Daily Archives: September 10, 2014

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter – Base

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter – Base

Finally, another 2014 Allen & Ginter baseball card that I like!!!

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This is Jose Fernandez’s base card from the A&G issue, and it features great action.  And while I know that this is not typical for the Ginter brand I certainly approve of them moving more in this direction as the posed portraits of the same players year-after-year are quite exhaustive…

Keep it up Topps – give us more of this in 2015 and I will be back on board with this brand.

Thanks.

1975 Topps Set Card 257/660 – #123 – Johnny Briggs, Brewers

1975 Topps Set Card 257/660 – #123 – Johnny Briggs, Brewers

Progress: 257/660

Card Number:  123

Player Name:  Johnny Briggs

Team:  Milwaukee Brewers

Position:  Outfield

Image Style:  Posed Hitting

Years In The Major Leagues:  12 seasons, 1964-75

Notes From His 1975 Season:  The 1975 baseball season was the final season in John Briggs’ major league career.  He played in 87 games for the Twins in ’75, hitting just .231 with 61 hits in 264 at-bats.  Briggs hit 7 home runs during the 1975 season while also driving in 39 runs and scoring 44 times.

Notes From Career:  Johnny Briggs 12-season major league career was punctuated by his 1,041 hits.  Of his hits, Briggs connected for 170 doubles, 43 triples, and 139 home runs.  He is a lifetime .253 hitter with 601 runs scored and 507 RBI in 1,366 games played.

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1974 HEADLINE: Lou Brock Sets Single-Season Stolen Base Record

1974 HEADLINE: Lou Brock Sets Single-Season Stolen Base Record

On this day in 1974, Lou Brock stole his 105th base of the season.  This stolen bases gave Brock the single-season record as he eclipsed the 104-mark set by Maury Wills in 1962.

But Brock didn’t slow down.  In fact, he kept right on running in 1974 and by the end of the baseball season, he had a new record – 118 swipes!

And while this record was relatively short-lived(it lasted just 8 years), this is what catapulted Brock’s status as one of the greatest runners that the sport had ever seen.

Congratulations and Happy Anniversary to Mr. Brock!!!

1965 HEADLINE: Ferguson Jenkins Makes His Major League Debut

1965 HEADLINE:  Ferguson Jenkins Makes His Major League Debut

On this day in 1965, Ferguson Arthur Jenkins made his major league debut with the Philadelphia Phillies.

The appearance came in at home and in a relief effort as the Phillies hosted the St. Louis Cardinals and their pitching ace, Bob Gibson.

Jenkins entered the game in relief of Phillies starter Jim Bunning.  He entered the game with the score tied 4-4 and worked 4+ innings helping the team capture a victory in the bottom of the 12th inning.

Jenkins’ line looked like this: 4.1 inning pitched, 15 batters faced, 2 hits allowed, 0 runs, 1 strikeout, 0 walks, and his first of 284 major league wins!!!

Happy Anniversary, Mr. Jenkins!!!

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Happy Birthday Randy Johnson!!!

Happy Birthday Randy Johnson!!!

Randy Johnson turns 51 years old today.

And now that he has been out of the game for almost a few seasons, it gets pretty easy to look back at his amazing career and say that he is one of the greatest pitchers from his era and ranks pretty high on the all-time list as well.

With a pitching career that boasts of every major pitching accomplishment achieved, and some multiple times, Johnson was a machine during his playing days.  From No-Hitters to Cy Young awards to Strikeout records to perfect games to 300 wins to World Series championships, Johnson has done it all.

He is an absolute first-ballott Hall of Famer, and I personally feel that his talents would have dominated any generation of the sport.

Happy Birthday to ‘The Big Unit’!!!

Happy Birthday Roger Maris!!!

Happy Birthday Roger Maris!!!

We’ve got to take a few minutes out of the day today to honor and celebrate the great Roger Maris.

A star from the most legendary franchise in the history in the sport’s history, Maris will always be known as the man who broke Babe Ruth’s record.  His story, as documented in the movie *61, is fantastic and worthy of every baseball fan’s attention.

Maris played in the majors for 12 seasons, spending his greatest years with the Yankees.  In total, Maris slugged 275 home runs, but that season of 1961 where he connected for 61 home runs and 141 RBI will go down as one of the most impressive offensive seasons in baseball history.

Maris is a 4-time All-Star, and 2-time MVP winner.  He played in seven World Series match-ups, winning three championship titles!!!

Happy Birthday Mr. Maris!!!  You are missed and loved!!!

Reader Ryan Sends Over A Major Stack Of Cal Ripken Cards. We’re Talking 88 Cards. Yes, 88!!!

Reader Ryan Sends Over A Major Stack Of Cal Ripken Cards. We’re Talking 88 Cards.  Yes, 88!!!

The headline is accurate.  The facts are accurate.

I am the recipient of one of the greatest baseball card gifts I have seen across any of the many baseball card blogs that I have encountered over the last 6+ years.

Reader Ryan, of the blog ‘O No, Another Orioles Blog’ sent me over a stack of Cal Ripken Jr. baseball cards that would make any collector smile.  Ripken is the epitome of baseball royalty and for Ryan to drop 88 cards on me strictly because he wanted them to go to a collector that would appreciate them is astounding and extremely generous.

The cards cover almost the full range of Ripken’s playing days, and there was even some modern stuff mixed in as well.

Have a look at the full treasure:

ORIOLES FROM RYAN

 

1 single picture cannot do this stack justice.

I’ve got a bit of organizing to do.  And that includes logging the cards onto my Ripken checklist and dropping the cards into penny sleeves.  From there, they will all hit the scanner and then be dropped into top loaders.  Lastly, they will be drafted and then featured on ’30-YOC’ for weeks and months to come.

And just like that, my Cal Ripken Jr. Player Collection is off and running.

Ryan, Thanks again – a truly great treat!!