Daily Archives: May 27, 2014

1975 Topps Set Card 119/660 – #464 – 1974 World Series, Game 4

1975 Topps Set Card 119/660 – #464 – 1974 World Series, Game 4

Progress: 119/660

Card Number:  464

Date:  October 16, 1974

World Series Highlights – Game 4

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The A’s went on to beat the Dodgers 5-2 in Game 4 of the World Series, taking a commanding 3-1 lead in the match-up.  The Athletics has four different players responsible for driving in runs during the game including pitcher Ken Holtzman who also threw 7+ innings of 6-hit, 2-run ball that eventually led to the victory.

1993 HEADLINE: Atlanta Braves Great Dale Murphy Retires!!

1993 HEADLINE: Atlanta Braves Great Dale Murphy Retires!!

On this day in 1993, 2-time MVP Dale Murphy retired from the sport of professional baseball.

One of my favorite players as a kid, Murphy’s retirement in 1993 was the start of seeing some of my idols leave the sport of baseball.

My memories of watching Dale Murphy play are endless. Being a fan of the sport, and having no ‘home’ team to cheer for in Florida during my childhood, I drifted to the teams I was able to watch on television. WTBS, WGN, and WOR game me my baseball fix. And of the guys that I drifted towards – Murphy was prominent.

His skills as a player were endless. Whether it was delivering home runs or making incredible plays in the outfield, Dale Murphy was one of the best players in the game for more than a decade – and I enjoyed watching all of it!!

Thanks for the memories ‘Murph’!!!

Happy Birthday Frank Thomas!!!

Happy Birthday Frank Thomas!!!

‘The Big Hurt’ turns 46 years old today.

Frank Thomas was a rare player and his offensive abilities were limitless. Had it not been for injuries that effected his daily performance and prematurely ended his career, Thomas would certainly have gone down as one of the greatest ‘Big Men’ in the sport.

His resume is impressive – a 2-time MVP, 521 home runs, .301 lifetime batting average, 1,704 RBI, 2,468 career hits.

Next up for ‘The Big Hurt’? Cooperstown!!!

Happy Birthday Mr. Thomas!!

Happy Birthday Jeff Bagwell!!!

Happy Birthday Jeff Bagwell!!!

Jeff Bagwell turns 46 years old today.

The heart and soul of the Houston Astros franchise for 15 seasons, Jeff Bagwell was beloved by the very faithful Astros’ fans.

Bagwell would probably be labeled as a slugger, but truth be told, he was a fantastic hitter as well. With a lifetime batting average of .297, Bagwell reached .300 or better in six of his 15 seasons. And in those 15 years, he collected 2,314 hits that included 488 doubles, 1,517 runs scored, and 1,529 runs scored too. Mixed into all of those hits, Bagwell connected for 449 home runs. Partly due to his physique and partly due to his seven seasons of hitting at least 34 round-trippers, Bagwell was considered an offensive threat regardless of whether the team needed a single or a three-run homer to win the game.

Bagwell’s resume includes winning the Rookie Of The Year and Most Valuable Player awards. He was a 4-time All-Star and also won 2 Silver Slugger awards and a Gold Glove.

Thank you for all of the entertainment that you provided.

Cooperstown may be calling you soon…

Happy Birthday, Mr. Bagwell!!!

2014 Topps Series 1 “Topps All Rookie Cup Team” – Mike Trout

2014 Topps Series 1 “Topps All Rookie Cup Team” – Mike Trout

Topps’ All-Rookie Team means a lot of different things to a lot of different collectors.  But, one thing is for certain – If your card is tagged with the All-Rookie Team logo, you did something during your first season in the big leagues to make yourself stand out from the rest.

And for that reason alone, I can totally support a set of cards that picks ‘The Best Of The Best’ from these teams.

In 2014, Topps issued a subset in their Series 1 release that took one player at each position, naming them to the ‘Topps All Rookie Cup Team’.

Representing one of the three outfielder positions is Mike Trout:

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While it was just two seasons ago that Mike Trout debuted in the big leagues, he has clearly made a name for himself.  And quickly too!

His numbers from his 2012 rookie campaign include: .326 batting average, .399 on-base percentage, 315 total bases including 27 doubles, 8 triples, and 30 home runs.  Trout stole 49 bases and was caught just 5 times.  He scored a league leading 129 runs for the Angels.

Trout was named as an All-star in 2012 while also winning a Silver Slugger Award, a Rookie Of The Year Award, and finishing in second place for the AL MVP.