Daily Archives: May 12, 2013

1984 HEADLINE: Jim Palmer Pitches In Final Game Of His Major League Career

1984 HEADLINE: Jim Palmer Pitches In Final Game Of His Major League Career

On this day in 1984, Jim Palmer pitched in the final game of his major league career.

At home and playing in front of more than 27,000 fans, Palmer took the mound for the last time at Memorial Stadium.

The Orioles were hosting the Oakland Athletics and Palmer was used in a relief effort after the game go out of control.  The A’s were leading the Orioles by the score of 7-1 when Orioles manager Joe Altobelli injected Palmer into the game for the final time.

Palmer’s effort was certainly not his best – he allowed five hits and four runs during the final two innings of the game, and the Orioles lost by a score of 12-2.  Palmer did not factor in the decision.

jim palmer photo

It may not have been the way that he wanted to end his superb career, but Palmer retired from the game and from the sport as the best pitcher in the history of the Baltimore Orioles franchise.

A fantastic career from a supremely talented athlete – Cheers to James Alvin Palmer!!!

1970 HEADLINE: Ernie Banks Joins The ‘500 Home Runs Club’

1970 HEADLINE: Ernie Banks Joins The ‘500 Home Runs Club’

On this day in 1970, Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks crushed his 500th career home run!!!

Ranking at #21 on the All-time home run list with 521 career round-trippers, Banks’ ranking continues to drop as more players overtake his career achievement of 521. It’s quite possible that Banks will drop 2 to 3 more spots over the course of the next 4-5 seasons, but one thing is for sure – ERNIE BANKS’ STATUS WILL NEVER FADE AMONGST CUBS FANS!!!

Banks personifies what Cubbie Baseball is all about, and he is without a doubt the most popular baseball player to ever call Wrigley Field home.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Banks!! We Still Love You!!!!

Happy Birthday Lou Whitaker!!!

Happy Birthday Lou Whitaker!!!

Lou Whitaker turns 57 years old today.

‘Sweet Lou’ Whitaker is best known as part of one of the most successful double play combinations in baseball’s history. With the Detroit Tigers, and alongside Alan Trammel, Whitaker excelled as a second baseman.

In his rookie year of 1978, Whitaker walked away with the Rookie of the Year award. In that 1978 season, “Sweet Lou’ managed to hit .285 while connecting for 138 hits and driving in 58 runs. Although Whitaker’s offensive stats cannot compare to the power numbers put up by today’s 2nd basemen, Whitaker’s career totals are very impressive. A career .276 hitter, Lou managed to belt out 244 home runs and drive in 1084 RBI. In addition to this, Whitaker has also accumulated 143 stolen bases.

A 5-time All-star, and a 4-time Silver Slugger winner, Whitaker really cemented his greatness on defense. For 19 season, he patrolled 2nd base for the Tigers and ended his career with a .984 fielding percentage. Lou has also been part of 1,527 double plays.

Happy Birthday to ‘Sweet Lou’!!

Happy Birthday Yogi Berra!!!

Happy Birthday Yogi Berra!!!

Yogi Berra turns 88 years old today.

Still a very famous face of the franchise, Yogi Berra and the New York Yankees are bonded for eternity. Just as popular today with the Yankees as he was during his playing days, Yogi Berra is New York, and he is a Yankee for life.

In Berra’s 18 years with the team, he won an amazing 10 World Series titles. He was a 3-time Most Valuable Player, and a 15-time All-star. Berra is a member of the 1972 Hall of Fame class, and his famous plaque features him wearing his permanent Yankees cap.

Happy Birthday Mr. Berra!!!

Fergie Jenkins 2005 Leaf Limited ‘Limited Legends’ Game-Used Jersey Relic Card – #’d To 31

Fergie Jenkins 2005 Leaf Limited ‘Limited Legends’ Game-Used Jersey Relic Card – #’d To 31

I’m on a bit of a ‘Hot Streak’ when it comes to landing some rare Fergie Jenkins cards for my collection.

I’m not sure of the reason for all of this luck, but I do hope that it does not end any time soon as I am hauling in some great beauties for my player collection that honors Fergie’s magnificent career.

My latest score comes from the 2005 Leaf Limited set.  The card is part of the ‘Limited Legends’ subset and features a nice piece of jersey framed in the shape of Fergie’s jersey number – #31.

The card is also serial numbered to just 31 copies so that it pretty neat too.

Have a look:

 

GU JENKINS 31

Looks nice, huh??

The card is a little dark in the scan, but it is much brighter in person.  Where you are seeing dark Brown, it is actually a vibrant Gold.