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Happy Birthday Johnny Damon!!!

Happy Birthday Johnny Damon!!!

Johnny Damon turns 41 years old today.

While Johnny Damon is not named with the sport’s greatest players, he has certainly put himself into the category of ‘Winner’.  And some of the sport’s biggest stars cannot make that claim.

Relatively unknown until he joined the Red Sox, Damon was a quiet player that toiled around in both Kansas City and Oakland for the first 7 years of his career.  During that time, her perfected his craft as a solid hitter with a knack for collecting doubles and stolen bases.

When Damon arrived in Boston in 2002, his ability on the field as well as personality shined and he soon became a fan favorite.  Damon helped the Sox win the World Series title in 2004 and his new-found fame garnered him 2 All-Star team selections and MVP consideration.

Damon moved on to the Yankees in 2006, and again he helped them reach the pinnacle of the sport in 2009 as the Yankees collected another World Series title.

Johnny Damon has proven to be a very skilled baseball player.  His consistency on offense is remarkable, and his time in the major leagues has been relatively injury free – a true credit to a player that played as hard as he did!

Here’s to Johnny Damon!!  Happy Birthday!!!

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1975 Topps Set Card 299/660 – #271 – Jerry Moses, Tigers

1975 Topps Set Card 299/660 – #271 – Jerry Moses, Tigers

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Card Number:  271

Player Name:  Jerry Moses

Team:  Detroit Tigers

Position:  Catcher

Image Style:  Posed Hitting

Years In The Major Leagues: 9 seasons, 1965, 1968-75

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Jerry Moses appeared in just 15 games during the 1975 baseball season, splitting time between the Padres and White Sox.  In 15 games, Moses went 4-for-20 with 2 doubles, 1 triple, 2 runs scored, and 1 RBI.

Notes From Career:  Moses played for seven teams during his nine-year career in major league baseball.  He is a lifetime .251 hitter with 269 career hits.  Of his 269 hits, Moses connected for 48 doubles, 8 triples, and 25 home runs.  He also drove in 109 runs while scoring 89 times.  Jerry Moses was chosen as an American League All-Star in 1970.

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Did You Know…

The first New York Mets third baseman to be selected to represent the team during the MLB All-Star game was Howard Johnson.   Johnson’s first selection came in 1989.

Howard Johnson

1975 Topps Set Card 295/660 – #617 – Rookie Infielders With Cubbage, DeCinces, Sanders, Trillo

1975 Topps Set Card 295/660 – #617 – Rookie Infielders With Cubbage, DeCinces, Sanders, Trillo

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Player Name:  Mike Cubbage, Doug DeCinces, Reggie Sanders, Manny Trillo

Card Number:  617

Team:  Texas Rangers, Baltimore Orioles, Detroit Tigers, Chicago Cubs

Position:  Infielders

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

How these players fared in 1975:

Mike Cubbage – Cubbage played in 58 games for the Rangers in ’75 hitting .224 with 32 hits in 143 at-bats.  Cubbage scored 12 runs for the team while connecting for 4 home runs and driving in 21.

Doug DeCinces – DeCinces hit .251 over 61 games for the Orioles in 1975.  He hit 6 doubles, 3 triples, and 4 home runs while also scoring 20 times and driving in 23.

Reggie Sanders – Sanders did not play in the major leagues during the 1975 baseball season.

Manny Trillo – Trillo finished in 3rd place for the ROY in 1975.  He hit .248 over 154 games as he connected for 135 hits including 12 doubles, 2 triples, and 7 home runs.  He also scored 55 runs while driving in 70.

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1975 Topps Set Card 294/660 – #148 – Jim Rooker, Pirates

1975 Topps Set Card 294/660 – #148 – Jim Rooker, Pirates

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Card Number:  148

Player Name:  Jim Rooker

Team:  Pittsburgh Pirates

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style: Posed Pitching

Years In The Major Leagues: 13 seasons, 1968-80

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Jim Rooker appeared in 28 games for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1975.  He went 13-11 on the year, with 7 complete games and 1 shutout.  Rooker worked 196 innings over the course of the 1975 baseball season, allowing 177 hits and 80 runs.  He struck out 102 batters in that time while also giving up 76 walks.

Notes From Career:  Jim Rooker played for three different teams during his 13-season major league career.  He has a lifetime record of 103-109 with 66 complete games, 15 shutouts, and  saves to his credit.  Rooker has a career ERA of 3.46 as he allowed 814 runs over 1,810 innings pitched.  Rooker is a member of the 1979 World Series Championship winning Pittsburgh Pirates.

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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!!!

1975 Topps Set Card 288/660 – #437 – Al Cowens, Royals

1975 Topps Set Card 288/660 – #437 – Al Cowens, Royals

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Card Number:  437

Player Name: Al Cowens

Team:  Kansas City Royals

Position: Outfield

Image Style: Posed Hitting

Years In The Major Leagues: 13 seasons, 1974-86

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Al Cowens played in 120 games for the Royals in 1975.  He hit .277 on the year with 91 hits in 328 at-bats.  Of his 91 hits, Cowens connected for 13 doubles, 8 triples, and 4 home runs.  He stole 12 runs on the year en route to scoring 44 runs.  He also drove in 42 RBI for the club.

Notes From Career:  In 13 major league seasons Al Cowens played for four different major league clubs.  He is a career .270 hitter with 1,494 lifetime hits in 1,584 games played.  Cowens connected for 276 doubles and 108 home runs over the course of his career while driving in 717 runs and scoring 704 times.  He won a Gold Glove for defense in 1977.

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