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Happy Birthday Willie McGee!!!

Happy Birthday Willie McGee!!!

Willie McGee turns 56 years old today.

A true baseball star that consistently excelled for the duration of his career, McGee put on quite a show for 18 major league seasons.

A player with all-around skills, McGee was able to change the games in which he played with his multi-faceted talents.  He was a great contact hitter and finished his career with a batting average of .295 alongside 2,254 total hits.  He was also a threat on the base paths as he stole 352 bases during his career en route to scoring 1,010 runs.

In his best season of 1985, Willie McGee dominated the National League and won the MVP award.  During that season he collected 216 hits and finished the year with a .353 batting average.  For the year he hit 18 triples, 26 doubles, stole 56 bases, and scored 114 times.  Additional hardware that McGee picked up in ’85 was a batting title, a Gold Glove, an All-Star roster spot, and a Silver Slugger award.

For his birthday, I give Willie McGee my vote.  There are a few petitions around on the web trying to get enough votes to retire number 51 in St. Louis as a way to honor McGee.   I’m on board!!!  And if you are too, please submit your vote here.

Happy Birthday Mr. McGee!!!

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:

WILLIE MCGEE MVP BALL

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 Willie McGee!!!

Happy Birthday Willie McGee!!!

Willie McGee turns 55 years old today.

A true baseball star that consistently excelled for the duration of his career, McGee put on quite a show for 18 major league seasons.

A player with all-around skills, McGee was able to change the games in which he played with his multi-faceted talents.  He was a great contact hitter and finished his career with a batting average of .295 alongside 2,254 total hits.  He was also a threat on the base paths as he stole 352 bases during his career en route to scoring 1,010 runs.

In his best season of 1985, Willie McGee dominated the National League and won the MVP award.  During that season he collected 216 hits and finished the year with a .353 batting average.  For the year he hit 18 triples, 26 doubles, stole 56 bases, and scored 114 times.  Additional hardware that McGee picked up in ’85 was a batting title, a Gold Glove, an All-Star roster spot, and a Silver Slugger award.

For his birthday, I give Willie McGee my vote.  There are a few petitions around on the web trying to get enough votes to retire number 51 in St. Louis as a way to honor McGee.   I’m on board!!!  And if you are too, please submit your vote here.

Happy Birthday Mr. McGee!!!

St. Louis Cardinals Hire Former MVP Willie McGee As Special Assitant To The GM

St. Louis Cardinals Hire Former MVP Willie McGee As Special Assitant To The GM

From ESPN.com

JUPITER, Fla. —  The St. Louis Cardinals have hired former great Willie McGee as a special assistant to the general manager focusing on the minor leagues.

The 54-year-old McGee, added to the staff on Wednesday, served a special instructor at spring training last month. McGee is in the franchise top 10 in games played, triples, stolen bases and pinch hits and was a career .295 hitter over 18 seasons.

McGee was a member of the 1982 World Series championship team and was National League MVP in 1985 with a league-leading .353 average for a pennant-winning team. His batting average from 1985 and 216 hits are franchise bests for switch hitters.

Happy Birthday Willie McGee!!!

Happy Birthday Willie McGee!!!

Willie McGee turns 54 years old today.

A true baseball star that consistently excelled for the duration of his career, McGee put on quite a show for 18 major league seasons.

A player with all-around skills, McGee was able to change the games in which he played with his multi-faceted talents.  He was a great contact hitter and finished his career with a batting average of .295 alongside 2,254 total hits.  He was also a threat on the base paths as he stole 352 bases during his career en route to scoring 1,010 runs.

In his best season of 1985, Willie McGee dominated the National League and won the MVP award.  During that season he collected 216 hits and finished the year with a .353 batting average.  For the year he hit 18 triples, 26 doubles, stole 56 bases, and scored 114 times.  Additional hardware that McGee picked up in ’85 was a batting title, a Gold Glove, an All-Star roster spot, and a Silver Slugger award.

For his birthday, I give Willie McGee my vote.  There are a few petitions around on the web trying to get enough votes to retire number 51 in St. Louis as a way to honor McGee.   I’m on board!!!  And if you are too, please submit your vote here.

