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SIGNING RESULTS: 1985 National League Most Valuable Player, Willie McGee!!

SIGNING RESULTS:  1985 National League Most Valuable Player, Willie McGee!!

Thanks to the generosity of loyal ’30-YOC’ reader Gerad (aka McGee-Fan51), I was able to take part in a signing with the 1985 NL MVP, Willie McGee two weeks ago in St. Louis.

I’ve wanted to add McGee to my collection for some time and a signed ball by him is another great MVP-themed ball for my collection.

Gerad hooked me up by working with the promoter of the event as he had  a few things to get signed as well.  And when he asked if  I was interested as well, I jumped right in!

I put a ball and payment in the mail the very next day.  And now, I am the proud owner of this new ball.

Have a look:


I love it.  Signed right on the sweetspot in Blue ink, this ball and autograph look sharp and clean.  And while Mr. McGee may not have the best looking signature around, I am thrilled to finally have one in my collection, especially when the cost was a fraction of what a signed ball would cost me on Ebay.

Thank you again, Gerad!  Another great piece has been added to my signed baseball collection.


Happy Birthday Livan Hernandez!!!

Happy Birthday Livan Hernandez!!!

Livan Hernandez turns 39 years old today!!!

Livan was the primary reason that the Florida Marlins won the World Series title in 1997.  If it wasn’t for his amazing pitching in the NLCS and World Series who knows if the Marlins would have been able to prevail.  I can still remember Livan screaming ‘I Love You Miami’ as he put the team on his back on the way to the title.

He had a very solid major league career, and he certainly left his mark on the sport and the Marlins franchise.

In 17 big league seasons, Livan compiled a 178-177 record in 474 starts.  He has a career ERA of 4.44 with 1,976 strikeouts and 1,066 walks.  Livan is a 2-time All-Star, a Silver Slugger Award winner, and a runner-up for the Rookie Of The Year Award.

Happy Birthday to the 1997 World Series MVP!!!


SIGNING RESULTS: Boston Red Sox All-Star, Mike Greenwell!!!

SIGNING RESULTS: Boston Red Sox All-Star, Mike Greenwell!!!

When I tell you that Mike Greenwell was one of my favorite players from the late 1980’s I am not kidding.

Alongside Wade Boggs, Greenwell was so much fun to watch.  And he could do it all – hit for a high average, bang doubles off of the Green Monster, and drive in runs at a rapid pace.

He only played in the major leagues for 12 seasons (all with the Sox), and left the game at the age of 32.  But, Greenwell is loved in Boston and will forever be a member of ‘Red Sox Nation’.

His career numbers look like this:  .303 lifetime batting average, .368 on-base percentage, 1,400 hits, 275 doubles, 130 home runs, 80 stolen bases, 657 runs scored and 726 RBI.

Greenwell was a 2-time All-Star and he also win the Silver Slugger Award and finished second in the AL MVP race in 1988.

I am thrilled to add this signed ball to my collection and it will find a comfortable home with the rest of the balls I have signed by stars from the 1980’s.

Greenwell Ball


SIGNING RESULTS: Former Rookie Of The Year & Cardinals All-Star Vince Coleman!!!!

SIGNING RESULTS: Former Rookie Of The Year & Cardinals All-Star Vince Coleman!!!!

I was so excited when I found out about this signing.  And the price was simply too good for me to pass up!!

Adding a Vince Coleman signed baseball to my collection has been on my radar for quite some time. He was one of the most dynamic stars of the 1980’s and the start to his major league career was on par if not better than many of the guys that debuted in the same time frame.

Upon entering the league, Coleman stole the show.  Literally.  He stole more bases in the first three seasons of his major league career than any player in the history of the sport – and he was instantly loved in St. Louis.

His autograph is a bit large, and it takes up quite a bit of space, but as soon as I found out about this autograph signing, I leaped at the chance to get a ball done for my collection.

