Daily Archives: May 14, 2014

Dustin Pedroia 2009 Upper Deck Stars Of The Game

Dustin Pedroia 2009 Upper Deck Stars Of The Game

In 2009, Dustin Pedroia stole 20 bases for the Boston Red Sox.  He got caught trying to steal 8 times.

From the image used on this card of ‘DP’ from the 2009 Upper Deck ‘Stars Of The Game’ set, he is ready to go for #21.

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1975 Topps Set Card 101/660 – #357 – Ken Forsch, Astros

1975 Topps Set Card 101/660 – #357 – Ken Forsch, Astros

Progress: 101/660

Player Name:  Ken Forsch

Card Number:  357

Team:  Houston Astros

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  16 seasons, 1970-84, 1986

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Ken Forsch pitched in 34 games for the Astros in 1975.  He compiled a record of 4-8 with 3 saves and an ERA of 3.22.  Forsch pitched 109 innings in ’75 allowing 114 hits and 42 runs while striking out 54 batters and walking 30.

Notes From Career:  Forsch put together a solid carer with a 114-113 record over 16 major league seasons.  He spent time pitching for just two franchises over that stretch while becoming an All-Star pitcher for both teams.  Forsch retired from the game with a 3.37 ERA and 1,047 strikeouts in 2,127 innings of work.

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1988 HEADLINE: Andre Dawson Drives In RBI #1,000 Of His Career

1988 HEADLINE: Andre Dawson Drives In RBI #1,000 Of His Career

On this day in 1988, Andre Dawson drove in the 1,000th RBI of his major league career.

On the road in Houston, Dawson and the Chicago Cubs were being hosted in the Astrodome by the Astros.  The game was played in front of more than 33,000 fans, and the Astros won the game by the score of 3-1.

The lone Cubs run came as the result of a first-inning sacrifice fly by Andre Dawson in which Shawon Dunston scored.  That run would be the only run that the Cubs would score during the game.

For the game, Dawson went 1-for-3 with a single, and an RBI.

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Happy Birthday Roy Halladay!!!

Happy Birthday Roy Halladay!!!

Roy Halladay turns 37 years old today!!

Halladay is one my favorite pitchers of the modern era that has never been affiliated with the Florida Marlins. His style and approach on the mound reminds me of Fergie Jenkins and I believe that the 2 of these guys were and are very under-appreciated in comparison to their peers.

The 16-year veteran is a 8-time All-star that has won 2 Cy Young Award and placed in the Top 5 five more times. ‘Doc’ was the picture of consistency for the Toronto Blue Jays for more than a decade now and then delivered impressive numbers with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Roy Halladay finished his career with a 203-105 record, good for a 65.9% winning percentage.  He threw in over 2,749 innings and struck out 2,117 batters during that stretch while walking just 592.

Halladay made it to the postseason with the Phillies during the 2010 and 2011 baseball seasons but he never played in the World Series.  He did, however, throw a no-hitter in the 2010 NLDS that is one of the best pitching performances in the history of baseball’s postseason.

Happy Birthday Roy!!!

Happy Birthday Dennis Martinez!!!

Happy Birthday Dennis Martinez!!!

‘El Presidente’ turns 59 years old today.

A 22-season veteran, and solid pitcher throughout his playing days, Dennis Martinez was one of the most consistent performers during the late 1980s and into the 1990s.

With 562 career starts under his belt, Martinez amassed a record of 245-193 alongside 122 complete games and 30 shutouts. His lifetime ERA of 3.70 is solid as he faced some of the greatest sluggers in baseball history over the course of his playing days.

Martinez is a 4-time All-star, and has 2 Top 5 finishes for the CyYoung award. He never collected 20 wins in a single season, but he did capture at least 10 or more wins in fifteen big league seasons.

Suiting up for five different teams during his career, Martinez appeared in two World Series match-ups – losing both.

Happy Birthday ‘El Presidente’!!!

Happy Birthday Tony Perez!!!

Happy Birthday Tony Perez!!!

Tony Perez turns 72 years old today.

And I have to say that after seeing Mr. Perez in person several times over the last few years, he looks incredible for his age!!!

Tony Perez was a key element to the success of the Cincinnati Reds’ during the 1970’s. A veteran of 23 major league seasons, Perez spent 16 of those years with the Reds. He was a 7-time All-star, and a perennial candidate for the league’s MVP award during his prime.

Perez’s career numbers are solid. A lifetime .279 hitter, Perez collected 2,732 hits during his playing days. And while never classified as a power hitter, Perez crushed 505 doubles and 379 home runs while also amassing 1,652 RBI.

A 2-time World Series champion, and current member of the Florida Marlins management team, Tony Perez is a favorite at ’30-YOC’.

Happy Birthday Mr. Perez!!!

Celebrating Card #100 Of My 1975 Topps Set Build!!

Celebrating Card #100 Of My 1975 Topps Set Build!!

I’ve got to take a minute to stand up and shout – ‘I AM NOW 100 CARDS DEEP INTO MY 1975 TOPPS SET BUILT.  AND I AM LOVING IT’!!!!

The process of putting together this 1975 Topps baseball card set has been a blast.  From the opening thoughts to the purchase of a binder to hold them in and through all of the first 100 cards that I have picked up for the set thus far.

100 cards = 15.2% complete

And it has been a real treat.  Not only have I learned quite a bit about the performance of the first 100 during their 1975 baseball seasons, but I have also re-connected with my set collecting days as a kid.

Hip-Hip-Hooray!!

Cheers to #100!!!

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