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Private Signing With The Fergie Jenkins Foundation – HUGE LIST OF FORMER PLAYERS ATTENDING!!!

Private Signing With The Fergie Jenkins Foundation – HUGE LIST OF FORMER PLAYERS ATTENDING!!!

Normally I reserve SUnday nights for a ’30-YOC Top Ten List’.  If you’re a frequent follower of my little blog, you know that.

But tonight, I have a special treat for you – The Fergie Jenkins Foundation is hold a golf tournament in mid-November that is hosting several former MLB All-Stars!!!

And you have a chance to add some great autographs to you collections!!!

Here are the details:

Fergie Jenkins
Foundation, Inc. November Event Mail Order

November
13th

Please Mail Items & Payment (Checks
payable to the The Fergie Jenkins Foundation) to:

Fergie Jenkins Foundation

PO Box 664

Lewiston, NY 14092

*Please include SASE for return shipping

*NEED ITEMS BY NOVEMBER 5TH

And here are the players that are attending:

Ferguson Jenkins
Chicago
Cubs, Hall of Fame 1991
1971 NL Cy
Young
Cards – $20
Balls/Flats
– $25
Bats/Jerseys
– $50
Kelly Gruber
Toronto Blue
Jays
1992 WS
Champ, 1990 AS, GG, SS
Cards – $10
Balls/Flats –
$20
Bats/Jerseys
– $40
Dave Kingman
Cubs, Giants
442 HR’s, 3X
All-Star
Cards – $10
Balls/Flats –
$20
Bats/Jerseys
– $40
Lee Smith
Cubs &
Cardinals
7x All-Star,
478 Saves, 4X Rolaids Relief Winner
Cards – $10
Balls/Flats
– $20
Bats/Jerseys
– $40
Bill Buckner
Cubs & Red Sox
2,715 Hits, 80’ Batting Champ
Cards – $10
Balls/Flats – $20
Jerseys/Bats – $40
86’ World
Series Items – $30
Jesse Barfield
Toronto Blue Jays, NY Yankees
1986 MLB HR Champ, AL GG, AL
AS
Cards – $10
Balls/Flats – $20
Bats/Jerseys – $40
Bert
  Campaneris
Oakland A’s
72, 73, 74 WS Champ, 6X
All-Star
Cards – $10
Balls/Flats – $20
Bats/Jerseys – $40
Willie Wilson
Kansas City Royals
85’ WS Champ, 80’ GG & SS
Cards – $10
Balls/Flats – $20
Bats/Jerseys – $40
Duane Ward
Toronto Blue Jays
92’ & 93 Champ, 93’ AS
Cards – $10
Balls/Flats – $20
Bats/Jerseys – $40
Meadowlark Lemon
Harlem
Globetrotters
Basketball
Hall of Fame 2003
Cards – $20
Flats
(all sizes) – $40
Basketballs/Jerseys
– $75

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Forgotten Stars Of The 1980s’

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Forgotten Stars Of The 1980s’

I had such a good time, and judging by the reader reaction so did you, working on and writing my ‘Top Ten List’ from last week that I wanted to extend the same subject into the 1980’s.

So, that is this week’s theme – ‘Top Ten Forgotten Stars Of The 1980s’.

Again, like last week, you will not find any Hall of Fame players, although there are several that I think deserve more credit in the overall scheme of things.

You will also not find players that still get a lot of attention in the sport and hobby – Don Mattingly, Dale Murphy, Fred McGriff, Cecil Fielder, Eric Davis, etc.

What you will find is a list of players that I really enjoyed watching during their primes.

Are you ready?  Let’s do this!!!

Honorable Mention – Andy VanSlyke, Ruben Sierra, Todd Worrell, Chili Davis, Pedro Guerrero, Willie Wilson, John Franco, and Gary Gaetti.

10 – George Bell.  You can call him George or Jorge or ‘Liberty’, but you better add ‘slugger’ too.  One of the decades best home run hitters, Bell was an offensive machine.  The producer of home runs, RBI, and high batting average led Bell to receive 3 All-Star selections, 3 Silver Slugger Awards and the 1987 AL MVP.

9 – Lance Parrish.  Parrish was the core of the Detroit Tigers for most of the early-to-mid 1980’s.  His skill both at the plate and behind it helped make him a perennial All-Star selection.  Parrish is also a 6-time Silver Slugger winner and has 3 Gold Gloves.

8 – Mike Greenwell.  While there may have been other ‘big’ names in Boston that got national attention, if you ask any Red Sox fan from that era, they will tell you that Mike Greenwell was a key contributor to the team’s success.  Greenwell played 12 years for the Sox and retired with a .303 batting average, which included 7 seasons above the .300 mark.  Greenwell was a 2-time All-Star and runner-up for the MVP award in 1988.

7 – Kent Hrbek.  The anchor of the Twins’ offense and defense, Hrbek played 14 solid seasons with the Twins.  A 2-time World Series champion, he hit 293 home runs during his career while driving in 1,086.  Hrbek was the runner up for the ROY in 1982 and MVP in 1984.

