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Did You Know…

Lou Piniella managed the American League team with the most wins in a single season since 1900.  In 2001, Piniella and his Seattle Mariners squad ended their season with a 116-46 record.  The previous record was held by the 1998 New York Yankees who went 114-48.

My First Time – Lou Piniella – September 4, 1964

My First Time – Lou Piniella – September 4, 1964

The Setting – Dodger Stadium.  Los Angeles, CA.

From Piniella – ‘I only had one at-bat in 1964.  I grounded out to end the inning and left a runner on base.  My next at-bat came in 1969 – I had five seasons to think about that grounder’.

The Boxscore – Dodgers 7, Orioles 1.  Piniella goes 0-for-1.

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Forgotten Stars Of The 1960s & 1970s’

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Forgotten Stars Of The 1960s & 1970s’

Shout out to my man ‘Hackenbush‘ for the fantastic idea!!!

Being that we both have a fondness for players from that era, he challenged me with this idea.  And while it took me a few weeks longer than what I wanted, it was not due to lack of interest.  It was that I had to revamp and revise the list time after time after time.

And while I am still not 100% sold on the final rankings, I am ready to publish my list tonight.

As for criteria, I tried to pick players that starred during the 1960s and 1970s for the majority of their prime.  And while I do think that there are several HOFers that seem to be forgotten from that period (Fergie Jenkins and Lou Brock to name a few), if you are in the HOF you are not on my list.

So, with all of that being said – Let’s Do This!!!

Honorable Mention – Ted Simmons, Paul Blair, Ken Griffey, George Foster, Tony Oliva, Tug McGraw, and Lou Piniella.

10B – Tommy John – 288 career wins with 162 complete games is nothing to sneeze at.  John was an All-Star four times and made it to the playoffs five times.

10A – Dwight Evans – A supreme defender with a cannon for an arm, Evans also delivered a punch at the plate as he connected for 385 home runs, and driving in 1,384 runners.

9 – Willie Randolph – A slick defender with unreal quickness, Randolph stole 271 bases and scored 1,239 times en route to six All-Star selections.

8 – Fred Lynn – The 1975 ROY and MVP was a supreme star from the moment he took the field.  Earning nine straight All-Star selections to start his career, Lynn was on par with the best outfielders in the AL for a decade.  And his 1979 batting title aint to shabby either…

7  -Dave Parker – A slugger in every sense of the word, Parker clubbed home runs for a living while helping make the Pirates franchise relevant.  339 career home runs with two batting titles and 7 All-Star selections solidifies the resume of the 1974 NL MVP.

6 – Luis Tiant – Ask anyone that faced him during his prime and they will tell you.  Luis Tiant was a monster!!!  With 229 career wins and 187 complete games, Tiant was a worker.  He threw more than 200 innings in 8 of his 19 seasons.

5 – Keith Hernandez – Before he was appearing in Seinfeld episodes or selling hair color for men, Hernandez was dominating baseball games as a defensive specialist.  He collected 11 Gold Glove awards in 17 seasons and his batting title in 1979 coupled with his Gold Glove status made him an MVP.

4 – Bill Madlock – Winning four batting titles is remarkable.  And winning them over a stretch of a 11-season span shows your dedication to the craft.  Madlock retired with a .305 batting average and rang up 11 seasons in which he hit .300 or better.

3 – Dave Kingman – He was Rob Deer before Rob Deer.  He was Adam Dunn before Adam Dunn.  In total, Kingman crushed 442 home runs, including eclipsing the 30-HR mark seven times.  Kingman was a 3-time All-Star.

2 – Maury Wills – A threat on the base paths from the moment he stepped onto the field, Maury Wills raised the bar when it came to base running and specifically base stealing.  The league champion for six consecutive seasons, Wills was the single season record owner, and swiped 586 bags during his 14-year career.

1 – Vida Blue – With uncanny talent, and a string team behind him, Blue was the AL MVP and Cy Young winner in 1971.  He would have five more Top 7 finishes for the Cy Young Award and also 6 All-Star game appearances.  Most important, Blue competed in and won three consecutive World Series titles from 1972-74.

And there you have it.  If you asked me to do this again, I would probably rank them differently, but all of these guys had fantastic big league careers and they all deserve more credit and recognition by the sport and our hobby!!!

Thanks for reading.

‘On The Road With psugator02’ – April 1, 2010

‘On The Road With psugator02′ – April 1, 2010

Rockies at Cubs
Mesa, Ariz.
10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

All of the Rockies I thought would sign did. A few surprises on the Cubs’ side, however.

