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Did You Know…

The last player to appear in a Major League All-Star game representing the Brooklyn Dodgers was Gil Hodges.  Hodges was chosen to participate in the 1957 All-Star Game.  The Dodgers moved to Los Angeles at the conclusion of the ’57 season.

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Did You Know…

The Pittsburgh Pirates have won the World Series five times.  In each of those title clinching championships it took the Pirates seven games to capture the ring – 1909, 1925, 1960, 1971, 1979.

The ’30-YOC’ Bookstore Is Closed For The Summer!!!

For those of you that enjoyed one of my newest features on this blog titled ‘Now That’s A Book I’d Read’, I wanted to let you know that our printing press has been overworked a bit and will require a little maintenance to get back into working order.

I am estimating that we will be able to get back on track in a few short months and am expecting another of handful of releases by ’30-YOC’ in the fall.

In the meantime, here is a list of the ‘First Editions’ that have been published for your enjoyment.  Please feel free to peruse the books as you wish!!!

Book #1 – ‘The 4th Wheel’

Book #2 – ‘Both Sides Of The Fence’

Book #3 – ‘Class Of ’86’

Book #4 – ‘Tales From The Trainer’s Table’

Book #5 – ‘Rule #1: Mascots Cannot Talk’

Book #6 – ‘My Windy City’

Thank you for reading.  See you soon!!!

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New Feature Coming To ’30-Year Old Cardboard – ‘Now That’s A Book I’d Read’

As you have seen of late, I enjoy reading.  I’ll read almost anything but lately my focus has been our beloved past-time.  I am mid-way through a 600-page book called ‘Grand Slam Baseball’.  And I have 1 more book in my queue waiting for me.

I have read some great biographies, autobiographies, and accounts of baseball history.  But no matter how many books I find, I always wonder what certain books would be like if they were written and published for us to enjoy.  So, that is what this new feature on ’30-Year Old Cardboard’ is about.  I will develop my own books, with appropriate titles, and offer them up to you for your critiques.  No, I will not be penning any of these any time soon, but I just want to test the interest of the readers of this blog to see if my thoughts gel with what you find entertaining about the sport of baseball.

I’ve got some great ideas, at least I think so, and I cannot wait to share them with you.  Look for the first book next week as I bring you ‘Now That’s A Book I’d Read’.

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Wade Boggs was going to be ‘The One’

As a kid, I remember watching Pete Rose break Ty Cobb’s record for career hits with 4,192.  Even at a young age, I understood that it would take supreme dedication and skill for anyone to amass that many hits in a career.  I sat in awe not knowing Rose’s full story, but was amazed by the history I was watching.

Enter Wade Boggs.  I had always been fascinated by Boggs and his hitting abilities.  He batted 2nd or 3rd in the Red Sox line up, as I did in Little League at the time.  He was a confident hitter and had amazing patience at the plate, as I tried to have in Little League at the time.  He played 3rd base, as I did in Little League at the time.

Ok, so I was completely convinced that of all of the great hitters I was watching(Gwynn, Mattingly, Lansford, etc), it was going to be Wade Boggs that would eventually break Pete Rose’s new hits record.  By 1989, and 8 seasons into his career, Boggs had 1,597 hits.  Over the first 8 years of Rose’s career, Pete had amassed 1,532.  Boggs was well onto his way of becoming the best hitter in major league history.  Over the course of the next 8 seasons, Rose got another 1,632 while Boggs only accumulated 1,203.  My dreams were shattered as I watched this goal grow farther and farther out of reach.  While Rose seemed to only get better as he aged, Boggs showed more and more signs of an aging ballplayer and was unable to keep up with Rose’s pace.

Remarkably enough, Boggs finished up 1,246 hits shy of tying Rose for the all-time hits record.  And this just goes to show that the talent of these baseball players is so incredibly rare.   And when you find a player that is able to outlast and withstand all obstacles that come his way during his career that is a true accomplishment.

Wade Boggs will always be one of my favorite players.  I admire his approach to game, and specifically to the science of hitting.  I do hope that as he gets older people mention his name as one of the greatest hitters of all-time.   I know I will…

Is 400/400 the New 300/300???

Has baseball’s 300/300 club lost it’s luster?  In 2006, just 10 days apart from one another, this extremely rare club added 2 new members: Steve Finley and Reggie Sanders.  The club had grown by 50% in a matter of weeks and although there are only 6 players in baseball history  that have achieved this incredible accomplishment I have to wonder if the brilliance of this feat has been reduced?

Don’t get me wrong, Finley and Sanders are wonderful players that contributed to their teams with both power and smart base running.  This is a rare kind of player, and when mentioned alongside the other members they tend to stand out(not in a good way).  Barry Bonds, Willie Mays, Bobby Bonds, Andre Dawson…  and oh yeah, Steve Finley and Reggie Sanders.  By adding a 2-time All-Star and 1-time All-Star to this group of current Hall of Famers and sure to be future Hall of Famers(Dawson & Bonds) just doesn’t sit well with me.  Players like Carlos Beltran and Mike Cameron are closing in on joining the 300/300 club too and again they just don’t fit in with the original 4 members in my eyes.

Amazingly enough, the 4 original members of this club are also in the 400/400 club.  This is a true testament to their ability to display the perfect combination of power and speed throughout their careers. 

So, now I ask the question is 400/400 the new 300/300?  You always hear that 50 is the new 30, and 60 is the new 40 so I am throwing that into the world of baseball as I believe 400/400 is the new pinnacle for the perfect match of power, speed, and durability.  I don’t want to take anything away from Finley or Sanders, but I also wouldn’t want to diminish these other 4 baseball superstar’s accomplishments either. 

And now I have to wonder who may be next to join them.  There is a handful of talented players out there that could come close, but this 400/400 goal also shows that a player is able to stay healthy and committed to the game.

In my eyes, there is only 1 player that may be able to join this newly crowned elite 400/400 club in the next 10 years.  Ladies and Gentleman, I give you 6-time All-Star Alfonso Soriano.

As of games played through August 17, 2008, Soriano has 263 career home runs and 241 career stolen bases.  If he is able to maintain his health, which is questionable, and continues to average the stats he has compiled in his first 9 years as a professional baseball player, we may be seeing history made again in 6-7 years.