21 December 2014

sunday morning target dodgers - one flap down edition

here's another sheet of cards from the 1990 target dodgers set.  let's get down to business.

george boehler
boehler didn't pitch for brooklyn until he joined the robins for the 1926 season - the last of his big league career that began in 1912.  he didn't spend all 15 years in between in the majors, however, as he spent a few full seasons in the minor leagues where he won over 20 games 7 times (including 38 in 1922). at any rate, he was 1-0 for the robins in 10 appearances in 1926.

jack burdock
burdock actually joined the brooklyn ballclub in 1888, a couple of years before they joined the national league.  he spent the next two years managing in the atlantic league, but returned to the grooms in 1891, their second year in the senior league.  he went 1 for 12 with a walk in three games, but earned a card in this set.

wes ferrell
ferrell was a two-time all-star who also finished second in the mvp voting in 1935 behind hank greenberg.  he was a good hitting pitcher (perhaps that's why a photo of him with a bat was used on his card) who retired with a .280 batting average.  ferrell signed with the dodgers as a free agent in 1940, but pitched in just one game for the team after which he was released. that followed his first appearance fot the dodgers in which he struck out as a pinch-hitter.

len gabrielson
gabrielson finished his major league career with 3-plus seasons as a dodger.  acquired in a trade with the angels during the 1967 season, gabrielson actually led the 1968 dodger team with 10 home runs.  year of the pitchers, indeed.

jack jenkins
jenkins grew up in virginia, so it must have been a thrill for him to break into the major leagues with the washington senators in 1962.  he was just 19 at the time, and the first team he faced was the other local squad - the baltimore orioles.  pitching in baltimore, jenkins struck out the first batter he faced, but later gave up a couple of home runs.  he relieved in another game at new york, and then got a start against the red sox in boston. he pitched a complete game, but it was of the 8.1 inning variety as the bosox walked off on a home run.  jenkins appeared in four games for the senators in 1963, and then didn't appear in the majors until 1969 when the dodgers purchased his contract and called him up.  he made just one appearance for the blue, pitching a perfect inning in relief against the astros on september 30.  the last batter he faced was hall of famer joe morgan, who was retired on a comebacker.  the following year, jenkins pitched in the dodgers' minor league system and he also found himself on a 1970 topps card, sharing space with bill buckner, but he never made it back to the big leagues.

lou johnson
sweet lou was acquired by the dodgers in 1964 from the tigers for larry sherry.  he didn't appear in the majors as a dodger until 1965, however, but helped the team win the world series by hitting .296 with a couple of home runs against the twins.  johnson also led all dodger regulars with four hits in the 1966 world series against the orioles.  he continues to be involved in the dodger community by making appearances for the team at various functions and signing autographs before select home games.

candy lachance
lachance was considered to be a good fielder, and was moved from catcher to first base after being called up by the grooms in 1893.  he played mostly first for brooklyn through 1898, amassing a .290 average in 559 games.  after one season with the cleveland blues in 1901, lachance played for the boston americans (later known as the red sox) and was a member of their 1903 team that won the first world series.

jeffrey leonard
leonard never got to trot around the bases with one flap down as a dodger.  the undrafted free agent was signed by the club in 1973 and made his debut as a dodger in september of 1977.  he was 3 for 10 with a triple and a walk in that time, but didn't hit a home run.  leonard was dealt to houston the following year for joe ferguson.

gus mancuso
mancuso began his career with the cardinals in 1928, and was the backup catcher on their pennant winning teams of 1930 and 1931 - they were world champs in the latter.  from there he went to the new york giants where he was the primary catcher on their 1933 world championship team, as well as their 1936 and 1937 pennant winning clubs, although he missed a fair amount of the '37 season due to injury.  the cubs traded for mancuso in december of 1938 and dealt him to the dodgers a year later.  in his one year in brooklyn, mancuso hit .229 in 60 games and the club decided they needed a different catcher.  so, in december of 1940, they sent mancuso to the cardinals in exchange for mickey owen.  sure, the dodgers would win the pennant in 1941, but owen would famously be unable to catch the third strike with two outs in the 9th inning of game 4 of the world series, allowing the yankees to rally and win a game that they should have lost.

jack perconte
perconte may be best known in these circles as the other guy on fernando valenzuela and mike scioscia's 1981 topps rookie card.  he had a couple callups with the dodgers, first in 1980 and again in 1981, but the team decided that steve sax was their second baseman of the future and so included perconte in the rick sutcliffe trade with the indians that followed the 1981 world series.