Happy Birthday Mr. McGee!!!

When A Random Traffic Stop Turns Into An Encounter With Your Childhood Heroes

When A Random Traffic Stop Turns Into An Encounter With Your Childhood Heroes

I received a call from my best friend this afternoon.  Some of you may know him, he goes by the name ‘McGee-Fan51′ on this blog, and he has been with me and ’30-YOC’  since day one.

He lives more than 2,000 miles away from me, but we collect together and share a lot of stories of the guys from our youth on a regular basis.

Anyway, back to the story…

So, I got a call from his this morning and after hearing it, I told him that I needed to publish it on my blog.  He was cool with it.

So, here is Gerad’s amazing tale from this morning:

On today’s date at approximately 0830 hours I was monitoring traffic in the 200 block of Missouri Highway 141 when I observed a white 2011 Audi traveling at a high rate of speed. I clocked the vehicles speed with my radar unit going 20 miles over the posted speed limit.

I activated my emergency equipment and stopped the driver.
 
As I approached the drivers side of the vehicle I could see that the driver was looking at me through his side mirror coming to realize that this wasn’t just anybody………this was Ozzie Smith #1………..who was watching me as I was walking up to his car!
 
I confronted The Wizard face to face & stated these three words … “Your My Hero!” He had a huge smile on his face and stated thank you. While he was thanking me I noticed an occupant sitting in the passenger seat. With the sun shining bright in my face and the size of the SUV I had to duck my head down just a tad in order to see the passenger who I immediately recognized as Willie McGee #51! My all time favorite baseball player & Hero!
 
I went into shock! Worse than a 14 year old girl meeting Justin Beiber. O.K. well maybe not that bad, but I was beside myself. A policeman wearing a bullet proof vest and carrying a Glock pistol doing a dangerous job right? Never knowing who your coming into contact with. Always keeping your guard up. Not on this stop! I knew these guys. I had been fans of theirs since 1982 when I was 6 years old. I knew more about them than I knew about my own grandparents.
 
So here it goes…
 
I put my hands over my mouth and said “O my God Willie McGee”.
 
I couldn’t believe it. My Man. My User-Name “McGee-Fan51”. My Favorite number 51. My Hero sitting in a beautiful Audi right before my eyes. Not at a baseball card show, or at Busch Stadium. But on South Bound MO Highway 141. In my town. On the mean streets of STL. On my streets. On my turf.
 
What should I say, what should I do, how should I act?
 
Well let me tell you… I said very few words.
 
I said this.
 
“Willie McGee you are My Hero.” “I love you guys.” “Thank you so much for what you have brought to St. Louis and what you’ve done for me as a fan.”
 
They both put out their hands & thanked me. After a firm and Honorable hand shake I walked back to my police car shaking my head thinking to myself “I’m I dreaming?” I walked away from my two hero’s. My two favorite STL Cardinals of all time. My two favorite baseball players of all time. And forgot to ask for their autographs!
 
I may have forgotten to ask them to sign a business card, but I do have the traffic stop on camera. And although you cannot see Mr. Smith or Mr. McGee you can hear Ozzie laughing and saying thank you.
 
Brian I will do my best to burn a copy of this stop and submit it to you. Feel free to post it on your blog. I think you’ll get a kick out of me & my reaction too.
 
It’s not everyday you get to meet one of your hero’s. Today I met both of mine. And Ill never forget it.”
Pretty cool, huh???
Gerad, Thank You for sharing.  It was quite a story indeed!!!!

Willie McGee 2004 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites

Willie McGee 2004 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites

OK, so as we all know, the All-Time Fan Favorites baseball card set issued by Topps in 2004 celebrates the player’s best season or seasons in the major leagues.

And for Willie McGee, 1985 was quite a season!!

McGee was the NL MVP in ’85, and was the offensive leader of the St.Louis Cardinals.  Here are a few numbers to drool over:  216 hits, .353 batting average, 26 doubles, 18 triples, 10 home runs, 56 stolen bases, 82 RBI, and 114 runs scored.

McGee was an All-Star in 1985, and he also captured a Gold Glove Award, Silver Slugger trophy, MVP Title, and trip to the World Series.

Att Boy Willie!!!