Daily Archives: September 18, 2014

Dustin Pedroia 2007 Upper Deck ‘AL Rookie Of The Year’

Dustin Pedroia 2007 Upper Deck ‘AL Rookie Of The Year’

With his season over and his hand recovering from surgery, I thought it would be more exciting to go back and enjoy more positive times in the baseball world of Dustin Pedroia.

Pedroia was chosen as the American League’s Rookie of The Year in 2007, and he staked his claim as a young superstar in a big way.

The numbers: .317 batting average, .380 on-base percentage, 165 hits, 39 doubles, 8 home runs, 7 stolen bases, 50 RBI, and 86 runs scored.  Pedroia also connected for 230 bases as he tallied 24 of the 28 votes cast for the ROY.

Here’s to hoping he can bring that game back to the Sox in 2015!

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1975 Topps Set Card 265/660 – #306 – 1974 Batting Leaders With Carew & Garr

1975 Topps Set Card 265/660 – #306 – 1974 Batting Leaders With Carew & Garr

Progress: 265/660

Player Name:  Rod Carew, Ralph Garr

Card Number:  306

Team:  Minnesota Twins, Atlanta Braves

Image Style: Posed Portrait

How they got there:

Rod Carew led all of major league baseball with a .364 batting average at the conclusion of his 1974 baseball season.  Not far behind was Ralph Garr who paced the National League with his .353 average.

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1976 HEADLINE: Andre Dawson Collects 1st Stolen Base Of Major League Career

1976 HEADLINE: Andre Dawson Collects 1st Stolen Base Of Major League Career

On this day in 1976, the Montreal Expos hosted the St. Louis Cardinals for a double header.

In game two of the double header, Andre Dawson stole the first base of his major league career.  The steal came in the bottom of the second inning after Andre hit a single to lead-off the inning.  The steal came against the combination of Eddie Solomon and John Tamargo.  Dawson would later score for the Expos on a single by Barry Foote.

On the day, Dawson was 2-for-4 for with 2 singles, 1 run scored, 1 RBI, and a stolen base.  The Expos lost the game 7-4.

Happy Anniversary Andre!!!

Dawson Stealing Bases

Happy Birthday Ryne Sandberg!!!

Happy Birthday Ryne Sandberg!!!

Ryne Sandberg turns 55 years old today!!

One of the greatest offensive infielders to have played the game, Sandberg is a Hall of Famer and fan favorite.

And in the city of Chicago he is still as loved today as he was during his playing days with the team that started more than 25 years ago.

Sandberg is currently managing the Philadelphia Phillies as he took over for Charlie Manuel a few seasons ago.  I wish him well in his quest to return the Phillies back to the top of the NL East and into the playoffs.  I just hope that he does not do it at the expense of my Marlins…

Go Get ‘Em Ryno!!!  Happy Birthday!!!

Rather Quickly, My New Cal Ripken Jr. Player Collection Is Up To 127 Unique Cards!! Come See.

Rather Quickly, My New Cal Ripken Jr. Player Collection Is Up To 127 Unique Cards!!  Come See.

Friends, it has officially been less than a month, and I have already amassed a Cal Ripken Jr. collection of cards that amounts to 127 unique cards.

Yes, 127!

When I first proclaimed that I was going to be going after Cal for a player collection, the response was great and the number emails I received offering me cards was high.

I started with 27 cards in my collection on August 24 (Cal’s birthday).

An enormous stack of Ripken cards was delivered to me courtesy of Ryan from the blog, ‘Oh No, Another Orioles Blog’.

And I also received a nice assortment of cards from a Sportlots.com purchase.

And now, I am sitting at 127 unique cards of baseball’s ‘Ironman’.

And as you can see by checking out the column of cards on the extreme right of this 3-row box, my Cal Ripken collection is already on par with some of my other rapidly expanding vintage PC’s.

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So, now it is time to dig in and start showing off the Ripkens that I have acquired.  So, be prepared because there is going to be a lot of Cal Ripken coverage at ’30-YOC’ over the next few weeks, and months, and probably years.

And then, I will seek more cards to add and show off.  And then more.  And then more.

Enjoy.  And ‘Thanks for reading’.