Daily Archives: July 7, 2014

Andrew McCutchen 2011 Topps ‘ToppsTown’

Andrew McCutchen 2011 Topps ‘ToppsTown’

What an image!!

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I love the image used of Andrew McCutchen on this baseball card.

And while the design of the 2011 Topps ‘ToppsTown’ set is far from horrible, I do find it to be a bit of a crime to edit out the original background of such a beautiful image so a different one can simply be added to it through a computer program.

So, I like the thought.  I love the image.  But, I am a little saddened by the fact that this shot was ‘robbed’.

Still, a great addition to my Andrew McCutchen collection.

1975 Topps Set Card 182/660 – #559 – Bob Montgomery, Red Sox

1975 Topps Set Card 182/660 – #559 – Bob Montgomery, Red Sox

Progress: 182/660

Player Name:  Bob Montgomery

Team:  Boston Red Sox

Position:  Catcher

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  10 seasons, 1970-79

Notes From His 1975 Season:   Bob Montgomery played in 62 games for the Red Sox in 1975.  He had 44 hits in 195 at-bats, good for a .226 batting average.  Montgomery connected for 26 RBI for the team while also scoring 16 runs.  He hit two home runs for the team too.

Notes From Career:  Montgomery enjoyed a 10-year major league career as a catcher for the Boston Red Sox.  Appearing in 387 games, Montgomery was primarily used as a back-up to Carlton Fisk.  He has a lifetime batting average of .258 with 23 home runs, 156 RBI, and 125 runs scored.  He went hitless in his one at-bat during the 1975 World Series.

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1995 HEADLINE: Reds’ Tom Browning Visits Wrigley Rooftops During Game

1995 HEADLINE: Reds’ Tom Browning Visits Wrigley Rooftops During Game

On this day in 1995, Tom Browning left a game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago Cubs while the game was still going on.  In fact, he left during the third inning!!

Where did he go, you ask??  Well, he went where everyone wanted to be – The rooftops!  Browning exited Wrigley Field, walked across the street, and proceeded to the rooftops of the buildings behind the outfield wall to experience the game from that vantage point.  And he did all of this while wearing his Reds’ uniform!!!

Truly amazing!  Truly unprofessional!  Truly hilarious!

Brownings’ manager, Davey Johnson, was waiting for him.  And when he got back, Browning received a $500 fine.

Of the incident, Browning says, “If I was the manager, I’d fine me, too,” he said. “But it was done strictly in jest, for fun. You have to enjoy the game.”

Happy Birthday Satchel Paige!!!

Happy Birthday Satchel Paige!!!

Today, we celebrate the life of Satchel Paige.

Paige will long be remembered as a man whose talents was well before his time.  A fantastic pitcher during the Negro League era, Paige’s accomplishments on the field, and before he made it to the major leagues, was Hall of Fame elite.

Paige’s major league career started at the age of 41.  In six big league seasons, Paige posted a record of 28-31 with an ERA of 3.29.   He captured 32 saves during his big league career and struck out 288 batters.

Paige was known to be quite a storyteller.  Some of my favorites are:

“I don’t generally like running. I believe in training by rising gently up and down from the bench.”

“One time I snuck a ball on with me and when I went to winding up, I threw one of them balls to first and one to second. I was so smooth I picked off both runners and fanned the batter without that ump or the other team even knowing it.”

“It’s funny what a few no-hitters do for a body.”

“I never threw an illegal pitch. The trouble is, once in a while I would toss one that ain’t never been seen by this generation.”

“Just take the ball and throw it where you want to. Throw strikes. Home plate don’t move.”

Thank you for the entertainment, Mr. Paige.

And Happy Birthday!!!

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Adam Wainwright 2014 Topps Series 1 Subset – ‘Super Veterans’

Adam Wainwright 2014 Topps Series 1 Subset – ‘Super Veterans’

When I got back into the hobby of baseball card collecting in the summer of 2008, my goal was to pay homage to the players that helped build my love for the game and the hobby.

The first subset I put together that helped me with that cause was the ‘Super Veterans’ subset from the 1983 Topps baseball card set.  This set is a beauty and it highlights the true legends of the game as their careers were winding down.

For the last few years, I have actively been begging Topps to bring this subset back and pay honor to today’s ‘Super Veterans’.  And while I cannot confirm that they obliged my request, I was very excited to see that a 15-card ‘Super Veterans’ subset was part of the 2014 Topps Series 1 release.

I am building the set now.  Here is the card of Adam Wainwright:

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Adam Wainwright is one of the best pitchers in all of baseball.

Upon entering the 2014 baseball season, Wainwright had already solidified himself as an annual Cy Young Award candidate in the NL with 3 Top 3 finishes in the last five seasons.  He is the ace of the Cardinals staff and has a career winning percentage of 64%.  He continues to be among the league leaders in starts, ERA, wins, strikeouts, and batters faced.

Wainwright is a 2-time All-Star, a 2-time Gold Glove Award winner, and a World Series champion.  Based on his history, he will only add to those numbers.