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Happy Birthday Dwight Evans!!!

Happy Birthday Dwight Evans!!!

Dwight Evans turns 63 years old today.

Evans wore the Boston Red Sox uniform for 20 years!  And in that time, he became known as one of the sport’s greatest defensive outfielders of all-time.  The winner of 8 Gold Glove awards, ‘Dewey’ was a fan favorite due to his desire to stop the other team from collecting hits and runs.

A 3-time All-star, Evans was also known for his power at the plate.  During his career he crushed 385 home runs – good for 4th place in Red Sox history.

Happy Birthday Mr. Evans!!!

Mike Schmidt 2014 Topps Archives – Base – ‘BATTING CAGE CARD’

Mike Schmidt 2014 Topps Archives – Base

If you know me, you know that I love myself a ‘Batting Cage Card’.

For me, there is something about seeing the player work on his craft that gets me excited.  And when captured in photos, and even better when used on a baseball card, I am all over it.

This year’s Archives set features Mike Schmidt on the checklist, and he is matched up with the 1986 Topps baseball card design.

And the backdrop of the card?  A batting cage!

Have a look:

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Schmidt was a monster in 1986, capturing his third MVP Award.  My guess is that he spent a lot of time in the cage that season perfecting his craft.

His numbers:  .290 batting average, .390 on-base percentage, 160 hits, 29 doubles, 37 home runs, 97 runs scored, 119 RBI, 305 total bases, and he was walked intentionally 25 times.

MONSTER!!!

1989 HEADLINE: Phillies’ Slugger Mike Schmidt Retiring From Baseball

1989 HEADLINE: Phillies’ Slugger Mike Schmidt Retiring From Baseball

On this day in 1989, Mike Schmidt retired from the game of baseball.

Watching this video still gives me chills…

I remember this press conference like it was yesterday. Even as a 13-year old kid, I understood how hard it was for a player like Mike Schmidt to leave the game of baseball. One of the game’s biggest stars for close to 2 decades, Schmidt solidified himself as one of the greatest power hitters of all-time.

With a resume filled with elite milestones, Schmidt was able to leave the game as one its greatest players but that did not make the final decision any easier for him.

Cheers to you Mike Schmidt – A baseball hero and a class act!!!

1987 HEADLINE: Schmidt Connects For Home Run #500!!!

1987 HEADLINE: Schmidt Connects For Home Run #500!!!

On this day in 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 placing him in 13th place on the all-time list.

Congratulations Mike and Happy Anniversary!!!

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1995 Headline: Mike Schmidt Voted Into National Baseball Hall Of Fame

1995 Headline: Mike Schmidt Voted Into National Baseball Hall Of Fame

Mike Schmidt’s credentials are as impressive as any player to play the game in the last 50 years.  If you were to look up the definition of a ‘power hitter’ and ‘defensive specialist’ you could very easily see a reference to Mike Schmidt in both sections.

Schmidt played for 18 seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies and was and still is the face of the franchise for many baseball fans.  His raw power at the plate drew fans to the ballpark as he put on incredible displays of power while launching ball after ball into the outfield stands.  With 548 career home runs, Schmidt blasted 30 or more home runs in 12 of his 18 seasons in the majors.  And with 1,595 RBI, he certainly took advantage of have players on base when he was at bat.  Schmidt has a career batting average of .267 and hit .300 or better just 1-time.  But his job was to produce runs and that is exactly what he did – and at an unbelievable rate too.

And then there is the defense…  Schmidt was a 10-time Gold Glove winner at 3rd base.  His range, cannon of an arm, and desire to scoop up every ball hit in his direction made Schmidt the most dominant 3rd baseman during the 1980’s.

Elected to the baseball Hall of Fame in 1995, Schmidt was a 12-time All-star.  Schmidt may also be the most highly decorated player from the 1980’s as he won 3 MVP award – in 1980, 1981, and 1986.

Schmidt collected 444 of 460 votes cast for election on his first ballot.

Happy Birthday Dwight Evans!!!

Happy Birthday Dwight Evans!!!

Dwight Evans turns 62 years old today.

Evans wore the Boston Red Sox uniform for 20 years!  And in that time, he became known as one of the sport’s greatest defensive outfielders of all-time.  The winner of 8 Gold Glove awards, ‘Dewey’ was a fan favorite due to his desire to stop the other team from collecting hits and runs.  A 3-time All-star, Evans was also known for his power at the plate.  During his career he crushed 385 home runs – good for 4th place in Red Sox history.

Happy Birthday Mr. Evans!!!

Mike Schmidt 1986 Donruss Highlights

Mike Schmidt 1986 Donruss Highlights

While still not a great choice of color, the 1986 Donruss Highlights set offers a much lighter and brighter border color that the base set of Donruss from that year.

This is the card of Mike Schmidt from that set:

The card celebrates Mike Schmidt’s passing of Joe DiMaggio with his 882nd career extra base hit.

Schmidt would end his career with 1,015 career extra base hits, leaving him in 30th on the all-time list.

Mike Schmidt 1989 Bowman – WOW! Bowman Actually Used An Action Photo In 1989?!?!?!

Mike Schmidt 1989 Bowman

Well, well, well, as it turns out, the 1989 Bowman baseball card set did feature a little action photography.

Here some proof:

 

This is Mike Schmidt’s card from the 1989 Bowman set.

And as you can plainly see, this is an action photo of Schmidt.  It’s a poorly cropped image, but it is action-filled.

Back in ’89, Bowman loaded us up with posed, portait-style photography.  This card is a far cry from that.  And from what I can tell, there were not many that mimicked this one.

I need to find a pictorial essay of the whole set so I could calculate just how many cards used posed images versus action photos.

Off to the web!!!

Mike Schmidt 1986 Fleer – What A Waste Of A Card!!!

Mike Schmidt 1986 Fleer

Seriously, how in the world did this choice of photo ever get past the editor at Fleer?

What you have is a shot of Schmidt warming up his throwing arm prior to the start of a game.  This is somewhat of a baseball tradition – used to get the shoulders loose, get the guys on the field, and get the guys warmed up for the game.

The problem is that this particular image shows Schmidt in the midst of doing nothing at all.  He looks to be waiting on the throw from his partner, just kind of standing there…

Have a look:

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Fleer, I expect better than this!!!

Mike Schmidt 1988 Fleer – Sad!

Mike Schmidt 1988 Fleer

I’ve said it before and I will say it again, the 1988 Fleer baseball card design is a true ‘Hit Or Miss’ look.

If your team colors are Red or Royal Blue, you have a very nice looking, and color coordinated baseball card.

If your colors are Powder-Blue and Maroon, sadly, you are just not that lucky…

Proof of this is Mike Schmidt’s card from the 1988 Fleer set.

Take a peek:

See what I mean??

If the Red was replaced by Maroon, we would be okay.  But it is not, so for me, it just does not work…

In the backgorund of the card, you see the backstop of beautiful Wrigley Field.  You can also catch a glimpse of the bat-girl and the Cubs’ catcher.  The ’88 Fleer design actually works better for them than it does for the main subject, Mike Schmidt.

Sad…