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Happy Birthday Vida Blue!!!

Happy Birthday Vida Blue!!!

Pitching legend Vida Blue turns 65 years old today.

Not only did Vida Blue win the Cy Young in his first full-time season as a starter, he also was the league’s MVP. Beat that!!!

Blue had a monster year in 1971 for the Oakland A’s. He went 24-8 with 24 complete games and 8 shutouts. Add that impressive record to his 1.82 ERA with 301 strikeout and you have one of the most impressive seasons by a pitcher during the decade of the 1970’s.

Vida Blue finished his career with a 209-161 record and 1,185 strikeouts. He finished in the Top 7 for the Cy Young award 5 times and was a 6-time All-star. Blue was part of the legendary Oakland A’s teams that won 3 consecutive World Series titles in 1972, 1973, and 1974. Blue pitched in 8 games in the Fall Classic and went 3-0, a perfect record on baseball’s biggest stage!!

Happy Birthday Mr. Blue!!!

1975 Topps Set Card 45/660 – #209 – 1971 Most Valuable Players

1975 Topps Set Card 45/660 – #209 – 1971 Most Valuable Players

Progress: 45/660

Player Name:  Vida Blue, Joe Torre

Card Number:  209

Team:  Oakland A’s, St. Louis Cardinals

Image Style: reprint baseball cards

How they got there:

Vida Blue and Joe Torre were the MVP’s of their respective leagues at the conclusion of the 1971 baseball season.  Blue led the A’s with his 24-8 record that included 24 complete games and 8 shutouts.  He had a league-low ERA of 1.82 and struck out 8.7 batters per 9 innings.  Torre led the NL with 230 hits in 161 games during the 1971 season.  He also led the league in RBI, batting average, and total bases with 137, .363, and 352 respectively.

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Happy Birthday Vida Blue!!!

Happy Birthday Vida Blue!!!

Pitching legend Vida Blue turns 64 years old today.

Not only did Vida Blue win the Cy Young in his first full-time season as a starter, he also was the league’s MVP. Beat that!!!

Blue had a monster year in 1971 for the Oakland A’s. He went 24-8 with 24 complete games and 8 shutouts. Add that impressive record to his 1.82 ERA with 301 strikeout and you have one of the most impressive seasons by a pitcher during the decade of the 1970’s.

Vida Blue finished his career with a 209-161 record and 1,185 strikeouts. He finished in the Top 7 for the Cy Young award 5 times and was a 6-time All-star. Blue was part of the legendary Oakland A’s teams that won 3 consecutive World Series titles in 1972, 1973, and 1974. Blue pitched in 8 games in the Fall Classic and went 3-0, a perfect record on baseball’s biggest stage!!

Happy Birthday Mr. Blue!!!

Happy Birthday Vida Blue!!!

Happy Birthday Vida Blue!!!

Pitching legend Vida Blue turns 63 years old today.

Not only did Vida Blue win the Cy Young in his first full-time season as a starter, he also was the league’s MVP.  Beat that!!!

Blue had a monster year in 1971 for the Oakland A’s.  He went 24-8 with 24 complete games and 8 shutouts.  Add that impressive record to his 1.82 ERA with 301 strikeout and you have one of the most impressive seasons by a pitcher during the decade of the 1970’s.

Vida Blue finished his career with a 209-161 record and 1,185 strikeouts.  He finished in the Top 7 for the Cy Young award 5 times and was a 6-time All-star.  Blue was part of the legendary Oakland A’s teams that won 3 consecutive World Series titles in 1972, 1973, and 1974.  Blue pitched in 8 games in the Fall Classic and went 3-0, a perfect record on baseball’s biggest stage!!

Happy Birthday Mr. Blue!!!

Happy Birthday Vida Blue!!!

Happy Birthday Vida Blue!!!

Pitching legend Vida Blue turns 62 years old today.

Not only did Vida Blue win the Cy Young in his first full-time season as a starter, he also was the league’s MVP.  Beat that!!!

Blue had a monster year in 1971 for the Oakland A’s.  He went 24-8 with 24 complete games and 8 shutouts.  Add that impressive record to his 1.82 ERA with 301 strikeout and you have one of the most impressive seasons by a pitcher during the decade of the 1970’s.

