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1988 HEADLINE: Dodgers’ Orel Hershiser Wins Cy Young Award With Unanimous Vote

1988 HEADLINE: Dodgers’ Orel Hershiser Wins Cy Young Award With Unanimous Vote

On this date in 1988, Orel Hershiser captured the National League’s Cy Young award in a unanimous vote.

Taking all 24 first-place votes, this award capped an unbelievable season for the right-hander.

A close look at the numbers:

23-8 during the regular season with 15 complete games and 8 shutouts.  In 267 innings of work, Hershiser compiled a low ERA of just 2.25.  His dominant year led to another selection to the National League All-star team and his first Cy Young Award.  During the playoffs, Hershiser led the Dodgers to the World Series championship while winning both the NLCS and World Series MVP awards in the process!!

Happy Anniversary Mr. Hershiser!!!

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!!!

Happy Birthday Dennis Eckersley!!!

Happy Birthday Dennis Eckersley!!!

Dennis Eckersley turns 60 years old today.

The man simply known as ‘The Eck’ was one of baseball’s brightest stars in the 1970’s and carried his success through 24 seasons as a big league player.  Dennis Eckersley began his career as a starting pitcher.  In fact, one of the game’s greatest relief pitchers in the history of baseball was a starter during his first 12 seasons.  As a starter, ‘Eck’ did well as he had (9) 10+ win seasons in 12 years.  That all changed in 1987 when Eckersley was traded to the Oakland A’s and was converted into a closer for the Athletics.  ‘Eck’ began to dominate.  And in 12 seasons after that trade, he piled up 387 saves.  Eckersley’s best season came in 1992 when he won the league’s MVP and Cy Young awards.  In ’92 he pitched 80 innings and saved 51 games.  With an ERA of just 1.91 and the control to strikeout 93 batters while walking just 11 and it is easy to see why ‘Eck’ was tagged as one of the best closers in baseball history.  Dennis Eckersley finished in the top 7 for the Cy Young award 6 times in his career – 4 of which came as a closer.

Eckersley has played in 11 post season match-up and 3 World Series championships.  He won the title with the Oakland A’s in 1989 and finished his career with 1 championship ring and 15 saves in post season play.

Happy Birthday ‘Eck’!!!

1989 HEADLINE: Dave Stewart Captures 20th Win For Third Straight Season

1989 HEADLINE: Dave Stewart Captures 20th Win For Third Straight Season

On this day in 1989, Dave Stewart of the Oakland Athletics won his 20th win of the baseball season.

The win gave Stewart 20 or more wins in three consecutive seasons, confirming his status as the team’s ace as well as being one of the best pitchers in the major leagues.

Here are the numbers from those three fantastic seasons:

1987 – 20 wins
1988 – 21 wins
1989 – 21 wins

How did he fare in 1990?  Hmmmm…  How about 22 wins?!?!

Congratulations on a fantastic baseball career Mr. Stewart!  Happy Anniversary!!!

Happy Birthday Orel Hershiser!!!

Happy Birthday Orel Hershiser!!!

It is amazing to think that today Orel Hershiser is 56 years old today!!!  It makes me feel older just thinking about it…

Hershiser will be remembered most for his outstanding 1988 season.  With 23 wins, 15 complete games, and a Gold Glove award, he was the unanimous choice for the National League’s Cy Young award.  Orel led the Los Angeles Dodgers into the playoffs that season as well.  In the National League championship series, Hershiser pitched in 4 of the 7 games and earned the NLCS MVP award.  In the World Series against the heavily favored Oakland Athletics, Hershiser again dominated 2 games and won the World Series MVP award.

His most notable individual accomplishment may be the 59 straight innings pitched without giving up a single run during the 1988 season.  This record still stands today and should remain in tact for quite some time.

Hershiser enjoyed some success after leaving the Dodgers in 1994.  He was a big part of the Cleveland Indians pitching crew that took the Indians to the 1997 World Series.  But for me, and many others, Orel Hershiser will always be remembered as a LA Dodger.  And in the last year of his career in the majors, 2000, Orel returned to LA but was nowhere near as effective as he was during his first stint with the club.

Happy Birthday Orel Hershiser!!!

1992 HEADLINE: Dennis Eckersley Sets Record With 40 Saves In 4 Straight Seasons

1992 HEADLINE: Dennis Eckersley Sets Record With 40 Saves In 4 Straight Seasons

On this day in 1992, Dennis Eckersley recorded his 40th save of the 1992 baseball season.

And while there was nothing extra-special about this particular game or the circumstance of the save, ‘Eck’ made history with this closing appearance.  This save gave Eckersley 40 or more saves in four different seasons – a major league record!!

