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1975 Topps Set Card 292/660 – #184 – Jorge Orta, White Sox

1975 Topps Set Card 292/660 – #184 – Jorge Orta, White Sox

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Card Number:  184

Player Name: Jorge Orta

Team:  Chicago White Sox

Position: 2nd Base

Image Style: Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues: 16 seasons, 1972-87

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Jorge Orta was an All-Star for the Chicago White Sox in 1975.  Orta hit .305 over the course of the season, connecting for 165 hits in 542 at-bats.  Of his 165 hits, Orta had 26 doubles, 10 triples, and 11 home runs.  He also stole 16 bases during the season while scoring 64 runs and driving in 83.

Notes From Career:  Jorge Orta was a 2-time All-Star during his 16-season MLB career.  He is a lifetime .278 hitter with 1,619 hits on his resume.  Orta connected for 267 doubles, 63 triples, and 130 home runs.  He scored 733 runs over 16 years while also driving in 745.  Orta is a member of the 1985 World Series Championship winning Kansas City Royals.


1990 HEADLINE: George Brett Becomes First Player To Win Batting Titles In Three Straight Decades

1990 HEADLINE: George Brett Becomes First Player To Win Batting Titles In Three Straight Decades

On this day in 1990, George Brett became the first player in major league baseball history to collect batting titles in three different decades.

A true testament to his dedication to the game and excellence as a hitter, George Brett separated himself from some of the game’s greatest hitters with this accomplishment.  To be able to remain at such a high standard for more than 20 seasons and in between three decades shows just how truly great Brett was at the plate.  Let’s not forget that the game changed, and the pitchers Brett faced during that time also changed.

A quick glance at the numbers shows this:

Year Batting Average
1976 0.333
1980 0.390
1990 0.329

Now how awesome is that?

Congratulations on this magnificent achievement Mr. Brett!!!

1975 Topps Set Card 269/660 – #569 – Frank White, Royals

1975 Topps Set Card 269/660 – #569 – Frank White, Royals

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Card Number:  569

Player Name:  Frank White

Team:  Kansas City Royals

Position:  2nd Base, Shortstop

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  18 seasons, 1973-90

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Frank White played in 111 games for the Royals in 1975.  He hit .250 as he connected for 76 hits in 304 at-bats.  Of his 76 hits, White connected for 10 doubles, 2 triples, 7 home runs, and 67 singles.  He stole 11 bases on the year while also driving in 36 runs and scoring 43 times.

Notes From Career:  Frank White played his entire 18-season career with the Kansas City Royals.  He is a lifetime .255 hitter with 2,006 career hits.  White won 8 Gold Glove Awards during his career and 1 Silver Slugger Award as well.  He was selected as an AL All-Star five times and is a member of the 1985 World Series championship team.


Ozzie Smith 2014 Topps Archives – Base

Ozzie Smith 2014 Topps Archives – Base

After ripping through my shipment of cards from the new Topps Archives release last night, I quickly scanned the card of Ken Griffey Jr. and showed it off on the blog.

Well, fast forward 20 or so hours and I have scanned the remaining cards from that bulk purchase and I will do my best to show them off to you in the coming weeks.

Here is the card of Ozzie Smith that I picked up.

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It’s always great to see Ozzie featured in modern baseball card sets, and I have never seen this image used before (though that does not mean it has not been used prior).

The picture of ‘The Wizard’ looks like one from the end of his career.  And while I know that I should not be too picky when reviewing and analyzing new baseball card releases, I do wish that Topps did a better job of finding images that work a bit better with the period of the design being used.  If that means a young image of Ozzie in his San Diego Padres uniform, I am OK with that!

Did You Know…

Three St. Louis Cardinals have stolen 400 or more bases while playing for the Redbirds – Lou Brock, Vince Coleman, and Ozzie Smith.

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Happy Birthday George Brett!!!

Happy Birthday George Brett!!!

George Brett turns 60 years old today!!!

One of the greatest baseball players during the mid-1970’s through the 1980’s and a first-ballot entrant in the Baseball Hall of Fame, George Brett is a baseball superstar. With a career resume that can be envied by all of his peers, Brett offered a complete offensive package for the Kansas City Royals.

Boasting 3,154 hits, 317 home runs, 1,595 RBI, 1,583 runs scored, and a batting average of .305, Brett dazzled baseball fans for 21 years. Amazingly, he also has 205 career stolen bases, and for a third baseman playing in the 70’s and 80’s, that is a rare feat. In his 21 seasons, Brett was a 13-time All-Star, a league MVP, a Gold Glove winner, and a 3-time Silver Slugger winner.

