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Wade Boggs 1996 Topps

Wade Boggs 1996 Topps

There it is, one of my favorite left-handed swings in baseball history.

Watching Wade Boggs approach the plate and go to work was so much fun to behold. He was an absolute master of hitting.

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What I really like about this baseball card is that Wade is sporting his road uniform while playing for the Yankees, but he is in his old home – Fenway Park.

Boggs spent the first 11 seasons of his 16-year career as a member of the Boston Red Sox.  I’m sure that it had to be a little odd when he returned to Fenway and had to head towards the ‘Visiting Clubhouse’.

In ’96, Boggs hit .311 for the Yankees as he connected for 156 hits in 501 at-bats.

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Wade Boggs 1996 Pinnacle

Wade Boggs 1996 Pinnacle

It was not often that you saw Wade Boggs uncomfortable or out of position while at the plate.

But, this card of him in his Yankees uniform from the 1996 Pinnacle baseball card set appears to have caught him in an uncomfortable spot.

Maybe he is simply stretching himself too far to get to the ball.  Or maybe he knows he is in the midst of swinging at a pitch that he should have let go by.

Whatever it is, it looks like his is not comfortable with this swing.

See for yourselves:

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Still, he was a master at the plate!

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Al Kaline

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Al Kaline

With the new 2013 Topps Archives baseball card set release, the ‘Mini Tallboys’ subset is easily one of the best parts of the issue.

The cards from this subset offer a very basic, but throwback feel that screams vintage. The set is 40 cards deep and offers a nice mixture of current players, stars from the 1980′s, and Hall of Fame legends.

This is the card of Al Kaline from the set:

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Kaline spent 22 years in the major leagues, and he called Tiger Stadium home for the duration of that time.  A 15-time All-Star with the club, Kaline was on par with the game’s greatest talents from the 1950’s and 1960’s.

The member of the 1980 Baseball Hall of Fame class, Kaline collected 3,007 hits during his career along with 1,622 runs scored, 1,583 RBI, 399 home runs, and 137 stolen bases.  He won 10 Gold Gloves for his excellent play in the outfield as well.  Never an MVP, he did finish in the Top 10 on 9 separate occasions.

Kaline was the offensive leader of the Tigers team that won the 1968 World Series.  In 7 games, he hit .379 while connecting for 11 hits, including 2 doubles and 2 home runs.

Did You Know…

Babe Ruth holds the record for the most extra-base hits in a single season with 119.  In 1921, Ruth connected for 44 doubles, 16 triples, and 59 home runs.

Happy Anniversary George Herman Ruth!!!

On this day in 1948, the New York Yankees retired Babe Ruth’s #3. 

Arguably the most famous baseball player in the history of the game, Ruth reached legendary status while he was in the prime of his career.  His ability to captivate and grow his fan base has never been equalled by any athlete in major league baseball.

This is just one of the many accolades Ruth added to one of  the most impressive resumes in all of sports, and it certainly is a testament to the impact he left on the game and on the Yankees organization.

Congratulations to ‘The Bambino’!!!

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