Headline: Lou Brock Voted Into National Baseball Hall Of Fame

1985 Headline:  Lou Brock Voted Into National Baseball Hall Of Fame

On this day in 1985, Lou Brock was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame.  At the time of his election, Brock was the all-time stolen bases leaders in major league history.  Also a member of the ‘3,000 Hits Club’, Brock collected 3,023 total hits during his 19-year career.  Brock was a 6-time All-Star, and was part of two World Series championship winning teams with the Cardinals.

Brock was first eligible for election into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1985.  He was voted in on his first ballot capturing 315 of 395 votes cast, good for a 79.7% clip.

Happy Birthday Alfonso Soriano!!!

Happy Birthday Alfonso Soriano!!!

Today, Alfonso Soriano turns 35!!!

One of the more well-rounded players in the game today, Soriano provides the perfect amount of speed and power to the Chicago Cubs line-up.  With (3) 30/30 seasons already under his belt and (1) 40/40 season as well, the sky is the limit for this immensely talented player.

Even as he ages, Soriano still shows that he can help carry the offensive load for a team.  And with the right players hitting ahead and behind him, he can accumulate MVP numbers.

So, for his birthday I wish to give him this – 1 season of perfect health.  No injuries, no days off, no trips to the disabled list.  Let’s see what a 100% healthy and 100% committed Alfonso Soriano can do.  I don’t think another 40/40 season is out of the question!!!  50/50 anyone???

Happy Birthday Alfonso!


’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – Top Ten Topps Traded Rookie Baseball Cards!!!

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – Top Ten Topps Traded Rookie Baseball Cards!!!

This Top Ten list stems from a few emails between myself and loyal ’30-YOC’ reader Matt.  Matt and I traded emails earlier in the week about our favorite cards and sets from the 1980’s.  The conversation was fun and it took both of us back to our childhood when we both rabid collectors.

It was during that email string that I thought it would be fun to rank my favorite Topps Traded rookie cards from the 1980s.  There are some fantastic cards that fit that mold, and it will shock you to see which ones only made the ‘Honorable Mention’ list.

The way that I complied my list is that I tried my best to recall how popular the card was when it was released and then also look at how it is treated in today’s hobby.  I also discounted any player that had a multi-player rookie card in a Topps base set and then an individual card in the traded set that is also known as a rookie card, so cards like Tim Raines from the 1981 Traded set and Cal Ripken from the 1982 Traded set were purposely skipped.

Ready to get started?  Let’s go!!!

Honorable Mention – Julio Franco (83), Bret Saberhagen (84), Ozzie Guillen (85), Andres Galarraga (86), Wally Joyner (86), Kevin Mitchell (86), David Cone (87), Benito Santiago (87), Fred McGriff (87), Jim Abbott (88), Mark Grace (88), Ron Gant (88), Tino Martinez (88), Robin Ventura (88), and Deion Sanders (89).

10 – Roberto Alomar, 1988


9 – Vince Coleman, 1985


8 – Will Clark, 1986


7 – Darryl Strawberry, 1983


6 – Ken Griffey, Jr., 1989


5 – Jose Canseco, 1986


4 – Greg Maddux, 1987


3 – Bo Jackson, 1986


2 – Barry Bonds, 1986


1 – Dwight Gooden, 1984


And there you have it.

Did I get it right or screw it up royally??  Let me know what you think of my picks.