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Happy Birthday Lance Parrish!!!

Happy Birthday Lance Parrish!!!

Lanc Parrish Turns 57 years old today.

Lance Parrish was a stud catcher for 19 seasons in the big leagues.  A 7-time All-star and 3-time Gold Glove winner, Parrish captured the hearts of Detroit Tiger fans with his passion for the game and desire to win.  A leader on their 1984 World Series championship team, Parrish helped lead the Tigers as the anchor of their amazing infield.  With a career batting average of .252 with 324 home runs and 1,070 RBI, Lance Parrish was a solid contributor at the most difficult position.

Happy Birthday Mr. Parrish!!

Happy Birthday Lance Parrish!!!

Happy Birthday Lance Parrish!!!

Lanc Parrish Turns 55 years old today.

Lance Parrish was a stud catcher for 19 seasons in the big leagues.  A 7-time All-star and 3-time Gold Glove winner, Parrish captured the hearts of Detroit Tiger fans with his passion for the game and desire to win.  A leader on their 1984 World Series championship team, Parrish helped lead the Tigers as the anchor of their amazing infield.  With a career batting average of .252 with 324 home runs and 1,070 RBI, Lance Parrish was a solid contributor at the most difficult position.

Happy Birthday Mr. Parrish!!

Lance Parrish 2003 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites

Lance Parrish 2003 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites

Lance Parrish enjoyed a solid campaign in 1980, and the 2003 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites set pays homage to that season.

Parrish became and All-Star and Silver Slugger Award winner in 1980.

Here are some of the impressive numbers: .286 batting average, 158 hits, 34 doubles, 26 home runs, 79 runs scored, and 82 RBI.

Atta Boy Lance!!! 

My First Time – Lance Parrish – September 5, 1977

My First Time – Lance Parrish – September 5, 1977

The Setting – Tiger Stadium.  Detroit, MI.

From Parrish – ‘The first game I played in was against Baltimore.  I grounded out in my first at-bat, but the next time I lined to center and that was it – O for Two’.

The Boxscore – Orioles win 5-0.  Parrish goes o-for-2 with two walks.

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Forgotten Stars Of The 1980s’

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Forgotten Stars Of The 1980s’

I had such a good time, and judging by the reader reaction so did you, working on and writing my ‘Top Ten List’ from last week that I wanted to extend the same subject into the 1980’s.

So, that is this week’s theme – ‘Top Ten Forgotten Stars Of The 1980s’.

Again, like last week, you will not find any Hall of Fame players, although there are several that I think deserve more credit in the overall scheme of things.

You will also not find players that still get a lot of attention in the sport and hobby – Don Mattingly, Dale Murphy, Fred McGriff, Cecil Fielder, Eric Davis, etc.

What you will find is a list of players that I really enjoyed watching during their primes.

Are you ready?  Let’s do this!!!

Honorable Mention – Andy VanSlyke, Ruben Sierra, Todd Worrell, Chili Davis, Pedro Guerrero, Willie Wilson, John Franco, and Gary Gaetti.

10 – George Bell.  You can call him George or Jorge or ‘Liberty’, but you better add ‘slugger’ too.  One of the decades best home run hitters, Bell was an offensive machine.  The producer of home runs, RBI, and high batting average led Bell to receive 3 All-Star selections, 3 Silver Slugger Awards and the 1987 AL MVP.

9 – Lance Parrish.  Parrish was the core of the Detroit Tigers for most of the early-to-mid 1980’s.  His skill both at the plate and behind it helped make him a perennial All-Star selection.  Parrish is also a 6-time Silver Slugger winner and has 3 Gold Gloves.

8 – Mike Greenwell.  While there may have been other ‘big’ names in Boston that got national attention, if you ask any Red Sox fan from that era, they will tell you that Mike Greenwell was a key contributor to the team’s success.  Greenwell played 12 years for the Sox and retired with a .303 batting average, which included 7 seasons above the .300 mark.  Greenwell was a 2-time All-Star and runner-up for the MVP award in 1988.

7 – Kent Hrbek.  The anchor of the Twins’ offense and defense, Hrbek played 14 solid seasons with the Twins.  A 2-time World Series champion, he hit 293 home runs during his career while driving in 1,086.  Hrbek was the runner up for the ROY in 1982 and MVP in 1984.

6 – Rick Sutcliffe.  An old-school pitcher that was probably a decade or two late to the game, Sutcliffe embodied the ‘mean’ approach that made several pitchers legends in the 1960s.  Used as both a starter and reliever during his playing days, Sutcliffe retired with a 171-139 record.  He was the Rookie of the Year in 1979 and won the 1984 Cy Young Award with his 20-6 record, 9 complete games, and 213 strikeouts.

5 – Harold Baines.  A 22-season veteran, Baines racked up some very impressive stats during his playing days.  A lifetime .289 hitter, Baines collected 2,866 hits.  He also had a knack for power and run production – 48 doubles, 384 home runs, 1,299 runs scored, and 1,628 RBI.  Baines was a 6-time All-Star.

4 – Willie McGee.  Talk about a perfect for a team..  Willie McGee brought the Cardinals instant offense as a rookie in 1982.  In fact, the 23-year old played a large role in the Cardinals World Series win that season.  In 1985 McGee was unreal – .353 batting average, 216 hits, 56 stolen bases, 114 runs scored, 86 RBI, a batting title, All-Star selection, Gold Glove, Silver Slugger, and MVP!!  In total, McGee was a 4-time All-Star, 3-time Gold Glove winner, and one of the most popular Cardinals in team history.

