Daily Archives: June 21, 2014

1975 Topps Set Card 159/660 – #27 – Ken Reitz, Cardinals

1975 Topps Set Card 159/660 – #27 – Ken Reitz, Cardinals

Progress: 159/660

Player Name:  Ken Reitz

Team:  St. Louis Cardinals

Position:  3rd Base

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  11 seasons, 1972-82

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Ken Reitz played in a career high 161 games for the Cardinals in 1975.  He connected for 159 hits in those contests, good for a .269 batting average.  Of his 159 hits, Reitz collected 25 doubles and 5 home runs.  He was awarded with the Gold Glove Award for defensive excellence at third base at the conclusion of the season.

Notes From Career:  Ken Reitz played for four different teams during his 11-year big league career.  He was named an All-Star during the 1980 baseball season and won a Gold Glove award in 1975 for his great play at third base.  Reitz is a career .260 hitter with 1,243 hits on his resume.  In 11 seasons, he never appeared in the postseason.

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1975 Topps Set Card 158/660 – #461 – 1974 World Series, Game 1

1975 Topps Set Card 158/660 – #461 – 1974 World Series, Game 1

Progress: 158/660

Card Number:  461

Date:  October 12, 1974

World Series Highlights – Game 1

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Game 1 of the 1974 World Series saw its share of great action.  For the Dodgers, pitcher Mike Marshall kept the Dodgers in the game as he went 8 innings while allowing three runs.  But those three runs would prove to be costly as they were one too many for the Dodgers to overcome as they faced a trio of pitchers including Ken Holtzman, Rollie Fingers, and Catfish Hunter – who allowed just two runs between them.

The A’s won 3-2.

Dustin Pedroia 2009 Upper Deck SP Authentic

Dustin Pedroia 2009 Upper Deck SP Authentic

Gotta love the sweet action imagery that Upper Deck used to bring with their baseball cards.

And of all of the players that could fill baseball cards full of great action, Dustin Pedroia has got to be near the top of the list.

Since his debut in 2006, Pedroia has been thrilling to watch.  From playing defense at second base, to connecting for clutch hits, to disrupting the pitcher while on the bases, Dustin Pedroia is a guy that changes the game when he is on the field.

Gotta love #15.

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Happy Birthday Rick Sutcliffe!!!

Happy Birthday Rick Sutcliffe!!!

Rick Sutcliffe turns 58 years old today.

Rick Sutcliffe enjoyed a very solid 18-year major league career.

A starting pitcher, with 392 starts on his resume, Sutcliffe finished his playing days with a 171-139 record. He also threw 72 complete games, including 18 strikeouts.

Sutcliffe was a dominant pitcher – largely due to his physical stature. Standing 6 feet, 7 inches tall, Sutcliffe looked better equipped to chop down trees, but he still chopped down batters in the National League. In total, he struck out 1,679 batters during his career, good for 5.6 batter per 9 innings pitched.

A winner of the Rookie of the Year award in 1979 and the Cy Young Award in 1984, Sutcliffe was highly decorated throughout his career. He is also a 3-time All-Star.

Happy Birthday to ‘The Red Baron’!!!

Florida Marlins 2010 Bowman Team Set

Florida Marlins 2010 Bowman Team Set

Sure, the set may be small, but that does not mean that it cannot pack a punch!

This is the Florida Marlins team set from the 2010 Bowman set:

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Just 4 cards deep, Bowman offered us some great action-packed images for this Teal & Black set – and not a single picture of a player hitting!!

You’ve got the ROY Chris Coghlan rounding the bases, Dan Uggla making a play at second base, Josh Johnson firing from the mound, and Hanley Ramirez putting his body on the line in an effort to record an out.

Man, I miss that club!  GO FISH!!