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1975 Topps Set Card 296/660 – #390 – Ron Cey, Dodgers

1975 Topps Set Card 296/660 – #390 – Ron Cey, Dodgers

Progress: 296/660

Card Number:  390

Player Name:  Ron Cey

Team:  Los Angeles Dodgers

Position:  3rd Base

Image Style: Posed Hitting

Years In The Major Leagues: 17 seasons, 1971-87

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Cey played in 158 games for the Dodgers in 1975.  He hit .283 with 160 hits for the team in 566 at-bats.  Of his 160 hits, Cey connected for 29 doubles and 25 home runs while scoring 72 times and driving in 101 runs.  Cey was selected as a National League All-Star in 1975.

Notes From Career:  Ron Cey is a career .261 hitter with 1,868 hits.  He has 328 doubles and 316 lifetime home runs.  He scored 977 runs during his 17 seasons in the majors, while also driving in 1,139.  Cey is a 6-time All-Star and was the MVP of the 1981 World Series.


1975 Topps Set Card 268/660 – #604 – Oscar Zamora, Cubs

1975 Topps Set Card 268/660 – #604 – Oscar Zamora, Cubs

Progress: 268/660

Card Number:  604

Player Name:  Oscar Zamora

Team:  Chicago Cubs

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  4 seasons, 1974-76, 1978

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Zamora appeared in 52 games for the Cubs in 1975.  He compiled a record of 5-2 with an ERA of 5.07 in those games.  Zamora worked in 71 innings, allowing 84 hits and 42 runs while striking out 28 and walking 15.

Notes From Career:  Zamora ended his major league career with a 13-14 record over 158 games played.  He worked in 224 total innings, allowing 256 hits and 121 runs en route to a career ERA of 4.53.  In those 224 innings, Zamora gave up 256 hits and 121 runs.


1953 HEADLINE: Ernie Banks Hits First Home Run Of His Major League Career

1953 HEADLINE:  Ernie Banks Hits First Home Run Of His Major League Career

On this day in 1953, Ernie Banks hit the first home run of his career as a professional baseball player.

Nobody knew what was in store for Banks’ future, but ‘Mr. Cub’ certainly left a lasting impression on the city of Chicago and the sport of baseball.

Home Run #1 was just the start.  The start of 512 career home runs.  The start of 11 All-star appearances.  The start of 1 Gold Glove award.  And the start of 2 Most Valuable Player awards.  Home Run #1 started it all…

Congratulations and Happy Anniversary Mr. Ernie Banks!!!


Did You Know…

The first National League payer to lead the league in home runs in back-to-back seasons was Frank Schulte who connected for 10 home runs in 1910 and 21 round-trippers the next season in 1911.

Frank Schulte

Ernie Banks 2013 Topps Triple Threads – Base

Ernie Banks 2013 Topps Triple Threads – Base

This card of Ernie Banks was one of many modern cards featuring legends of the game that came to me through a huge donation from a ’30-YOC’ loyal reader, Jared.

The card, from the 2013 Topps Triple Threads baseball card set, features Mr. Cub in his sweet White, wool Cubs uniform that boasts one of my favorite Cubs patches!

Have a look:




I love the patch that adorns Banks’ left shoulder.  And while Topps may not have purposely used this image to show-off that sweet Cubby Bear, they certainly got my attention.


Ernie Banks 2013 Topps – 1972 Topps Mini Insert

Ernie Banks 2013 Topps – 1972 Topps Mini Insert

The 1971 baseball season was the last one in Ernie Banks’ major league career.  He was featured in the 1971 Topps baseball card set, but he did not appear in the 1972 issue.

So, maybe this is what his card would have looked like if he did have a card in that set:



Topps oftentimes will retired players in sets the year after they retire, and I am not sure of the reason.  Maybe the cards are already designed? Maybe the checklists are already complete?  Maybe they do it as a tribute to the player?

Either way, we can ‘Thank’ Topps for giving us a card of Mr. Banks using their 1972 baseball card design.  The card pictured above comes from the 2013 Flagship set, it is a mini and obviously it employs the sweet, and legendary 1972 design.

Thank you, Topps!

