Daily Archives: September 22, 2013

1996 HEADLINE: Andre Dawson Connects For Final Home Run Of His Career, #438

1996 HEADLINE: Andre Dawson Connects For Final Home Run Of His Career, #438

On this day in 1996, Andre Dawson connected for the last home run of his major league baseball career.  Dawson and the Marlins were at home facing the Houston Astros.  Dawson entered the game as a pinch hitter and with two men on in the bottom of the eighth inning, he connected on a 3-1 pitch for a deep home run down the left field line.  The blast, #438 of his career, came against the Houston Astros and pitcher Xavier Hernandez.  Two men were on base for the shot, and Dawson plated three runs to help extend the Marlins lead and eventual 6-0 win.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Dawson!!!

dawson marlins

1990 HEADLINE: Dawson Joins Elite 2,000 Hits, 400 Home Runs, & 300 Stolen Base Club

1990 HEADLINE: Dawson Joins Elite 2,000 Hits, 400 Home Runs, & 300 Stolen Base Club

1990 HEADLINE: Dawson Joins Elite Hits, Home Runs, & Stolen Base Club

On this day in 1990, Andre Dawson became just the second player in major league baseball history to achieve 2,000 hits, 30o home runs, and 300 steals.

The feat that got him to this mark?  The 300th stolen base of his career.  The steal came in the bottom of the first inning against the New York Mets.  Dawson singled off of Mets pitcher Ron Darling and immediately stole second base putting himself in scoring position.  He would score the second run of the game for the Cubs on a single by outfielder Derrick May.  The Cubs went on to lose the game 11-5.

Congratulations on #300 ‘Hawk’!!!!

Dawson CC

The first player to be in that group??   None other than Hall of Famer, Willie Mays!!

Not bad company.  Not bad company at all!!!


1989 HEADLINE: Dave Stewart Captures 20th Win For Third Straight Season

1989 HEADLINE: Dave Stewart Captures 20th Win For Third Straight Season

On this day in 1989, Dave Stewart of the Oakland Athletics won his 20th win of the baseball season.

The win gave Stewart 20 or more wins in three consecutive seasons, confirming his status as the team’s ace as well as being one of the best pitchers in the major leagues.

Here are the numbers from those three fantastic seasons:

1987 – 20 wins
1988 – 21 wins
1989 – 21 wins

How did he fare in 1990?  Hmmmm…  How about 22 wins?!?!

Congratulations on a fantastic baseball career Mr. Stewart!  Happy Anniversary!!!

1969 HEADLINE: Willie Mays Connects For Career Home Run #600!!!

1969 HEADLINE:  Willie Mays Connects For Career Home Run #600!!!

On this day in 1969, Willie Mays connected for home run number 600 of his major league career.

On the road and taking on their divisional rivals, the San Diego Padres, Mays and his Giants teammates were getting close to wrapping up their 1969 baseball season.

With the Giants leading the division by 20 and with the Padres in the cellar in 6th, the crowd of 4,779 was understandable.

Unless you were a fan of Willie Mays!!

In the top of the 7th inning, Mays entered the game as a pinch-hitter and delivered the 600th home run of his career.  It was a blast that accounted for two runs, and it came at the expense of Mike Corkins.

The Giants won the game 4-2, largely in part to Mays’ heroics!

Happy Anniversary Mr. Mays!!!

Happy Birthday Vince Coleman!!!

Happy Birthday Vince Coleman!!!

Vince Coleman turns 52 years old today.

Vince Coleman had one of the most impressive rookie seasons I witnessed during my youth.

In 1985, as a rookie of the St. Louis Cardinals, Coleman debuted with a bang and the entire sport took notice.  Notching 170 hits, while scoring 107 runs, Coleman was the ideal lead-off hitter for the Cards’ star-studded line-up.  Oh yeah, he also stole 110 bases in his rookie year too – simply amazing.  Coleman’s season was impressive enough to earn him the Rookie of the Year award in a unanimous vote!!!

While Coleman continued to have amazing success during his days with the Cardinals, he was never able to replicate that excitement he brought to the base paths once he moved on to other teams.  Still a threat, he still collected between 20-50 swipes per season after he left ‘The Arch’.

Happy Birthday to Vince Coleman!!!


Andre Dawson 2013 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions – Base

Andre Dawson 2013 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions – Base

I am not a fan of the Upper Deck Goodwin Champions brand.  I think that the cards are poorly designed, and the choices for images for the set are usually far from spectacular.

In addition to that, the set usually offers up a wide array of personalities being showcased, many of which are not baseball related – gymnasts, fishermen, skateboarders are some examples…

So, I typically do not give this set any attention.  But, Andre Dawson is part of the 2013 checklist so my player collecting instincts got the better of me – and I went after the Dawson cards.

The card itself is far from special…

Have a look:



I believe that I found the original source for the shot:

dawson getty

It is from the World Baseball Classic in March of 2013 when the games were held in Miami.  Dawson threw out the ceremonial first pitch for one of the games.

As for the card, I am happy to have it.  And there are a few parallel and mini versions out there that I will try to scoop up if I can get them for good prices.  I’m just not going to ‘go all out’ for this set…