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1988 HEADLINE: Chicago Cubs To Host First Night Game In Wrigley Field History

1988 HEADLINE: Chicago Cubs To Host First Night Game In Wrigley Field History

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the first night game at Wrigley Field.  On 8/8/88, the Cubs hosted the Mets in this historical game.

And although this contest didn’t last 3 innings due to rain, it was the first time in franchise history that the Cubs turned on the lights and hosted a night game.  If you want to be picky, the first official complete game at Wrigley Field was the next night on 8/9/88, but the 8/8/88 sounds so much cooler…

I am a native Floridian, but I lived in Chicago for 5 years.  I moved there in 1988 when I was 13, and moved back to sunny Florida after graduating high school.  Over the first 4 months of the 1988 season I became a Chicago Cubs fan.  It was sweet to come home from school and get to watch baseball.  While other kids were glued to Charles In Charge or Full House, I was enjoying the Cubs.

I thought it would be cool to reflect on what their line-up looked like 24 years ago today.

For the Cubs: Catcher – Damon Berryhill; 1st Base – Mark Grace; 2nd Base – Ryne Sandberg; SS – Shawon Dunston; 3rd Base – Vance Law; OF – Rafael Palmerio, Dave Martinez, and Andre Dawson; SP – Greg Maddux, Rick Sutcliffe,Jamie Moyer, and Calvin Schiraldi.

That’s not too bad of a line-up.  2 current HOF players in Dawson and Sandberg and an obvious 1st ballot player with Maddux.  And 1 of the best hitters of the 90’s in Grace.

For the Mets: Catcher – Gary Carter; 1st Base – Keith Hernandez; 2nd Base – Wally Backman; SS – Kevin Elster; 3rd Base – Howard Johnson; OF – Darryl Strawberry; Lenny Dykstra, and Kevin McReynold; SP – Dwight Gooden, David Cone, Ron Darling, and Sid Fernandz.

This group is a little more rag-tag with the exception of HOF’er Gary Carter.  There must be something in the water in NY because none of these guys did extremely well after leaving the Mets(possibly excluding Dykstra and Cone) and several of them went down the tubes quickly.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY WRIGLEY FIELD!!!!

1988 HEADLINE: Chicago Cubs To Host First Night Game In Wrigley Field History

1988 HEADLINE: Chicago Cubs To Host First Night Game In Wrigley Field History

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the first night game at Wrigley Field.  On 8/8/88, the Cubs hosted the Mets in this historical game.

And although this contest didn’t last 3 innings due to rain, it was the first time in franchise history that the Cubs turned on the lights and hosted a night game.  If you want to be picky, the first official complete game at Wrigley Field was the next night on 8/9/88, but the 8/8/88 sounds so much cooler…

I am a native Floridian, but I lived in Chicago for 5 years.  I moved there in 1988 when I was 13, and moved back to sunny Florida after graduating high school.  Over the first 4 months of the 1988 season I became a Chicago Cubs fan.  It was sweet to come home from school and get to watch baseball.  While other kids were glued to Charles In Charge or Full House, I was enjoying the Cubs.

I thought it would be cool to reflect on what their line-up looked like 24 years ago today.

For the Cubs: Catcher – Damon Berryhill; 1st Base – Mark Grace; 2nd Base – Ryne Sandberg; SS – Shawon Dunston; 3rd Base – Vance Law; OF – Rafael Palmerio, Dave Martinez, and Andre Dawson; SP – Greg Maddux, Rick Sutcliffe,Jamie Moyer, and Calvin Schiraldi.

That’s not too bad of a line-up.  2 current HOF players in Dawson and Sandberg and an obvious 1st ballot player with Maddux.  And 1 of the best hitters of the 90’s in Grace.

For the Mets: Catcher – Gary Carter; 1st Base – Keith Hernandez; 2nd Base – Wally Backman; SS – Kevin Elster; 3rd Base – Howard Johnson; OF – Darryl Strawberry; Lenny Dykstra, and Kevin McReynold; SP – Dwight Gooden, David Cone, Ron Darling, and Sid Fernandz.

