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Bob Gibson Won 9 Gold Gloves For His Defensive Dominance!

Bob Gibson Won 9 Gold Gloves For His Defensive Dominance!

The dominant pitchers that ruled the 1960’s and 1970’s were excellent athletes.  From Jim Palmer to Tom Seaver to Fergie Jenkins and Bob Gibson – all of them excelled in baseball and other sports during their youth.

But as big leaguers, Bob Gibson stood apart from them largely due to his ability to be a superb defender while on the mound.  Those guys were all good defenders, but Bob Gibson was phenomenal.

Gibson won his first Gold Glove award in 1965.  And from there, he hauled in 8 more award in eight straight years.

So, if you’re counting at home, that is 9 awards in 9 years!!

Bob Gibson Is An 8-Time All-Star

Bob Gibson Is An 8-Time All-Star

During his 17 seasons in the majors, Bob Gibson was selected as a pitcher for the National League All-Star team 8 times.

His first appearance on the NL squad came during his 4th season and 2nd full year with Cardinals, 1962.  After that, he was left off of the team for two years before making the team in 7 of the next 8 campaigns.

Bob Gibson Has An Amazing Win-Loss Record!!!

Bob Gibson Has An Amazing Win-Loss Record!!!

While his resume states that he competed in 17 big league seasons, the truth is that 98% of the games that Bob Gibson appeared in spanned 14 major league seasons, from 1961-1974.

And in those 14 years, Gibson did not achieve less than 11 wins in a single season.  During that time, the most losses he recorded in a single campaign was 13.  And then the dominance took over.  20 or more wins in 5 out of 6 seasons between 1965 and 1970.

In total, Gibson compiled a 251-174 record, good for a 59% winning record.  In 482 career starts, he threw 255 complete game along with 56 shutouts.

And in the post-season, Gibson made another 9 starts, going 7-2.

Happy Birthday Bob Gibson!!!

Happy Birthday Bob Gibson!!!

Happy 79th Birthday Mr. Gibson!!!

Bob Gibson is considered to be one of the nastiest(in a good way) pitchers in the history of the game.

His aura is as impressive as his stuff on the mound, and every time I read a book or article about hitters from the 1960’s, almost all of them mention Gibson’s name when discussing their greatest opposition.

Today, I will try to do my best to honor Bob Gibson.  It’s his birthday, so I will dedicate a day’s worth of posts in his honor!

Happy Birthday Mr. Gibson!!!

1966 HEADLINE: Frank Robinson Captures The AL MVP Award

1966 HEADLINE: Frank Robinson Captures The AL MVP Award

On this day in 1966, Frank Robinson was named as the 1966 AL Most Valuable Player.  And it was really not contest – Robinson was the Triple Crown winner as he led the American League is Batting Average, RBI, and Home Runs.

What made this award even more special is that Robinson became the first player to win the MVP in both leagues with this award in 1966.

You see, just 5 seasons prior, in 1961, he won the award with the Cincinnati Reds of the National League.

A truly dominant player – and one of the best!!

Happy Anniversary Mr. Robinson!!!

 

Rickey Henderson 1987 Donruss Pop-Up All-Star

Rickey Henderson 1987 Donruss Pop-Up All-Star

As a kid that was an avid baseball card collector in 1987, I don’t recall ever knowing about these Donruss Pop-Up cards.

I now know that these Pop-Ups were part of a larger All-Star set that Donruss issued in 1987 that followed the design of the base product from the same year.

These Pop-Ups are actually fold-out style cards that are pretty neat.

But, I would never pop mine out or stand mine up.  At least I wouldn’t do that if I only had one…

Here is the card of Rickey Henderson from that set:

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That’s the Metrodome in the backdrop, right?

Cal Ripken Jr. 1992 Fleer Superstar Special ‘The Indispensables II’ With Joe Carter

Cal Ripken Jr. 1992 Fleer Superstar Special ‘The Indispensables II’ With Joe Carter

Man, I really like these two guys…

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Both of these guys, in different ways, have cemented themselves in my baseball memory and built images in my head that will last for my lifetime.

Joe Carter hit the home run that all kids dream of as a kid.  World Series drama, walk-off game winner, series clincher – You name it!  With one swing, Joe Carter cemented himself as a baseball legend who shined the brightest when all eyes were on him.

Cal Ripken built such an incredible baseball resume, and he did it the right way.  A consummate professional, Ripken played the game the right way and he did it for the pure love of the sport.  A tremendously skilled all-around player, Cal has no weakness on the field, and he took that to his off-the-field persona once he retired from the sport.

1975 Topps Set Card 308/660 – #470 – Jeff Burroughs, Rangers

1975 Topps Set Card 308/660 – #470 – Jeff Burroughs, Rangers

Progress: 308/660

Card Number:  470

Player Name:  Jeff Burroughs

Team:  Texas Rangers

Position:  Outfield

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues: 16 seasons, 1970-85

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Jeff Burroughs played in 152 games for the Texas Rangers in 1975.  He hit just .226 on the year with 132 hits in 585 at-bats.  Of his 132 hits, Burroughs connected for 20 doubles and 29 home runs while also driving in 94 runs and scoring 81 times.  Burroughs also led the NL in strikeouts with 155.

Notes From Career:  Jeff Burroughs is a former AL MVP and 2-time All-Star.  He is a lifetime .261 hitter with 1,443 hits in 1,689 games played.  Burroughs has 230 doubles and 240 home runs on his resume alongside 882 RBI.

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SIGNING RESULTS: 1962 NL MVP, Dodgers Great Mr. Maury Wills!!

SIGNING RESULTS: 1962 NL MVP, Dodgers Great Mr. Maury Wills!!

Wow, this former player has been on my ‘want list’ for years.

And after having a few shots to get him and missing out on the opportunity, I finally jumped in with both feet and registered myself and my blank baseball for a private signing event with the former NL MVP.

And the results are perfect.

Have a look:

Maury Wills Ball

He’s got a pretty neat looking signature, doesn’t he?!?!

I’m digging it, and the added #30 and MVP NL ’62 inscription as well.

Maury Wills is the man.  He is a former league MVP, stolen base champ, 5-time All-Star, 2-time Gold Glove Winner, and 3-time World Series Champion!

Before Rickey Henderson, there was Lou Brock.  And before there was Lou Brock, it was Maury Wills!  He was an offensive machine, a true spark-plug for the Dodgers franchise – a career .281 hitter with an on-base percentage of .330.  Wills has 2,134 career hits with 586 stolen bases and 1,067 runs scored in 1,942 games played.

This is an autograph that I am super excited to have in my collection.  And it will rest with some of my other Dodgers’ balls – Duke Snider, Kirk Gibson, and Orel Hershiser.

Yeah Baby!!

Rickey Henderson 1991 Donruss American League All-Star

Rickey Henderson 1991 Donruss American League All-Star

As a crazed collector in the mid-to-late 1980’s and into the early 1990’s, I had some pretty large player collections brewing.

One of which was of Rickey Henderson.  Not only was Henderson one of the best in the game, but he almost always had great-looking baseball cards.

Like this All-Star card from the 1991 Donruss set:

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Donruss really knew how to put together an All-Star card – so much better than Topps back in the day!

The card gives us action – not a posed, super-cropped portrait.  It shows us one of the many skills possessed by the player that earned him his All-Star status.

I am a fan.