Vida Blue finished his career with a 209-161 record and 1,185 strikeouts.  He finished in the Top 7 for the Cy Young award 5 times and was a 6-time All-star.  Blue was part of the legendary Oakland A’s teams that won 3 consecutive World Series titles in 1972, 1973, and 1974.  Blue pitched in 8 games in the Fall Classic and went 3-0, a perfect record on baseball’s biggest stage!!

Happy Birthday Mr. Blue!!!

Ron Santo ‘Fab Five’ – Card #1 – 1970 Topps All-Star

Ron Santo ‘Fab Five’ – Card #1 – 1970 Topps All-Star

Now that my Ron Santo collection is complete, it is time to show of my favorite five cards from the set.

Card #1 – 1970 Topps All-Star.

Here it is – the cream of the crop, the top banana, the icing on the cake, etc.

Time to unveil my favorite card from my Ron Santo collection….

I cannot tell you the specific reason that I love these All-Star cards from the 1970 Topps set.  And that’s because there are too many to reduce it down to one.

Prior to the ’70 All-Star cards, I found most of them to be boring.  And for 1970’s graphic design, this one is ground-breaking!  From the newspaper background to the 3-D effect of the player’s image to the frayed ends of where the paper has been blasted open – it’s all good!!!

A very fitting finale to my ‘Fab 5’ and a favorite of my collection that honor’s Ron Santo’s fabulous career!!

Juan Marichal 1970 Topps All-Star

Juan Marichal 1970 Topps All-Star

These All-Star cards from the 1970 Topps set are very possibly my favorite set of All-Star cards ever issued.

Brilliantly designed, and plain fun to look at, I cannot believe that I was able to bring this card of Juan Marichal home for just $0.99.

And you know me.  If I see a bargain, and it is of a guy that I like – I am going to pounce!!!

This card celebrates Marichal’s 1969 baseball season – and it was spectacular!!  During that season, Marichal started 36 games while compiling a 21-11 record.  Amazingly, he threw 27 complete games that year, 8 of which were shut-outs.  He also racked up 205 strikeouts while walking just 54 batters.

The 1969 baseball season marked Juan Marichal’s 8th appearance as an All-Star.  He would go on to make the squad one more time, in 1971. 

And the back of the card is pretty sweet too!!

Knocking Out A ‘Need’ In My Ron Santo & Tony Perez Collections At The Same Time…

Knocking Out A ‘Need’ In My Ron Santo & Tony Perez Collections At The Same Time…

It’s time to play everyone’s favorite baseball card collecting game – ‘Killing 2 Birds With 1 Stone’.

And tonight, we have a special treat for you – 2 beautiful, vintage baseball cards from the 1970 Topps baseball card set.  This card, features 3 of the most complete offensive players from the 1960s – and the three of them just happened to have led the National League in RBI during the 1969 baseball season.

FANTASTIC!! 

2 great looking cards from the 1970 Topps set – 2 tick marks added to my player checklists!!

Did You Know…

Vida Blue is the only pitcher with a 300-strikeout season who never struck out 200 batters in any other season.  Blue whiffed 301 batters with the 1971 Oakland A’s, but his next best total was in 1975 when he struck out 189.

**factoid courtesy of ‘Big League Trivia’

Juan Marichal 1970 Topps All-Star

Juan Marichal 1970 Topps All-Star

These All-Star cards from the 1970 Topps set are very possibly my favorite set of All-Star cards ever issued.

Brilliantly designed, and plain fun to look at, I cannot believe that I was able to bring this card of Juan Marichal home for just $0.99.

And you know me.  If I see a bargain, and it is of a guy that I like – I am going to pounce!!!

This card celebrates Marichal’s 1969 baseball season – and it was spectacular!!  During that season, Marichal started 36 games while compiling a 21-11 record.  Amazingly, he threw 27 complete games that year, 8 of which were shut-outs.  He also racked up 205 strikeouts while walking just 54 batters.

The 1969 baseball season marked Juan Marichal’s 8th appearance as an All-Star.  He would go on to make the squad one more time, in 1971. 

Sweet!!!!