Daily Archives: April 23, 2013

Sparky Anderson 1987 Topps Detroit Tigers Manager Card

Sparky Anderson 1987 Topps Detroit Tigers Manager Card

I am a big fan of the 1987 Topps baseball card set.  As a kid, I built a handful of these sets and hade more than enough doubles, triples, and quadruples to fill my player collections as well.

As for Sparky Anderson and his Detroit Tigers team, the 1987 baseball season marked Sparky’s tenth season as the skipper of the club.

How did they reward him for the anniversary??

With a 1st place finish in the American League East, of course!! The Tigers went 98-64 during the ’87 campaign.  The Tigers would lose to the Minnesota Twins in the LCS.

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1989 HEADLINE: Andre Dawson Connects For Career Home Run #300

1989 HEADLINE: Andre Dawson Connects For Career Home Run #300

On this day in 1989, The Chicago Cubs were on the road in New York and facing the New York Mets.  Andre Dawson connected for his 300th career home run in the loss at Shea Stadium in front of a crowd of 40.268.

The landmark home run came in the top of the seventh inning off of Mets’ picther Ron Darling.  With two outs in the inning, and trailing 1-0, Dawson delivered the first pitch he faced into the left field stands.  The blast tied the game; but eventually the Mets would win by a score of 4-2.

Congratulations on the milestone, Mr. Dawson!!!

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1965 HEADLINE: Ferguson Jenkins Notches First Win As A Cub & Connects For Home Run!!!

1965 HEADLINE: Ferguson Jenkins Notches First Win As A Cub & Connects For Home Run!!!

On this day in 1965, Fergie Jenkins made his second start for the Cubs.  The team was at home to face the Los Angeles Dodgers in front of a crowd of just 6,974 fans.

The ones that were at the ballpark, were in for a treat!!

Fergie took over in relief during the third inning of the game for Bob Hendley.  He then threw five plus innings allowing four hits and zero runs while striking out three batters.  During that stretch, the Cubs scored two run to take a lead and secure victory. 

And it was Fergie Jenkins that supplied the offense!!!  Jenkins went 2-for-3 on the day including a 2-run home run that would account for all of the runs needed to secure victory for the Cubs and Fergie.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Jenkins!!!

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1954 HEADLINE: Henry Aaron Hits First Big League Homer!!

1954 HEADLINE: Henry Aaron Hits First Big League Homer!!

On this day in 1954, Henry ‘Hank’ Aaron crushed the first home run of his major league career.

On the road, and playing against the St. Louis Cardinals, Hank Aaron and the Milwaukee Braves battled the Cards in a 4-hour marathon. In total, the game consisted of 25 hits and 12 runs.

And for Aaron, this game was where his historic start as one of the game’s greatest power hitters took off. In the top of the 6th inning, Aaron belted a solo homer off of Cardinals’ pitcher Vic Raschi. On the day, Aaron went 3-for-7, while collecting 2 RBI, scoring 2 runs, and connecting for his first home run as a major league player.

And as they say, the rest was history…

Happy Anniversary, Mr. Aaron!!!

Happy Birthday Warren Spahn!!!

Happy Birthday Warren Spahn!!!

Today we celebrate Warren Spahn’s birthday.

A 21-year big league veteran, Warren Spahn was solidifying his spot as one of the game’s greatest pitchers way before the likes of Tom Seaver, Nolan Ryan, and Bob Gibson.

Over the course of his playing days, Spahn collected 363 wins – including 13 seasons of at least 20!! A truly amazing and durable hurler, Spahn started 665 contests during his career, and finished way more than half(382 to be exact) including 63 shutouts.

Warren Spahn was a 15-time All-Star and the 1957 Cy Young Award winner. He was a member of the 1957 Milwaukee Braves World Series championship winning team in which he started 2 games, going 1-1.

Happy Birthday Mr. Spahn!

2012 Topps ‘Career Day’ Subset – Card #21 – Matt Kemp, Los Angeles Dodgers

2012 Topps ‘Career Day’ Subset – Card #21 – Matt Kemp, Los Angeles Dodgers

I am working on this set because I find it to be the most appealing of the subsets issued by Topps in 2012.

The cards feature bold colors, great images, and a unique horizontal design.

I especially like the ‘Career Day’ theme as it pays homage to some of the greatest individual performances of baseball’s elite players.

Card #21 – Matt Kemp, Los Angeles Dodgers

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The Career Day – September 22, 2011.  Facing the rival Giants, Kemp had a memorable game against his foes by going 4-for-5 on the day with three doubles and a home run.  Kemp scored 3 runs and drove in 2 more in the Dodgers win.

Progress – 21/25