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Did You Know…

The first New York Mets third baseman to be selected to represent the team during the MLB All-Star game was Howard Johnson.   Johnson’s first selection came in 1989.

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1988 HEADLINE: Kirk Gibson’s Blast Gives The Dodgers A 1-0 Lead In World Series

1988 HEADLINE: Kirk Gibson’s Blast Gives The Dodgers A 1-0 Lead In World Series

On this day in 1988, Kirk Gibson made baseball history with a walk-off home run in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series.

In an improbable fashion, Gibson limped to the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning to face off against the greatest closer in the game, Dennis Eckersley.  Hobbled by injury, Gibson was barely able to move his hips, but he did get wood on the ball.  And it sailed over the fence for a game-ending, legend-making home run.

Gibson’s blast is one of many World Series highlights that gets attention as the World Series begins.  It is one of the greatest moments in baseball history, and some of the men on the field that day have been considered the best of their era.

Amazingly, that would be Gibson’s lone at-bat in the 1988 World Series.

He sure did make the best of that one shot, huh?

Happy Anniversary Mr. Gibson!!!

Did You Know….

Alan Trammell was named the 1984 World Series MVP after hitting .450 in the 5-game match-up against the San Diego Padres.  In the series, Trammell went 9-for-20 with six singles, a double, and 2 home runs while scoring 5 times and driving in 6.

The Tigers won the series 4 games to 1.

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1977 HEADLINE: Alan Trammell And Lou Whitaker Set To Debut For The Tigers

1977 HEADLINE: Alan Trammell And Lou Whitaker Set To Debut For The Tigers

On this day in 1977, both Lou Whitaker and Alan Trammell made their debuts for the Detroit Tigers.

Nearing the end of the 1977 baseball season, and well out of contention for a playoff chance, the Tigers brought up these two rookies to see what they could do at the big league level.

And how did they fare??

Well, let’s just say that for the next 19 baseball seasons, the Detroit Tigers management and front office did not have to worry about their middle infield.  Lou Whitaker and Alan Trammell transformed how double-play tandems were viewed due to their ability to play as a cohesive unit.

And the results of their work together?

Whitaker was the Rookie of the Year in 1978.  He also made the All-star team 5 times while winning 3 Gold Gloves.  Trammell was a 6-time All-star and earned 4 Gold Glove awards.  And most importantly, this duo helped lead the Tigers to the World Series championship in 1984.

Happy Anniversary to Mr. Whitaker & Mr. Trammell!!!

1988 HEADLINE: Rich ‘Goose’ Gossage Captures Career Save #300

1988 HEADLINE: Rich ‘Goose’ Gossage Captures Career Save #300

On this day in 1988 Rich ‘Goose’ Gossage collected the 300th save of his big league career.

At home and in front of a crowd of 32,000 Cubs fans, Gossage came into the game in the top of the ninth inning to secure the Cubs victory, the win for Greg Maddux, and save #300 of his career.  The save was his 11th of the year and helped the Cubs secure the 7-4 win over Philadelphia.

In total, Gossage recorded 310 saves.  He currently sits in 22nd place on the all-time list.

Happy Anniversary Goose!!!

1975 Topps Set Card 206/660 – #531 – Cincinnati Reds Team Card

1975 Topps Set Card 206/660 – #531 – Cincinnati Reds Team Card

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Card Number:  531

Team:  Cincinnati Reds

Manager: Sparky Anderson

Notes From The 1975 Season:  The Cincinnati Reds were an offensive powerhouse in 1975.  Led by three future Hall of Famers and several other top-notch hitters, the Reds scored a ton of runs, 840 to be exact which was 254 more than their opposition.  The Reds had a record of 108-54 in 1975, winning their division by 20 games.  The dove into the playoffs full of steam and wound up winning the World Series 4 games to 3 over the Boston Red Sox.

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Happy Birthday Rich ‘Goose’ Gossage!!!

Happy Birthday Rich ‘Goose’ Gossage!!!

The ‘Goose’ turns 63 years old today.

The man known for his famous facial hair has an equally impressive baseball resume. With a career that spanned 22 seasons, Rich ‘Goose’ Gossage put together a Hall of Fame caliber list of accomplishments.

124 Wins, 310 saves, 3.01 ERA, 1,502 strikeouts, a 9-time All-star, 5 Top-6 finishes for the Cy Young Award, and a World Series champion!! Not too shabby, not too shabby at all…

Happy Birthday ‘Goose’!!!

Happy Birthday Lance Parrish!!!

Happy Birthday Lance Parrish!!!

Lanc Parrish Turns 57 years old today.

Lance Parrish was a stud catcher for 19 seasons in the big leagues.  A 7-time All-star and 3-time Gold Glove winner, Parrish captured the hearts of Detroit Tiger fans with his passion for the game and desire to win.  A leader on their 1984 World Series championship team, Parrish helped lead the Tigers as the anchor of their amazing infield.  With a career batting average of .252 with 324 home runs and 1,070 RBI, Lance Parrish was a solid contributor at the most difficult position.

Happy Birthday Mr. Parrish!!

1975 Topps Set Card 130/660 – #140 – Steve Garvey, Dodgers

1975 Topps Set Card 130/660 – #140 – Steve Garvey, Dodgers

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Player Name:  Steve Garvey

Team:  Los Angeles Dodgers

Position:  1st Base

Image Style:  Posed Batting

Years In The Major Leagues:  19 seasons, 1969-87

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Steve Garvey was a machine for the Dodgers in 1975.  Playing in 160 games, Garvey hit .319 with 210 hits in 659 at-bats.  Of his 210 hits, Garvey connected for 38 doubles, 6 triples, and 18 home runs.  He scored 85 runs for the team while also driving in 95.  Garvey was named as an All-Star in 1975, and he also captured a Gold Glove Award.

Notes From Career:  Steve Garvey was a fan favorite during his 19-year major league career.  He was a 10-time All-Star that won four Gold Glove Awards for his defensive excellence at first base.  Garvey is a lifetime .294 hitter with 2,599 career hits including 440 doubles and 272 home runs.  He won the 1974 NL MVP Award and was a member of the 1981 World Series championship winning Los Angeles Dodgers.

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1975 Topps Set Card 128/660 – #14 – Milt Wilcox, Indians

1975 Topps Set Card 128/660 – #14 – Milt Wilcox, Indians

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Player Name:  Milt Wilcox

Team:  Cleveland Indians

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  16 seasons, 1970-75, 1977-86

Notes From His 1975 Season:   Milt Wilcox pitched in 25 games for the Chicago Cubs in 1975.  He had a record of 0-1 and amassed an ERA of 5.63 in 38 innings of work.  In those 38 innings, Wilcox struck out 21 while walking 17.  He gave up 50 hits while allowing 27 runs.

Notes From Career:  Milt Wilcox pitched for five different clubs during his 16-year big league career.  He finished his playing days with a 119-113 record with 73 complete games, 10 shutouts, and 6 saves.  Wilcox has a career ERA of 4.07 with 1,137 strikeouts in 2,016 innings of work.  Wilcox was a member of the 1984 World Series winning Detroit Tigers.

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