Here are the results:

The Auto:


The Inscription:



I told you it was a big signature, so I expected the inscription to be placed right where it was.  It’s too bad that the inscription is not shown when in a case on my desk, but I know it is there and that works for me!!

The next Cardinals player on my list??  #51, the NL MVP from the 1985 season – Willie McGee!!  Wish me luck!!!

Baltimore Orioles To Wear Commemorative Patch Honoring Late Manager Earl Weaver During 2013 Baseball Season

Baltimore Orioles To Wear Commemorative Patch Honoring Late Manager Earl Weaver During 2013 Baseball Season

Special Thanks to ’30-YOC’ reader, Matt, for sharing this story with me.

From The Baltimore Sun:

The Orioles announced on Friday that they will wear the above patch on their jerseys throughout this season in honor of Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver, who died last month at age 82.

The team will also honor Weaver with a pregame moment of silence and video tribute before Saturday’s Grapefruit League opener against the Minnesota Twins at Ed Smith Stadium.

In addition, Weaver’s No. 4 will be stenciled onto the grass outside of the Orioles dugout in foul territory.

Weaver patch

Happy Birthday Livan Hernandez!!!

Happy Birthday Livan Hernandez!!!

Livan Hernandez turns 38 years old today!!!

Livan was the primary reason that the Florida Marlins won the World Series title in 1997.  If it wasn’t for his amazing pitching in the NLCS and World Series who knows if the Marlins would have been able to prevail.  I can still remember Livan screaming ‘I Love You Miami’ as he put the team on his back on the way to the title.

For Livan’s birthday I am going to give him a treat.  This is certainly not something you should give a professional athlete that is tuning up his body for another season, but I want Livan to enjoy himself.  I’m going to get him a $25 gift card to McDonalds.  Silly you say?  NO!!!  Livan loves fast food.  Hell, in the months after winning the World Series in 1997, it was rumored that Livan gained up to 43 pounds from his constant trips to the drive-thru window at McD’s!!!


Rest In Peace – Hall Of Fame Manafer, Earl Weaver

Rest In Peace – Hall Of Fame Manafer, Earl Weaver

From The Baltimore Sun

Hall of Famer Earl Weaver, the cantankerous baseball wizard who led the Orioles to the World Series in each of his first three full seasons as manager, died yesterday. He was 82.

Weaver died Friday night while on a cruise, according to Monica Barlow, the team’s public relations head.

The legendary Earl of Baltimore managed parts of 17 major league seasons in Baltimore and the Orioles failed to post a winning record under him only once (1986). His career was defined by an affinity for the three-run home run and a long-running, public feud with superstar pitcher Jim Palmer that both men jokingly played to whenever together.

Weaver was always a fan favorite and the Orioles faithful got several opportunities to let him know that during the course of the Orioles uplifting 2012 season. He returned to Baltimore repeatedly to take part in the special series of statue unveilings in the center field plaza at Oriole Park, including the one that was dedicated to him on June 30.

He showed his softer side during his acceptance speech, applauding all the great Orioles who also are immortalized in bronze there and a many more of the players who helped him become a managerial legend.

“What comes to mind is, ‘Thank God those guys were there and thank God we won 100 games three years in a row so I could come back for a fourth,” Weaver said. “And thank God for the fourth that won enough games for me to come back for the fifth … and on to 17.”

Weaver won six American League East titles, four pennants and one world title. His .583 career winning percentage ranks fifth among modern managers (since 1900) with at least 10 seasons in the major leagues. Factor in his reputation as one of the games great strategists and it’s no wonder that he was selected by the Hall of Fame Veterans Committee for induction at Cooperstown in 1996.

“Earl Weaver stands alone as the greatest manager in the history of the Orioles organization and one of the greatest in the history of baseball,” Orioles Managing Partner Peter Angelos said. “This is a sad day for everyone who knew him and for all Orioles fans. Earl made his passion for the Orioles known both on and off the field. On behalf of the Orioles, I extend my condolences to his wife, Marianna, and to his family.”

