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Happy Birthday Luis Tiant!!!!

Happy Birthday Luis Tiant!!!!

Luis Tiant turns 73 years old today.

Luis Tiant posted a very successful 19-year pitching career.  During his playing days, Tiant had (4) 20+ win seasons.  And with a career record of 229-172 with an ERA of just 3.30, Tiant was a well-deserving 3-time All-star and 4-time Top 6 finisher for the Cy Young award.

Tiant’s character was polarizing – his pitching mechanics were full of personality and his love for the game was unquestionable.

I wish that they made more baseball players like ‘El Tiante’!!!

Happy Birthday Mr. Tiant!!!

Happy Birthday Luis Tiant!!!!

Happy Birthday Luis Tiant!!!!

Luis Tiant turns 72 years old today.

Luis Tiant posted a very successful 19-year pitching career.  During his playing days, Tiant had (4) 20+ win seasons.  And with a career record of 229-172 with an ERA of just 3.30, Tiant was a well-deserving 3-time All-star and 4-time Top 6 finisher for the Cy Young award.

Tiant’s character was polarizing – his pitching mechanics were full of personality and his love for the game was unquestionable.

I wish that they made more baseball players like ‘El Tiante’!!!

Happy Birthday Mr. Tiant!!!

PRIVATE SIGNING EVENT – Starring Fergie Jenkins, Jim Rice, Tim Raines, and Luis Tiant!!!

PRIVATE SIGNING EVENT – Starring Fergie Jenkins, Jim Rice, Tim Raines, and Luis Tiant!!!

The Fergie Jenkins Foundation will have Special Guests Hall of Famers Jim Rice and Fergie Jenkins along with Tim Raines and Luis Tiant at this years Toronto Sport Card Expo from 11am-1pm on Saturday May 5th at the International Centre.

I am accepting Mail-Order for these 4.

Prices are as followed:

Jim Rice (HOF 09′, 1978 AL MVP)
$40 – Cards/Balls/Flats
$50 – Oversized Items(16×20 & Over)/Bats/Jerseys
$10 – Inscriptions

Fergie Jenkins (HOF 91′, 1971 NL Cy Young)
$20 – Cards/Balls/Flats
$40 – Oversized Items(16×20 & Over)
$50 – Bats/Jerseys
*1 Free Inscription if requested, $10 each additional*

Tim Raines (7-Time All-Star, 86′ NL Batting Champ, 87′ All-Star Game MVP)
$20 – Cards/Balls/Flats
$40 – Oversized Items(16×20 & Over)/Bats/Jerseys
*1 Free Inscription if requested, $10 each additional*

Luis Tiant (3-Time All-Star, 72′ AL Comeback Player of the Year)
$20 – Cards/Balls/Flats
$40 – Oversized Items(16×20 & Over)/Bats/Jerseys
*1 Free Inscription if requested, $10 each additional*

Make checks/money orders payable to the Fergie Jenkins Foundation, or we also accept Credit Card, no paypal.

Need items by May 3rd!!!!

Mail items, payment, and SASE to:

Fergie Jenkins Foundation, Inc.
ATTN: Craig Nyman
PO Box 664
Lewiston, NY, 14092

Luis Tiant Autographed Baseball – YES!!!

Luis Tiant Autographed Baseball – YES!!!

With all of the attention that I have been paying to the ‘Big Red Machine’, it is very hard to ignore the great Red Sox teams of the mid-70’s.  And of that squad, my personal favorites are Luis Tiant and Fred Lynn.

Tiant was an enormous talent, with one heck of a personal story.  A baseball-rich family, Luis wanted to play baseball at the highest level and eventually accomplished that very goal.

Well, while shopping on Ebay a few weeks ago, I sought out autographed baseballs of Tiant, and to my surprise the selection was limited.

But, I did find one that was perfect – the auto, and the price tag.

And now, that beautifully signed baseball is a part of my collection.

Have a peek:

Awesome!!!

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – Top Ten Rookie Card Stocking Stuffers!!!

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – Top Ten Rookie Card Stocking Stuffers!!!

OK gang, after a few weeks off, I am ready to jump back into the weekly ‘Top Ten Lists’ again.

So, since we are just a week away from Christmas, I thought I would offer up a holiday themed list this week.

This week, I will present you with my ‘Top Ten Stocking Stuffers’.  In my house, it has become a tradition that the family’s stocking are opened up on Christmas Eve – a little warm-up to the next day’s big event if you will…

The rules for our family stockings are simple – all combined gifts cannot exceed $20.  Other than that, anything goes…  In the past, my stocking has contained DVDs, CDs, candy, and of course, baseball cards!!

So, now you have the background, let’s get on to it.  Below are the ten rookie baseball cards that I would love to see in my Christmas stocking next weekend – and if shopped properly, each could be had for less than $20…

Honorable Mention – Dave Parker, Bert Blyleven, Vida Blue, and Willie Randolph.

10 – Steve Garvey

9 – Dave Concepcion

8 – George Foster

7 – Rich ‘Goose’ Gossage

6 – Kirk Gibson

5 – Jack Morris

4 – Luis Tiant

3 – Keith Hernandez

2 – Carlton Fisk

1 – Rollie Fingers

And there you have it.  Who knows, maybe I’ll find one or more of these beauties in my stocking next Saturday night.  If so, I will surely let you know..

If you could choose one rookie baseball card to find in your stocking, what would you like to see?  And stick to the rules – under $20!!!

Happy Birthday Luis Tiant!!!!

Happy Birthday Luis Tiant!!!!

Luis Tiant posted a very successful 19-year pitching career.  During his playing days, Tiant had (4) 20+ win seasons.  And with a career record of 229-172 with an ERA of just 3.30, Tiant was a well-deserving 3-time All-star and 4-time Top 6 finisher for the Cy Young award.

