Daily Archives: June 17, 2014

Andrew McCutchen 2014 Bowman – Florida State Variation

Andrew McCutchen 2014 Bowman – Florida State Variation

Like Andrew McCutchen, I too am a Florida native.

So, anytime the great state gets a little attention, I am on board with it.

Here is the card of McCucthen from the 2014 Bowman set.  This is the ‘State’ variation to his base card.

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I love it.  And now I need to find a checklist that shows me the other players that feature the Florida flag as their state variation.

Time to surf the web!!

1975 Topps Set Card 153/660 – #149 – Tim Foli, Expos

1975 Topps Set Card 153/660 – #149 – Tim Foli, Expos

Progress: 153/660

Player Name:  Tim Foli

Team:  Montreal Expos

Position:  Shortstop

Image Style:  Posed Batting

Years In The Major Leagues:  16 seasons, 1970-85

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Tim Foli appeared in 152 games for the Montreal Expos in 1975.  He hit .238 with 136 hits in 572 at-bats.  Of his 136 hits, Foli connected for 25 doubles, 2 triples, and a home runs.  He also scored 64 runs for the club while driving in 29.

Notes From Career:  Foli played for six different teams over the course of his playing days.  He is a lifetime .251 hitter with 241 doubles and 25 home runs to his credit.  Foli scored 576 runs during his playing days while also driving in 501 runs.  He was a member of the 1979 World Series championship winning Pittsburgh Pirates.

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Did You Know…

The Boston Red Sox rookie that holds the team record for the highest batting average in their rookie season is Patsy Dougherty.  Dougherty hit .342 as a rookie with the team in 1902.

Patsy Dougherty

Happy Birthday Dave Concepcion!!!

Happy Birthday Dave Concepcion!!!

Dave Concepcion turns 66 years old today.

Dave Concepcion’s major league career lasted 19 seasons. And all of them came as a member of the Cincinnati Reds.

A superb defender at shortstop, Concepcion helped anchor one of the most talented infields in all of baseball’s history. For his incredible defensive efforts, Concepcion won 6 Gold Glove awards in a 7-year span.

A career .267 hitter, he collected 2,326 hits. Fleet on his feet, Concepcion scored 993 runs for the Reds while also stealing 321 bases. Other impressive offensive stats include 950 RBI, 389 doubles, 101 home runs, and 48 triples.

Concepcion was named as a National League All-star 9 times. He also won back-to-back Silver Slugger trophies in 1981 & 1982.

Dave Concepcion’s brilliant play at shortstop along with his speed and ability to get on base helped the Cincinnati Reds win World Series titles in 1975 & 1976.

Happy Birthday Mr. Concepcion!!!

Remembering And Celebrating The Magnificent Career Of Tony Gwynn

Remembering And Celebrating The Magnificent Career Of Tony Gwynn

Like most baseball fans across the globe, I took today’s news of Tony Gwynn’s death as a shock.  And while I had read prior reports about his health and battle with cancer, I did not expect his life to end today.

In a fog for a few hours after, I began recalling watching my generation’s greatest hitter perform at a level I have never seen duplicated.

Gwynn was as likable as any sports star in the 1980s and 1990s.  He smiled on the field, he did his job well, he was loyal to his organization – and best of all, he always worked harder with the goal of getting better.

Tonight, as I sit here, I wanted to share a few pieces of my personal collection that honors Mr. Padre.  I do this with a heavy heart, but also while sporting a smile for Tony Gwynn helped shape my love for the game during my youth.  And when I collected cards as a kid, and now again as a man and father of two young boys, I always try to grab cards of him for he was one of the best.

The first major league game that I ever attended was on a family vacation in 1985 to San Diego with my parents.   This is the ticket stub from the game – Gwynn went 1-for-4 on the day with a double.  I was 9 years old on this date – and already a Tony Gwynn fan.

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When I got back into collecting baseball cards in 2008, one of the first players I decided to honor was Mr. Gwynn.  I put together a pretty good-sized collection of major brand cards from his playing days – from his rookie cards of 1983 through to the end of his career.

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And one year for Christmas, my wife and kids surprised me with a Tony Gwynn signed ball for my collection.

And in a collection of 100+ signed baseballs, my Gwynn ball rests on the top row of the lot alongside such greats as Nolan Ryan and Dave Winfield.

Gwynn signed ball

Lastly, when my family and I took a vacation to Southern California in 2012, I made going to see a Padres game a priority.  And while Mr. Gwynn was obviously not playing, I certainly did my best to acknowledge and celebrate him by sporting a t-shirt with his name and jersey number on the back as I visited and had my picture taken with his statue at Petco Park.

Tony Gwynn Statue

Mr. Gwynn, I hope that you are finally resting comfortably.  Please know that you have impacted not just my life, but the lives of millions and millions of baseball fans and people across this country.  The joy we got by watching you play a sport we love at the highest level is something I am unable to put into words.

You may be gone now, but you will never be forgotten.  Rest in peace.