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Happy Birthday Wally Joyner!!!

Happy Birthday Wally Joyner!!!

Wally Joyner turns 52 years old today.

Once looked upon as a baseball savior, Wally Joyner was a hitter that possessed the skills to excite baseball fans, young and old.

Blessed with a swing that was ‘picture perfect’, Joyner had the task of coming into the league as a 24-year old rookie and saving the California Angels franchise.

And while that job may have been to large a burden for any one player to tackle, especially a rookie, Joyner excelled immediately. As a rookie, Joyner made the All-Star team, finished in 2nd place for the Rookie of the Year voting, and finished in 8th place for the MVP award. He collected 172 hits, 100 RBI, scored 82 runs, and compiled a .290 batting average during that campaign; the most successful one of his career.

In total, Wally Joyner amassed 2,060 career hits. He retired after 16 big league seasons with a .289 batting average. Other notable stats from his career include 973 runs scored, 409 doubles, 204 home runs, and 1,106 RBI.

Avery solid career for someone with a world of pressure on his shoulders – Congratulations!!!

Happy Birthday Mr. Joyner!!

Happy Birthday Wally Joyner!!!

Happy Birthday Wally Joyner!!!

Wally Joyner turns 51 years old today.

Once looked upon as a basebal savior, Wally Joyner was a hitter that possesed the skills to excite baseball fans, young and old.

Blessed with a swing that was ‘picture perfect’, Joyner had the task of coming into the league as a 24-year old rookie and saving the California Angels franchise.

And while that job may have been to large a burden for any one player to tackle, especially a rookie, Joyner excelled immediately. As a rookie, Joyner made the All-Star team, finished in 2nd place for the Rookie of the Year voting, and finished in 8th place for the MVP award. He collected 172 hits, 100 RBI, scored 82 runs, and compiled a .290 batting average during that campaign; the most successful one of his career.

In total, Wally Joyner amassed 2,060 career hits. He retired after 16 big league seasons with a .289 batting average. Other notable stats from his career include 973 runs scored, 409 doubles, 204 home runs, and 1,106 RBI.

Avery solid career for someone with a world of pressue on his shoulders – Congratulations!!!

Happy Birthday Mr. Joyner!!

Happy Birthday Wally Joyner!!!

Happy Birthday Wally Joyner!!!

Wally Joyner turns 50 years old today.

Once looked upon as a basebal savior, Wally Joyner was a hitter that possesed the skills to excite baseball fans, young and old.

Blessed with a swing that was ‘picture perfect’, Joyner had the task of coming into the league as a 24-year old rookie and saving the California Angels franchise.

And while that job may have been to large a burden for any one player to tackle, especially a rookie, Joyner excelled immediately.  As a rookie, Joyner made the All-Star team, finished in 2nd place for the Rookie of the Year voting, and finished in 8th place for the MVP award.  He collected  172 hits, 100 RBI, scored 82 runs, and compiled a .290 batting average during that campaign; the most successful one of his career.

In total, Wally Joyner amassed 2,060 career hits.  He retired after 16 big league seasons with a .289 batting average.  Other notable stats from his career include 973 runs scored, 409 doubles, 204 home runs, and 1,106 RBI.

Avery solid career for someone with a world of pressue on his shoulders – Congratulations!!!

Happy Birthday Mr. Joyner!!

Happy Birthday Wally Joyner!!!

Happy Birthday Wally Joyner!!!

Wally Joyner turns 49 years old today.

Once looked upon as a basebal savior, Wally Joyner was a hitter that possesed the skills to excite baseball fans, young and old.

Blessed with a swing that was ‘picture perfect’, Joyner had the task of coming into the league as a 24-year old rookie and saving the California Angels franchise.

And while that job may have been to large a burden for any one player to tackle, especially a rookie, Joyner excelled immediately.  As a rookie, Joyner made the All-Star team, finished in 2nd place for the Rookie of the Year voting, and finished in 8th place for the MVP award.  He collected  172 hits, 100 RBI, scored 82 runs, and compiled a .290 batting average during that campaign; the most successful one of his career.

In total, Wally Joyner amassed 2,060 career hits.  He retired after 16 big league seasons with a .289 batting average.  Other notable stats from his career include 973 runs scored, 409 doubles, 204 home runs, and 1,106 RBI.

Avery solid career for someone with a world of pressue on his shoulders – Congratulations!!!

Happy Birthday Mr. Joyner!!

1988 Fleer Superstar Specials – Card #622 – Wally Joyner & Cory Snyder

1988 Fleer Superstar Specials – Card #622 – Wally Joyner & Cory Snyder

“Slugging Sophomores”

The term ‘Sophomore Jinx’ has been applied to many players in all sports.  It refers to a player that fails to duplicate an outstanding rookie season.  But, in 1987, both the Indians’ Cory Snyder and the Angels’ Wally Joyner produced solid campaigns, continuing impressive starts to what will certainly be long and distinguished careers.