This group is a little more rag-tag with the exception of HOF’er Gary Carter.  There must be something in the water in NY because none of these guys did extremely well after leaving the Mets(possibly excluding Dykstra and Cone) and several of them went down the tubes quickly.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY WRIGLEY FIELD!!!!

Happy Anniversary, Wrigley Field!!

Happy Anniversary, Wrigley Field!!

Today marks the 24th anniversary of the first night game at Wrigley Field.  On 8/8/88, the Cubs hosted the Mets in this historical game.

And although this contest didn’t last 3 innings due to rain, it was the first time in franchise history that the Cubs turned on the lights and hosted a night game.  If you want to be picky, the first official complete game at Wrigley Field was the next night on 8/9/88, but the 8/8/88 sounds so much cooler…

I am a native Floridian, but I lived in Chicago for 5 years.  I moved there in 1988 when I was 13, and moved back to sunny Florida after gradutaing high school.  Over the first 4 months of the 1988 season I became a Chicago Cubs fan.  It was sweet to come home from school and get to watch baseball.  While other kids were glued to Charles In Charge or Full House, I was enjoying the Cubs.

I thought it would be cool to reflect on what their line-up looked like 24 years ago today.

For the Cubs: Catcher – Damon Berryhill; 1st Base – Mark Grace; 2nd Base – Ryne Sandberg; SS – Shawon Dunston; 3rd Base – Vance Law; OF – Rafael Palmerio, Dave Martinez, and Andre Dawson; SP – Greg Maddux, Rick Sutcliffe,Jamie Moyer, and Calvin Schiraldi.

That’s not too bad of a line-up.  2 current HOF players in Dawson and Sandberg and an obvious 1st ballot player with Maddux.  And 1 of the best hitters of the 90’s in Grace.

For the Mets: Catcher – Gary Carter; 1st Base – Keith Hernandez; 2nd Base – Wally Backman; SS – Kevin Elster; 3rd Base – Howard Johnson; OF – Darryl Strawberry; Lenny Dykstra, and Kevin McReynold; SP – Dwight Gooden, David Cone, Ron Darling, and Sid Fernandz.

This group is a little more rag-tag with the exception of HOF’er Gary Carter.  There must be something in the water in NY because none of these guys did extremely well after leaving the Mets(possibly excluding Dykstra and Cone) and several of them went down the tubes quickly.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY WRIGLEY FIELD!!!!

TTM Success: Mark Grace!!!

In the last round of autograph attempts that I put in the mail I threw another envelope full of baseball cards to Mark Grace.

He has signed for me countless other times since I got back into collecting baseball cards and autographs, so I figured why not.

And now just 30 days later, my return envelope has arrived and once again Mark ‘Amazin’ Grace had delivered some great looking autographs for this loyal fan.

Check them out:

I told you that they looked great! 

This time I sent a horizontal card to Gracey.  I wanted to see how he would sign it, and personally of the cards that I have of him, this one from the 2000 Topps set showing him sliding into home plate is one of my favorites.

Mr. Grace – Thanks for the great memories.  And thanks again for the awesome autographs!!!

TTM Success & Interview Failure: Mark Grace

It took almost 2 months, 57 days to be exact, when I saw a very familiar envelope in my mailbox.  It was the envelope I sent to Mark Grace, Bobby Bonilla, and Shawon Dunston when I sent them interview requests along with hefty stacks of cards as a token of appreciation.

So when I grabbed the envelope out of the mailbox, I knew that it was from Mark Grace based on the Post Office’s stamp.  The envelope felt light and I knew quickly that the interview was not inside.

But these three cards were!!!

Mark Grace added his flawless autograph to three cards for me and they look GREAT!!!

And while it would have been incredible to get my interview questions acknowledged, I know that these guys are bombarded all of the time and have little time for themselves.  It was worth a shot and I will do it again at some point in the future.