6 – Rick Sutcliffe.  An old-school pitcher that was probably a decade or two late to the game, Sutcliffe embodied the ‘mean’ approach that made several pitchers legends in the 1960s.  Used as both a starter and reliever during his playing days, Sutcliffe retired with a 171-139 record.  He was the Rookie of the Year in 1979 and won the 1984 Cy Young Award with his 20-6 record, 9 complete games, and 213 strikeouts.

5 – Harold Baines.  A 22-season veteran, Baines racked up some very impressive stats during his playing days.  A lifetime .289 hitter, Baines collected 2,866 hits.  He also had a knack for power and run production – 48 doubles, 384 home runs, 1,299 runs scored, and 1,628 RBI.  Baines was a 6-time All-Star.

4 – Willie McGee.  Talk about a perfect for a team..  Willie McGee brought the Cardinals instant offense as a rookie in 1982.  In fact, the 23-year old played a large role in the Cardinals World Series win that season.  In 1985 McGee was unreal – .353 batting average, 216 hits, 56 stolen bases, 114 runs scored, 86 RBI, a batting title, All-Star selection, Gold Glove, Silver Slugger, and MVP!!  In total, McGee was a 4-time All-Star, 3-time Gold Glove winner, and one of the most popular Cardinals in team history.

3 – Tim Raines.  Quite possibly the second best lead-off hitter of the last fifty years, there was nothing Tim Raines could not do on a baseball diamond.  He stole 808 bases during his career, scored 1,571 runs, and has a lifetime batting average of .294.  Raines was a 7-time All-Star and has 5 finishes in the Top 12 for the MVP.

2 – Lee Smith.  Smith ranks in 3rd place on the all-time saves list, and he will not give up that spot any time soon.  He ranks ahead of every Hall of Famer to ever be tagged as a ‘closer’.  Smith played in 18 big league seasons, accumulating 478 saves along the way.  Smith reached the post-season only twice, which translates to his role being even more important as we was closing games for teams that were not very competitive.

1 – Jack Morris.  Morris pitched in the majors for 18 seasons.  He won more game than any other pitcher in the 1980s, totalling 254 wins for his career.  He has 3 20-win seasons under his belt and an impressive 7 finishes in the Top 9 for the Cy Young award.  Morris competed in 3 World Series match-ups, winning all three – for three different teams.  He won the 1991 World Series MVP, and finished his post-season career with a 4-2 record.

And there it is.  I’m a bit exhausted, but that was a lot of fun too!!!

Do you think that I missed anyone?  Are my rankings appropriate?  Let me hear it!!!

And for the record – on this list, numbers 3,2,and 1 all deserve to be in the Hall of Fame.  Just my opinion…

Thanks for reading.

NHL Legend Eric Lindros Added To The Fergie Jenkins SIgning Event In Late September

NHL Legend Eric Lindros Added To The Fergie Jenkins SIgning Event In Late September

The Fergie Jenkins Foundation has just added NHL legend Eric Lindros to their already impressive line-up for this month’s signing.

Here are the details:

Eric Lindros: Cards – $20, Pucks/Flats – $25, Jerseys/Sticks – $50

Amd just in case you missed it, here are the details for the former MLB’ers:

Fergie
Jenkins Foundation, Inc. September Event Mail Order

September
22nd, Niagara Falls, ON

Please Mail Items & Payment (Checks
payable to the The Fergie Jenkins Foundation) to:

Fergie Jenkins Foundation

PO Box 664

Lewiston, NY 14092

*Please include SASE for return shipping

Ferguson Jenkins
Chicago
Cubs, Hall of Fame 1991
1971 NL Cy
Young
Cards – $20
Balls/Flats
– $25
Bats/Jerseys
– $50
Dave Stewart
Oakland A’s, Toronto Blue Jays
89’ WS MVP, 89’ & 93’ WS
Champ
Cards – $20
Balls/Flats – $25
Bats/Jerseys – $50
Jesse Barfield
Toronto Blue Jays, NY Yankees
1986 MLB HR Champ, AL GG, AL
AS
Cards – $10
Balls/Flats – $20
Bats/Jerseys – $40
Willie Wilson
Kansas City Royals
85’ WS Champ, 80’ GG & SS
Cards – $10
Balls/Flats – $20
Bats/Jerseys – $40
Duane Ward
Toronto Blue Jays
92’ & 93 WS Champ, 93’ AS
Cards – $10
Balls/Flats – $20
Bats/Jerseys – $40
Kelly Gruber
Toronto Blue
Jays
1992 WS
Champ, 1990 AS, GG, SS
Cards – $10
Balls/Flats –
$20
Bats/Jerseys
– $40
Tony Fernandez
Toronto Blue
Jays
93’ WS Champ,
5xAS, 4xGG
Cards – $20
Balls/Flats –
$25
Bats/Jerseys
– $50
Mike Timlin
Toronto Blue
Jays, Boston Red Sox
4x WS Champ,
92’, 93’, 04’, 07’
Cards – $10
Balls/Flats
– $20
Bats/Jerseys
– $40
Meadowlark Lemon
Harlem
Globetrotters
Basketball
Hall of Fame 2003
Cards – $20
Flats
(all sizes) – $40
Basketballs/Jerseys
– $75
Bobby Bell
Kansas City
Chiefs
Pro Football
Hall of Fame 1983
Cards – $20
Flats – $25
Footballs/Mini’s/Jerseys
– $50
Pierre Pilote
Chicago Blackhawks
Hockey Hall of Fame 1975
Cards – $20
Pucks/Flats – $25
Jerseys/Sticks – $50
Johnny Rodgers
College Football Hall of Fame
1972 Heisman Trophy Winner
Cards – $15
Flats – $20
Mini’s/Footballs/Jerseys –
$40

