Daily Archives: April 2, 2014

Reggie Jackson 1984 Ralston Purina 1st Annual Collector’s Edition

Reggie Jackson 1984 Ralston Purina 1st Annual Collector’s Edition

I’m all for scooping up oddball baseball cards as I think that they absolutely have  their place in the hobby when reviewing the overall production of cards and how the country has reacted to the popularity of baseball cards since their creation.

But, I was going to put a baseball card in a time capsule to show kids 100 years from now what entertained children and adults from the 1980’s, I would not use this card of Reggie Jackson from the 1984 Purina 33-card collector’s edition set as my piece of history.

Have a look:

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I love the player, but this one is just awful…  WHOA!!!

1975 Topps Set Card 63/660 – #512 – Larry Milbourne, Astros

1975 Topps Set Card 63/660 – #512 – Larry Milbourne, Astros

Progress: 63/660

Player Name:  Larry Milbourne

Card Number:  512

Team:  Houston Astros

Position:  Second Base

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  11 seasons, 1974-84

Notes From His 1975 Season:   The 1975 season was Milbourne’s second season in the majors.  After playing in 112 games for the Astros in ’74, he played in just 73 for the team in 1975.  A middle infielder, Milbourne split time between second base and shortstop for the club.  He hit .212 in 1975 as he connected for just 32 hits.  He did, however, score 17 runs for the team.

Notes From Career:  Milbourne played in 989 games for 6 teams during his 11-year career.  He batted .254 during that time collecting 623 career hits while scoring 290 runs.  He played three infield positions during his time in the majors splitting time between second base, shortstop, and third base.  He was a solid and versatile defender, retiring with a .966 fielding percentage.

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1996 HEADLINE: Cecil Fielder Captures First Stolen Base Of His Big League Career

1996 HEADLINE: Cecil Fielder Captures First Stolen Base Of His Big League Career

On this day back in 1996 Cecil Fielder stole the first base of his major league career!!!

It took 1,097 games, but he finally did it.

Congratulations Big Daddy!!!

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Happy Birthday Don Sutton!!!

Happy Birthday Don Sutton!!!

Don Sutton turns 69 years old today.

Don Sutton was elected into baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1998. With a career win-loss record of 324-256, Sutton had double-digit wins in 22 of his 23 seasons. With 3,574 strikeouts and a career ERA of just 3.26, Sutton was a dominant pitcher in the National League from his rookie season in 1966 through the mid 80’s.

Happy Birthday Mr. Sutton!!

Million Dollar Question – Who Would Get More Boo’s At Their Home Field: Barry Bonds OR Max Scherzer???

Million Dollar Question – Who Would Get More Boo’s At Their Home Field: Barry Bonds OR Max Scherzer???

Tonight’s ‘Million Dollar Question’ stems from a conversation I recently had through email with ’30-YOC’ reader Matt.

The premise of the conversation was my questioning if Detroit Tigers fans would be unhappy with Max Scherzer for not agreeing to a contract extension with the club.  Would they boo the reigning AL CY Young Award winner in their home field to show them their unhappiness for his decision?

Does the casual baseball fan have more of an opinion to voice when it comes to players rejecting million dollar contracts or are they more willing to voice their displeasure towards a player that has been suspected of using PEDs to help themselves and their team on the field?

That is tonight’s question –  Who Would Get More Boo’s At Their Home Field: Barry Bonds OR Max Scherzer???

I firmly believe that Max Scherzer will be booed at his home field.  And I think that it would be quite a bit more vocal than when Barry Bonds approached the plate in San Francisco.  Ultimately, it is hard to compare a pitcher to a hitter in this argument, simply due to the fact that the batter is announced as he makes his way to the plate while I pitcher can casually approach the mound with little fan-fare.

Still, I think that the causal fan has a larger disliking for the guy that rejects a 6-year, $144 million dollar contract than they do for the guy that is mashing 500-foot home runs into the ocean.  One guy gives you the ‘Who does this guy think he is’ stance while the other makes you leap out of your seat and say ‘Holy S%#t’.

Anyone can relate to what that kind of money represents and how very few people have an opportunity to earn that kind of cash – let alone while doing so playing a game.  On the flipside, I don’t think that the casual fan is as interested in preserving the feats of Roger Maris, Babe Ruth, and Hank Aaron.

So, my vote is Max Scherzer.  Detroit Tigers fans are passionate and when you mix in the value of the deal he rejected, I believe it will not be taken lightly by the 45,000 that fill the seats at Comerica Park.

Make your pick – Barry Bonds OR Max Scherzer.  Pick now!!

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