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1975 Topps Set Card 265/660 – #306 – 1974 Batting Leaders With Carew & Garr

1975 Topps Set Card 265/660 – #306 – 1974 Batting Leaders With Carew & Garr

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Player Name:  Rod Carew, Ralph Garr

Card Number:  306

Team:  Minnesota Twins, Atlanta Braves

Image Style: Posed Portrait

How they got there:

Rod Carew led all of major league baseball with a .364 batting average at the conclusion of his 1974 baseball season.  Not far behind was Ralph Garr who paced the National League with his .353 average.

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Don Mattingly 2014 Topps Archives – Base – WHAT A MUSTACHE!!!

Don Mattingly 2014 Topps Archives – Base

Yes, Don Mattingly sported one of the more famous mustaches in baseball during the 1980’s, but I don’t recall it being this big and bulky…

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Wow, Topps really took us back.

This mustache is ‘One For The Ages’.  It’s right up there with Jose Canseco’s mustache from his 1986 Donruss card and Greg Maddux’s sweet ‘stache from his 1987 Donruss ‘Rated Rookies’ card.

I LOVE IT!!!

1975 Topps Set Card 181/660 – #555 – Al Oliver, Pirates

1975 Topps Set Card 181/660 – #555 – Al Oliver, Pirates

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Player Name:  Al Oliver

Team:  Pittsburgh Pirates

Position:  Outfield, 1st Base

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  18 seasons, 1968-85

Notes From His 1975 Season:   Al Oliver played in 155 games for the Pirates in 1975.  In 628 at-bats, Oliver connected for 176 hits including 39 doubles, 8 triples, and 18 home runs.  He was also responsible for driving in 84 runs for the ‘Bucs’ while scoring 90 times.  Oliver was named to the NL All-Star team in 1975.

Notes From Career:  Al Oliver was chosen as an All-Star 7 times during his 18-year career.  He was a top MVP candidate multiple times and won three Silver Slugger awards for offensive excellence.  Oliver is a career .303 hitter with 2,743 hits to his credit.  Of his 2,743 hits, Oliver connected for 529 doubles, 77 triples, and 219 home runs.  Oliver won a World Series championship with the Pirates in 1971.

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1975 Topps Set Card 178/660 – #655 – Rico Carty

1975 Topps Set Card 178/660 – #655 – Rico Carty

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Player Name:  Rico Carty

Team:  Cleveland Indians

Position:  Designated Hitter, Outfield

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  15 seasons, 1963-67, 1969-70, 1972-79

Notes From His 1975 Season:   Rico Carty played in 118 games for the Cleveland Indians in 1975.  he hit .308 for the team with 118 hits in 383 at-bats.  Of his 118 hits, Carty connected for 19 doubles and 18 home runs.  He was also responsible for driving in 64 runs while scoring 57 times.

Notes From Career:  Carty played for six different teams during his 15-season major league career.  He has a lifetime batting average of .299 with 1,677 career hits.  Carty won a batting title in 1970 with his .366 batting average.  He was also named as an All-Star in 1970.

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Happy Birthday Rogers Hornsby!!!

Happy Birthday Rogers Hornsby!!!

Today we celebrate the birthday of former major leaguer, Mr. Rogers Hornsby.

Hornsby’s major league career began in 1915 at the tender age of nineteen. A staple in the St. Louis Cardinals’ line-up for more than a decade, Hornsby had offense down to a science as he quickly became the best hitter in the sport. He From 1920 to 1925, his average never dipped below .370 while peaking at .424 – while racking up six batting titles in the process.

After his tenure in St.Louis, Hornsby moved on to New York, Boston, Chicago, and eventually back to St. Louis. And during that journey, the hits kept coming…

By the end of his 23 seasons, Hornsby had amassed 2,930 career hits. His lifetime batting average of .358 ranks as the second highest in major league history behind Ty Cobb. In total, he collected seven batting titles and two MVP awards as well.