Private Signing With The Fergie Jenkins Foundation – 8 Former MLBers In Attendance!!!

Private Signing With The Fergie Jenkins Foundation – 8 Former MLBers In Attendance!!!

The headline says it all.  And here are the details:

Fergie
Jenkins Foundation, Inc. September Event Mail Order

September
22nd, Niagara Falls, ON

Please Mail Items & Payment (Checks
payable to the The Fergie Jenkins Foundation) to:

Fergie Jenkins Foundation

PO Box 664

Lewiston, NY 14092

*Please include SASE for return shipping

Ferguson Jenkins
Chicago
Cubs, Hall of Fame 1991
1971 NL Cy
Young
Cards – $20
Balls/Flats
– $25
Bats/Jerseys
– $50
Dave Stewart
Oakland A’s, Toronto Blue Jays
89’ WS MVP, 89’ & 93’ WS
Champ
Cards – $20
Balls/Flats – $25
Bats/Jerseys – $50
Jesse Barfield
Toronto Blue Jays, NY Yankees
1986 MLB HR Champ, AL GG, AL
AS
Cards – $10
Balls/Flats – $20
Bats/Jerseys – $40
Willie Wilson
Kansas City Royals
85’ WS Champ, 80’ GG & SS
Cards – $10
Balls/Flats – $20
Bats/Jerseys – $40
Duane Ward
Toronto Blue Jays
92’ & 93 WS Champ, 93’ AS
Cards – $10
Balls/Flats – $20
Bats/Jerseys – $40
Kelly Gruber
Toronto Blue
Jays
1992 WS
Champ, 1990 AS, GG, SS
Cards – $10
Balls/Flats –
$20
Bats/Jerseys
– $40
Tony Fernandez
Toronto Blue
Jays
93’ WS Champ,
5xAS, 4xGG
Cards – $20
Balls/Flats –
$25
Bats/Jerseys
– $50
Mike Timlin
Toronto Blue
Jays, Boston Red Sox
4x WS Champ,
92’, 93’, 04’, 07’
Cards – $10
Balls/Flats
– $20
Bats/Jerseys
– $40
Meadowlark Lemon
Harlem
Globetrotters
Basketball
Hall of Fame 2003
Cards – $20
Flats
(all sizes) – $40
Basketballs/Jerseys
– $75
Bobby Bell
Kansas City
Chiefs
Pro Football
Hall of Fame 1983
Cards – $20
Flats – $25
Footballs/Mini’s/Jerseys
– $50
Pierre Pilote
Chicago Blackhawks
Hockey Hall of Fame 1975
Cards – $20
Pucks/Flats – $25
Jerseys/Sticks – $50
Johnny Rodgers
College Football Hall of Fame
1972 Heisman Trophy Winner
Cards – $15
Flats – $20
Mini’s/Footballs/Jerseys –
$40

My 1981 Topps Record Breakers Set Is Complete!!!

My 1981 Topps Record Breakers Set Is Complete!!!

I have to admit that of all of the subsets that I have assembled myself in the last year, this one was by far the easiest to complete. 

When I decided to go after this one, I found one seller on www.sportlots.com that had all of the pieces I needed to get the job done.  So, after quickly throwing them into my cart, I soon had the set complete without breaking a sweat.

And what a set it is!!!

From Ozzie Smith to Pete Rose to Mike Schmidt to Johnny Bench to Steve Carlton.  The list goes on and on. 

But the set stops here – COMPLETE!!!

1981 Topps ‘Record Breakers’ – Card #208 – Willie Wilson

1981 Topps ‘Record Breakers’ – Card #208 – Willie Wilson

Headline – “Wilson Sets Record For Official At-Bats”

Kansas City, Missouri, October 5, 1980.  Royals’ leadoff hitter Willie Wilson has become the first player in major league history to top the 700 mark in official at-bats in a season.  Willie came to the plate 705 official times in 1980 to establish a new all-time record in that category.  The former major league mark was held by Dave Cash of the Phillies who batted 699 times officially in 1975.

My take – Eclipsed by Jimmy Rollins in 2007, Wilson sits in second place today.