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Happy Birthday Wally Joyner!!!

Happy Birthday Wally Joyner!!!

Wally Joyner turns 52 years old today.

Once looked upon as a baseball savior, Wally Joyner was a hitter that possessed the skills to excite baseball fans, young and old.

Blessed with a swing that was ‘picture perfect’, Joyner had the task of coming into the league as a 24-year old rookie and saving the California Angels franchise.

And while that job may have been to large a burden for any one player to tackle, especially a rookie, Joyner excelled immediately. As a rookie, Joyner made the All-Star team, finished in 2nd place for the Rookie of the Year voting, and finished in 8th place for the MVP award. He collected 172 hits, 100 RBI, scored 82 runs, and compiled a .290 batting average during that campaign; the most successful one of his career.

In total, Wally Joyner amassed 2,060 career hits. He retired after 16 big league seasons with a .289 batting average. Other notable stats from his career include 973 runs scored, 409 doubles, 204 home runs, and 1,106 RBI.

Avery solid career for someone with a world of pressure on his shoulders – Congratulations!!!

Happy Birthday Mr. Joyner!!

Happy Birthday Wally Joyner!!!

Happy Birthday Wally Joyner!!!

Wally Joyner turns 51 years old today.

Once looked upon as a basebal savior, Wally Joyner was a hitter that possesed the skills to excite baseball fans, young and old.

Blessed with a swing that was ‘picture perfect’, Joyner had the task of coming into the league as a 24-year old rookie and saving the California Angels franchise.

And while that job may have been to large a burden for any one player to tackle, especially a rookie, Joyner excelled immediately. As a rookie, Joyner made the All-Star team, finished in 2nd place for the Rookie of the Year voting, and finished in 8th place for the MVP award. He collected 172 hits, 100 RBI, scored 82 runs, and compiled a .290 batting average during that campaign; the most successful one of his career.

In total, Wally Joyner amassed 2,060 career hits. He retired after 16 big league seasons with a .289 batting average. Other notable stats from his career include 973 runs scored, 409 doubles, 204 home runs, and 1,106 RBI.

Avery solid career for someone with a world of pressue on his shoulders – Congratulations!!!

Happy Birthday Mr. Joyner!!

Did You Know…

Joey Votto leads the Cincinnati Reds franchise as their all-time leader in career slugging average.  Entering the 2013 baseball season, Votto has a career-mark of .557.  He is ahead of Frank Robinson (.554), Adam Dunn (. 520), and George Foster (.514).

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2012 Topps ‘Career Day’ Subset – Card #17 – Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds

2012 Topps ‘Career Day’ Subset – Card #17 – Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds

I am working on this set because I find it to be the most appealing of the subsets issued by Topps in 2012.

The cards feature bold colors, great images, and a unique horizontal design.

I especially like the ‘Career Day’ theme as it pays homage to some of the greatest individual performances of baseball’s elite players.

Card #17 – Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds

CAREER DAY 17

The Career Day – May 7, 2008.  On this day, Joey Votto and his Reds teammates beat the Cubs 9-0.  In the game, Votto became the first first-baseman in baseball history to it three home runs and steal a base in the same contest.  For the day, Votto was 3-for-4 with three home runs, 4 RBI, and a stolen base.  He was the first Reds rookie and third Canadian-born player to hit three home runs in a single contest.

Progress – 17/25

2012 Topps ‘Career Day’ Subset – Card #16 – Ryan Howard, Philadelphia Phillies

2012 Topps ‘Career Day’ Subset – Card #16 – Ryan Howard, Philadelphia Phillies

I am working on this set because I find it to be the most appealing of the subsets issued by Topps in 2012.

The cards feature bold colors, great images, and a unique horizontal design.

I especially like the ‘Career Day’ theme as it pays homage to some of the greatest individual performances of baseball’s elite players.

Card #16 – Ryan Howard, Philadelphia Phillies

CAREER DAY 16

The Career Day – September 3, 2006.  On this day in 2006, Ryan Howard dominated the Atlanta Braves in not one, but two games.  Facing the Braves in a double-header, Howard connected for three home runs in Game 1, his only 3-HR game of his career.  In the 2-game stint, Howard went 6-for-8 with 4 RBI.  The Phillies won Game One 8-7 and lost Game Two by a score of 3-1.

Progress – 16/25

Happy Birthday Wally Joyner!!!

Happy Birthday Wally Joyner!!!

Wally Joyner turns 50 years old today.

Once looked upon as a basebal savior, Wally Joyner was a hitter that possesed the skills to excite baseball fans, young and old.

Blessed with a swing that was ‘picture perfect’, Joyner had the task of coming into the league as a 24-year old rookie and saving the California Angels franchise.

And while that job may have been to large a burden for any one player to tackle, especially a rookie, Joyner excelled immediately.  As a rookie, Joyner made the All-Star team, finished in 2nd place for the Rookie of the Year voting, and finished in 8th place for the MVP award.  He collected  172 hits, 100 RBI, scored 82 runs, and compiled a .290 batting average during that campaign; the most successful one of his career.

In total, Wally Joyner amassed 2,060 career hits.  He retired after 16 big league seasons with a .289 batting average.  Other notable stats from his career include 973 runs scored, 409 doubles, 204 home runs, and 1,106 RBI.

Avery solid career for someone with a world of pressue on his shoulders – Congratulations!!!

Happy Birthday Mr. Joyner!!

Did You Know…

Only two players in major league baseball history have won 9 World Series championships; and they played for the same franchise.

Joe DiMaggio & Yogi Berra!!!

Did You Know…

The New York Yankees have produced more MVPs at catcher than at first base.  Just two Yankees first basemen have won the award: Lou Gehrig and Don Mattingly.  Three catchers have won the award while wearing pinstripes – Yogi Berra, Elston Howard, and Thurman Munson.

‘My First Time’ – Justin Morneau – June 10, 2003

‘My First Time’ – Justin Morneau – June 10, 2003

The Setting – Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.  Minneapolis, MN.

From Morneau – “It was against the Rockies and that meant Larry Walker, who is a hero to all of us Canadian players.  Before the game, he sent a bat over to the clubhouse and inscribed it, ‘Welcome to the show.  Make Canada proud’.  Then I went out and got a base hit that rolled right to him.”

The Boxscore – Rockies 5, Twins 0.  Morneau goes 2-for-4 with 2 singles and a strikeout.

Happy Birthday Wally Joyner!!!

Happy Birthday Wally Joyner!!!

Wally Joyner turns 49 years old today.

Once looked upon as a basebal savior, Wally Joyner was a hitter that possesed the skills to excite baseball fans, young and old.

Blessed with a swing that was ‘picture perfect’, Joyner had the task of coming into the league as a 24-year old rookie and saving the California Angels franchise.

And while that job may have been to large a burden for any one player to tackle, especially a rookie, Joyner excelled immediately.  As a rookie, Joyner made the All-Star team, finished in 2nd place for the Rookie of the Year voting, and finished in 8th place for the MVP award.  He collected  172 hits, 100 RBI, scored 82 runs, and compiled a .290 batting average during that campaign; the most successful one of his career.

In total, Wally Joyner amassed 2,060 career hits.  He retired after 16 big league seasons with a .289 batting average.  Other notable stats from his career include 973 runs scored, 409 doubles, 204 home runs, and 1,106 RBI.

Avery solid career for someone with a world of pressue on his shoulders – Congratulations!!!

Happy Birthday Mr. Joyner!!