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Happy Birthday Eddie Matthews!!!

Happy Birthday Eddie Matthews!!!

Eddie Matthews had a solid 17-year professional baseball career.  And while his individual achievements and team success were on par with the biggest stars of his era, it was his quiet approach to the game that kept him out of the limelight.  Playing alongside Hank Aaron for most of his career kept the spotlight off of him as well…

Still, Matthews was quite the slugger, and he put up very impressive numbers.  Clubbing 512 home runs during his career, Matthews hit 25 or more home runs in 11 consecutive seasons, and 12 in total.  A run-producer, Eddie knocked in 100 runs five times while also scoring 100 or more runs 8 times.

Matthews was a 9-time All-Star and perennial candidate for the MVP award.  He was elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1978.

He helped lead his 1957 Braves and 1968 Tigers teams to World Series championships.

Happy Birthday Eddie Matthews!!!

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1975 Topps Set Card 276/660 – #141 – Mickey Stanley, Tigers

1975 Topps Set Card 276/660 – #141 – Mickey Stanley, Tigers

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Card Number:  141

Player Name:  Mickey Stanley

Team:  Detroit Tigers

Position:  Outfield

Image Style:  Posed Hitting

Years In The Major Leagues:  15 seasons, 1964-78

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Mickey Stanley played in just 52 games for the Detroit Tigers in 1975.  He hit .256 on the year with 42 hits in 164 at-bats.  Of his 42 hits, Stanley connected for 7 doubles, 3 triples, 3 doubles, and 29 singles.

Notes From Career:  Mickey Stanley won four Gold Glove Awards for defensive excellence in the outfield during his 15-season major league career.  Stanley retired from the sport with a fielding percentage of .989 and he committed just 46 errors in 1,480 games played.  He is a lifetime .248 hitter with 1,243 career hits to his credit.  Stanley is a member of the 1968 World Series championship winning Detroit Tigers.

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1975 Topps Set Card 258/660 – #66 – Willie Horton, Tigers

1975 Topps Set Card 258/660 – #66 – Willie Horton, Tigers

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Card Number:  66

Player Name:  Willie Horton

Team:  Detroit Tigers

Position:  Outfield

Image Style:  Posed Hitting

Years In The Major Leagues:  18 seasons, 1963-80

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Willie Horton played in 159 games for the Detroit Tigers during the 1975 baseball season.  Horton hit .275 on the year with 169 hits in 615 at-bats.  Of his 169 hits, Horton connected for 13 doubles and 25 home runs.  He also scored 62 runs for the Tigers in 1975, while driving in 92.

Notes From Career:  Willie Horton is a 4-time All-Star that starred for six different teams during his 18-year major league career.  Horton is a career .273 hitter with 1,993 lifetime hits in 2,028 games played.  He has 284 doubles and 325 home runs on his career resume along with 873 runs scored and 1,163 RBI.  Horton is a member of the 1968 World Series championship winning Detroit Tigers.

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1975 Topps Set Card 198/660 – #206 – 1968 Most Valuable Players

1975 Topps Set Card 198/660 – #206 – 1968 Most Valuable Players

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Player Name:  Denny McLain, Bob Gibson

Card Number:  206

Team:  Detroit Tigers, St. Louis Cardinals

Image Style: reprint baseball cards

How they got there:

Denny McLain was both the Cy Young Award and MVP Award winner in the American League in 1968.  McLain started 41 games, going 31-6 with a 1.96 ERA.  He pitched 336 innings that season while allowing 241 hits and 86 runs.  McLain struck out 280 batters in ’68 while walking just 63.

Bob Gibson was both the Cy Young Award and MVP Award winner in the National League in 1968.  He was also a Gold Glove winner.  Gibson started 34 games for the Cardinals in 1968, going 22-9 with 28 complete games and 13 shutouts.  He had an ERA of just 1.12 during the season while working in 304 innings.  Gibson struck out 268 batters while walking 62.

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Did You Know…

The last time that both the AL & NL MVP Awards went to pitchers at the end of the same major league baseball season was 1968.  At the conclusion of the 1968 baseball season, St. Louis Cardinals’ pitcher Bob Gibson and Detroit Tigers’ pitcher Denny McClain were crowned MVP’s of their respective leagues.

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Happy Birthday Eddie Matthews!!!

Happy Birthday Eddie Matthews!!!

Eddie Matthews had a solid 17-year professional baseball career.  And while his individual achievements and team success were on par with the biggest stars of his era, it was his quiet approach to the game that kept him out of the limelight.  Playing alongside Hank Aaron for most of his career kept the spotlight off of him as well…

Still, Matthews was quite the slugger, and he put up very impressive numbers.  Clubbing 512 home runs during his career, Matthews hit 25 or more home runs in 11 consecutive seasons, and 12 in total.  A run-producer, Eddie knocked in 100 runs five times while also scoring 100 or more runs 8 times.

Matthews was a 9-time All-Star and perennial candidate for the MVP award.  He was elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1978.

He helped lead his 1957 Braves and 1968 Tigers teams to World Series championships.

Happy Birthday Eddie Matthews!!!

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Denny McClain

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Denny McClain

With the new 2013 Topps Archives baseball card set release, the ‘Mini Tallboys’ subset is easily one of the best parts of the issue.

The cards from this subset offer a very basic, but throwback feel that screams vintage. The set is 40 cards deep and offers a nice mixture of current players, stars from the 1980′s, and Hall of Fame legends.

This is the Denny McClain card from the set:

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On the field, Denny McClain is most known for his amazing 1968 baseball season in which he won 31 games while losing just 6.  He was the American League’s MVP and Cy Young Award winner in ’68, and led the league in wins, winning percentage, starts, complete games, innings pitched, home runs allowed, batters faced, and strikeouts:walks.

McClain would help lead his Tigers to the World Series in 1968.  They ultimately lost the series to another pitcher that had a pretty good season for the National League in 1968 – Mr. Bob Gibson!