1988 HEADLINE: Chicago Cubs To Host First Night Game In Wrigley Field History

1988 HEADLINE: Chicago Cubs To Host First Night Game In Wrigley Field History

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the first night game at Wrigley Field.  On 8/8/88, the Cubs hosted the Mets in this historical game.

And although this contest didn’t last 3 innings due to rain, it was the first time in franchise history that the Cubs turned on the lights and hosted a night game.  If you want to be picky, the first official complete game at Wrigley Field was the next night on 8/9/88, but the 8/8/88 sounds so much cooler…

I am a native Floridian, but I lived in Chicago for 5 years.  I moved there in 1988 when I was 13, and moved back to sunny Florida after graduating high school.  Over the first 4 months of the 1988 season I became a Chicago Cubs fan.  It was sweet to come home from school and get to watch baseball.  While other kids were glued to Charles In Charge or Full House, I was enjoying the Cubs.

I thought it would be cool to reflect on what their line-up looked like 24 years ago today.

For the Cubs: Catcher – Damon Berryhill; 1st Base – Mark Grace; 2nd Base – Ryne Sandberg; SS – Shawon Dunston; 3rd Base – Vance Law; OF – Rafael Palmerio, Dave Martinez, and Andre Dawson; SP – Greg Maddux, Rick Sutcliffe,Jamie Moyer, and Calvin Schiraldi.

That’s not too bad of a line-up.  2 current HOF players in Dawson and Sandberg and an obvious 1st ballot player with Maddux.  And 1 of the best hitters of the 90’s in Grace.

For the Mets: Catcher – Gary Carter; 1st Base – Keith Hernandez; 2nd Base – Wally Backman; SS – Kevin Elster; 3rd Base – Howard Johnson; OF – Darryl Strawberry; Lenny Dykstra, and Kevin McReynold; SP – Dwight Gooden, David Cone, Ron Darling, and Sid Fernandz.

This group is a little more rag-tag with the exception of HOF’er Gary Carter.  There must be something in the water in NY because none of these guys did extremely well after leaving the Mets(possibly excluding Dykstra and Cone) and several of them went down the tubes quickly.


Ernie Banks 2013 Panini Hometown Heroes – Chicago

Ernie Banks 2013 Panini Hometown Heroes – Chicago

Normally, the lack of team names and logos on baseball cards does not bother me.  Certainly not as much as I know it does others.

But, this card definitely stands out – way too much blank space!!

Between the blank cap on Banks’ head, the blank jersey he is wearing, and the empty space in the upper-right corner of the card, this one is pretty bad…




Ernie Banks 2014 Topps Archives

Ernie Banks 2014 Topps Archives

Here’s another single from the lot I recently bought.  This one is of Hall of Famer, Ernie Banks and it is from the 2014 Topps Archives set.



I like it.  I like the 1973 Topps design.  And I like the contrast of the large image showing Banks in a posed batting stance and then the small, silhouette of a player making a play at shortstop is the perfect complement.

Banks’ career ended when he was 40 years old and at the conclusion of the 1971 baseball season.  While he was always a younger-looking guy, he looks to be in is late twenties or early thirties in this shot.  If I had to complain about anything about this baseball card, it would be that Topps could have chosen an image of an older Ernie Banks to make the ’73 theme work better with the image.


1995 HEADLINE: Reds’ Tom Browning Visits Wrigley Rooftops During Game

1995 HEADLINE: Reds’ Tom Browning Visits Wrigley Rooftops During Game

On this day in 1995, Tom Browning left a game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago Cubs while the game was still going on.  In fact, he left during the third inning!!

Where did he go, you ask??  Well, he went where everyone wanted to be – The rooftops!  Browning exited Wrigley Field, walked across the street, and proceeded to the rooftops of the buildings behind the outfield wall to experience the game from that vantage point.  And he did all of this while wearing his Reds’ uniform!!!

Truly amazing!  Truly unprofessional!  Truly hilarious!

Brownings’ manager, Davey Johnson, was waiting for him.  And when he got back, Browning received a $500 fine.

Of the incident, Browning says, “If I was the manager, I’d fine me, too,” he said. “But it was done strictly in jest, for fun. You have to enjoy the game.”