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Happy Birthday Dwight Evans!!!

Happy Birthday Dwight Evans!!!

Dwight Evans turns 63 years old today.

Evans wore the Boston Red Sox uniform for 20 years!  And in that time, he became known as one of the sport’s greatest defensive outfielders of all-time.  The winner of 8 Gold Glove awards, ‘Dewey’ was a fan favorite due to his desire to stop the other team from collecting hits and runs.

A 3-time All-star, Evans was also known for his power at the plate.  During his career he crushed 385 home runs – good for 4th place in Red Sox history.

Happy Birthday Mr. Evans!!!

Happy Birthday Dwight Evans!!!

Happy Birthday Dwight Evans!!!

Dwight Evans turns 62 years old today.

Evans wore the Boston Red Sox uniform for 20 years!  And in that time, he became known as one of the sport’s greatest defensive outfielders of all-time.  The winner of 8 Gold Glove awards, ‘Dewey’ was a fan favorite due to his desire to stop the other team from collecting hits and runs.  A 3-time All-star, Evans was also known for his power at the plate.  During his career he crushed 385 home runs – good for 4th place in Red Sox history.

Happy Birthday Mr. Evans!!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #5 – Lot Of 3 2013 Topps Archives ‘Tall Boys’ – Boston Red Sox: Evans, Burks, Middlebrooks!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #5 – Lot Of 3 2013 Topps Archives ‘Tall Boys’ – Boston Red Sox: Evans, Burks, Middlebrooks!!

I did much better with the ‘Tallboys’ set at the show than any other that I was going after.

I was able to find three cards for my set, and it is really odd that all three feature players from the Boston Red Sox.  The cards cover three eras of Red Sox baseball – the 1970’s, the 1990’s, and the present time.

SHOW 5

I like the cards.  I like the consistency of the approach with the same colors being used for the team too.

Not a bad way to take a chunk out of my ‘Want List’ for the set!!

Happy Birthday Dwight Evans!!!

Happy Birthday Dwight Evans!!!

Dwight Evans turns 61 years old today.

Evans wore the Boston Red Sox uniform for 20 years!  And in that time, he became known as one of the sport’s greatest defensive outfielders of all-time.  The winner of 8 Gold Glove awards, ‘Dewey’ was a fan favorite due to his desire to stop the other team from collecting hits and runs.  A 3-time All-star, Evans was also known for his power at the plate.  During his career he crushed 385 home runs – good for 4th place in Red Sox history.

Happy Birthday Mr. Evans!!!

Happy Birthday Dwight Evans!!!

Happy Birthday Dwight Evans!!!

Dwight Evans turns 60 years old today.

Evans wore the Boston Red Sox uniform for 20 years!  And in that time, he became known as one of the sport’s greatest defensive outfielders of all-time.  The winner of 8 Gold Glove awards, ‘Dewey’ was a fan favorite due to his desire to stop the other team from collecting hits and runs.  A 3-time All-star, Evans was also known for his power at the plate.  During his career he crushed 385 home runs – good for 4th place in Red Sox history.

Happy Birthday Mr. Evans!!!

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Forgotten Stars Of The 1960s & 1970s’

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Forgotten Stars Of The 1960s & 1970s’

Shout out to my man ‘Hackenbush‘ for the fantastic idea!!!

Being that we both have a fondness for players from that era, he challenged me with this idea.  And while it took me a few weeks longer than what I wanted, it was not due to lack of interest.  It was that I had to revamp and revise the list time after time after time.

And while I am still not 100% sold on the final rankings, I am ready to publish my list tonight.

As for criteria, I tried to pick players that starred during the 1960s and 1970s for the majority of their prime.  And while I do think that there are several HOFers that seem to be forgotten from that period (Fergie Jenkins and Lou Brock to name a few), if you are in the HOF you are not on my list.

So, with all of that being said – Let’s Do This!!!

Honorable Mention – Ted Simmons, Paul Blair, Ken Griffey, George Foster, Tony Oliva, Tug McGraw, and Lou Piniella.

10B – Tommy John – 288 career wins with 162 complete games is nothing to sneeze at.  John was an All-Star four times and made it to the playoffs five times.

10A – Dwight Evans – A supreme defender with a cannon for an arm, Evans also delivered a punch at the plate as he connected for 385 home runs, and driving in 1,384 runners.

9 – Willie Randolph – A slick defender with unreal quickness, Randolph stole 271 bases and scored 1,239 times en route to six All-Star selections.

8 – Fred Lynn – The 1975 ROY and MVP was a supreme star from the moment he took the field.  Earning nine straight All-Star selections to start his career, Lynn was on par with the best outfielders in the AL for a decade.  And his 1979 batting title aint to shabby either…

7  -Dave Parker – A slugger in every sense of the word, Parker clubbed home runs for a living while helping make the Pirates franchise relevant.  339 career home runs with two batting titles and 7 All-Star selections solidifies the resume of the 1974 NL MVP.

