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2000 Fleer – “Club 3,000” – Nolan Ryan

2000 Fleer – “Club 3,000” – Nolan Ryan

Date of entry into “Club 3,000” – July 4, 1980

The Story – On our country’s Independence Day, Nolan Ryan took the hill for the Houston Astros on the road against the Cincinnati Reds.  The fans that bought tickets for tis game months in advance were expecting fireworks after the contest was complete, but they would have reason to celebrate prior to the finish as well.  Ryan recorded his 3,000th strikeout during this game, and he accomplished this feat in just his 14th major league season.  For the game, Ryan pitched just 4 1/3 of an inning in a 8-1 loss, but he did record 6 strikeouts before leaving.

Baseball History – The game’s all-time strikeout king holds a record that is likely to be safe for decades to come.  The picture of consistency, Ryan struck out 200 or more batters 15 times during his 27-year career.  And he did it 5 times after the age of 40 – Truly Amazing!!!

2000 Fleer – “Club 3,000” – Steve Carlton

2000 Fleer – “Club 3,000” – Steve Carlton

Date of entry into “Club 3,000” – April 29, 1981

The Story – At home in Veteran’s Stadium, it took Steve Carlton just 134 minutes to dominate and beat the Montreal Expos.  In front of 30,142 die-hard Phillies fans, Steve Carlton joined the 3,000 Strikeouts Club.  On the day, Carlton threw a complete game en route to his 4th victory of the early season.  He struck out 9 batters in this effort.

Baseball History – Steve Carlton currently ranks in 4th place on the all-time strikeouts list with 4,136 K’s.  A dominant lefty for 24 major league seasons, Carlton reached the 200 strikeouts mark 8 times during his Hall of Fame career!

2000 Fleer – “Club 3,000″ – Tony Gwynn

2000 Fleer – “Club 3,000” – Tony Gwynn

Date of entry into “Club 3,000” – August 6, 1999

The Story – On the road, and across the US border, Gwynn and his Padres teammates were taking on the Expos in Montreal.  And in front of just 13,540 fans, Gwynn became a member of the ‘3,000 Hits Club’.  Coming into the game, Gwynn was hitting a solid .326 on the year.  But on this night in Montreal, he went 4-for-5 as he collected 4 singles against the Expos.  The 8-time batting champ accomplished this rare and amazing baseball feat in just 18 big league seasons as he averaged more than 166 hits in each campaign.

Baseball History – Tony Gwynn will go down as one of the sport’s greatest contact hitters of all time.  He retired with a career batting average of .338 and his 3,141 hits ranks him in 18th place on the all-time list.

2000 Fleer – “Club 3,000” – Paul Molitor

2000 Fleer – “Club 3,000” – Paul Molitor

Date of entry into “Club 3,000” – September 16, 1996

The Story – On the road in Kansas City, Molitor’s big day came in front of just 16,843 fans.  At the age of 39, and still an every day player for the Minnesota Twins, Molitor was still as sharp as ever.  On the year, he hit .341.  And for this historic game, Molitor went 3-for-4 collecting 2 singles and a triple.  Molitor also scored 1 run and drove in another, but the Twins ultimately lost 6-5 to the Royals.

Baseball History – Hall of Famer Paul Molitor currently ranks 9th on the all-time hits list with 3,319. 

2000 Fleer – “Club 3,000” – Rod Carew

2000 Fleer – “Club 3,000” – Rod Carew

Date of entry into “Club 3,000” – August 4, 1985

The Story – Playing for the California Angles, Carew was at home in front of 41,000 fans waiting for him to make history.  In his 19th and final season in the big leagues, Carew entered the game just 1 hit shy of the rare milestone of 3,000.  It didn’t take long for Carew to thrill the fans and put himself into elite company.  In the bottom of the third inning, Carew hit a single off of Twins’ pitcher Frank Viola and the crowd went wild.

Baseball History – At the time of his retirement, Rod Carew collected 3,053 hits.  Currently he ranks in 22nd place on the all-time list!!!

New Subset To Collect – 2000 Fleer’s ‘Club 3,000’

While doing my Birthday and Anniversary posts, I try to find the perfect image honoring the player or event I am writing about.  And being that this is a baseball and baseball card blog, I have found that Ebay is a great tool for finding images.

So when I happened to find the 2000 Fleer – Club 3,ooo subset, I thought that the cards were a perfect fit when celebrating a player’s entrance into either the hitting or pitching ‘3,000 Club’.   And once I ws able to find a checklist for the set, I knew it would be one that I’d like to collect.

Comprised of just 14 cards, this subset is littered with legendary baseball players.  And although it doesn’t contain every member of the 3,000 K’s and 3,000 hits club, it is chock full of guys that I like.

Here’s the checklist:

Card # Player Own it?
BG Bob Gibson  
CR Cal Ripken, Jr.  
CY Carl Yastrzemski  
DW Dave Winfield  
GB George Brett  
LB Lou Brock  
NR Nolan Ryan  
PM Paul Molitor  
RC Rod Carew  
RY Robin Yount  
SC Steve Carlton  
SM Stan Musial  
TG Tony Gwynn  
WB Wade Boggs  

 

And in standard  ’30-YOC’ form, I will share each of these cards with you as I put this set together from scratch.

Stay tuned.  And thanks for reading!!!