Daily Archives: September 29, 2014

Bryce Harper 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Glove Stories’

Bryce Harper 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Glove Stories’

While he has not been the ‘poster boy’ for defense in 2014, Bryce Harper still had a fantastic season in the field, it was just interrupted by injuries.

Harper had a career low in errors in 2014 with just 4 over the span of the full season.  His fielding percentage of .976 is solid, and he is still learning about how to play all of the different fields around the National League.

I fully expect Harper to get even better.  I am just a little concerned with how the rotation of outfielders shakes out in Washington as it is going to be crowded if Ryan Zimmerman makes that transition a permanent one in 2015.

Still, Harper is a superb athlete.  And with his speed and arm strength, I think he could contend for a Gold Glove Award if he consistently plays in the same spot throughout the course of the year.

I love how he is depicted on this card from the 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen baseball card set:

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I hope he makes the cut in 2015 again!

Dave Winfield 1990 Fleer Update

Dave Winfield 1990 Fleer Update

Take a look at this mighty swing:

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I love it.

And while I can appreciate how large Dave Winfield looks on this 1990 Fleer baseball card due to the card design and cropping of the image, I do wish that we got to see more of the action – especially the bat!

I want to know if he mad contact.  I want to know if it was fair or foul.  And I really want to know what kind of cleats ‘Big Dave’ was wearing back in 1990 when he was playing for the Angels.

I want the details.  Give me the detes…

1975 Topps Set Card 274/660 – #155 – Jim Bibby, Rangers

1975 Topps Set Card 274/660 – #155 – Jim Bibby, Rangers

Progress: 274/660

Card Number:  155

Player Name:  Jim Bibby

Team:  Texas Rangers

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Pitching

Years In The Major Leagues:  12 seasons, 1972-81, 1983-84

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Jim Bibby played for both the Texas Rangers and Cleveland Indians during the 1975 baseball season.  Combined, he pitched in 36 games and compiled a 7-15 record with 6 complete games, 1 shutout, and 1 save.  Bibby worked 181 innings in 1975, allowing a total of 172 hits and 89 runs.

Notes From Career:  Jim Bibby is an All-Star pitcher that played for four different clubs during his 12-season career.  Used as both a starter and reliever, Bibby amassed a record of 111-101 with 8 saves during his playing days.  He has a lifetime ERA of 3.76 alongside 1,079 strikeouts in 1,722 innings of work.  Bibby is a member of the 1979 World Series championship winning Pittsburgh Pirates.

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1996 HEADLINE: Andre Dawson’s Final Major League Game Of His 21-Season Career

1996 HEADLINE: Andre Dawson’s Final Major League Game Of His 21-Season Career

On this day in 1996, Andre Dawson played in his final major league game capping a 21-season career.

Dawson and his Marlins teammates were on the road in Houston taking on the Astros.  Regulated to a bench role in his final season, Dawson did not make start in the game, but he did make an appearance as a pinch hitter.

Dawson did not get a hit, he popped out in foul territory to record the final out of his major league career.

The Marlins lost the game 5-4 and Andre Dawson’s career was over.  Dawson was one of the most well-rounded players from his generation – a guy that displayed all of baseball’s ‘5 Tools’ en route to being a Rookie of the Year Award winner, an MVP, an 8-time All-Star, an 8-time Gold Glove Award winner, and a 7-time Silver Slugger Award winner.

Congratulations on a fantastic major league career Andre.  And ‘THANK YOU’ so much for the amazing memories!!!

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1954 HEADLINE: Willie Mays Makes The Greatest Catch In Baseball History!!!

1954 HEADLINE: Willie Mays Makes The Greatest Catch In Baseball History!!!

On this day back in 1954, Willie Mays made ‘The Catch’.

Often considered to be the greatest defensive play in baseball history, this outstanding catch still gets ‘air-time’ every year.  The fact that this catch happened in front of a national audience during the baseball playoffs only added to its legend.

One could certainly argue that more amazing catches have been made since, but this is ‘The Catch’ that still stands out amongst all others.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Mays!!!

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Cal Ripken Jr. 1991 Upper Deck

Cal Ripken Jr. 1991 Upper Deck

Upper Deck gave the hobby such a great shot in the arm in 1989 when they debuted their baseball card product to the world.

And while there were very few dramatic changes made to their card designs during their first few years of existence, the 1991 product still looks great and holds up very well today.

Here is the card of Cal Ripken Jr. from that set:

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Gotta love those old school low-top Adidas cleats that Cal was rockin’ back in the early 90’s!!