6 – Luis Tiant – Ask anyone that faced him during his prime and they will tell you.  Luis Tiant was a monster!!!  With 229 career wins and 187 complete games, Tiant was a worker.  He threw more than 200 innings in 8 of his 19 seasons.

5 – Keith Hernandez – Before he was appearing in Seinfeld episodes or selling hair color for men, Hernandez was dominating baseball games as a defensive specialist.  He collected 11 Gold Glove awards in 17 seasons and his batting title in 1979 coupled with his Gold Glove status made him an MVP.

4 – Bill Madlock – Winning four batting titles is remarkable.  And winning them over a stretch of a 11-season span shows your dedication to the craft.  Madlock retired with a .305 batting average and rang up 11 seasons in which he hit .300 or better.

3 – Dave Kingman – He was Rob Deer before Rob Deer.  He was Adam Dunn before Adam Dunn.  In total, Kingman crushed 442 home runs, including eclipsing the 30-HR mark seven times.  Kingman was a 3-time All-Star.

2 – Maury Wills – A threat on the base paths from the moment he stepped onto the field, Maury Wills raised the bar when it came to base running and specifically base stealing.  The league champion for six consecutive seasons, Wills was the single season record owner, and swiped 586 bags during his 14-year career.

1 – Vida Blue – With uncanny talent, and a string team behind him, Blue was the AL MVP and Cy Young winner in 1971.  He would have five more Top 7 finishes for the Cy Young Award and also 6 All-Star game appearances.  Most important, Blue competed in and won three consecutive World Series titles from 1972-74.

And there you have it.  If you asked me to do this again, I would probably rank them differently, but all of these guys had fantastic big league careers and they all deserve more credit and recognition by the sport and our hobby!!!

Thanks for reading.

My 1987 Topps ‘Record Breakers’ Set Is Now Complete!!!

My 1987 Topps ‘Record Breakers’ Set Is Now Complete!!!

Well, it didn’t take long and it was fairly easy, and now I can proudly say that I have put together the 1987 Topps Record Breakers subset.

The set boasts some of the sports biggest stars from that era while also celebrating some of the baseball history that was created during the 1986 baseball season.

From rookie phenoms to veteran runners and everything in between – this set brought back a ton of memories for me.  And the fact that it is one of my favorite designs from the 1980’s doesn’t hurt either…

Here is a peek at the completed set:

What subset is next?  You’re going to have to stay tuned to find that out…. But I won’t keep you waiting too long!!  🙂

1987 Topps Record Breakers – Card #3 – Dwight Evans

1987 Topps Record Breakers – Card #3 – Dwight Evans

Headline – “Dewey Connects On First Offering Of The Campaign”

Story – Detroit, Michigan, April 7, 1986:  Red Sox lead-off batter Dwight Evans hit years first pitch for HR, the earliest HR in history.  The former mark was held by Cubs’ Bump Wills who hit the second pitch for a home run 4-5-82.  Astros’  Terry Puhl hit third pitch for a home run on 4-10-80.

My take – More amazing than this neat fact is that the Sox had someone with 385 career home runs hitting lead-off!!!

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #41

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #41

1973 Topps – Card #614 – AKA – ‘The Dwight Evans Rookie Card’

Alonza Bumbry – More commonly known as ‘Al’, Alonza Bumbry enjoyed a 14-year major league career, primarily as a Baltimore Oriole.  A skilled outfielder that could play all 3 spots, Bumbry’s impact was felt upon his arrival into the league as he won the AL Rookie of the Year award in 1973.  In that year, Bumbry hit .337 while also collecting 120 hits, scoring 73 runs, and stealing 23 bases.  His major league career culminated with a .281 batting average, 1,422 hits, 778 runs scored, 254 stolen bases, and 1 All-star game appearance in 1980.  Bumbry was a member of the 1983 World Series championship Baltimore Orioles. 

Dwight Evans – Evans wore the Boston Red Sox uniform for 20 years!  And in that time, he became known as one of the sport’s greatest defensive outfielders of all-time.  The winner of 8 Gold Glove awards, ‘Dewey’ was a fan favorite due to his desire to stop the other team from collecting hits and runs.  A 3-time All-star, Evans was also known for his power at the plate.  During his career he crushed 385 home runs – good for 4th place in Red Sox history.

Charlie Spikes – A 9-year veteran, Spikes wore some of the game’s most legendary jerseys – Yankees, Indians, Tigers, and Braves.  An outfielder, Spikes was a starter during the early phase of his career but became a platoon player over the last few seasons he played in the big leagues.  While playing in Cleveland, Spikes blossomed and found his greatest success with that team.  All of his personal bests came from his 5 years playing for ‘The Tribe’!