Monthly Archives: August 2014

1974 HEADLINE: Fergie Jenkins Captures Career Strikeout #2,000!!!!

1974 HEADLINE: Fergie Jenkins Captures Career Strikeout #2,000!!!!

On this day in 1974, the Texas Rangers were hosting the Cleveland Indians in what would be a landmark game for Rangers’ starting pitcher Ferguson Jenkins.

In front of a crowd that was 14,800 fans deep, Jenkins collected career strikeout #2,000 when he struck out George Hendrick for the final out of the game.  It was his 9th strikeout of the evening.

The Rangers won the game 2-0, and Fergie also captured his 20th win of the season, his first with the Rangers.

His line from the game  Win, Complete Game, Shutout, 2 Hits Allowed, 0 Runs Allowed, 0 Walks Allowed, 9 Strikeouts, and just 29 batters faced.

One heck of a night for Mr. Jenkins – HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!

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Reggie Jackson 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter – Pastime’s Pastime

Reggie Jackson 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter – Pastime’s Pastime

This card is the third of three cards of Reggie Jackson that I scored from the 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball card release.

It is also the first one that I am showing off from the “Pastime’s Pastime” subset.

Have a look:

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The card’s design is nice, and I really like the print style used on the card, but I don’t know why they made it all so dark?  Maybe to contrast the base set?  For me, it is just dark enough to be a distraction, but not dark enough to make the card horrible – I guess A&G found the sweet-spot…

And I have to say that while the image is far from superb, I am always happy to see a young Reggie Jackson on a modern baseball card!

Dustin Pedroia 2012 Topps Golden Moments

Dustin Pedroia 2012 Topps Golden Moments

As the 2014 baseball season begins to wind down for the teams not in contention for the postseason, I wonder how the players who show ‘Drive’ keep u their level of play.

The ‘Pride Factor’ must set in at some point.  That, combined with the desire to not finish in last place may play a part in what still drives the uber-competitive player.

Evidence of this is in the way that Dustin Pedroia is still playing baseball.

He is playing as if he is 1/2 game behind the division leader and it is the last game of the season.  I love watching this guy on the field, at the plate, and running the bases.

Dustin Pedroia epitomizes what the term ‘Captain’ is all about.  When the Boston Red Sox return to the top of the division, and they will, he will surely be at the center of the action!

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1975 Topps Set Card 246/660 – #348 – Tony Muser, White Sox

1975 Topps Set Card 246/660 – #348 – Tony Muser, White Sox

Progress: 246/660

Player Name:  Tony Muser

Team:  Chicago White Sox

Position:  1st Base

Image Style:  Posed Batting

Years In The Major Leagues:  9 seasons, 1969, 1971-78

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Tony Muser played in 123 games over the course of the 1975 baseball season, splitting time between the Chicago White Sox and Baltimore Orioles.  Muser hit .275 in 1975, with 53 hits in 193 at-bats.  He scored 22 runs and drove in 17 runs combined between the two clubs.

Notes From Career:  Tony Muser is a career .259 hitter that played for four different clubs during his major league career.  Muser has 329 career hits that includes 41 doubles, 9 triples, and 7 home runs.  He scored 123 runs during his 9-year career and also drove in 117.  In 1,389 plate appearances, Muser struck out just 138 times.

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1975 Topps Set Card 245/660 – #288 – Bruce Ellingsen, Indians

1975 Topps Set Card 245/660 – #288 – Bruce Ellingsen, Indians

Progress: 245/660

Player Name:  Bruce Ellingsen

Team:  Cleveland Indians

Position:  Pitching

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  1 season, 1974

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Ellingsen did not play major league baseball in 1975.

Notes From Career:  Bruce Ellingsen’s big league career lasted just one season – 1974.  He appeared in 16 games for the Indians, amassing a record of 1-1.  He pitched in 42 innings, and amassed an ERA of 3.21 by allowing 45 hits and 21 runs.

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Happy Birthday Ted Williams!!

Happy Birthday Ted Williams!!

Today is Ted Williams’ birthday.

Arguably the greatest hitter of all-time, any player that collects multiple batting titles or maintains an average close to .350 for a lengthy time is compared to Williams.

Williams is the standard for hitting greatness – yet nobody has come close to eclipsing what he has done in the sport of baseball.  A lifetime, .344 hitter, Williams captured six batting titles during his playing days, and amazing had seven seasons in which he finished with a .350 batting average or better.

Williams was a 17-time All-Star, and a 2-time MVP winner for the Boston Red Sox.

And while he did not make a splash during World Series play, Ted Williams was the rare kind of player that was able to take center-stage while not playing on it.

Happy Birthday to ‘The Splendid Splinter’!!

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

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

Yessir, I am still bringing cards of Jose Fernandez from Topps’ Series 2 release into my collection.

This time around I was able to grab the NL ROY card, and it is the Gold-border parallel.  As you know, the Gold cards are serial numbered to 2014 copies.

Mine is #613/2014.

Have a look:

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I have to say that patience is paying of when it comes to building this rainbow.  I have scooped up most of these cards very inexpensively.  It’s all about timing and being willing to wait.

If Fernandez had 16 wins at this point of the season, it would be another story entirely…

Andrew McCutchen 2013 Panini Triple Play – Base

Andrew McCutchen 2013 Panini Triple Play – Base

I purposely have not gone after a lot of cards from the 2013 Panini Triple Play set because I find them to be heavy on the childish side.

But, during a recent shopping spree for cards of Andrew McCutchen on Sportlots.com, the seller I was buying from had two cards of ‘Cutch’ so I grabbed them.

Prior to this, I have only picked up cards of Giancarlo Stanton from the set.

So, the cards of McCutchen were bought ‘on the blind’.  And while still childish, I am happy with the purchase.

Here is the card:

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Kind of neat.

I’m going to show it to my boys and see what they think.  At 6 and 8, they may be better judges when it comes to the ‘Wow Factor’.

Joe Morgan 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter – Mini A&G Back

Joe Morgan 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter – Mini A&G Back

With most of the base cards out of the way from the 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter set, I have shifted my attention to the minis and mini parallels from the set to so I can bulk up my modern and vintage player collections.

In a hunt that was specific to just the mini cards from this set, I hauled in a good handful.

Among them was this base mini of Reds Hall of Famer, Joe Morgan.

Have a look:

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I’m happy to have nailed this one down as I had been lacking in my pursuit of Mr. Morgan’s cards.

Now on to the tougher ones…  Bring on the parallels!

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1975 Topps Set Card 244/660 – #443 – Minnesota Twins Team Card

1975 Topps Set Card 244/660 – #443 – Minnesota Twins Team Card

Progress: 244/660

Card Number:  443

Team:  Minnesota Twins

Manager: Frank Quilici

Notes From The 1975 Season:  The 1975 Minnesota Twins completed the season with a 76-83 record, finishing in 4th place in the AL West.  The team scored 724 runs over the course of the season, and allowed 736.  Offensively, the team was led by Rod Carew who led the team in hits, batting, RBI, runs scored, and stolen bases.  From the pitching side, the team had three pitchers capture between 14-16 win a piece for the club.

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