Dexter Fowler: 2/2 (8x10s)..as nice as could be though insisted on personalizing. A far cry from his behavior in NYC. I guess no one likes getting mobbed. Told him that his graph has changed a lot from when he was in high school. “That’s the way it goes.”
Ian Stewart: 2/2 (8x10s)….Very polite. I apologized for the quality of the photos but he flattered me by saying that they were good
Jason Giambi: 0/1..I was waiting near the Rockies’ dugout. Of course the few he signed were near the Cubs’ dugout.
Ubaldo Jimenez: 2/2 (’09 Ginters)…real nice guy
Miguel Olivo: 1/1 (2006 Marlins’ team photo)…I told him that I’ve been chasing him for a while. I think he interpreted the word “chase” incorrectly. “I don’t mean it like that,” I said.
Alfonso Soriano: 1/1 (’08 Ginter)…Another grapher had a color canvas and traded it to Soriano for a mint bat. The bat looked incredible, the sig even better
Aramis Ramirez: 1/1 (’08 Ginter)…I guess he’s difficult here in Arizona. I got lucky
Derrek Lee: 0/1 while on his way to the player parking lot in a golf cart, 0/1 while leaving the player lot in his car
Ryan Theriot: 2/2 (’09 Ginters)…nice kid
Ryan Dempster: 2/2 (’09 Ginters)…told him how much he is missed in South Florida
Lou Piniella: 0/1 postgame despite only two other graphers being there. “I gotta go.”
Troy Tulowitzki: 0/1 did not even acknowledge me
Todd Helton: 0/1 did not even acknowledge me…the few he signed were for little kids
Fukudome: 0/1
Bob Brenly: 2/2 (cards)…real nice

Other: No sign of Billy Williams, Ryne Sandberg, or Greg Maddux. Gonna try for the latter two tomorrow at the minor-league complex. … Fergie Jenkins, Tommy Davis, Bert Campaneris, George Foster and a few others were all signing behind home plate. I didn’t care about any of them other than Fergie but I wasn’t going to pay $20-per. … A big thank-you to Tony, a local grapher, for showing me the ropes in Mesa, in addition to a few of the other parks. You’re a good dude.

If you would like to contact Mark, he can be reached at psugator02@yahoo.com.

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #30

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #30

1964 Topps – Card #167 – AKA – ‘The Lou Piniella Rookie Card’

Mike Brumley – Playing just 3 seasons with 224 games played, Brumley had a hard time keeping the starting job he had during his rookie campaign.  Primarily due to offense, the Washington Senators turned to other players that were able to supply more firepower at the plate.  Leaving the sport at just 27 years of age, Brumley retired with a .229 batting average alongside 151 hits, 5 home runs, 50 RBI and 52 runs scored.

Lou Piniella – More known for his managerial success, Lou Piniella enjoyed a solid 18-year career in the big leagues.  Winner of the Rookie of the Year award in 1969, ‘Sweet Lou’ was also a 2-time All-star and member of 2 New York Yankees championship teams.  Piniella was a career .291 hitter and he amassed 766 RBI and scored 651 runs.

Rumor Central: Ozzie Guillen & Lou Piniella Leaving Baseball

That’s right.  This is breaking news and you heard it here first at ’30-Year Old Cardboard’.

Ozzie Guillen and Lou Piniella are leaving major league baseball to start a rap group based out of the ‘South Side’!!!

Here is their first single: 

And The Contest Winner Is….

Well, major league baseball’s individual awards have been handed out, so my first contest on this blog has concluded.

And the winner is….  Bailey from the blog – ‘The Nennth Inning’

NL MVP – Pujols
AL MVP – Pedroia
NL ROY – Soto
AL ROY – Longoria
NL CY – Lincecum
AL CY – Lee
NL Manager –
AL Manager – Maddon

This season’s awards featured some obvious winners as well as some puzzling ones.  But, Bailey did remarkably well and scored 7 out of 8 possible points.  We had 3 more readers with 6 points each so we certainly have some pretty educated baseball fans reading my posts!!!

Bailey – Feel free to pick from any of the cards shown below.  Either post a comment with your selection or shoot me an email to let me know your decision!!!

Thanks to all that participated and please stay tuned for more contests on ’30-Year Old Cardboard’!


Happy Birthday Lou Piniella !!!!

Happy Birthday to Sweet Lou!!  Lou turns 65 today!!

Lou Piniella played in the major leagues for 18 seasons, winning Rookie of the Year back in 1969 and 2 World Series rings with the New York Yankees.  After his successful career as a player, Piniella moved on to coaching and has managed 5 teams in major league baseball – the Yankees, Reds, Mariners, Rays, and now the Cubs.

With all of his accomplishments, Lou may be remembered most for this…

Happy Birthday to the guy that made kicking dirt and throwing bases a baseball tradition!!