Tiant’s character was polarizing – his pitching mechanics were full of personality and his love for the game was unquestionable.

I wish that they made more baseball players like ‘El Tiante’!!!

Happy Birthday Mr. Tiant!!!

’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′ – June 3, 2010

‘On The Road With psugator02’ – June 3, 2010

Thursday, June 3
Muvico Hialeah 14
Hialeah, Fla.
7:15-10 p.m.
screening for “Lost Son of Havana”

Last night it wasn’t at all about the graphing. It was about the “Lost Son of Havana,” the 2009 documentary that chronicles Luis Tiant’s return to his homeland of Cuba after a 46-year hiatus. And you don’t have to be a baseball fan to enjoy this story. In fact, the gf decided to attend the screening with me at the last minute and she wasn’t disappointed, dabbing her eyes through most of the movie.

I’ve always been aware of Tiant’s baseball career. I knew he played for the Red Sox and the Yankees. I didn’t realize he also played for the Twins and Indians. I knew he was overpowering when he first made it to the big leagues. I had no idea that he had to completely reinvent himself as a pitcher after a major arm injury.

What was most moving, though, was the story of Tiant’s life. Would you leave your family for another country if you knew that you would never again be allowed to return home? That was Tiant’s dilemma in 1961 when he left the island of Cuba for the United States. I guess up until that year ballplayers could leave Cuba to play professionally. However, per Castro, those who chose to leave could never return.

Tiant was emotional throughout most of the documentary, as was the packed theater. I don’t want to give away anything else. I’ll just say that “Lost Son of Havana” is a movie you don’t want to miss.

Luis Tiant: 1/1 (educational pamphlet for Kassis)…and Luis did a nice job with giving me a big, bold graph in blue Sharpie.

Also: The summer road trip begins Thursday, June 10. I’m only going to list in this forum the baseball games that I’ll be attending during the first leg of the trip. I’ll be with the gf so if I want to attend these games, then I’ll have to go to just as many contra dances with her LOL

Here’s some info on contra dancing:

http://www.sbcds.org/contradance/whatis/

And here’s my tentative itinerary:

June 11: Greenville at Rome
June 12: Delmarva at Lexington
June 18-19: Durham at Louisville
June 23: New Hampshire at Harrisburg
July 9 New Hampshire at Binghamton
July 10: Lehigh Valley at Scranton

I’ll be umpiring a Little League tournament in Cooperstown from July 3-9, then will continue the road trip’s second leg. Shoot me a PM if you’d like me to 50-50 any of the above games.

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

‘Now That’s A Book I’d Read’ – Book #2 – ‘Both Sides Of The Fence’

This book is the 2nd book in this new feature at ’30-Year Old Cardboard’.

Title – ‘Both Sides Of The Fence ‘

Synopsis – The most heated rivalry in all of professional sports – The New York Yankees and The Boston Red Sox.  Dating back to the early 1900’s the games and rivalry established between these two franchises is legendary.  And with the rivalry comes stories of laughter mixed with tears as well as the thrill of victory and the heartbreak of defeat.

Jacket  Content – In the rivalry of the Yankees and Red Sox, there is a bold line separating the two teams.  The fans from ‘Beantown’ are as loyal as they come even though their overall team success is not on par with their counterparts.  And the Yankees team, armed with 26 World Championships, are the more decorated team and act as such.

This book will share the stories of the players that called both Fenway Park and Yankee Stadium home during their careers.  We will dig in deep to dissect the sport’s oldest and strongest rivalry by listening to the stories of the men that played for both teams.  In this book you will hear funny recounts of fan interaction, horror stories of players that have left one team to join their biggest enemy, and tales of the ultimate satisfaction – beating their arch nemesis(and former teams). 

207 players have done this.  Here are the stories of the most accomplished and famous men of that group.

Chapters

1 – Don Baylor : Yankees(1983-85) Red Sox(1986-87)

2 – Wade Boggs : Yankees(1993-97) Red Sox(1982-92)

3 – Jose Canseco : Yankees(2000) Red Sox(1995-96)

4 – Roger Clemens : Yankees(1999-07) Red Sox(1984-96)

5 – David Cone : Yankees(1995-00) Red Sox(2001)

6 – Johnny Damon : Yankees(2006-present) Red Sox(2002-05)

7 – Rickey Henderson : Yankees(1985-89) Red Sox(2002)

8 – Mike Lowell : Yankees(1998) Red Sox(2006-present)

9 – Sparky Lyle : Yankees(1972-78) Red Sox(1967-71)

10 –  John Olerud : Yankees(2004) Red Sox (2005)

11 – Jeff Reardon : Yankeed(1994) Red Sox (1990-92)

12 – George Herman ‘ Babe’ Ruth : Yankees(1920-34) Red Sox(1914-19)

13 – Lee Smith : Yankees(1993) Red Sox(1988-90)

14 – JT Snow : Yankees(1992) Red Sox(2006)

15 – Luis Tiant : Yankees(1979-80) Red Sox(1971-18)

16 – David Wells : Yankees(1997-03) Red Sox(2005-06)

 

1983 Topps Super Veteran – Luis Tiant

1983 Topps Super Veteran – Luis Tiant

Luis Tiant posted a very successful 19-year pitching career.  During his playing days, Tiant had (4) 20+ win seasons.  And with a career record of 229-172 with an ERA of just 3.30, Tiant was a well-deserving 3-time All-star and 4-time Top 6 finisher for the Cy Young award.

From what I have seen so far, this one of the the first cards from the 1983 Topps Super Veteran set that shows 2 pictures in which the player looks nothing like himself in the ‘After’ shot.  Granted that there are 19 years between the 2 photos but you could have told me these pictures were of 2 different players and I would have never questioned it.

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