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1975 Topps Set Card 40/660 – #143 – Cliff Johnson, Astros

1975 Topps Set Card 40/660 – #143 – Cliff Johnson, Astros

Progress: 40/660

Player Name:  Cliff Johnson

Card Number:  143

Team:  Houston Astros

Position:  Catcher

Image Style: Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  15 years, 1972-86

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Johnson hit .276 in 122 games for the Astros in 1975.  Of his 94 hits, 16 were doubles and 20 were home runs.  He scored 52 runs in 1975 while also driving in 65.  Johnson had an on-base percentage of .370 with 172 total bases.

Notes From Career:  At the time of his retirement, Johnson would be the major league leader in career pinch-hits.  He was a journeyman that played for seven teams in 15 seasons.  But, he could hit – and he could do it off of the bench.  His bat was widely respected throughout baseball, and his playing on five different teams in nine seasons shows that his talent was widely respected and needed.


Did You Know…

Lou Piniella managed the American League team with the most wins in a single season since 1900.  In 2001, Piniella and his Seattle Mariners squad ended their season with a 116-46 record.  The previous record was held by the 1998 New York Yankees who went 114-48.

1968 Topps Game – Mateo Alou

1968 Topps Game – Mateo Alou

Matty Alou played in the major leagues for 15 seasons.  He suited up for six teams during that time, and helped maintain the Alou name as one of the best family names in the sport.

In his 15 seasons, Alou was a 2-time All-Star and member of the 1972 Oakland A’s World Series championship winning team.

Alou’s career numbers include – .307 batting average, 1,777 hits, 236 doubles, 50 triples, 156 stolen bases, 427 RBI, and 780 runs scored.

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My First Time – Lou Piniella – September 4, 1964

My First Time – Lou Piniella – September 4, 1964

The Setting – Dodger Stadium.  Los Angeles, CA.

From Piniella – ‘I only had one at-bat in 1964.  I grounded out to end the inning and left a runner on base.  My next at-bat came in 1969 – I had five seasons to think about that grounder’.

The Boxscore – Dodgers 7, Orioles 1.  Piniella goes 0-for-1.

Reggie Jackson 2000 Upper Deck Yankees Legends – SWEET!!!

Reggie Jackson 2000 Upper Deck Yankees Legends – SWEET!!!

Come on now, how nice is this???

Even if you are not a fan of the Yankees, there is no mistaking that Upper Deck did a great job producing this set of cards.  And this card of Reggie looks perfect!!

Capturing the backswing of a mighty Reggie ‘Rip’, you can see just how hard Reggie swung the bat based on the body language of his follow-through.

And with all of the Navy and White elements in the graphics of the card, this one is a WINNER!!!

Happy Anniversary Mr. October!!!

On this day in 1977, you hit 3 consecutive home runs in the World Series and earned the nickname “Mr. October”.

Considered to be the greatest individual offensive performance in baseball’s World Series history, you became an even bigger star on this night!!!

Happy Anniversary Mr. October!!!

Happy Birthday Reginald Martinez Jackson!!!

You may know him as Reggie or as Mr. October or as 1 of the greatest World Series heroes in baseball history.  However you know him, Reginald Martinez Jacksin turns 63 years old today!!

I unquestionably consider Reggie Jackson as being one of the most dynamic players to ever play the game of professional baseball.  On the very short list, I think that Reggie during his prime was one player that was worth the price of admission alone.  His persona and ability were head and shoulders above most of his teammates and competitors and when Reggie got the chance to shine, he took full advantage…  The result is one of the most impressive careers in baseball for a player playing in a major market city.

Quite simply, Reggie Jackson lived up to the hype he built for himself and not too many players can do that.  For his birthday, I would like to give Reggie a hidden microphone and let him coach a high-profile game.  Maybe the All-star game.  Maybe the ‘Home Run Derby’.  Something good but not too serious.   Let Reggie have fun, and I am sure that hilarity would ensue…

Happy Birthday ‘Mr. October’!!!