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1975 Topps Set Card 303/660 – #130 – Phil Niekro, Braves

1975 Topps Set Card 303/660 – #130 – Phil Niekro, Braves

Progress: 303/660

Card Number:  130

Player Name:  Phil Niekro

Team:  Atlanta Braves

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Pitching

Years In The Major Leagues: 24 seasons, 1964-87

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Phil Niekro appeared in 39 games for the Atlanta Braves in 1975.  He went 15-15 on the year with 13 complete games and 1 shutout.  Niekro worked 275 innings in 1975, allowing 285 hits and 115 runs en route to a 3.20 ERA.  He was chosen as a National League All-Star during the season.

Notes From Career:  Hall of Famer Phil Niekro has 318 career wins as a major league pitcher, including two 20-win seasons.  Niekro is a 5-time All-Star and 5-time Gold Glove Award winner with a career ERA of 3.35.  He threw 5,404 innings during his career, striking out 3,342 batters during that time.

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Happy Birthday Eddie Matthews!!!

Happy Birthday Eddie Matthews!!!

Eddie Matthews had a solid 17-year professional baseball career.  And while his individual achievements and team success were on par with the biggest stars of his era, it was his quiet approach to the game that kept him out of the limelight.  Playing alongside Hank Aaron for most of his career kept the spotlight off of him as well…

Still, Matthews was quite the slugger, and he put up very impressive numbers.  Clubbing 512 home runs during his career, Matthews hit 25 or more home runs in 11 consecutive seasons, and 12 in total.  A run-producer, Eddie knocked in 100 runs five times while also scoring 100 or more runs 8 times.

Matthews was a 9-time All-Star and perennial candidate for the MVP award.  He was elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1978.

He helped lead his 1957 Braves and 1968 Tigers teams to World Series championships.

Happy Birthday Eddie Matthews!!!

1976 HEADLINE: Hank Aaron’s Legendary Career Comes To An End

1976 HEADLINE:  Hank Aaron’s Legendary Career Comes To An End

On this day in 1976, Hank Aaron played in his final game as a major league baseball player.

On the last day of the 1976 baseball season, Aaron and his Brewers teammates were at home in Milwaukee taking on the Detroit Tigers.  Sadly, there were less than 7,000 fans in the stands to see Aaron make his final appearance in the big leagues.

Aaron was hitless in the game until the 6th inning when he hit a single off of Tigers’ pitcher Dave Roberts.

That at-bat would be the final one of his career.  It was hit 3,771 of Hank’s amazing career!!

Happy Birthday Joe Torre!!!

Happy Birthday Joe Torre!!!

Joe Torre turns 74 years old today.

More known by today’s baseball fan as the manager that led the New York Yankees to multiple World Series wins over the last 15 years, Joe Torre was also a fantastic baseball player.

A guy that was able to play numerous infield positions, Torre was valuable to the rosters he was a part of during his 18 seasons as a player in the big leagues.

A 9-time All-Star, Torre was a steady contact hitter that collected 2,342 career hits alongside his lifetime batting average of .297 displays his amazing consistency at the plate.

Torre’s best season in the majors came in 1971 when he won the league’s MVP award. With his 230 hits, 34 doubles, 22 home runs, 137 RBI and .363 batting average, Torre was one of the league’s best. And the hardware proved it – a batting title and MVP trophy!

Torre never made the postseason as a player, but he made up for that during his coaching career. After unsuccessful stints in New York (Mets), Atlanta, and St. Louis, Torre took over as the Yankees skipper in 1996. He promptly won 4 World Series titles over the next five seasons.

Happy Birthday Mr. Torre!!!

1967 HEADLINE: Eddie Matthews Joins The ‘500 Home Runs Club’

1967 HEADLINE: Eddie Matthews Joins The ‘500 Home Runs Club’

On this day in 1967, Eddie Mathews joined the exclusive ‘500 Home Runs Club’.

After playing 15 years with the Braves organization, Mathews bounced around a bit between Detroit and Houston to finish his 17-year major league career. It was in 1967, during his time with the Houston Astros that Mathews became just the seventh player in big league history to collect 500 home runs.

He did it on July 14th in 1967 when he and his Astros teammates were on the road in San Francisco to take on the Giants. In the top of the 6th inning Mathews hit a huge home run off of future Hall of Fame pitcher Juan Marichal and the rest was history. For the game, Mathews went 2-for-4 with 3 RBI and 1 run scored.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Mathews!!!

1954 HEADLINE: Henry Aaron Hits First Big League Homer!!

1954 HEADLINE: Henry Aaron Hits First Big League Homer!!

On this day in 1954, Henry ‘Hank’ Aaron crushed the first home run of his major league career.

On the road, and playing against the St. Louis Cardinals, Hank Aaron and the Milwaukee Braves battled the Cards in a 4-hour marathon. In total, the game consisted of 25 hits and 12 runs.

And for Aaron, this game was where his historic start as one of the game’s greatest power hitters took off. In the top of the 6th inning, Aaron belted a solo homer off of Cardinals’ pitcher Vic Raschi. On the day, Aaron went 3-for-7, while collecting 2 RBI, scoring 2 runs, and connecting for his first home run as a major league player.

And as they say, the rest was history…

Happy Anniversary, Mr. Aaron!!!

Happy Birthday Warren Spahn!!!

Happy Birthday Warren Spahn!!!

Today we celebrate Warren Spahn’s birthday.

A 21-year big league veteran, Warren Spahn was solidifying his spot as one of the game’s greatest pitchers way before the likes of Tom Seaver, Nolan Ryan, and Bob Gibson.

Over the course of his playing days, Spahn collected 363 wins – including 13 seasons of at least 20!! A truly amazing and durable hurler, Spahn started 665 contests during his career, and finished way more than half(382 to be exact) including 63 shutouts.

Warren Spahn was a 15-time All-Star and the 1957 Cy Young Award winner. He was a member of the 1957 Milwaukee Braves World Series championship winning team in which he started 2 games, going 1-1.

Happy Birthday Mr. Spahn!