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Happy Anniversary Bill Buckner & Mookie Wilson!!!

Happy Anniversary Bill Buckner & Mookie Wilson!!!

On this day in 1986 you made the most famous error in baseball history.  Although many 1st baseman prior to you have seen ground balls accidentally roll through their legs, none was on a bigger stage than your error in game 6 of the 1986 World Series.

Errors occur all of the time in baseball.  But, in the bottom of the 10th inning with runners in scoring position and the game tied the impact of this accident was magnified.  Mookie Wilson’s ground ball would have been handled by Buckner with ease the next 100 times without question, but with the pressure on, it was Buckner that failed and Wilson that prevailed.

I remember watching this game as an 11-year old.  I was pulling for the Red Sox and wanted to see Wade Boggs win his first ever World Series title.  What I ended up seeing was baseball history of another kind that has no equal within the last 30 years.

This error made Bill Buckner and Mookie Wilson one of the most famous pairings in baseball history!!

Happy Anniversary Mr. Buckner and Mr. Wilson!!!

Happy Birthday Gil Hodges!!!

Happy Birthday Gil Hodges!!!

Today we celebrate the life of Gil Hodges.  And while he is no longer physically with us, the amazing things he did on the baseball field will live on forever…

Hodges played for 18 seasons in the major leagues, making the All-Star team on eight occasions.  He spent a majority of his time in the field at first base, but also put in innings of work at catcher, third base, and in the outfield.

Offensively, Hodges was extremely productive.  A power hitter, with a knack for run production, he hit 20 or more home runs 11 times, while passing the 40-home run mark twice.  He also drove in 100 or more runs seven times and scored 80 or more runs during eight campaigns.

Hodges spent his playing days with the Brooklyn Dodgers, Los Angeles Dodgers, and New York Mets.  He is a 3-time Gold Glove winner and finished in the Top 10 for the MVP award three times.

Happy Birthday Mr. Hodges!!

Did You Know…

The last player to appear in a Major League All-Star game representing the Brooklyn Dodgers was Gil Hodges.  Hodges was chosen to participate in the 1957 All-Star Game.  The Dodgers moved to Los Angeles at the conclusion of the ’57 season.

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Happy Birthday Mookie Wilson!!!

Happy Birthday Mookie Wilson!!!

Mookie Wilson turns 58 years old today.

Mookie Wilson’s major league career spanned 12 seasons, spent in both New York and Toronto.

As a player, Mookie was a run-scorer!  In 12 seasons, he scored 731 runs, with his career high of 91 coming during the 1983 baseball season.  His great speed was also used for getting him into position for scoring all of those runs.  Mookie amassed a solid number of doubles and triples, with 227 and 71 respectively.

Wilson is probably best known for the base hit that led the New York Mets to a win in Game Six of the 1986 World Series.  That hit, and play, is baseball history and Wilson was the catalyst.

Happy Birthday Mr. Wilson!!!

Happy Anniversary Bill Buckner & Mookie Wilson!!!

Happy Anniversary Bill Buckner & Mookie Wilson!!!

On this day in 1986 you made the most famous error in baseball history.  Although many 1st baseman prior to you have seen ground balls accidentally roll through their legs, none was on a bigger stage than your error in game 6 of the 1986 World Series.

Errors occur all of the time in baseball.  But, in the bottom of the 10th inning with runners in scoring position and the game tied the impact of this accident was magnified.  Mookie Wilson’s ground ball would have been handled by Buckner with ease the next 100 times without question, but with the pressure on, it was Buckner that failed and Wilson that prevailed.

I remember watching this game as an 11-year old.  I was pulling for the Red Sox and wanted to see Wade Boggs win his first ever World Series title.  What I ended up seeing was baseball history of another kind that has no equal within the last 30 years.

This error made Bill Buckner and Mookie Wilson one of the most famous pairings in baseball history!!

Happy Anniversary Mr. Buckner and Mr. Wilson!!!

Hall Of Fame Debate: Cast Your Vote For Gil Hodges!!!

Hall Of Fame Debate: Cast Your Vote For Gil Hodges!!!

I’ll be honest.  Of all of the players that I have covered with my ‘Hall Of Fame Debates’ this one took me the most time to research as I knew very little about Gil Hodges’ and his major league career.

Sure, I knew that he was a legend from the days of both the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers, but I did not know what put him in the same class of legends like Duke Snider, Jackie Robinson, and others.

So, I spent some time reading articles about Mr. Snider.  And I looked into his numbers.

And you know what, they are strong.  So strong in fact, that it seems as if Hodges could be considered underrated….

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But is he worthy of Hall of Fame induction?  Does he get your vote??

Let’s look a little deeper…

Hodges was a slugger – he connected for 370 career home runs and drove in 1,274 runs.  He had nine seasons of at least 25 home runs and seven consecutive seasons of 100 or more RBI.  He also achieved the famed 30/100 feat in five seasons.