Happy Birthday Mr. Brett!!!

Happy Birthday Bret Saberhagen!!!

Happy Birthday Bret Saberhagen!!!

Bret Saberhagen turns 50 years old today.

Bret Saberhagen put together a nice 16-season career for himself.  If it were not for his playing for so many losing teams, who knows what he could have accomplished.  The individual accomplishments that Bret achieved rival those of some of the greatest pitchers from the 1980’s and 90’s.  A 2-time Cy Young Award winner and World Series MVP, many would love to have his resume.

Saberhagen’s career record of  167-117 doesn’t do justice for some of the finest single seasons by any pitcher in the 80’s.  As a member of the Kansas City Royals in 1985, Bret won his first Cy Young award as he finished the season with a 20-6 record while striking out 158 batters and walking just 38.  The dominance continued into the post-season in ’85 as his Royals went on to win the World Series behind Bret’s MVP performance.  In the ’85 match-up he pitched 2 complete games, earning the win in each, while allowing just 1 run in 18 innings.  A few seasons later in 1989, Saberhagen again had a monstrous year as he went 23-6, with a 2.16 ERA and he struck out 193 batters while allowing just 43 walks.  These amazing stats earned Bret his 2nd Cy Young  Award in 5 seasons.

After 8 amazing seasons with the Royals, Bret went on to play for the New York Mets, Colorado Rockies, and the Boston Red Sox.  Although he did compile 3 more 10+ win seasons during his last 8 years in the big leagues, he was unable to recapture his amazing from his days in Kansas City.

It should be noted that Saberhagen has an incredible K:walk ratio.  For his career, he has 1,715 strikeouts while giving up just 471 walks – good for a 3.64:1 K:walk ratio which ranks him at #10 in major league history.

Happy Birthday Mr. Saberhagen!!!

1975 Topps Set Card 52/660 – #268 – Hal McRae, Royals

1975 Topps Set Card 52/660 – #268 – Hal McRae, Royals

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Player Name:  Hal McRae

Card Number:  268

Team:  Kansas City Royals

Position:  Outfield

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  19 seasons, 1968, 1970-87

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Hal McRae was named as an All-Star for the first time in 1975.  During the season, he hit .306 for the Royals with 147 hits.  Of his 147 hits, McRae connected for 38 doubles, 6 triples, and 5 home runs.  He also stole 11 bases en route to scoring 58 runs.

Notes From Career:  Hal McRae was a 3-time All-Star and the winner of a Silver Slugger award.  An MVP candidate in 5 different seasons, McRae had a nice offensive game that led to a lifetime batting average of .290.  McRae competed in four World Series match-ups, winning just his final one with the Royals in 1985.


1982 HEADLINE: Ozzie Smith Dealt To The St. Louis Cardinals!!!

1982 HEADLINE: Ozzie Smith Dealt To The St. Louis Cardinals!!!

On this day in 1982, Ozzie Smith was traded from the San Diego Padres to the St. Louis Cardinals.  Part of a 6-player deal, the 2-time All-star and 1-time Gold Glove winner was the focal point of the trade.

And as they say, the rest was history…

For the next 15 years, Ozzie Smith was the centerpiece of the Cardinal team as well as the face of the franchise.  Amazingly enough, he captured the hearts of the Cardinals’ fans with his amazing defensive play, and not his career .262 batting average.  ‘The Wizard of Oz’ was truly a wonderful sight to see as he covered more ground, made more plays, and solidified the entire right side of the Cardinal infield for one and a half decades.

While Ozzie will never be noted as one of the better hitters in the Hall of Fame, he did excel in certain areas of offense.  A speedster, Smith tallied 580 career stolen bases which puts him in 21st place on the all-time list.  He also scored 1,257 runs in his career.

Ozzie went on to capture 13 Gold Gloves, 15 All-star selections, and 1 World Series Championship!!!

George Brett 1990 Fleer – ‘Players Of The Decade’

George Brett 1990 Fleer – ‘Players Of The Decade’

Talk about a baseball card theme that a collector like me can really get behind – I am not sure that it could be any better than ‘Players Of The Decade’!!!

This subset was part of the 1990 Fleer base set and as you can imagine, it celebrated the top players from the 1980’s.

This is the card of George Brett:



I think I just found some inspiration for another subset that I need to collect and share with the card-blogging universe.

Time to do a little homework…