Daily Archives: July 4, 2014

Happy 4th Of July!!!

Happy 4th Of July!!!

Have a great day today. Try to go out and enjoy the weather if you can. And try to take in a local fireworks show if you’re able to do so.

But more than anything, try to take a moment to reflect on what ‘Independence Day’ is truly about. We live in an amazing country and although we may not all agree with the daily happenings of our government and leaders, we are in a much better position than the rest of the world!!!

For me, I will be with my family and some friends of the family as we enjoy a nice South Florida night.  We’ll have some snacks and some drinks.  And we’ll be sitting in the outfield in which our boys played baseball for the last four months – sounds like a perfect night to me.  Maybe we’ll bring our gloves too!

Happy 4th of July!!!

Miami Marlins 2013 Panini Prizm Team Set

Miami Marlins 2013 Panini Prizm Team Set

The Panini Prizm brand of baseball cards takes my memory back to the ‘Metal’ cards that were issued in the 1990’s as a new baseball card gimmick.

And while I was not extremely active with my collection when these ‘Metal’ cards were launched back in the day, they are the first thing that I thought of when I saw this new release from Panini.

The Marlins team set from this set of cards features 9 cards.  I was able to piece the full set together by shopping with just one seller on Sportlots.com.  The Fernandez card set me back $0.50 cents and the remaining eight cards cost me just $0.18 each – not a bad $1.94 investment.

Have a look:

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I like the action that these cards offers, especially the Rob Brantley rookie card in the upper-left corner. I do however, wish that Panini used a few more images that brought either White or Orange jerseys to the cards as that would certainly brighten up a very dark team set.

Dustin Pedroia 2013 Bowman Platinum

Dustin Pedroia 2013 Bowman Platinum

I’ll go on the record with this – I really, really enjoy the 2013 Bowman Platinum baseball card design.

There, I said it!

The cards offer quite a bit, and it appears that the design was thought out well.

Here is the card of Dustin Pedroia from the set:

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What I like most is that the card has a lot of neat graphic elements, but none take away from what the image brings to the cardboard.  The way that the identical tubular elements carry up the sides of the card works and it actually forces your eyes to the middle of the card where a solid image rests.

Great job, Bowman.  You won me over with this one!!

1975 Topps Set Card 179/660 – #60 – Fergie Jenkins, Rangers

1975 Topps Set Card 179/660 – #60 – Fergie Jenkins, Rangers

Progress: 179/660

Player Name:  Fergie Jenkins

Team:  Texas Rangers

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style:  Game Action

Years In The Major Leagues:  19 seasons, 1965-83

Notes From His 1975 Season:   Fergie Jenkins started 37 games for the Rangers in 1975.  He went 17-18 on the year while throwing 22 complete games including 4 shutouts.  In 270 innings of work, Jenkins allowed 267 hits and 133 runs while striking out 157 batters and walking just 56.

Notes From Career:  Fergie Jenkins is one of the winningest pitchers of his era.  With 284 wins, including seven 20-or more win seasons on his resume, Jenkins was dominant.  He has a lifetime ERA of 3.34 and threw 267 complete games and 49 shutouts during his time in the major leagues.  Jenkins has 3,192 career strikeouts with just 997 walks given up.  He was named and All-Star 3 times and won the NL Cy Young Award in 1971.  Jenkins was voted into the Hall of Fame in 1991.

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1939 HEADLINE: Lou Gehrig Set To Retire

1939 HEADLINE: Lou Gehrig Set To Retire

1939 Headline: Lou Gehrig Set To Retire

We have all seen the emotional footage of Gehrig standing if front of his teammates and the fans that packed Yankee Stadium on this day in 1939.

I just couldn’t let the day go by without honoring Lou Gehrig on this blog.

While there is one line from Gehrig’s speech that makes it into most MLB telecasts that showcase Mr. Gehrig, the full speech is worth celebrating!

“Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of this earth. I have been in ballparks for seventeen years and have never received anything but kindness and encouragement from you fans. Look at these grand men. Which of you wouldn’t consider it the highlight of his career just to associate with them for even one day?

Sure I’m lucky. Who wouldn’t consider it an honor to have known Jacob Ruppert? Also, the builder of baseball’s greatest empire, Ed Barrow? To have spent six years with that wonderful little fellow, Miller Huggins? Then to have spent the next nine years with that outstanding leader, that smart student of psychology, the best manager in baseball today, Joe McCarthy?

Sure I’m lucky. When the New York Giants, a team you would give your right arm to beat, and vice versa, sends you a gift — that’s something. When everybody down to the groundskeepers and those boys in white coats remember you with trophies — that’s something. When you have a wonderful mother-in-law who takes sides with you in squabbles with her own daughter — that’s something. When you have a father and a mother who work all their lives so you can have an education and build your body — it’s a blessing. When you have a wife who has been a tower of strength and shown more courage than you dreamed existed — that’s the finest I know.

So I close in saying that I may have had a tough break, but I have an awful lot to live for.”

Three years after Lou Gehrig made that farewell speech at Yankee Stadium, Gary Cooper gave his rendition of it in the movie, “Pride of the Yankees.” Hollywood mogul Sam Goldwyn had resisted the idea of a movie about a ballplayer, and evidently some tweaking had to be done on the speech to make it more appealing at the theater.

Here is the text of the movie version, with such terms as “Murderers Row” and “Bronx Bombers” added for extra effect:

“I have been walking onto ballfields for 16 years, and I’ve never received anything but kindness and encouragement from you fans. I have had the great honor to have played with these great veteran ballplayers on my left — Murderers Row, our championship team of 1927. I have had the further honor living and playing with these men on my right — the Bronx Bombers, the Yankees of today.

“I have been given fame and undeserved praise by the boys up there behind the wire, my friends, the sports writers. I have worked under the two greatest managers of all time, Miller Huggins and Joe McCarthy.

“I have a mother and father who fought to give me health and a solid background in my youth. I have a wife, a companion for life, who has shown me more courage than I ever knew.

“People all say that I’ve had a bad break. But today . . . today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.”

Adding Some More Depth To My ‘Ultimate Jenkins’ Tribute

Adding Some More Depth To My ‘Ultimate Jenkins‘ Tribute

While organizing pictures for the ’10’ post I did the other night that showcased the 10 signed Fergie Jenkins baseballs in my collection, I noticed some obvious omissions on my ‘Ultimate Jenkins‘ page.

So, I set aside some time to comb through that entire page with the goal of bulking it up and adding more that honors the great career of my favorite pitcher of all-time.

The results?  A few more photos!

Here they are:

Fergie Jenkins Game-Used Relic Cards

JENKINS GU CARDS

Fergie Jenkins IP/TTM Signed Cards

JENKINS AUTO CARDS

Fergie Jenkins Certified Autographed Cards

JENKINS CERT AUTO CARDS

Sweet!

All great stuff, and all stuff that deserves to be a part of the newly refreshed ‘Ultimate Jenkins’ page.

If you haven’t checked it out in a while, come see what you are missing!!!