earl robinson
robinson played for the dodgers in his rookie year of 1958.  he appeared in 8 games and was 3 for 15 with a walk and then spent the next two seasons with the dodgers' triple-a affiliates.  after that, robinson had his contract purchased by the orioles, and he found some success at the big league level in baltimore during the early 1960's.

cotton tierney
tierney finished his 6-year major league career with a season in brooklyn in 1925.  previously a second baseman for the pirates, phillies, and braves, the robins used him mostly at third base.  he hit .257 in 93 games and was sent to minneapolis of the american association the following year. he must have kept in touch with former teammate zack wheat, because they opened a bowling alley together a few years later.  baseball reference also notes that tierney played in over 90 road games in 1923 as a result of being traded from the pirates to the phillies.

chris van cuyk
van cuyk pitched for the dodgers from 1950-52, the three seasons immediately following his brother johnny's three year run with the club.  chris was 7-11 with a 5.16 era in that time, although his career had begun with a complete game victory over stan musial and the cardinals in july of 1950.  thanks to the timing of his career, chris got a card in the 1952 topps set, and he seemed pretty happy about it.

ed vande berg
left-handed reliever vande berg was acquired by the dodgers after the 1985 season for the catcher of the team of my youth, steve yeager. straight up.  vande berg had been used by the mariners as a reliever (save for 17 starts in 1984), and he continued that role from the dodger bullpen in 1986.  pitching in 60 games, vande berg was 1-5 with a 3.41 era and was only given the opportunity to save a game once (he failed to hold the lead in an extra inning game against the reds).  after the season, vande berg was released by the dodgers and he signed with the indians as a free agent.  there wasn't much of a trade legacy for steve yeager, was there?

hack wilson
wilson was only one season removed from his record 191 rbi when the cardinals traded burleigh grimes to the cubs to acquire him.  however, before the 1932 season could begin, saint louis flipped wilson to the dodgers.  he did pretty well in '32, hitting .297 with 23 homers and 123 rbi, but his numbers slipped in 1933, and he was released by the team during another disappointing season in 1934.

see you next week (most likely) with another sheet...

20 December 2014

this is the time of year to drop strong hints

do you make a christmas list? i was told at an early age by my uncle that it is better to give people an idea of what you would like to receive this time of year than to leave it to chance and perhaps wind up with a box of handkerchiefs.  lesson learned.

i recently noted on a night owl post that i was looking for a 2014 topps stadium club mike piazza card (of which night owl had two), and not too long after, i received the card in the mail from said blogger.
piazza didn't travel alone, either.  greg threw in a 2014 topps chrome hanley ramirez purple refractor
and a 2013 topps gypsy queen clayton kershaw white framed card
as well.  i will take night owl's dodger hand-me-downs any day of the week.  yes, that was a strong hint.

jeff at 2x3 heroes and i have been swapping pwe's for a while now, but the pace has increased recently.  i was quick to return the three-pocket insert that he used to send me the previous batch of cards with a note that said something like "you're it" or "your turn" or "send me more!".  he got the hint.  here's a 2014 bowman chrome mini card of mr cy young and mvp
plus a 2013 topps sandy koufax (also mr cy young and mvp) cut to the chase card
you want more mr cy young and (world series) mvp?  ok, here's orel hershiser on a 1994 fleer ultra card
and a chan ho park insert card from the same set.
park was neither a cy young nor an mvp, although piazza once went on record saying that chan ho had cy young stuff.

jeff also sent a 2014 bowman chrome prospects auto card of brandon trinkwon.
he must have bought these in bulk, because i am pretty sure he sent one to zakwin also.

last but not least, there was this card - a 2008 upper deck michael young card
the future dodger is not, however, playing baseball on tatooine as there is a little sliver of grass in the upper left corner.  a clearing on the forest moon of endor? perhaps. tatooine? no.

thanks for the cards guys.  send me more.  hint hint.

19 December 2014

the rest of the cards that should have been from the garvey binders

i am almost done with showing pages from my steve garvey oddball binder.  then it will be time to show the pages from the 'regular' collection binders.  get excited.  here are the rest of the cards that should have been that i've created or received or otherwise had to print myself over the last few years.
punkrockpaint is responsible for the 1988 topps card, while the writer's journey sent me the digital version of the gypsy queen card.  the last three are topps bunt 'cards' that i printed out.

cards that should have been from the garvey binders

here are a couple more pages from my steve garvey oddball binder.  these two pages features cards that should have been of my favorite player. most i have created, but there are a couple that i have obtained from others - bob lemke and mrmopar.
the last 1969 topps card is the one that bob lemke made, while i lifted the first 1970 topps card from mrmopar.  i am partial to my 1970 topps card that should have been, as well as the 1978 topps record breaker.