Happy Birthday Mr. Hornsby. Your impact on the game is not forgotten!!!

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Happy Birthday Larry ‘Chipper’ Jones!!!

Happy Birthday Larry ‘Chipper’ Jones!!!

Chipper Jones turns 42 years old today.

It’s hard to believe that we watched the recently retired Larry ‘Chipper’ Jones play major league baseball for close to 2 decades. I remember getting his rookie cards in packs when I collected cards as a kid and being thrilled to pull the brightest star in the set.

20+ years later, Chipper was nothing short of spectacular. His offensive dominance was consistent as any player in the game. And his skills seemed to sharpen season after season as he became a better hitter, a more powerful hitter, and a more disciplined hitter.

A 1-time shoe-in for the 3,000 hits club and 500 home runs club, neither accomplishment was met as his career ended.  And while his numbers still rank very high, especially when compared to other third baseman that have reached the Hall of Fame, they could have been among the game’s elite if Chipper’s health maintained.

Happy Birthday Chipper!!!

I Would Really Like To Add A Don Mattingly Signed Baseball To My Collection!!!

I Would Really Like To Add A Don Mattingly Signed Baseball To My Collection!!!

If you’re a baseball fan from the 1980’s, you have to respect what Don Mattingly brought to the game.

And if you’re a collector from that era, it is very hard to not recognize the value that Mattingly brought to the hobby as well as the revival that his rookie cards helped spur.

For myself, I have a few of Mattingly’s cards in my collection, but not many.  I do, however, have the desire to add a signed baseball to my collection.

In time, I will go after it.

Until then, I will wait for my best opportunity to bring one home!!!

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Don Mattingly, #23

Don Mattingly, #23

In the offseason between the 1997 and 1998 baseball seasons, the New York Yankees made the decision to retire the jersey of #23.

Worn by Don Mattingly for fourteen seasons, Don Mattingly captained the team during their very long drought of the 1980’s.  He still took the field and played like a champion, eanring the name ‘Donnie Baseball’.

Mattingly was a fan favorite due to his dedication and determination to win.  His leadership while at the plate or from first base was the cornerstone of the Yankees offense and defense from 1984-1996.

At the end of his amazing career with the Yankees, Don Mattingly walked away from the sport as a 6-time All-Star, 3-time Silver Slugger winner, 9-time Gold Glove Award Winner, Batting Champion, and Most Valueable Player!!!

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Don Mattingly Has 9 Gold Glove Awards In His Trophy Case!!!

Don Mattingly Has 9 Gold Glove Awards In His Trophy Case!!!

There is no denying Don Mattingly’s incredible play at first base!!

Long before playing ‘D’ was cool, Don Mattingly was heads and shoulders above all others that played the hot corner. And proof of that fact is that he collected nine Gold Glove awards – in 9 out of 10 seasons!!

Yessir – from 1985-1994, ‘Donnie Baseball’ was the best fielding first baseman in the league for a full decade.

Yeah, but who interrupted him in 1990? Slugger Mark McGwire won the award in 1990. But something tells me that it had more to do with Mattingly missing 60 games that year.. Sorry ‘Big Mac’.

Don Mattingly Has 3 Silver Slugger Awards

Don Mattingly Has 3 Silver Slugger Awards

As if you needed further proof that Don Mattingly was the best hitting first baseman in the American League during the prime of his career….

Mattingly won the Silver Slugger award during three consecutive seasons, 1985-87. In ’85, he hit .324 with 211 hits. In ’86, he hit .352 with 238 hits. And in 1987, he hit .327 with 186 hits.

Solid stuff right there!!

So, who ended Mattingly’s three-year reign? In 1988 the AL Silver Slugger Award for first base went to a man by the name of George Brett. Brett hit .306 with 180 hits in ’87 while Mattingly hit .311 with 186 hits. Close, very close..