The first player to ever accomplish this feat, ‘Eck’ tallied 45 saves in 1988, 48 in 1990, 43 in 1991, and 52 in 1992.  And with 33 saves during the 1989 season, Eckersley capped that 5-year span with 221 total saves.

Truly dominant and a great competitor.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Eckersley!!!

Dennis Eckersley 2014 Topps Archives – Base

Dennis Eckersley 2014 Topps Archives – Base

While I have yet to see each and every of the 200 base cards that make up the 2014 Topps Archives set, I have to say that I like the images used most within the 1973 Topps design.

Not only does this design allow for a very large image to be the center of attention, but the small accent pieces usually work very well with the theme of the action at hand.

In a recent shopping spree in which I picked up a small stack of cards from the Archives set, I scooped up the card of Dennis Eckerlsey.

And I am glad that I did – it looks G-R-E-A-T!!

Have a look:

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I told you – a very sweet baseball card.

And while normally I would want the image to match the year (or close to) that the original card was issued, this one gets a pass because ‘Eck’ did not make his debut until a few seasons later in 1976.

Happy Birthday Dave ‘Hendu’ Henderson!!!

Happy Birthday Dave ‘Hendu’ Henderson!!!

Dave Henderson turns 56 years old today.

Quite possibly the most underrated player on the Oakland Athletics dynasty of the late 1980’s, Dave Henderson put up some monster numbers as a member of the ‘Bash Brothers’. Hendu had an all-around game and although he was not an all-star, his talent level and skills on the baseball diamond were not that far from his superstar teammates.

It must be rough playing on an a team and being compared to players like Rickey Henderson(no relation), Jose Canseco, and Mark McGwire. But Henderson did very well while in Oakland and helped lead the team to three consecutive World Series appearances.

Henderson’s greatest success came from his days with that powerful A’s offense, and he was a big contirbutor. In six seasons with the team, Hendu smacked 104 home runs, drove in 377 RBI, and scored 366 times. A truly well balanced player indeed!!!

For Hendu’s birthday, I thought I would try to help his cause out a little by posting an address where you can reach Mr. Henderson to obtain an autograph while also helping out a foundation he started that is trying to help find a cure for Angelman Syndrome. For any of you that would like to make a donation and at the same time add a great autograph to your collection, you can write to Dave Henderson at:

Pacific Northwest Angelman Syndrome Foundation, 12932 SE Kent-Kangley Rd #375 Kent, Washington, 98031

Happy Birthday Hendu!!!

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1990 HEADLINE: Two No-Hitters In One Day!!!

1990 HEADLINE: Two No-Hitters In One Day!!!

I can recall this day like it was yesterday…

On this day in 1990, both Dave Stewart of the Oakland Athletics and Fernando Valenzuela of the Los Angeles Dodgers threw no-hitters.

I remember checking the box scores the day after these two no-hitters and thought how cool it was to see two on the same page of the paper…

Let’s look a little closer at these two ‘No-No’s’:

Dave Stewart – On the road and in front of a crowd of just under 50,000, the A’s were in Toronto to battle the Blue Jays. Stewart pitched a gem while striking out 12 batters ang giving up just 3 walks. He threw 115 pitches during the game it took just 147 minutes for his A’s team to beat the Blue Jays 5-0.

Fernando Valenzuela – At home and facing the Cardinals, Valenzuela was awesome as he and his Dodgers teammates beat St. Louis 6-0 in 161 minutes. Valenzuela was brilliant – allowing just 3 base runners while striking out 7 batters. For the game, he threw 119 pitches. He also went 1-for-4 at the plate.

2 great pitchers. 1 amazing accomplishment. Baseball history!!!

Happy Birthday Kirk Gibson!!!

Happy Birthday Kirk Gibson!!!

Kirk Gibson turns 57 years old today.

Images of Kirk Gibson’s fist-pumping, leg-limping jog around the bases during Game 1 of the World Series is undoubtedly the first thing that baseball fans remember when Gibson’s name is mentioned. That night turned Gibson from a very good everyday player into a baseball legend!! Very few people remember that this was Gibson’s lone appearance in that ’88 title match-up. It’s amazing how with 1 swing of the bat, Gibson etched his place in baseball history and created a moment that none of us will soon forget!!!

Few recall that just 4 years prior as a member of the Detroit Tigers Gibson won his first championship. In that ’84 series, Gibson hit .333 in 6 games while collecting 6 hits, 2 home runs, 7 RBI, and 3 stolen bases. Some players just have a knack for making their presence felt during the most necessary times, and Gibson is certainly that player.

Happy Birthday Mr. Gibson!!!