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Dwight Gooden 1985 Topps Record Breakers

Dwight Gooden 1985 Topps Record Breakers

Headline – “Teenager Gooden Sets Season Strikeout Record For Rookies’

The Story – Montreal, Quebec, September 30, 1984:  Mets’ right-hander Dwight Gooden has completed his first major league campaign with 276 strikeouts.  The total by Gooden, who’ll be 20 on November 16th, represents a new record for rookies.  The former mark of 245 strikeouts by a rookie was set by Indians’ ace Herb Score in 1955.

1985 Topps Record Breakers – Card #9 – Bruce Sutter

1985 Topps Record Breakers – Card #9 – Bruce Sutter

Headline – ‘Bullpen Ace Bruce Sutter Ties Major League Record For Saves’

The Story – Chicago, Illinois, September 20, 1984:  Cardinals’ reliever Bruce Sutter has achieved another niche in his career.  He has completed the 1984 campaign with 45 saves, more than any other reliever in NL history.  The former NL mark of 37 saves had been set by Reds’ Clay Carroll in 1973 and tied by Padres’ Rollie Fingers, 1978.

My added notes – Since that 1984 season, Sutter’s 45 saves has been topped 9 times in the National League.  The new NL mark of 55 belongs to John Smoltz(2002) and Eric Gagne(2003).

1985 Topps Record Breakers – Card #8 – Juan Samuel

1985 Topps Record Breakers – Card #8 – Juan Samuel

Headline – ‘Juan Samuel Establishes Modern Stolen Base Record For Rookies’

The Story – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 30, 1984:  Phillies’ 2nd baseman Juan Samuel has finished the season with 72 stolen bases.  The total represents a modern major league record for swipes during rookie campaign.  The former modern record of 71 stolen bases by a rookie was established by Expos’ Tim Raines in 1981.

My Added Notes – Just one season later, Vince Coleman, a rookie for the St. Louis Cardinals, crushed Samuel’s record by stealing 110 bases.  This is a record that should stand for a very long time!!

1985 Topps Record Breakers – Card #7 – Nolan Ryan

1985 Topps Record Breakers – Card #7 – Nolan Ryan

Headline – “Ryan Finishes Season As Game’s All-Time Leader In Strikeouts”

The Story – Cincinnati, Ohio, September 30, 1984:  Astros’ Nolan Ryan finished the season as baseball’s all-time strikeout leader.  The flame-thrower has recorded 3,874 whiffs during his illustrious career, surpassing the total of Phillies’ southpaw Steve Carlton.  The mark has changed hands several times between the two since midway thru 1983 season.

My Added Notes – Ryan finished his amazing career with 5,714 K’s.  Now that Randy Johnson and Roger Clemens(#2 & #3 all-time) are gone from the game it is safe to say that Ryan’s record will remain his for at least the next 20 years.  The current player with the highest mark is 37-year old Pedro Martinez, with 3,154.

Did You Know…

Steve Garvey was playing first base for the Los Angeles Dodgers when Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s record for career home runs on April 8, 1974, and was playing first base for the San Diego Padres when Pete Rose broken Ty Cobb’s hit record on September 11, 1985.  He was the only player to appear in both games.

**factoid courtesy of ‘Big League Trivia’

My take – I’m sure he has some unique stories he could share about these incredible occasions.  I remember him vividly during Rose’s record – I was not even born when Hank did his thing…

1985 Topps Record Breakers – Card #5 – Joe Morgan

1985 Topps Record Breakers – Card #5 – Joe Morgan

Headline – “Morgan’s 265th Homer At Second Base Surpasses Hornsby Standard”

The Story – Oakland, California, June 24, 1984:  A’s Joe Morgan today belted his 265th career homer as a second baseman.  The blow establishes a new major league record surpassing the former mark of 264 homers set by Hall of Famer Rogers Hornsby with Cardinals, Giants, Braves, Cubs, and Browns, 1915 thru 1937.

My Added notes – Morgan retired with 268 career round-trippers.  The current record for home runs in a career by a second baseman is 351 by Jeff Kent, 1992-2008.

1985 Topps Record Breakers – Card #3 – Dwight Gooden

1985 Topps Record Breakers – Card #3 – Dwight Gooden

Headline – “Teenager Gooden Sets Season Strikeout Record For Rookies’

The Story – Montreal, Quebec, September 30, 1984:  Mets’ right-hander Dwight Gooden has completed his first major league campaign with 276 strikeouts.  The total by Gooden, who’ll be 20 on November 16th, represents a new record for rookies.  The former mark of 245 strikeouts by a rookie was set by Indians’ ace Herb Score in 1955.

My added notes – While too young to understand the impact of this remarkable baseball record as s kid, I absolutely felt the impact as a baseball card collector.  Gooden was a very hot commodity when I began collecting.  Everyone wanted his stuff, and since he was a ‘Florida-Boy’, his following down here was probably second to only New York.

1985 Topps Record Breakers – Card #2 – Steve Garvey

1985 Topps Record Breakers – Card #2 – Steve Garvey

Headline – Garvey’s Streak of Consecutive Errorless Games Sets Standard

The Story – Atlanta, Georgia, September 30, 1984:  Padres’ Steve Garvey has finished the season with streak of 188 consecutive errorless games, a new record for 1st basemen.  The former mark of 178 consecutive errorless games at 1st base had been set by Mike Hegan of the Brewers and A’s, September 24, 1970 through May 20, 1973.

My added notes – A very well rounded player, it’s nice to see such an offensively skilled guy like Garvey take pride in his defense.  Who is the best defensive 1st baseman in the game today?  How long can he go without committing a blunder??

1985 Topps Record Breakers – Card #1 – Carlton Fisk

1985 Topps Record Breakers – Card #1 – Carlton Fisk

Headline – Fisk Sets Record By Catching All 25 Innings Of Marathon

The Story – Chicago, Illinois, May 9, 1984:  White Sox backstop Carlton Fisk tonight set a record by catching all 25 innings of club’s 7-6 win vs. Brewers.  The former mark of 24 innings was originally set by A’s Mike Powers, 9-01-06 and then tied by A’s Buddy Rosar and Tigers’ Bob Swift on 7-21-45, Astros’ Hal King and Mets’ Jerry Grote, 4-15-68.

My added notes – During this 8 hour and 6 minute marathon, Fisk batted 12 times.  Yes, 12!!!  On the day/night, he went 3-for-11 with 1 double, 1 run scored, and 1 RBI.

New Subsets To Show Off!!!

With my 1985 Topps #1 Draft Picks subset complete, I sprinted to Ebay to see what other subsets I could find from my favorite decade.

And while the pickings were slim, I did stumble upon a few that I was able to scoop up for very low prices.

Without giving all of the details away, here are a few hints as to what you can expect to be seeing from me and ’30-YOC’ over the course of the off-season….

Nice, that one looks familiar…

Kinda cool – Has a nice Miami Vice-ish 80’s vibe going on…

Another one that I’ve seen before.  It should be good!!!

Ahhhhh.  Perfecto!!!

Let me say that going after these subsets has been a blast.  Whether it is collecting them card by card or getting lucky enough to find them completed and affordable, each and every one of these has brought back some wonderful memories of the stars of the 1980’s.

I look forward to sharing many more of these with you in the future.  Thanks.