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Happy Birthday Juan Marichal!!!

Happy Birthday Juan Marichal!!!

Juan Marichal turns 77 years old today.

In photographs, I find Juan Marichal to be one of the most polarizing pitchers ever.  An extremely photogenic player, Juan and that incredible wind-up will stop you dead in your tracks whether you are looking at pics on the web, flipping through pages of a magazine, or in my case diving through boxes of baseball cards.

I don’t know that much about Marichal, but from the several books that I have read, he is regarded very highly by some of the greatest hitters and pitchers from his era – and that goes a long way with me.

Happy Birthday Mr. Marichal!!!

Did You Know…

Juan Marichal holds the San Francisco Giants record for most pitching victories in a single season.  In 1968, Marichal won 26 wins for the team.

Marichal

1983 HEADLINE: Brooks Robinson & Juan Marichal Elected To Baseball Hall Of Fame

1983 HEADLINE: Brooks Robinson & Juan Marichal Elected To Baseball Hall Of Fame

On this day in 1983, both Brooks Robinson and Marichal were voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Brooks Robinson is known for his glove first, and with 16 consecutive years of Gold Glove level performance it is clear to see why. On offense he has collected 2,848 hits, 268 home runs, 1,357 RBI, 1,232 runs scored, and a lifetime average of .267.  And the Orioles teams he played for did well too.  He is a member of the 1966 and 1970 World Series championship teams.

Juan Marichal is one of the many pitchers that defined the fantastic pitching era of the 1960s and 1970s.  Known for his famous leg-kick, Marichal dazzled while on the mound.  His efforts landed him 243 wins with 52 shutouts to his credit.  Marichal was a 9-time All-Star which says a lot of the respect he had around the league considering that he was fighting for roster spots with Seaver, Carlton, Ryan, Jenkins, and others.

Brooks Robinson was voted into the Hall of Fame on his first ballot.  He captured 344 of 374 votes case, good for 92%.

Juan Marichal was voted into the Hall of Fame on his third ballot.  He captured 313 of 374 votes cast, good for 83.7%.

Happy Birthday Juan Marichal!!!

Happy Birthday Juan Marichal!!!

Juan Marichal turns 76 years old today.

In photographs, I find Juan Marichal to be one of the most polarizing pitchers ever.  An extremely photogenic player, Juan and that incredible wind-up will stop you dead in your tracks whether you are looking at pics on the web, flipping through pages of a magazine, or in my case diving through boxes of baseball cards.

I don’t know that much about Marichal, but from the several books that I have read, he is regarded very highly by some of the greatest hitters and pitchers from his era – and that goes a long way with me.

Happy Birthday Mr. Marichal!!!

Fergie Jenkins 2005 Upper Deck Hall Of Fame Baseball – Green

Fergie Jenkins 2005 Upper Deck Hall Of Fame Baseball – Green

This is the third card from the Upper Deck Hall Of Fame Baseball set that I have added to my Fergie Jenkins collection.

The first card was Silver.

The next one was Gold.

And now, I have the Green!!!

The card is serial numbered as 73/200 and it is the exact same as the other versions. 

But, as you guessed it, the card features a Green border.

Have a look:

JENKINS 4

NICE!!!

Juan Marichal 2012 Topps Heritage – “Flashbacks ’63 – Marichal Saddles Colts With No-Hitter”

Juan Marichal 2012 Topps Heritage – “Flashbacks ’63 – Marichal Saddles Colts With No-Hitter”

This baseball card is a work of art!!

Have a look:

VINTAGE MARICHAL

Some of the many reasons that I like this one:

  • vintage look
  • great image selection
  • commemorates a significant event
  • strong colors
  • sweet logo
  • clever use of pennant for subset title

Love This Card!!!

Juan Marichal 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball Card

Juan Marichal 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball Card

As I continue to try to pick up cards from the Gypsy Queen set that features retired players and Hall of Famers, I am still in awe of them as I uncover them one by one.

My most recent pick-up from this set is of Hall of Famer, Juan Marichal.

The card, like most of the others, looks fantastic.  And while I would prefer to see Marichal’s famous leg-kick from his pitching motion featured in the card as well, I do like the detail that a more zoomed-in look provides.

Here is the card:

VINTAGE MARICHAL GQ

Loving the GQ brand!!!