Monthly Archives: September 2014

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!!

Tony Gwynn 1995 Leaf

Tony Gwynn 1995 Leaf

Often overlooked because he was such a dominant hitter during his playing days, but Tony Gwynn was a stellar defender during his early playing days.

Between the 1986 and 1991 baseball seasons, Gwynn captured 4 Gold Glove Awards for defensive excellence in the outfield.  And as a National League outfielder, he had some major competition for those honors – Andre Dawson, Dale Murphy, Eric, Davis, Darryl Strawberry to name a few.

A truly gifted all-around baseball player, Tony Gwynn could do it all!  And then some…

I’m happy to see Leaf honored and celebrated Gwynn’s ability to play the outfield so well with this card from their 1995 set.

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Enjoy.

1975 Topps Set Card 273/660 – #53 – Dave Giusti, Pirates

1975 Topps Set Card 273/660 – #53 – Dave Giusti, Pirates

Progress: 273/660

Card Number:  53

Player Name:  Dave Giusti

Team:  Pittsburgh Pirates

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  15 seasons, 1962, 1964-77

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Guisti pitched in 61 games for the Pirates in 1975.  He amassed a record of 5-4 with 17 saves through the seson.  Giusti pitched 91 innings during the season while allowing 79 hits and 38 runs.  At the end of the 1975 campaign, he sported an ERA of just 2.95 while giving up 42 walks while striking out 38 batters.

Notes From Career:  Dave Guisti pitched for five different major league clubs during his 15-season career.  A strong reliever, he has 145 career saves with a record of 100-93.  In 668 games played, Guisti worked 1,761 innings allowing 1,654 hits and giving up 764 runs.  Guisti was selected as an NL All-Star in 1973 and is a member of the 1971 World Series champion Pirates team.

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Did You Know…

Two pitchers in major league baseball history have ended their careers with exactly 300 career wins: Lefty Grove & Early Wynn.

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1997 HEADLINE: Tony Gwynn Wins 8th & Final Batting Title Of His Career

1997 HEADLINE: Tony Gwynn Wins 8th & Final Batting Title Of His Career

On this day in 1997, Tony Gwyn won the 8th and final batting championship of his career.  This title also put him at the top of the all-time list with the legendary Honus Wagner for the most in a career.

Taking a look back, Gwynn’s numbers are staggering:

Year # of Hits Average
1984 213 0.351
1987 218 0.370
1988 163 0.313
1989 203 0.336
1994 165 0.394
1995 197 0.368
1996 159 0.353
1997 220 0.372

That’s classic stuff right there – and the fact that he did that over a 14-season span is remarkable.

Congratulations and Happy Anniversary to Hall of Famer, Tony Gwynn!!!

Mike Schmidt’s Highly Sought After 1973 Topps Rookie Baseball Card

Mike Schmidt’s Highly Sought After 1973 Topps Rookie Baseball Card

The 1970’s brought us some legendary baseball rookie cards, and many of them can be had affordably if you are a wise and patient shopper.

Unfortunately, Mike Schmidt’s rookie card does not fall into that category.  They’re downright expensive!!

And they always sell, regardless of the condition.

Of all of the rookie cards from the 1970’s that I still want for my personal collection, Schmidt’s is the one that will cost me the most.  Heck, it will probably cost more than many of the others combined!

Don’t believe me?  Check out some ended auctions for this beauty from the 1973 Topps set:

 

This is a HOT card!

Mike Schmidt & The Hall Of Fame Class Of 1995

Mike Schmidt & The Hall Of Fame Class Of 1995

Mike Schmidt was elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on his first ballot in 1995.  Of the 460 ballots cast in 1995, Schmidt received votes for entry on 444 of them.

His Hall of Fame plaque reads:

‘Unprecedented combination of power and defense with unusual mixture of strength, coordination, and speed made him one of the game’s greatest third baseman.  7th on all-time list with 548 home runs.  His 8 home run titles (1 tie) bettered only by Babe Ruth.  Hit 40 or more on three occasions and topped 30 ten other times.  48 home runs in 1980 most ever by a third baseman.  Hit 4 in one game in 1976.  3-time MVP with 10 Gold Gloves for fielding excellence’.

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Mike Schmidt’s Super Sweet Autograph

Mike Schmidt’s Super Sweet Autograph

It seems like the stars from the 1980’s really took tim in perfecting their autographs.  In my opinion, some of the best signatures in baseball are from players that solidified their status as baseball royalty during that decade.

Among the group are Ozzie Smith, Andre Dawson, Dale Murphy, Wade Boggs, Orel Hershiser, and of course Mike Schmidt.

Just take a look at how nicely Schmidt puts his signature on a baseball:

Mike Schmidt & The 500 Home Runs Club

Mike Schmidt & The 500 Home Runs Club

On April 18, 1987 Michael Jack Schmidt hit the 500th home run of is incredible career!!

I remember watching the highlights of this game.  The joy that Schmidt shared with us as he rounded the bases while pumping his fists is one of the greatest memories I have of baseball from 1980’s.  Rarely do you see a player emit so much joy during a game, but Schmidt did not hold back and I am thankful that  I was able to enjoy his moment with him.

Schmidt finished his career with 548 home runs which places him in 15th place on the all-time list.