But for now, I am going to enjoy these three great autographs of one of my favorite Cubs players of all-time!!!

Thank you Mr. Grace!!

Mark Grace TTM Success – YESSSS!!!!

 You may recall that I sent a baseball card to Mark Grace months ago c/o the Arizona Diamondbacks.  The card was returned to me signed beautifully by ‘Gracey’ but it had been damaged in the mail.  Although I was extremely happy with the autograph I didn’t want to ‘feature’ a damaged card in my collection.

So, I tried again.  This time I sent the card to Grace’s home address.  And just 41 days later, this awesome signed card was at my house waiting for me!!!

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SWEET!!!!!

This was the only 1988 Topps Traded rookie that I owned of Mark Grace, but I have always liked the ’88 design so I am really happy that he signed this for me.  I’ll have to replace the card in my small but meaningful Mark Grace collection, but it is certainly worth it to have finally obtained a great Mark Grace autograph in perfect condition!!!

And just a few days before X-mas makes it that much better!!!  Thanks Gracey!!!

Going After Another Mark Grace Autograph TTM

I don’t consider myself to be a selfish person.  Hell, I have a laundry list of players from the 1980’s that I want to send autograph requests to.  But, I want what I want.  And I really wanted to add a nice Mark Grace autograph to my collection, which I successfully did.

But, I cannot get over how damaged the card was when I got it back a few months later.  In my relatively minor experience with getting autographs through the mail, this is the first time something has been returned to me in an obviously damaged state.  I certainly don’t blame ‘Gracey’ for this, so I have to just assume that my envelope was tossed around by a couple of renegades at the Post Office.

So, I am going to try to obtain a few more signatures from one of my favorite Cubbies.  My first request to Grace was sent to the Arizona Diamondbacks organization, but after doing a little on-line research I believe I have found another address for Mark Grace that people have successfully received autographs from.

So today, this is in the mail:

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Wish me and these cards luck for a safe voyage!!!!

Happy Anniversary, Wrigley Field!!

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the first night game at Wrigley Field.  On 8/8/88, the Cubs hosted the Mets in this historical game.  Although this contest didn’t last 3 innings due to rain, it was the first time in franchise history that the Cubs turned on the lights and hosted a night game.  If you want to be picky, the first official complete game at Wrigley Field was the next night on 8/9/88, but the 8/8/88 sounds so much cooler…

I am a native Floridian, but I lived in Chicago for 5 years.  I moved there in 1988 when I was 13, and moved back to sunny Florida after gradutaing high school.  Over the first 4 months of the 1988 season I became a Chicago Cubs fan.  It was sweet to come home from school and get to watch baseball.  While other kids were glued to Charles In Charge or Full House, I was enjoying the Cubs.

I thought it would be cool to reflect on what their line-up looked like 20 years ago today.

For the Cubs: Catcher – Damon Berryhill; 1st Base – Mark Grace; 2nd Base – Ryne Sandberg; SS – Shawon Dunston; 3rd Base – Vance Law; OF – Rafael Palmerio, Dave Martinez, and Andre Dawson; SP – Greg Maddux, Rick Sutcliffe,Jamie Moyer, and Calvin Schiraldi.

That’s not too bad of a line-up.  1 current HOF player in Sandberg and an obvious 1st ballot player with Maddux.  1 hopefully future HOF player in Dawson, and 1 of the best hitters of the 90’s in Grace.

For the Mets: Catcher – Gary Carter; 1st Base – Keith Hernandez; 2nd Base – Wally Backman; SS – Kevin Elster; 3rd Base – Howard Johnson; OF – Darryl Strawberry; Lenny Dykstra, and Kevin McReynold; SP – Dwight Gooden, David Cone, Ron Darling, and Sid Fernandz.

This group is a little more rag-tag with the exception of HOF’er Gary Carter.  There must be something in the water in NY because none of these guys did extremely well after leaving the Mets(possibly excluding Dykstra and Cone) and several of them went down the tubes quickly.

 HAPPY ANNIVERSARY WRIGLEY!!!!