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1975 Topps Set Card 302/660 – #579 – Skip Pitlock, White Sox

1975 Topps Set Card 302/660 – #579 – Skip Pitlock, White Sox

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Card Number:  579

Player Name:  Skip Pitloc

Team:  Chicago White Sox

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Pitching

Years In The Major Leagues: 3 seasons, 1970, 1974-75

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Skip Pitlock faced one batter in 1975.  He gave up a hit during that at-bat.

Notes From Career:  Skip Pitlock appeared in 59 games during his three-year career.  He had a record of 8-8 with 1 complete game and 1 save.  Pitlock threw in 192 innings during his career, allowing 196 hits and 106 runs en route to a 4.53 ERA.  He struck out 124 and walked 103 in that time.

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Did You Know…

Tim Lincecum is the only pitcher in major league history to win the Cy Young Award during his first two full seasons as a pitcher in the major leagues.

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Happy Birthday Juan Marichal!!!

Happy Birthday Juan Marichal!!!

Juan Marichal turns 77 years old today.

In photographs, I find Juan Marichal to be one of the most polarizing pitchers ever.  An extremely photogenic player, Juan and that incredible wind-up will stop you dead in your tracks whether you are looking at pics on the web, flipping through pages of a magazine, or in my case diving through boxes of baseball cards.

I don’t know that much about Marichal, but from the several books that I have read, he is regarded very highly by some of the greatest hitters and pitchers from his era – and that goes a long way with me.

Happy Birthday Mr. Marichal!!!

1975 Topps Set Card 291/660 – #350 – Bobby Murcer, Giants

1975 Topps Set Card 291/660 – #350 – Bobby Murcer, Giants

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Card Number:  350

Player Name: Bobby Murcer

Team:  San Francisco Giants

Position: Outfield

Image Style: Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues: 17 seasons, 1965-66, 1969-83

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Bobby Murcer played in 147 games for the Giants during his first season with the team in 1975.  He was selected as an NL All-Star in ’75 due to his .298 batting average with 91 RBI and 80 runs scored.  By the end of the season, Murcer accounted for 29 doubles and 11 home runs.

Notes From Career:  Bobby Murcer is a 5-time All-Star and Gold Glove Award winner.  He competed in 1,908 games during his career collecting 1,862 hits in the process.  Of his 1,862 hits, Murcer connected for 285 doubles, 45 triples, and 252 home runs.  He has a lifetime batting average of .277 with 972 runs scored and 1,043 RBI.

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Did You Know…

Juan Marichal holds the San Francisco Giants record for most pitching victories in a single season.  In 1968, Marichal won 26 wins for the team.

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“The Shot Heard ‘Round The World”

“The Shot Heard ‘Round The World”

On this day in 1951, a baseball moment transpired that would be considered one of the greatest game-changing home runs of all-time.  And now, more than 50 years later, the replays and stories told about this historic moment in baseball’s history resonate even more with the recent passing of Bobby Thomson.

From Wikipedia:

In baseball, the “Shot Heard ’round the World” is the term given to the game-ending home run hit by New York Giants outfielder Bobby Thomson off Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Ralph Branca at the Polo Grounds to win the National League pennant at 3:58 p.m. EST on October 3, 1951. As a result of the “shot” (baseball slang for “home run” or any hard-hit ball), the Giants won the game 5–4, defeating the Dodgers in their pennant playoff series, two games to one. It is one of the most famous moments in Major League Baseball history.

A huge ‘Thank You’ goes out to Bobby Thomson, and Ralph Branca for that matter, for building a historic scene in this wonderful sport that will live beyond all of us!!

1975 Topps Set Card 277/660 – #31 – Dave Rader, Giants

1975 Topps Set Card 277/660 – #31 – Dave Rader, Giants

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Card Number: 31

Player Name: Dave Rader

Team: San Francisco Giants

Position: Catcher

Image Style: Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues: 10 seasons, 1971-80

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Rader appeared in 98 games for the Giants in 1975.  He connected for 85 hits in those games, amassing a .291 batting average in the process.  Rader connected for 15 doubles and 5 home runs while driving in 31 runs and scoring 35 times.

Notes From Career:  Doug Rader played for five different clubs during his 10-year major league career.  He is a lifetime .257 hitter with 619 hits in 846 games played.  Rader drove in 235 runs during his career while scoring 254 times.  In 1972, he finished in 2nd place for the NL ROY to John Matlack.

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Here Is My 2014 MLB Playoff Bracket. Who You Got???

Here Is My 2014 MLB Playoff Bracket.  Who You Got???

Well, baseball’s second season is going to start up tomorrow night.

So, I thought it would be fun to quickly make and post my predictions through the playoffs to see either how close or how off my predictions (guesses) are.

First, I will start with my American League bracket:

Kansas City Royals
Oakland Athletics
LA Angels
LA Angels
Baltimore Orioles
Detroit Tigers
Baltimore Orioles
Baltimore Orioles

And now, for my National League bracket:

Pittsburgh Pirates
San Francisco Giants
San Francisco Giants
Washington Nationals
Washington Nationals
LA Dodgers
LA Dodgers
LA Dodgers
St. Louis Cardinals

Yes, I have the Baltimore Orioles and the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series this year.  I won’t tell you yet who I think will win it all, but what I will say is that I think the Orioles will breeze through a lot of the AL match-ups they face while the Dodgers are in for a fight against each and every team in front of them.

And now I want to hear how you think that this is all going to shake out too.  So, give me your picks for all of the AL & NL rounds of action as me march towards the World Series.

Enjoy the games, everyone!

Postseason

1975 Topps Set Card 270/660 – #15 – Jose Cardenal, Cubs

1975 Topps Set Card 270/660 – #15 – Jose Cardenal, Cubs

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Card Number:  15

Player Name:  Jose Cardenal

Team:  Chicago Cubs

Position:  Outfield

Image Style:  Posed Batting

Years In The Major Leagues:  18 seasons, 1963-80

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Jose Cardenal played in 154 games for the Chicago Cubs in 1975.  He hit .317 for the team, a career high.  Cardenal connected for 182 hits in his 154 games played.  Of his 182 hits, he hit 30 doubles and 9 home runs.  He also scored 85 runs for the club in ’75 while also driving in 68.

Notes From Career:  Jose Cardenal suited up for 9 different clubs during his 18-year big league career.  He is a lifetime .275 hitter with 1,913 career hits on his resume.  Cardenal stole 329 bases during his playing days while also scoring 936 runs.

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1969 HEADLINE: Willie Mays Connects For Career Home Run #600!!!

1969 HEADLINE:  Willie Mays Connects For Career Home Run #600!!!

On this day in 1969, Willie Mays connected for home run number 600 of his major league career.

On the road and taking on their divisional rivals, the San Diego Padres, Mays and his Giants teammates were getting close to wrapping up their 1969 baseball season.

With the Giants leading the division by 20 and with the Padres in the cellar in 6th, the crowd of 4,779 was understandable.

Unless you were a fan of Willie Mays!!

In the top of the 7th inning, Mays entered the game as a pinch-hitter and delivered the 600th home run of his career.  It was a blast that accounted for two runs, and it came at the expense of Mike Corkins.

The Giants won the game 4-2, largely in part to Mays’ heroics!

Happy Anniversary Mr. Mays!!!