Daily Archives: August 2, 2014

1975 Topps Set Card 212/660 – #119 – Tommy Helms, Astros

1975 Topps Set Card 212/660 – #119 – Tommy Helms, Astros

Progress: 212/660

Player Name:  Tommy Helms

Team:  Houston Astros

Position:   2nd Base

Image Style:  Posed Action

Years In The Major Leagues:  14 seasons, 1964-77

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Tommy Helms played in 64 games for the Houston Astros in 1975.  He had 135 at-bats in those contests and connected for 28 hits en route to a .208 batting average.  Of his 28 hits, Helms connected for 26 singles and 2 doubles.  He scored 7 runs for the Astros in 1972 while driving in 14.

Notes From Career:  Tommy Helms was the National League Rooke of the Year in 1964 as a member of the Cincinnati Reds.  He was chosen as an All-Star in two seasons and also captured two Gold Gloves for defensive excellence at second base as well with the Reds.  Helms is a career .269 hitter with 1,342 hits on his resume.  In twelve seasons, Helms had 4,997 at-bats; he struck out just 301 times in that span while also drawing 231 walks.


1975 Topps Set Card 211/660 – #362 – Steve Hargan, Rangers

1975 Topps Set Card 211/660 – #362 – Steve Hargan, Rangers

Progress: 211/660

Player Name:  Steve Hargan

Team:  Texas Rangers

Position:   Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  12 seasons, 1965-72, 1974-77

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Steve Hargan appeared in 33 games for the Texas Rangers in 1975, making 26 starts.  Hargan put together a 9-01 record with 8 complete games during the season while amassing an ERA of 3.80.  In 189 innings of work, Hargan gave up 203 hits while allowing 96 runs.  He struck out just 93 batters in those 189 innings while also walking 62.

Notes From Career:  Steve Hargan has a lifetime record of 87-107 over 12 major league seasons.  He has a career ERA of 3.92 over 1,632 innings of work as he allowed 1,593 hits and 810 runs.  In that same period, Hargan struck out 891 batter while walking 614.  Hargan was selected as an American League All-Star in 1967 while he was a member of the Cleveland Indians.


1987 HEADLINE: Eric Davis Joins 30/30 Club!

1987 HEADLINE: Eric Davis Joins 30/30 Club!

On this day in 1987, Eric Davis collected his 30th home run of the baseball season gaining him entrance into the ’30/30 Club’.

The landmark homer that put him into this elite status came in just his third major league season.  And with his raw ability at the plate and uncanny speed on the base paths, Davis had many fans thinking ’40/40′ was in his near future.

Officially, Davis completed the 1987 baseball season with 37 home runs and 50 steals.  1987 was the most well-rounded offensive season of his career, and he would never reach the ’30/30′ mark again.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Davis!!!

1959 HEADLINE: Willie McCovey Launches 1st Major League Home Run!!

1959 HEADLINE:  Willie McCovey Launches 1st Major League Home Run!!

On this day in 1959 Willie McCovey hit the first home run of his major league career.

Just 3 days after making his big league debut, McCovey made his first mark with the Giants. And nobody knew that 520 more bombs would follow over the next 22 seasons.

Congratulations and Happy Anniversary Mr. McCovey!!!

Miami Marlins 2014 Topps Series 2 Team Set – Base

Miami Marlins 2014 Topps Series 2 Team Set – Base

Finally, the Miami Marlins Series 2 team set is mine.  The set features 12 cards, but has a pretty odd mix.  Neither this team set or the one from the Series 1 release gives us a true impression of what the team truly looks like.

Percentage-wise, almost half of the players in this team set are inactive, and they were that way well before the launch of Series 2…

Have a look:

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A quick review of the 12 card team set reveals that five of the 12 players featured on these cards are either injured or in the minor leagues.  Of the remaining 7 players – 1 is a starting pitcher, 2 are everyday players, 1 is a solid reliever, 1 is a recently demoted starter turned bullpen guy, and 2 are utility fill-ins.

Not the best mix in the world, but it could be worse.  We could be the Mets!!  🙂

I am really happy to finally have a Marlins card of Casey McGehee in my collection (I’ll have to grab two more for my sons as they both really like cheering for him).