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1956 HEADLINE: Don Larsen Hurls The First Perfect Game In World Series History!!!

1956 HEADLINE: Don Larsen Hurls The First Perfect Game In World Series History!!!

On this day in 1956, and front of the world, Don Larsen threw a perfect game in Game 5 of the World Series.

More than 50 years later, this game is still talked about during each post-season.  Many consider this pitching performance by Larsen to be the greatest single-game performance in baseball’s great history.

In Yankee Stadium, and with 64,000+ fans behind him, Larsen and his teammates were battling their cross-town rivals, the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Larsen’s numbers looked like this:

9 innings pitched.  0 runs allowed.  0 hits given up.  0 walks.  0 base runners.

A truly remarkable and historic event!!!  Happy Anniversary Mr. Larsen!!!!

Larsen

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Yogi Berra 2014 Topps Archives

Yogi Berra 2014 Topps Archives

Gotta love seeing Yogi Berra included in modern baseball card sets – I know that I do.

And he made the checklist for the newly released 2014 Topps Archives set this year.

His card was in the ‘1989 Topps’ portion of the set, and the card looks great.

Have a look:

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Of all of the players that Topps recycles that starred during the 1950’s, Berra could very well be my favorite.  The images used of him all look great, and I really enjoy checking out those old, wool Yankees uniforms.

Another great modern card of Yogi Berra for my collection – YES!

Happy Birthday Yogi Berra!!!

Happy Birthday Yogi Berra!!!

Yogi Berra turns 89 years old today.

Still a very famous face of the franchise, Yogi Berra and the New York Yankees are bonded for eternity. Just as popular today with the Yankees as he was during his playing days, Yogi Berra is New York, and he is a Yankee for life.

In Berra’s 18 years with the team, he won an amazing 10 World Series titles. He was a 3-time Most Valuable Player, and a 15-time All-star. Berra is a member of the 1972 Hall of Fame class, and his famous plaque features him wearing his permanent Yankees cap.

Happy Birthday Mr. Berra!!!

Taking Cards From Peter To Share Them With Paul…

Taking Cards From Peter To Share Them With Paul…

After thinking about the best way to approach the start of my 1975 Topps Set Build, I settled in on pulling cards from existing player collections I have worked on that really showed no signs of being completed.

So, I started digging.  And I only had 1 rule to follow – DO NOT PULL CARDS FROM COMPLETED COLLECTIONS.

And then I got to work.  And I did rather well.

While I did not rescue cards of Fergie Jenkins, Billy Williams, Joe Morgan, Ron Santo, or Jim Palmer from my player collections, I did secure a very nice stack of cards to get my set build off and rolling.

In total, I pulled 11 cards.  And now I am 1.6% done with the Set!!

Here are the cards that I will begin my journey with:

Card #2 – Lou Brock, 1974 Highlights

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Card #50 – Brooks Robinson

50

Card #150 – Bob Gibson

150

Card #165 – Steve Carlton

185

Card #193, 1955 Most Valuable Players

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Card #199, 1961 Most Valuable Players

199

Card #202, 1964 Most Valuable Players

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Card #450 – Willie McCovey

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Card #540 – Lou Brock

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Card #600 – Rod Carew

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Card # 640 – Harmon Killebrew

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Not a bad start, huh?  The cards look great and they are all in pretty sharp condition.

And now with this final step complete, I am ready to shop.

Progress: 11/660

1956 HEADLINE: Don Larsen Hurls The First Perfect Game In World Series History!!!

1956 HEADLINE: Don Larsen Hurls The First Perfect Game In World Series History!!!

On this day in 1956, and front of the world, Don Larsen threw a perfect game in Game 5 of the World Series.

More than 50 years later, this game is still talked about during each post-season.  Many consider this pitching performance by Larsen to be the greatest single-game performance in baseball’s great history.

In Yankee Stadium, and with 64,000+ fans behind him, Larsen and his teammates were battling their cross-town rivals, the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Larsen’s numbers looked like this:

9 innings pitched.  0 runs allowed.  0 hits given up.  0 walks.  0 base runners.

A truly remarkable and historic event!!!  Happy Anniversary Mr. Larsen!!!!

