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Happy Birthday Brian Jordan!!!

Happy Birthday Brian Jordan!!!

2-Sport superstar Brian Jordan turns 46 years old today.

Often overlooked because of the attention given to Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders, Brian Jordan was another 2-sport star that excelled at both professional baseball and football.

And while Jackson and Sanders may have left bigger impressions on the football field, Jordan was a much better baseball player.

Blessed with power and speed, Jordan had the tools to be an All-Star on the baseball diamond.  A solid hitter, Jordan sports a career batting average of .282 while also having three .300+ seasons under his belt.  With a flare for both speed and power, Jordan collected 119 stolen bases during his 15-year career and 184 home runs as well.

Jordan was selected as an All-Star in 1999.  He placed in the Top 20 for the MVP on three different occasions with his highest place in 1996 at 8th with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Happy Birthday Mr. Jordan!!!

SIGNING RESULTS: Former All-Star & 2-Sport Superstar, Brian Jordan!!!

SIGNING RESULTS: Former All-Star & 2-Sport Superstar, Brian Jordan!!!

I have long been a fan of former Cardinals and Braves superstar, Brian Jordan.

He recently did a signing in the St. Louis area, and loyal ’30-YOC’ reader Gerad was there for the event.  Not only did he attend, but he got two baseballs signed – 1 for him and 1 for me!!

Have a look:

BRIAN JORDAN BALL

 

While Jordan may not have achieved the fame that Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders achieved during their professional careers, Jordan dazzled both the major league baseball and national football league for more than a decade.

Jordan starred for both the Cardinals and Braves during his big league career.  He was an All-Star for the Braves in 1999.

A great addition to my signed baseball collection – Thanks Gerad!!!

Happy Birthday Brian Jordan!!!

Happy Birthday Brian Jordan!!!

2-Sport superstar Brian Jordan turns 45 years old today.

Often overlooked because of the attention given to Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders, Brian Jordan was another 2-sport star that excelled at both professional baseball and football.

And while Jackson and Sanders may have left bigger impressions on the football field, Jordan was a much better baseball player.

Blessed with power and speed, Jordan had the tools to be an All-Star on the baseball diamond.  A solid hitter, Jordan sports a career batting average of .282 while also having three .300+ seasons under his belt.  With a flare for both speed and power, Jordan collected 119 stolen bases during his 15-year career and 184 home runs as well.

Jordan was selected as an All-Star in 1999.  He placed in the Top 20 for the MVP on three different occasions with his highest place in 1996 at 8th with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Happy Birthday Mr. Jordan!!!

Happy Birthday Brian Jordan!!!

Happy Birthday Brian Jordan!!!

2-Sport superstar Brian Jordan turns 44 years old today.

Often overlooked because of the attention given to Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders, Brian Jordan was another 2-sport star that excelled at both professional baseball and football.

And while Jackson and Sanders may have left bigger impressions on the football field, Jordan was a much better baseball player.

Blessed with power and speed, Jordan had the tools to be an All-Star on the baseball diamond.  A solid hitter, Jordan sports a career batting average of .282 while also having three .300+ seasons under his belt.  With a flare for both speed and power, Jordan collected 119 stolen bases during his 15-year career and 184 home runs as well.

Jordan was selected as an All-Star in 1999.  He placed in the Top 20 for the MVP on three different occasions with his highest place in 1996 at 8th with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Happy Birthday Mr. Jordan!!!

That Guy!!

Every collector has a ‘That Guy’.  The guy that was going to make you a genius amongst your fellow collectors.  The guy that was going to come in and dominate the game.  The guy that nobody else heard of but you knew he had ‘the stuff’.

My guy was Keith ‘Kiki’ Jones.  Kiki was a pitcher drafted very highly in 1989 by the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Kiki was a ‘fire-baller’ who was throwing in the high 90’s with extreme accuracy.  I had first read about him in ’90 after he struck out 100 batters in just 61 innings as a high school senior.  Kiki was being touted as the next Dwight Gooden and I ran with that.

Every card shop, card show dealer, and friend that had Kiki’s cards soon became my prey.  I attacked and when I was done I owned roughly 400 of these beauties.  Luckily for me at the time I was able to grab most of these for a quarter or less, but again I was thinking of the end reward and all of the ‘You The Man’s’ I was going to get once he debuted in the majors and kicked baseball’s ass.

1989 Score Rookie Card

1989 Score Rookie Card

That smile just reeks of confidence and I was just waiting for the baseball world to be in awe of Keith ‘Kiki’ Jones. 

Too bad it didn’t work out that way.  Kiki never did reach the majors, and sadly enough ‘My Guy’ was tagged by the baseball media as a bust.  Kiki bounced around the minors for a few years while dealing with injuries to his pitching arm and never regained what had made him the 15th pick in the draft.  After 12 years in the minor leagues, Kiki officially left the game of baseball in 2001.  No Rookie of the Year awards, No Cy Young awards, No World Series rings…

So, who is your ‘That Guy’???

The Dodgers mean business…

Obtaining Greg Maddux does not assure you a future of playoff games and championship rings.  But, with the acquisitions of Manny Ramirez and the report that Loas Angeles has also obtained the rights to Greg Maddux is something that Dodgers fans should be excited about.  The organization is making moves that could help them take the lead in the NL West and assist them greatly should they make the playoffs.

With Maddux you are getting a starting pitcher that has 30 post season starts under his belt including 5 starts in the World Series.  Although his recent stats are nothing compared to what they were like when he was taking to the Braves to pennant after pennant, Maddux can give you 5-6 quality innings of work while allowing very few, if any, runs.

 

In Ramirez, the Dodgers got someone with 353 post season at bats, with 77 of them being in the World Series.  He has 95 hits in 95 career post season games, while also totalling 64 RBI’s.  On the field Manny is one of the best offensive players from the last 15 years and automatically makes your team more confident in the post season due to his enormous success.

Make no mistake about it, the Los Angeles Dodgers are for real!!!  And I am a little jealous….

Dave Stewart would scare the crap out of me…

I don’t know about you, but there are certain images from baseball in the 1980’s that are burned into my mind.  In 1988 when the Los Angeles Dodgers played the Oakland A’s in the World Series it was Dave Stewart’s fierce stare.  When the popularity of the forearm smashing ‘Bash Brothers’ was at an all-time high.  When Kirk Gibson created a moment in World Series history that continually gets air time some 20 years later.  Dave Stewart still scares the crap out of me…

I don’t know if it was that his hat was perfectly curved to sit just above his eyes.  Maybe it was that when he held his glove in front of his face all he let you see were his eyes.  I don’t know for sure, but I can tell you that as a 13-year old kid I was scared.  I had never seen so much focus in all of my life.  To feel all of that emotions while looking into someone’s eyes is an emotion from that World Series that I will never forget. 

As a batter facing Stewart, I don’t know how you couldn’t be intimidated.  I can compare his fierce stare to that of someone playing football and seeing Lawrence Taylor lined up against him.  He is the lion and you are his prey.  All of his attention is on you and he is not going to lose sight of you until you are destroyed.

In what was an unforgettable World Series with baseball’s superstars on display, it was the stare and focus of Dave Stewart that remains my greatest memories from 1988’s fall classic.