Daily Archives: September 24, 2014

Dave Winfield 1986 Fleer Star Sticker

Dave Winfield 1986 Fleer Star Sticker

Now this is the smile of a guy that loves to play the sport!!

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I wish that there were more players like this in today’s game….

Thank you, ‘Big Dave’.

1975 Topps Set Card 269/660 – #569 – Frank White, Royals

1975 Topps Set Card 269/660 – #569 – Frank White, Royals

Progress: 269/660

Card Number:  569

Player Name:  Frank White

Team:  Kansas City Royals

Position:  2nd Base, Shortstop

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  18 seasons, 1973-90

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Frank White played in 111 games for the Royals in 1975.  He hit .250 as he connected for 76 hits in 304 at-bats.  Of his 76 hits, White connected for 10 doubles, 2 triples, 7 home runs, and 67 singles.  He stole 11 bases on the year while also driving in 36 runs and scoring 43 times.

Notes From Career:  Frank White played his entire 18-season career with the Kansas City Royals.  He is a lifetime .255 hitter with 2,006 career hits.  White won 8 Gold Glove Awards during his career and 1 Silver Slugger Award as well.  He was selected as an AL All-Star five times and is a member of the 1985 World Series championship team.

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1992 HEADLINE: Dave Winfield Becomes Oldest MLB Player To Drive In 100 Runs

1992 HEADLINE: Dave Winfield Becomes Oldest MLB Player To Drive In 100 Runs

On this day in 1992, Dave Winfield became the oldest player in major league history to collect 100 RBI in a single season.

At the age of 40, and playing for the Toronto Blue Jays, Winfield tallied 108 RBI by the end of the 1990 baseball season.

His efforts were rewarded very kindly – a World Series championship.  Winfield collected three more RBI in the Fall Classic as well.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Winfield!!!

1972 HEADLINE: Jim Palmer Snags 100th Major League Win

1972 HEADLINE: Jim Palmer Snags 100th Major League Win

On this day in 1972, Jim Palmer captured the 100th victory of his major league career.

In Milwaukee and facing the Brewers at County Stadium, Palmer and the Orioles took the field in front of just under 6,000 fans.

Palmer put in a solid outing going into the ninth inning before turning it over to his bullpen to seal the 4-3 victory and his 100th career win.

His numbers on the day: 8.1 innings of work, 7 hits allowed, 3 runs scored, 1 strikeout and 0 walks.

Congrats on #100 Mr. Palmer!!

Jim Palmer photo

Happy Birthday Rafael Palmeiro!!!

Happy Birthday Rafael Palmeiro!!!

Rafael Palmeiro turns 50 years old today.

Rafael Palmeiro quietly put together an amazing career as he reached several baseball milestones that define greatness as an offensive player.  While never considered to be the best player in the league, and even on his team at times, Palmerio’s numbers are rare.

No batting titles.  Only 1 season of 200 or more hits.  But, consistency was Palmeiro’s game.  In his 20-season career, Palmerio collected 3,020 hits.  Hitting between 140-170 hits a year is all it took for Palmeiro to become one of the game’s most consistent offensive players.  His career batting average is .288, and he has 6 seasons of hitting .300 or better.

Palmeiro also had a power game that was rare for such a disciplined contact hitter.  ‘Raffy’ has 569 career home runs which places him in 10th place in baseball history.  Off to a relatively slow start in the beginning of his career, Palmeiro’s power numbers began to take off during the 1991 season.  From 1999-2004, Palmeiro hit at least 22 homers per season with his maximum output being 47 in both the 1999 and 2001 seasons.

‘Raffy’ has also collected 1,835 RBI and has scored 1,663 runs during his playing days.

Palmeiro has finished in the Top 19 for the MVP award 10 times.  He is a 4-time All-star, a 3-time Gold Glove award winner, and a 2-time Silver Slugger winner.

Happy Birthday Raffy!!!

Bryce Harper 2014 Topps Opening Day ‘Breaking Out’

Bryce Harper 2014 Topps Opening Day ‘Breaking Out’

Here is another neat card of Bryce Harper from this year’s Topps Opening Day baseball card set.

The card has a neat, comic-book appeal and it reminds me of some of the cards I have seen issued by Topps during the 1990’s.

The header of the card reads ‘Breaking Out’ and the added graphic elements work with the theme very well.

Have a look:

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I would like to see what the full set looks like all at one time.  I bet it is pretty neat.  And I would also like to see the complete checklist – if any of the others that I collect are in the set, I am going to have to go after them.

Enjoy.