Palmer said that he heard of Weaver’s death at 3:30 a.m. Saturday from former  Orioles pitcher Scotty McGregor.  McGregor was on the same Orioles-theme cruise with Weaver. “I didn’t get much restful sleep after that,” Palmer said.

“There weren’t any gray areas with Earl,” said Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Palmer Saturday morning. “We had a love-hate relationship. Earl was going to tell you what he expected and there wasn’t a lot of room for error with him. Earl was about winning and that was what he did.”

He was irascible. No question about it.

He also was known by his closest friends to be both sensitive and caring, though he seldom allowed the public to see the softer side of him.

“Earl is a very caring human being underneath that facade,” former Orioles first baseman Boog Powell said in a 1996 interview. “And we all knew that. We felt like family, and when I left here, I felt like I had left my family. You always knew that Earl would do anything in the world he could do for you.”

Weaver went to bat for a couple of young players who would establish themselves among the greatest stars in the history of the game.

He pressed to keep Eddie Murray at the major league level in 1977 and is credited with bucking convention to switch supposedly oversized Cal Ripken Jr. from third base to shortstop.

The rest, of course, is history.

“This man fought for me,” Murray said, during an interview in early 2003. “He kept telling (general manager) Hank Peters and the rest of the front office that I should stay. They just had me penciled in there, but he kept sending me out there.”

Weaver also is credited with a major role in developing what came to be known as The Oriole Way, a standardized approach to minor league instruction that he instituted along with fellow minor league manager Cal Ripken Sr. during the early 1960s.

In some ways, he was a comic character like longtime Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda, but he had a hard edge that could rankle a player as easily as an umpire.

Weaver got under the skin of Triple-A call-up Bobby Grich in the early 1970s, yelling “home run or (go back to Triple-A) Rochester” at the young second baseman as he went up to bat. Grich came back to the dugout and — after a loud verbal exchange — threw Weaver down the steps that led to the clubhouse.


Earl Weaver 2001 Topps Archives – 1971 Topps Design

Earl Weaver 2001 Topps Archives – 1971 Topps Design

Hall of Famer Earl Weaver was riding high in 1971!

I am happy to see that Topps went out of their way to celebrate him in their 2001 Archives release.


In the set, Weaver was featured in the 1971 Topps baseball card design.  IN 1971 Weaver managed his Orioles team to the American League pennant.  In the prior season, he took them to the World Series championship!!!

Nice palm trees – He must be in Florida!  🙂

Baseball Card Show Purchase #4 – Duke Snider & Jackie Robinson 2004 Upper Deck World Series Heroes

Baseball Card Show Purchase #4 – Duke Snider & Jackie Robinson 2004 Upper Deck World Series Heroes

I have yet to declare that this is a set I want to collect until it is complete, but when I can add cards from the set to my small stack for just one dime each, I will do so.

It just so happens to be that these two cards were back-to-back in the bargain bin.  And it also happens to be that the two players are Hall of Famers and among the legends of the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Have a look:


TTM Success: Hall Of Fame Manager, Mr. Earl Weaver!!!

TTM Success: Hall Of Fame Manager, Mr. Earl Weaver!!!

As it relates to the hobby, there is no easier autograph to obtain than one in which they are offered in exchange for a donation to a charity.  The player’s connection to the charity is not only good for publicity, but it has monetary benefits too.

I have sent out a lot of autographs over the last few years with donations enclosed.  It ensures that the autograph will be had, and it is also nice to contribute to worthwhile causes.

Earl Weaver is linked to the Miami Children’s Hospital and he signs for a fee through their foundation.  I was born in Miami, and had lived in South Florida for more than 30 years of my life.  I do what I can to support anything that the community has going on.  And if that includes an option to nab a Hall of Famer’s autograph for my collection, I am in!!

And it took just over a month for the ball to be returned to me.

Here is the prize:

Looks great, huh??  I am getting very close to having 100 signed balls in my collection.

Thank you Mr. Weaver.  And, thank you to the Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation!!