on the road with mike morgan

mike morgan pitched for 12 different teams in 13 different stops (he double dipped with the cubs) over the course of 22 big league seasons.  those 12 different uniforms morgan wore were a record until octavio dotel made it to 13 in 2012.

morgan began his career as the 4th overall pick in 1978, and he was rushed to the majors less than two weeks later by a's owner charlie finley who obviously wasn't paying attention when the rangers made the same mistake with david clyde earlier in the decade.  morgan pitched a complete game in his big league debut as an 18-year old, but took the loss.  he lost his other two starts that season, and was 2-10 for the a's in 1979.  so, by the time this 1980 topps future stars card featuring morgan
was released, he was 2-13 as a major league pitcher, and he had also pitched in his last big league game for the franchise.  as an aside, kirk gibson was taken by the tigers with the 15th pick in that draft, and cal ripken jr was taken with the 22nd pick of the 2nd round.  i point this out not to disparage mike morgan, as he had a decent big league career, but rather to note that the team that drafted ahead of the orioles in the second round was the dodgers, who passed on ripken (then a third baseman) to take a different high school shortstop named clay smith.

anyway, morgan spent all of 1980 in the minors, and was traded to the yankees following the conclusion of the season.  he made it back to the majors in 1982, going 7-11 for the bronx bombers in 23 starts and 7 relief appearances.  he was traded to the blue jays after the season ended (with fred mcgriff!), but we were still treated to this 1983 fleer card showing him in yankee apparel.
topps also had him as a yankee in their 1983 set, but included him as a blue jay in the 1983 traded set
with the jays in '83, morgan was 0-3.  he pitched in 16 games, 4 of which were starts.  he spent all of 1984 back in the minors, and was taken by the mariners in the rule v draft prior to the 1985 season.  morgan took his 9-27 career record to seattle, where he made 2 starts (he was 1-1 in those starts) in 1985 before becoming a fixture in the rotation for both the 1986 and 1987 seasons.  he lost 17 games in both of those campaigns, however, leading the league in that category in 1986.  still, he won 11 and 12 games, respectively, kept his era below 5.00, and threw his first 3 career shutouts with the m's.  morgan was still a mariner on his 1988 donruss card
even though he was traded to the orioles in december of '87.  they got things updated in the 1988 donruss baseball's best set (also known as the halloween set)
morgan spent just that one season with the orioles, going 1-6 in 22 games, 10 of which were starts.  he had a cumulative record of 34-68 and had pitched for 5 different teams when dodger gm fred claire traded mike devereaux to the orioles in march of 1989 to acquire the 29-year old morgan.

the dodgers used morgan primarily as a starter to begin the 1989 season, and he responded nicely to his first taste of national league play.  morgan was 6-8 with a 1.79 era at the all-star break, but lost his first three starts of the second half with his era jumping to 2.61, and so was sent to the bullpen for the remainder of the season.  he finished with a record of 8-11 and a (by far) career best 2.53 era.  here's his 1990 upper deck card, featuring him dealing in dodger stadium.
over the next two seasons, the dodgers used morgan almost exclusively as a starter (he had one relief appearance against 66 starts in that span).  morgan was 11-15 in 1990, leading the league with 4 shutouts, and posted the first winning record of his career in 1991, going 14-10 with a 2.78 era and an all-star berth to boot.  morgan got to pitch the 9th inning of the midsummer classic, retiring hall of famers kirby puckett, carlton fisk (by strikeout), and roberto alomar in order.  he was also the national league player of the week for the last week in june, thanks to two complete game victories.  as a dodger, morgan was 33-36 with an era just over 3.00, and he decided to sign with the cubs as a free agent.

morgan went on to have one of his best seasons in 1992, going 16-8 with a 2.55 era in 34 starts.  he pitched for the cubs for a total of 3-plus seasons before being traded to the cardinals in june of 1995.  here's his 1993 bowman card
as i mentioned above, morgan had two different stints with the cubbies. the first time around, he was 30-34 in 85 starts.  from there, he was 9-14 for the cardinals between june of 1995 and august of 1996 when he was released.  the reds took a chance on morgan for the last month of the '96 season, and he posted a 2.30 era in 5 starts for them, although he was just 2-3 in those games.  he stayed with cincy in 1997, going 9-12, and was signed by the twins for the 1998 season.  morgan was traded to the cubs during the 1998 season after pitching in 18 games (17 starts) for the twins in his first american league (non-interleague) action since joining the dodgers in 1989.  he was 4-2 for the twinkies, but 0-1 for the cubs down the stretch.  still, morgan got his first taste of postseason play with those 1998 cubs, pitching a perfect 1.1 innings over two appearances in the nlds against the braves.  from there, it was on to texas for the 1999 season where the 39-year old went 13-10 in 34 appearances, 25 of which were starts.