Hodges was also a pretty good contact hitter – good, but not great.  He has 1,921 career hits and a lifetime batting average of .273.  He hit .300 or better in just two of his 18 big league seasons.  And of his 1,921 career hits, 37.1% of them were for extra bases.

Hodges was an 8-time All-Star and the winner of 3 Gold Glove Awards.  And while he never was tagged as the best player in any single season, he did finish in the Top 12 for the MVP Award four times.

Hodges battled in seven World Series championships and ultimately won two titles.

It should also be noted that Hodges had a 9-year managerial career in which he recorded 660 wins and 753 losses.  He managed the 1969 New York Mets to the World Series championship in 1969.

Pretty impressize stuff, right? 

Certainly solid by all standards…

But does he get your vote?  Does he get my vote?

My answer is ‘No’.  While extremely good at points, I don’t see enough longevity with his numbers to say ‘Hall-Worthy’.  I like the 30/100 a lot, but it is not enough for me to get my vote.  If Hodges had a few higher finishes for the MVP Award to his credit I think it could help his cause, but he always seemed to be in the second tier and for me that alone puts him on the outside looking in.

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How about you?  What do you think??  Is Gil Hodges in or out??

Happy Birthday Gil Hodges!!!

Happy Birthday Gil Hodges!!!

Today we celebrate the life of Gil Hodges.  And while he is no longer physically with us, the amazing things he did on the baseball field will live on forever…

Hodges played for 18 seasons in the major leagues, making the All-Star team on eight occasions.  He spent a majority of his time in the field at first base, but also put in innings of work at catcher, third base, and in the outfield.

Offensively, Hodges was extremely productive.  A power hitter, with a knack for run production, he hit 20 or more home runs 11 times, while passing the 40-home run mark twice.  He also drove in 100 or more runs seven times and scored 80 or more runs during eight campaigns.

Hodges spent his playing days with the Brooklyn Dodgers, Los Angeles Dodgers, and New York Mets.  He is a 3-time Gold Glove winner and finished in the Top 10 for the MVP award three times.

Happy Birthday Mr. Hodges!!

Happy Anniversary Bill Buckner & Mookie Wilson!!!

Happy Anniversary Bill Buckner & Mookie Wilson!!!

On this day in 1986 you made the most famous error in baseball history.  Although many 1st baseman prior to you have seen ground balls accidentally roll through their legs, none was on a bigger stage than your error in game 6 of the 1986 World Series.

Errors occur all of the time in baseball.  But, in the bottom of the 10th inning with runners in scoring position and the game tied the impact of this accident was magnified.  Mookie Wilson’s ground ball would have been handled by Buckner with ease the next 100 times without question, but with the pressure on, it was Buckner that failed and Wilson that prevailed.

I remember watching this game as an 11-year old.  I was pulling for the Red Sox and wanted to see Wade Boggs win his first ever World Series title.  What I ended up seeing was baseball history of another kind that has no equal within the last 30 years.

This error made Bill Buckner and Mookie Wilson one of the most famous pairings in baseball history!!

Happy Anniversary Mr. Buckner and Mr. Wilson!!!

Bill Buckner’s 1986 World Series ‘Error Ball’ Sells For $418,250.00

Bill Buckner’s 1986 World Series ‘Error Ball’ Sells For $418,250.00

Associated Press – Dallas, TX

The baseball that rolled through the legs of Boston Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner in the 1986 World Series has been sold at auction for $418,250.

Heritage Auctions says the ball was sold Friday in Dallas to a buyer who wants to remain anonymous. The sale price includes the buyer’s premium.

The ball was the centerpiece of an auction featuring the collection of Los Angeles songwriter Seth Swirsky.

Buckner’s error in Game 6 allowed the New York Mets to rally with two outs in the 10th inning. The Mets went on to win the series.

An umpire gave the ball to Mets executive Arthur Richman. Charlie Sheen bought it for more than $93,000 in 1992. Swirsky purchased it for nearly $64,000 in 2000.

Baseball Card Show Purchase #4 – Gil Hodges 2002 Topps Gold – 1952 World Series 50th Anniversary

Baseball Card Show Purchase #4 – Gil Hodges 2002 Topps Gold – 1952 World Series 50th Anniversary

While I am not specifically a fan of Gil Hodges or the Brooklyn Dodgers, I do have a lot of respect for both the player and the team.

But, that is not why I bought this baseball card.

First, let me show you the card:

Ok, it is pretty nice, and I can see why a Hodges or Dodgers collector would want it for their collection.

But, for me – I was drawn to that Gold 1952 World Series anniversary logo.  I have never seen that before, and I immediately wanted it.

And for the cost of just a single dime, I added it to the stack of cards that I was buying and a quick smile came across my face!