Snyder smacked a club leading 33 home runs and drove in 82 runs.  He also proved to be the most durable Indian by playing in team-high 157 games.  Snyder’s two best games were a 3-run effort on May 21 against the Twins and a 2-run home run, 6 RBI explosion against the Royals on July 6.

Joyner following up his strong rookie season with an even stronger sophomore year.  His 34 home runs, 117 RBI’s, 100 runs scored, and 33 doubles all easily outdistanced his rookie numbers  in these categories.  His home run total was third best in the American League and his RBI production ranked fourth.  Wally enjoyed his best game of the season on October 3 against Cleveland when he went 3-for-3 with three home runs.

23 years later – Neither Joyner or Snyder were able to maintain their impressive starts.  While both built and still hold strong fan bases, neither of them went on to become MVP-caliber players.

1991 Upper Deck Baseball – Pack Break #5

I bring you the fifth of eight packs of 1991 Upper Deck baseball cards that I ripped through this morning…

Notable – Will Clark and Chris Sabo

Pick Of The Pack – Awesome action shot of Wally Joyner!

1991 Upper Deck Baseball – Pack Break #4

I bring you the fourth of eight packs of 1991 Upper Deck baseball cards that I ripped through this morning…

Notable – Dave Parker, Chuck Knoblauch, Wally Joyner

Pick Of The Pack – 2 Mark Grace cards in 1 pack = SWEET!!!

1989 Topps – The Final 4 – Pack #3

Here is what I pulled from pack #3 of the 4 that I opened today:

Pack 3A

Pack 3B

Notable:  Harold Baines, Chris Sabo’s second year card and Wally Joyner

Pick of the pack:  This one was rough.  I’m taking the ‘Turn back the clock’ – Tony Oliva card.  I know someone who wants it…

Starting Line-Up Figurine Commercial From The 1980’s

Back in the 1980’s baseball fans were thrilled to have action figures of their favorite sports stars!

Ladies & Gentlemen – Starting Line-up.

Ticket Stub #5 – White Sox vs. Angels – 9/17/1989

Ticket Stub #5 – White Sox vs. Angels – 9/17/1989

This was the first baseball game I attended after my family moved from South Florida to Chicago in the summer of 1989.  This game was held at the Original Comiskey Park.

California Angels 6 – Chicago White Sox 3

I have 2 vivid memories from this game and neither had to do with the action on the field.  (1) The New Comiskey Park was being built right across the street so prior to the game starting, we walked the entire concourse checking out all of the old pictures and displays that were up honoring the 80 years worth of baseball played at the Original Comiskey Park.  (2) Prior to the game, all kids were invited to get their pictures taken with White Sox Rookie Robin Ventura.  Ventura was not a star yet, but he quickly became my favorite White Sox player once he took over as the full-time starter in Chicago. 

I have searched and searched but have been unable to find that picture of me and Ventura…

California Angels AB R H RBI BB SO BA NOTES
Downing 5 0 3 1 0 0 0.285  
McLemore 3 0 1 2 1 1 0.230  
White 5 0 1 0 0 1 0.253  
Joyner 5 0 1 0 0 0 0.278  
Davis 4 1 0 0 1 2 0.264  
Washington 4 0 1 1 1 1 0.277  
Parrish 5 2 3 1 0 1 0.238 HR
Howell 5 1 1 0 0 2 0.229  
Anderson 4 2 2 1 0 1    
  40 6 13 6 3 9    
                 
Chicago White Sox AB R H RBI BB SO BA NOTES
Johnson 5 0 0 0 0 1 0.313  
Fletcher 5 0 2 1 0 0 0.249  
Lyons 5 0 0 0 0 2 0.262  
Walker 2 0 1 0 0 1 0.210  
Calderon 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.285  
Boston 2 1 2 0 0 0 0.265  
Martinez 1 1 1 0 1 0 0.302  
Gallagher 4 0 3 1 0 0 0.270  
Ventura 1 0 0 1 0 0 0.286  
Sosa 2 0 0 0 0 1 0.259  
Karkovice 2 0 0 0 0 1 0.285  
Fisk 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.285  
Guillen 4 1 1 0 0 1 0.260  
  35 3 10 3 3 7    

Baseball stars that played in this game – Devon White, Wally Joyner, Chili Davis, Lance Parrish, Sammy Sosa, Ozzie Guillen, Robin Ventura

 Hall of Famers that played in this game – Carlton Fisk, Sammy Sosa(???)