at this point in morgan's career, he was 134-180, having pitched for 11 teams, and his days of being primarily a starter were behind him.  he signed with the diamondbacks, his record breaking 12th team, for the 2000 season, and stayed with them through the 2002 campaign - the last of his career.  here's his 2001 topps card
because the diamondbacks used morgan primarily as a reliever, he pitched in more games (120) wearing their hideous uniforms than any other - the dodgers were second at 107.  he had a record of 7-6 with 5 saves for arizona, and also picked up a world series ring in 2001 (he threw 4.2 scoreless in the fall classic against the yankees, although he did allow an inherited run (turned out to be the winning run) to score in game 3).

so, there you have it.  mike morgan was 141-186 for 12 different teams.  he won more games (33) for the dodgers than any other team, and also had his lowest cumulative era (3.06) in dodger blue.  so, here's a signed 1991 donruss card that i picked up at the local monthly card show a couple of years ago.
it was signed during his fleeting tenure with the twins, which ended with that trade with the cubs.

i suppose i'll do one of these for dotel, since he spent all of a month or so with the dodgers.  stay tuned...

18 December 2014

i'll be interested to see what target stocks for me next...

here's the third of three repacks that target made me buy recently.  after pulling the first two off the hanger, i saw some more needed/wanted cards displayed in this repack.  let's see what else was inside.

2010 topps factory set limited edition ichiro
this card intrigued me, as it's got a foil imprint on the front and it's numbered rs2 on the back
1991 topps 1990 rookies robin ventura - four times now!
1991 topps 1990 rookies pat combs
1991 topps 1990 rookies larry walker - at least those two are different
1991 topps 1990 rookies todd zeile
1991 topps 1990 rookies john olerud - those two are not
1989 donruss terry leach
1990 score alvaro espinoza
1987 topps jamie quirk
1991 fleer jeff kunkel
1987 topps mike brown
1989 topps otis nixon
1990 fleer chad kreuter
1989 donruss rick mahler
1986 topps luis aguayo
1989 upper deck scott sanderson
1988 donruss checklist
1990 donruss lee mazzilli
1988 topps jay tibbs
1991 topps rich rodriguez
1992 pinnacle chili davis
1993 upper deck jose uribe
1988 donruss checklist - at least it's not the same as the first one in the repack
1993 topps luis salazar
1988 topps charlie puleo
1992 score jeff ballard
1989 fleer oddibe mcdowell
1991 score randy johnson
1990 fleer curt wilkerson
1991 upper deck mike scioscia
1987 topps omar moreno
omar doesn't care for this repack
1987 donruss jim presley diamond king
1986 topps andy hawkins
1991 score mark parent
1992 score steve buechele
1990 topps devon white
1988 donruss todd benzinger
1988 topps barry lyons
1994 classic minor league all-star edition trot nixon cream of the crop shiny insert
1989 score chris james
1999 upper deck encore jason kendall
1989 donruss cameron drew rated rookie
1988 pacific online eddie guardado
1988 pacific online eddie guardado - a double of a twin, so here's the back
not sure who 'rm' is that the new twins bullpen coach is memoralizing. raul mondesi? randy moss? any ideas?
1998 pinnacle tom candiotti
2009 upper deck first edition carlos beltran
2009 upper deck first edition akinori iwamura
2009 upper deck first edition daniel cabrera
2009 upper deck first edition stephen drew
2009 upper deck first edition tom glavine
1998 fleer ultra kevin millwood

now for part 2...

2004 fleer greats carlton fisk
pudge looks pissed
1992 topps bobby cox
1991 leaf kent mercker
1987 fleer rick sutcliffe
1989 score john kruk
1992 donruss rosario rodriguez
1992 pinnacle carlos baerga
1989 topps les lancaster
1989 donruss mike fitzgerald
1991 upper deck kirby puckett
puck looks happy
1987 topps randy o'neal
1993 pinnacle ken ryan
1992 topps stadium club chris james
1991 leaf ernest riles
1991 donruss gregg jefferies
1990 fleer tom herr
1991 donruss scott erickson
1989 topps bob dernier
1989 fleer todd benzinger
1987 topps bill dawley
1994 upper deck collector's choice pat rapp
1989 donruss bob kipper
1989 fleer dale sveum
1992 topps mike jackson
1990 donruss joe oliver
1987 donruss highlights tim raines
rock is in dodger stadium
1989 score rookies & traded bob geren
1988 topps denny walling
2000 fleer tradition update rafael furcal
1987 topps tom brunansky
2012 topps edwin jackson
2012 topps taylor green
2012 topps kyle hudson
2012 topps raul ibanez
2012 topps jay bruce
2012 topps james darnell
2012 topps brandon mccarthy
2012 topps mark melancon
2012 topps luke hughes
2012 topps brett wallace
wallace is in dodger stadium on father's day, 2011. i've been in dodger stadium on father's day a couple of times, but not for a while.
2011 topps gaby sanchez
2011 topps scott hairston
2011 topps ricky romero
2011 topps brian roberts
2011 topps mike fontenot
2011 topps jhonny peralta
2011 topps matt thornton
2011 topps mike pelfrey
2011 topps john jaso
2013 topps chrome paco rodriguez orange refractor
this was the main reason i bought this one.