Larsen

‘Hall Of Fame Debate’ – Yogi Berra VS Johnny Bench

‘Hall Of Fame Debate’ – Yogi Berra VS Johnny Bench

When the conversation of the greatest catchers of all-time is brought up, there is a very small list of names that get mentioned.

But, two names appear in most conversations – Yogi Berra and Johnny Bench.  Sure, the names Mike Piazza, Roy Campanella, Thurman Munson, and even Ted Simmons get mentioned, but it is the names of Berra & Bench that get mentioned the most.

So, let’s get right into it as we debate about the two players with the goal of selecting the best ever.

On to the debate!!!

Here is a look at the players’ career resumes:

Yogi Berra Johnny Bench
Seasons 19 17
Games 2,120 2,158
Hits 2,150 2,048
200 Hit Seasons 0 0
150-199 Hit Seasons 4 5
Batting Average 0.285 0.267
.300+ Seasons 4 1
On-Base % 0.348 0.342
Walks Drawn 704 891
Strikeouts 414 1278
Doubles 321 381
Triples 49 24
Home Runs 358 389
30-39 HR Seasons 2 2
40+ HR Seasons 0 2
Stolen Bases 30 68
Runs Scored 1,175 1,091
RBI 1,430 1,376
100-RBI Seasons 5 6
All-Star 15 14
Gold Glove 0 10
ROY 0 1
MVP 3 2
Postseasons 14 6
WS Titles 10 2

Pretty close numbers in quite a few categories.

The standout numbers for me:

  •  Berra has 102 more hits in 38 less games
  • Berra’s (4) .300 seasons to Bench’s (1)
  • Bench drew 187 more walks than Berra
  • Bench struck out 864 more times than Berra in 38 less games
  • On-Base % is eerily close
  • 60 more doubles for Bench
  • 31 more home runs for Bench
  • Berra has 54 more RBI
  • Postseason appearances and WS wins heavily favors Bench

Wow, talk about two very accomplished players!  Both of these guys are elite, and not just at catcher…

But, who is the more accomplished player?  Who is the greatest catcher of all-time??

Before I give you my vote, it is important to say that the Gold Glove Award did not exist during Berra’s career.  He was a solid defender, and more than likely would have won a few GG Awards.  Would he top Bench’s 10?  We’ll never know.

And now for my vote….

It goes to Yogi Berra.  This guy does not get anywhere close to the respect that he deserves as a former elite player.  Sure, he played on some mighty teams, but so did Bench.  And for Berra to capture MVP Awards on teams that boasted DiMaggio and Mantle and Maris on their squads, it says a ton about the player that he was.  He was a skilled hitter with a very disciplined approach at the plate.  And when he did connect, he drove in runs at a pretty solid rate.

And then you have the postseason.  While no single player is solely responsible for their team’s winning ways, Yogi Berra was the foundation of the Yankee’s defense while also being a strong contributor on offense.  Bench did all of this as well – but his team made it to a lot less postseasons (Yes, I know that he played in a time when there were more teams in the league).  But, for me, I cannot escape the fact that Berra played in the postseason in 14 of his 19 years in the major leagues – ultimately winning the World Series an astonishing ten times.

He’s got my vote for the greatest catcher of all-time!!!!

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And now it is your turn.  Give me your votes now!!!

 

Baseball Card Show Purchase #7 – Lot Of 2 1975 Topps MVP Commemorative Cards w/Berra, Campanella, Robinson, Maris

Baseball Card Show Purchase #7 – Lot Of 2 1975 Topps MVP Commemorative Cards w/Berra, Campanella, Robinson, Maris

While not seeking out a specific vintage baseball card at the show, I did keep my eyes peeled looking for something to catch my eye.

And I found it, a sign that read – ‘1/2 OFF ALL CARDS FROM 1970’s’.

A sign like that will draw me in like a moth to a flame, and I walked out with two beauties from the 1975 Topps set.

Have a look:

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In the 1975 set, Topps commemorated the MVP Award winners from prior seasons by combining them onto one card and showing off their Topps cards from their MVP-winning campaigns.

I like the look of these, always have.  And when I was able to grab each of these for just $1.50 each, I dove right in!  Both cards are in EX condition and they feature some of the most talented players from the 1960’s.

A great find!!!