Daily Archives: August 25, 2014

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Series 2 – 2013 NL ROY – Red Border Parallel

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Series 2 – 2013 NL ROY – Red Border Parallel

Sometimes at ’30-YOC’, it is ‘Another Day, Another Parallel’.

But, this is not a complaint, it is a celebration!

I am thrilled at how my Jose Fernandez player collection is growing, and lately a lot of that growth has come due to the number of cards I have secured of his from the 2014 Topps Series 2 issue.  With two cards in the base set, there is quite a bit to go after when yo consider the high number of parallels available, and I am intrigued by the possibility of getting a bunch of them.

My latest pick-up is the Red-border version of his NL ROY card.

Have a look:

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1975 Topps Set Card 237/660 – #62 – Fritz Peterson, Indians

1975 Topps Set Card 237/660 – #62 – Fritz Peterson, Indians

Progress: 237/660

Player Name:  Fritz Peterson

Team:  Cleveland Indians

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  11 seasons, 1966-76

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Fritz Peterson started 25 games for the Cleveland Indians during the 1975 baseball season.  He compiled a record of 14-8 while throwing 148 innings for the club.  Peterson amassed an ERA of 3.94 in those 25 contests, striking out just 47 batters while giving up 40 walks.

Notes From Career:  Fritz Peterson pitched for 3 different teams during his major league career.  In 355 appearances, he put together a career record of 133-131 with 1 save, 90 complete games, and 20 shutouts.  In 2,218 innings of work, Peterson allowed 2,217 hits and 947 runs.  He was selected as an All-Star during the 1970 baseball season.

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1986 HEADLINE: Mark McGwire Hits 1st Home Run Of Major League Career!!

1986 HEADLINE: Mark McGwire Hits 1st Home Run Of Major League Career!!

Mark McGwire hit the first home run of his major league baseball career on this day back in 1986.

Before ‘The Bash Brothers’.  Before #71.  Before the steroid allegations.  Before all of this, Mark McGwire was an athleticly gifted player with an elite skill of hitting the long ball.

And on this day 27 years ago, home run #1 of 583 was smacked into the outfield seats of Tiger Stadium.    I doubt that the 20,000 fans in attendance thought much of this young kid from the opposing team.  To them he was the enemy.  And nobody knew that just 1 year later he would set the rookie record for home runs in a season with 49.  And nobody there thought for a second that this guy was going  to be the one to rescue the sport in 1998 when the game and it’s fan base were both spiraling downward…

But he did it.  Mark McGwire became ‘Big Mac’ right in front of our eyes.  And most of us enjoyed the thrilling ride that he took us on.

And it all started on this day back in 1986.

Happy Anniversary Mark McGwire!!!!

Happy Birthday Rollie Fingers!!!

Happy Birthday Rollie Fingers!!!

Rollie Fingers turns 68 years old today.

While Rollie Fingers may best be known for his famous facial hair, his solid baseball career earned him quite a bit of fame too.

A 17-year veteran, boasting 341 career saves and seven All-star appearances, Fingers was a dominant relief pitcher for more than a decade.

His best work was during the 1981 season while playing for the Milwaukee Brewers.  In that season, Fingers posted a 6-3 record while also collecting 28 saves.  He had a 1.04 ERA with 78 innings pitched.  And in those appearances he struck out 61 batters while walking just 13.  Fingers’ dominance was enough to earn him the league’s Cy Young and Most Valuable Player awards – a truly remarkable feat!!

Rollie Fingers is a 3-time World Series champion.  His efforts on the 1972-74 Oakland A’s teams help the team from ‘The Bay’ become one of baseball’s greatest dynasties!!!

With such an impressive resume, it is kind of shocking that Fingers has a losing record.  For his career, he is 114-118.  So for his birthday, I would like to give Mr. Fingers a ‘do-over’ of the 1978 season in which he went 6-13.  I am hoping for 5 more wins than losses so this Hall of Famer could hold his head even a little higher with his above .500 winning percentage!!

Happy Birthday Mr. Fingers!!!

And My Cal Ripken Jr. Player Collection Officially And Finally Gets Underway…

And My Cal Ripken Jr. Player Collection Officially And Finally Gets Underway…

After years and years of debating, I am ready to make my move.

I’ve wanted to work on adding a collection of Cal Ripken Jr. baseball cards to my collection for a very long time.  I’m not sure why I have yet to officially commit to that move, but I think it has more to do with fear of the unknown than anything else.  Not knowing how many cards deep this collection can go is a huge factor.  I have to guess that among all of the players that starred in the same era, Cal is near the top of the list of players featured on unique cards.  And that fact alone is very imposing.

But, I am now ready and eager to tackle that challenge.  I am in the mood to revisit the stars from my youth in more detail and there may not be a bigger start from that time than #8.

So, I am jumping in – with two feet.

And if you saw my post the other day about going back to collecting the stars of the 1980’s like Dave Winfield, Rickey Henderson, and others, than you saw that I have 1 empty row in a 3-row box.  Well, I think Cal Ripken deserves that spot – so it is now his.

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I’m ready to get started now.  And I hope you are too.

Let’s Go!!

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Cal Ripken’s Statue At Camden Yards

Cal Ripken’s Statue At Camden Yards

On September 6, 2012, the Baltimore Orioles unveiled a bronze statue of their famous shortstop that will greet fans as they enter the ballpark for decades ahead.

Ripken, who played 21 seasons with the Baltimore franchise is one of the great faces of the team’s history and his generation in the sport.

Here are a few pictures:

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Hopefully one of these days I can get there in person to see it, and the others that surround that beautiful ballpark.