Daily Archives: September 26, 2014

2012 Bowman Top Picks With Andrew McCutchen & George Springer

2012 Bowman Top Picks With Andrew McCutchen & George Springer

These side-by-side Bowman ‘Top Picks’ cards are pretty neat.

Have a look:



The cards offer a fun way to compare recent draft picks, and ultimately see which teams have solid foundations for the future due to good drafting and which teams do not.

Both the Pittsburgh Pirates and Houston Astros seem to be getting it more right than wrong as both teams have shown signs of promise with their young talent taking center stage.

I’ll be interested to see how Springer rebounds next season.  Count him as one of the many young guys that I will be tuned into…

1975 Topps Set Card 272/660 – #243 – Jim Kaat, White Sox

1975 Topps Set Card 272/660 – #243 – Jim Kaat, White Sox

Progress: 272/660

Card Number:  243

Player Name:  Jim Kaat

Team:  Chicago White Sox

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  25 seasons, 1959-83

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Jim Kaat appeared in 43 games for the Chicago White Sox over the course of the 1975 baseball season.  He had a record of 20-14, with 12 complete games thrown and 1 shutout.  Kaat worked 303 innings during the year, allowing a league-high 321 hits and 121 runs.  Kaat struck out 142 batters during the season and won the Gold Glove Award and was selected as an AL All-Star.

Notes From Career:  Jim Kaat’s major league career lasted 25 years spanning over 4 decades.  His numbers are worthy of Hall of Fame consideration – 283 wins, 237 losses.  2,461 strikeouts, 16 Gold Glove awards, 3.45 ERA, 3-time All-star, and 1 World Series championship!!!


1975 Topps Set Card 271/660 – #96 – Michael Cosgrove, Astros

1975 Topps Set Card 271/660 – #96 – Michael Cosgrove, Astros

Progress: 271/660

Card Number:  96

Player Name:  Mike Cosgrove

Team:  Houston Astros

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Pitching

Years In The Major Leagues:  7 seasons, 1972-76

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Mike Cosgrove appeared in 32 games for the Astros in 1975.  He compiled a record of 1-2 with 5 saves over those games.  In 71 innings of work during the season, Cosgrove allowed 62 hits and 24 runs en route to a 3.03 ERA.  He struck out 32 batters in that time while walking 37.

Notes From Career:  Mike Cosgrove spent all five of his big league seasons as a member of the Houston Astros franchise.  He has a lifetime record of 12-11 with 8 saves in 119 games played.  Cosgrove made 20 starts during his playing days, working 2 complete games which included 1 shutout.


1996 HEADLINE: Andre Dawson Captures The Final Hit & Final RBI Of His Major League Career

1996 HEADLINE: Andre Dawson Captures The Final Hit & Final RBI Of His Major League Career

On this day in 1996, Andre Dawson connected for the final hit and drove in the last RBI of his major league career.

At home and hosting their divisional rivals, the Atlanta Braves, the Florida Marlins were looking to eclipse the .500 mark by the end of the 1996 baseball season.  With just 4 games to go, and a record of 79-80, the Marlins were hosting the leaders of the NL East, the Braves.

In front of a home crowd of more than 25,000 fans, Andre Dawson put on one last ‘show’ for the home team and the baseball world.

‘Hawk’ went 3-for-4 in the game driving in one run and scoring two times.  All three hits were singles, with them all coming off of Braves’ hurler, Denny Neagle.   The final player to score courtesy of an Andre Dawson RBI was Edgar Renteria who scored on a Dawson single in the bottom of the first inning.

The Marlins won the game 7-0.

Happy Anniversary Andre!!!

Dawson 1996

Giancarlo Stanton 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter – Base

Giancarlo Stanton 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter – Base

I believe that this is the final base card from the 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter set that I have to show off.

The card of Giancarlo Stanton takes a slight break from the standard, posed portrait style of card that is typical of the A&G product.  And for that reason alone, I like it!

I miss the big guy, and I am saddened by the way that his 2014 campaign ended and that he was not able to walk off the field with his teammates at the conclusion of game 162.

Here’s to a solid 2015 season for #27.  I’m cheering for him already!



After this, it will all be about the parallels that I have scored.