Daily Archives: April 14, 2013

Dennis Eckersley 2002 Topps Archives Reserve – 1993 Topps Design

Dennis Eckersley 2002 Topps Archives Reserve – 1993 Topps Design

I haven’t picked up too many cards of Dennis Eckersley since I completed my player collection of him several months ago.

It is not for a lack of interest, I just would not know where to start.

Actually, I do.  I would only go after cards of him wearing his A’s uniform.  That is the ‘Eck’ that I know; and that is the ‘Eck’ that more than likely landed him in the Hall of Fame.

I was able to pick up this card of Dennis Eckerlsey for just fifty cents.

And I would say that it was well spent!!

VINATGE ECKERSLEY

Vince Coleman 1989 Score

Vince Coleman 1989 Score

Fair or Foul??  Fair or Foul??

COLEMAN 7

No matter the outcome, if Vince Coleman was coming out of the batter’s box, he was going to get to first base very, very quickly.

And based on the direction that his eyes were aimed when this photograph was snapped, my guess is that he either ended up at second base or back in the batter’s box ready to go after it again.

Happy Birthday Greg Maddux!!!

Happy Birthday Greg Maddux!!!

Greg Maddux turns 47 years old today.

Greg Maddux was the epitome of a hard-working pitcher.  His talent was immense and he often came across as a calm and relaxed guy.  But once Maddux took the mound, he was all about business and he excelled at a record pace.

After 23 seasons in the big leagues, Greg Maddux retired with 355 wins and 277 loses.  He has pitched over 5,000 innings during the course of his career while starting 740 games.  In his 23 seasons, Maddux threw 35 shutouts and pitched 109 complete games.

For his career, Maddux won 15 or more games in 18 of his 23 seasons; 17 of them being consecutive.  Maddux won 20 or more in 2 seasons.  He also eclipsed the 3,000 strikeout plateau with 3,371 career K’s.  His ERA at the end of his career was 3.16.

As a pitcher in the National League for the course of his career, Maddux had a career batting average of .171.  While considered to be a pretty good hitting-pitcher, Maddux hit 5 home runs and drove in 84 runs.  He has 272 hits, 103 runs scored, and 11 stolen bases to his credit.

Greg Maddux won 4 consecutive Cy Young Awards.  And in 9 straight seasons from 1992-1990, he placed in the Top 3 for the award 8 times.  Greg Maddux is an 8-time All-star and has won 18 Gold Gloves for his dominance as a defensive pitcher.

In his best season of 1995, Maddux went 19-2 while throwing 10 complete games and 3 shutouts.  In that season, his ERA was an amazing 1.63 and he struck out 181 batters while walking just 23.  In that year Maddux won his 4th and final Cy Young award, a Gold Glove, and was an All-star.

Greg Maddux was played in 3 World Series contests while winning 1 championship title.  In 1995 his Atlanta Braves were victorious.  Maddux started 2 games in that match-up as he won 1 game and lost 1 game.  In 16 innings of work, he struck out 8 batters and allowed 4 runs.

Happy Birthday ‘Professor’!!

Happy Birthday Pete Rose!!!

Happy Birthday Pete Rose!!!

‘Charlie Hustle’ turns 72 years old today.

I am a Pete Rose fan.  I am a Pete Rose supporter.  I undoubtedly believe that Pete Rose belongs in  the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The list of accolades are endless.  His accomplishments are amazing.  He is a record-breaking, hit producing, ball player that ranks with the sport’s all-time greats.

I am proud to say that one of the greatest memories from watching baseball with my dad in my youth was watching Pete Rose collect hit number 4,192 of his career.  That moment on the field, and that memory formed in my living room as a 9-year old kid, lives with me today more than 25 years later.

Thank you for playing the game the way that you did.  Happy Birthday Mr. Rose!!!

Reggie Jackson 2003 Fleer Flair Greats

Reggie Jackson 2003 Fleer Flair Greats

I’m very happy to see that Fleer chose a picture like this of Reggie for their 2003 Flair Greats baseball card set.

The picture features a very young Reggie Jackson during his first stint with the Oakland A’s.  My estimation is that this picture was snapped in either the very late 1960s or very early 1970s.

Have a look:

 

One thing that really stands out about this card for me is Reggie’s arms.  You can get a good idea of the kind of physical shape that Reggie was in just by looking at the amount of muscle he has in his forearms.  Reggie’s physique was not common back during the early years of his playing career – as a matter of fact, I would guess that other players that encountered him would think his look was ‘odd’.

Reggie was certainly ahead of his time!!!