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1973 HEADLINE: Fergie Jenkins Traded To The Texas Rangers

1973 HEADLINE: Fergie Jenkins Traded To The Texas Rangers

On this date in 1973, Fergie Jenkins was traded from the Chicago Cubs to the Texas Rangers, of the American League.

The trade was a 2-for-1 deal with Jenkins going to the Rangers in exchange for Bill Madlock and Vic Harris.  At this point, the Cubs were in a major re-building phase as Ernie Banks was retired and their core of Billy Williams, Ron Santo, and Jenkins were all considered as being ‘too old’.

1975 HEADLINE: Tom Seaver Becomes 1st Pitcher To 200 Strikeouts In 8 Straight Seasons

1975 HEADLINE: Tom Seaver Becomes 1st Pitcher To 200 Strikeouts In 8 Straight Seasons

On this day in 1975, Tom Seaver became the first pitcher in major league history to collect 200 or more strikeouts in eight consecutive seasons.

Showing off the remarkable ability to be a consistent and healthy performer, Seaver’s ability to dominate batters was unmatched during this time.

Here is a closer look at the numbers from those eight seasons:
1968 – 205
1969 – 208
1970 – 283
1971 – 289
1972 – 249
1973 – 251
1974 – 201
1975 – 243

And just for good measure, Seaver collected 235 hitters in 1976 extending the record to nine straight seasons!

How did he do in 1977?  196!!!

Happy Anniversary to ‘Tom Terrific’!!!

1985 HEADLINE: Tom Seaver Joins The ‘300 Wins Club’

1985 HEADLINE: Tom Seaver Joins The ‘300 Wins Club’

On this day back in 1985 Tom Seaver recorded the 300th win of his career!!

Battling against the most popular team in the sport, Seaver’s White Sox team was at Yankee Stadium to take on ‘The Bronx Bombers’.

The Sox won the ball game with a 4-1 win and Seaver won the 300th game of his career at the age of 40.  Here is a quick look at his numbers from this historic event:

Innings pitched 9
Hits allowed 6
Strikeouts 7
Walks 1
K’s : Walks 7:1
Runs allowed 1

Not a bad effort for the 40-year old baseball history making machine huh?  For Seaver, it was an incredible effort and another amazing accomplishment during his brilliant baseball career.

Happy Anniversary to ‘Tom Terrific’!!!!

SIGNING RESULTS: 2 New Balls For My Fergie Jenkins Collection!!

SIGNING RESULTS: 2 New Balls For My Fergie Jenkins Collection!!

Friends, I missed out on an opportunity to take part in a Fergie Jenkins signings earlier in the year, so when another chance came up, I jumped right in.

With both feet!

Two balls this time around.  And each one is a unique and special addition to my collection that honors my favorite pitcher of all-time.

The first ball that I got signed is very similar to another recent addition to my collection that was signed by Andre Dawson.

Have a look:

JENKINS FENWAY BALL

Yep, another sweet Rawlings Fenway Park 100th Anniversary commemorative ball.  And Fergie added his jersey number from his Red Sox days to the signature too – #31.

And now, another great one.  Check out the inscription on this one…

JENKINS FLY BALL

Yessir, it reads ‘FLY’.  As is Fergie Jenkins is ‘FLY’ – and I love it.

When I think 1970’s, I think groovy and smooth and fly.  And when I think 1970’s baseball style, I think Fergie Jenkins (and others).

2 great additions to my collection.  2 very unique pieces.

Tonight, I am a very happy collector!

1987 HEADLINE – Tom Seaver Retires After Magical Career

1987 HEADLINE – Tom Seaver Retires After Magical Career

On this day in 1987 Tom Seaver hung up his spikes.

On of the most decorated pitchers of his era, Seaver was a dominant force in the game of baseball for 20 seasons. A Rookie of the Year award winner. A 3-time Cy Young Award winner and 2-time runner-up. A 12-time all-star. A World Series Champion. A member of baseball’s elite 300 wins club. A member of the 3,000 strikeout club. The list goes on and on.

When a pitcher like Tom Seaver calls an end to their career, one has to wonder how someone will fill the very big shoes left by such an absence in the game. It’s simple really, very few players could ever replace Tom Seaver in their pitching rotations. Many have tried, and few have succeeded!!

Happy Anniversary Mr. Seaver!!!

2014 Topps Series 1 “Topps All Rookie Cup Team” – Tom Seaver

2014 Topps Series 1 “Topps All Rookie Cup Team” – Tom Seaver

Topps’ All-Rookie Team means a lot of different things to a lot of different collectors.  But, one thing is for certain – If your card is tagged with the All-Rookie Team logo, you did something during your first season in the big leagues to make yourself stand out from the rest.

And for that reason alone, I can totally support a set of cards that picks ‘The Best Of The Best’ from these teams.

In 2014, Topps issued a subset in their Series 1 release that took one player at each position, naming them to the ‘Topps All Rookie Cup Team’.

Representing the right-handed starting pitcher is Tom Seaver:

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Tom Seaver had a superb rookie season in 1967.  At 22 years of age, Seaver started 34 games for the Mets and posted a 16-13 record.  He threw 251 innings during his rookie campaign while striking out 170 batters and walking just 78.  Seaver posted an ERA of 2.76 as he allowed 77 runs during his 251 innings of work.

Seaver was an All-Star in 1967 and he also won the Rookie Of The Year Award.

1975 Topps Set Card 58/660 – #370 – Tom Seaver, Mets

1975 Topps Set Card 58/660 – #370 – Tom Seaver, Mets

Progress: 58/660

Player Name:  Tom Seaver

Card Number:  370

Team:  New York Mets

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  20 seasons, 1967-86

Notes From His 1975 Season:   Seaver was awarded this 3rd Cy Young Award in 1975 as he was recognized as the NL’s best pitcher.  Seaver started 36 games for the Mets and finished the season with a 22-9 record alongside 15 complete games and 5 shutouts.  He had a 2.38 ERA with a league-leading 243 strikeouts in 280 innings of work.

Notes From Career:  Seaver is often regarded to as the greatest pitcher from his era.  He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1992 and has the highest vote percentage of all-time at 98.8%.  He is a 3-time Cy Young Award winner, a ROY winner, a 12-time All-Star, and a World Series champion.  Seaver has a record of 311-205 with 231 complete games and 61 shutouts.

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