3 – Tim Raines.  Quite possibly the second best lead-off hitter of the last fifty years, there was nothing Tim Raines could not do on a baseball diamond.  He stole 808 bases during his career, scored 1,571 runs, and has a lifetime batting average of .294.  Raines was a 7-time All-Star and has 5 finishes in the Top 12 for the MVP.

2 – Lee Smith.  Smith ranks in 3rd place on the all-time saves list, and he will not give up that spot any time soon.  He ranks ahead of every Hall of Famer to ever be tagged as a ‘closer’.  Smith played in 18 big league seasons, accumulating 478 saves along the way.  Smith reached the post-season only twice, which translates to his role being even more important as we was closing games for teams that were not very competitive.

1 – Jack Morris.  Morris pitched in the majors for 18 seasons.  He won more game than any other pitcher in the 1980s, totalling 254 wins for his career.  He has 3 20-win seasons under his belt and an impressive 7 finishes in the Top 9 for the Cy Young award.  Morris competed in 3 World Series match-ups, winning all three – for three different teams.  He won the 1991 World Series MVP, and finished his post-season career with a 4-2 record.

And there it is.  I’m a bit exhausted, but that was a lot of fun too!!!

Do you think that I missed anyone?  Are my rankings appropriate?  Let me hear it!!!

And for the record – on this list, numbers 3,2,and 1 all deserve to be in the Hall of Fame.  Just my opinion…

Thanks for reading.

Happy Birthday Lance Parrish!!!

Happy Birthday Lance Parrish!!!

Lanc Parrish Turns 54 years old today.

Lance Parrish was a stud catcher for 19 seasons in the big leagues.  A 7-time All-star and 3-time Gold Glove winner, Parrish captured the hearts of Detroit Tiger fans with his passion for the game and desire to win.  A leader on their 1984 World Series championship team, Parrish helped lead the Tigers as the anchor of their amazing infield.  With a career batting average of .252 with 324 home runs and 1,070 RBI, Lance Parrish was a solid contributor at the most difficult position. 

Happy Birthday Mr. Parrish!!

Lance Parrish TTM Success!!!

In my longest wait since I got back into the TTM game, Lance Parrish returned all 3 of the cards I sent him.  And it took 278 days!!!

I had seen several returns in the last week from Parrish and all of them were lengthy in terms of the wait time.  I am just happy that I am in the group that has now added Parrish’s great signature to my collection.

Parrish has a nice, artsy signature.  Of the three I got back, I have to say that the ’86 Topps is my favorite!!

Thank you, Mr. Parrish!!

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1978 Topps Dale Murphy & Lance Parrish Rookie Card

1978 Topps Dale Murphy & Lance Parrish Rookie Card

 I had been hunting down this card for some time so I quickly scooped it up when I saw the $1.99 ‘Buy It Now’ price tag while doing a little Ebay shopping.

As a kid, one of my teams of choice was the Atlanta Braves.  When I lived in Florida, the first time around, there was no major league team but we got WTBS at the house so I learned a ton about the game by watching the Braves telecasts.  And of course during that time, the team’s biggest star was Dale Murphy so it was only natural to be drawn to him.

I guess this counts as his second rookie card since he is featured on a 1977 quad-image card also claiming him as a rookie too.  Don’t worry that one is in my sights as well and I will be sure to post about it when added to my collection. 

This ’78 is in really nice condition and for the low price I was very happy to see how well this card has been cared for over the last 30+ years!!!

Murphy & Parrish

And Lance Parrish ain’t too shabby either…

What Ever Happened To Lance Parrish???

Nicknamed ‘The Big Wheel’, Lance Parrish had an extremely solid 19-year baseball career. 

An 8-time All-star at catcher, Parrish was a well respected player around the league for his power hitting abilities and his defensive skill.  With 324 career home runs to his credit, Parrish crushed 20 or more home runs in 7 different seasons.  His strong bat and ability to drive in runs(he has 1,070 RBI) made Parrish a fan favorite during his playing days with the Detroit Tigers.  And with 3 Gold Glove awards to his credit, Parrish was a defensive force as well as the anchor for many Tigers’ pitching staffs.

Parrish’s lone offensive flaw was his ability to hit for average.  Keep in mind that 20 years ago there were not many, if any, catchers that were solid contact hitters.  For his career, Parrish has a .252 average and never hit higher than .286 in any one season.  But Parrish’s low batting average did not deter from his ability to drive the ball and score runs himself.  In his career, Lance Parrish has scored 856 runs.

Parrish’s lone trip to the playoffs came during the 1984 seasons.  The Tigers did very well and Parrish won his only World Series Championship that year.  In the World Series, his average actually improved as he batted .278 while blasting 1 home run and driving in 2 runs and scoring 3 himself in just that 5-game series.

 

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11 More Autograph TTM Requests Going Out…

I plead Guilty.  I am hooked.  And my mailman is not going to be too pleased with the extra weight he’s got to carry around…

11 more autograph requests have been mailed.  I have been on a nice little hit streak lately so I didn’t want to let up.  I have a shrinking stack of cards that I want to send out for autographs, but my stack of signed cards is multiplying in quantity.  I don’t consider this to be too bad of a trade-off…

The Guys: Don Zimmer, Steve Sax, Frank Viola, Mark Gubicza, John Olerud, Dave Henderson, Tim Raines, Cecil Cooper, Tim Brunansky, Lou Whitaker, and Lance Parrish.

Wish me luck!!!

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