let me know if you want/need any of these cards…

seriously, target must have stocked these repacks just for me

here are the cards from the second of three repacks that i bought at target last week while doing some other shopping.  i glanced at the card aisle and saw the 2013 topps chrome asdrubal cabrera orange refractor from the first rpack looking at me, asking me to add it to my double play collection, and i bit.  when i removed that repack from the hanger, this next one was on full display, also asking for a home.  here's what it had in it

2010 topps manny ramirez - a dodger up front!  so here's the back
look at those dreads, and all that league leading red!
1991 topps 1990 rookies robin ventura
for the third time...might as well show it since i have three of them
1991 topps 1990 rookies frank thomas
1991 topps 1990 rookies jose offerman
1991 topps 1990 rookies todd zeile
1991 topps 1990 rookies john olerud
1989 fleer bob kipper
1991 classic best checklist
1988 topps jeff hamilton
1995 leaf alex cole
1987 topps john felske
1992 upper deck kenny lofton
1990 fleer dennis martinez
1992 fleer harold baines/wade boggs superstar specials
1994 upper deck todd benzinger
1993 donruss eric wedge
1986 topps mike jorgensen
1989 donruss mike lavalliere
1991 donruss craig biggio
1990 topps ricky horton
1991 donruss melido perez
1991 classic draft picks doug glanville
1992 topps stadium club mike schooler
1989 donruss david palmer
1989 score keith miller
1992 pinnacle orlando merced
1989 fleer brian holman
1990 fleer dennis eckersley
1992 fleer orel hershiser
1989 donruss tony gwynn diamond king
1987 topps joe orsulak
1989 score mark langston
1986 donruss ben oglivie
1988 donruss john farrell
1992 donruss kevin tapani
1988 fleer jeff calhoun
1991 score tom bolton
1988 topps luis polonia
1992 topps greg litton gold winner
1993 upper deck butch henry
1987 leaf kent hrbek
1991 topps steve farr
1990 topps bobby thigpen
1991 topps stadium club chris gwynn
2009 upper deck first edition brandon phillips
turning two!
2009 upper deck first edition brian roberts
2009 upper deck first edition mark derosa
2009 upper deck first edition dan uggla
2009 upper deck first edition chin-lung hu
2000 fleer gamers magglio ordonez

here's the second half:

2013 topps chrome eric hosmer orange refractor
1988 donruss jose deleon
1991 upper deck kirk dressendorfer
1988 donruss jeff stone
1996 topps frank rodriguez
1990 score greg gohr
1988 topps dick schofield
1992 donruss john wetteland
1987 donruss ben oglivie
at first, i thought that donruss had used the same photo of oglivie that they put on his 1986 donruss card, but a closer look (scroll back up) shows that they did not.  just a very similar pose from a completely different photo shoot.
1992 upper deck george bell
1996 topps delino deshields - a dodger yet it goes unshown
1988 donruss danny cox
1987 topps tim wallach - another one for the law firm in new mexico
2004 fleer national pastime josh beckett
1987 topps dan gladden
1996 topps checklist
1986 topps andre thornton
1983 topps manny castillo - oldest card of the repack
1988 donruss mark langston
1992 score billy hatcher
1987 topps thad bosley
2009 topps ticket to stardom ryan freel
1992 score luis alicea
1986 topps jose deleon - it's a deleon super repack!
1988 donruss gary gaetti diamond king
1992 topps stadium club bob mclure
1998 pinnacle mint barry bonds (without the coin insert)
1990 donruss fred manrique
1992 fleer ultra felix jose
1992 score jeff carter
2011 topps raul ibanez
2011 topps baltimore orioles
2011 topps phil hughes
2011 topps kevin correia
2011 topps ryan perry
2011 topps travis hafner
2011 topps koji uehara
2011 topps aaron harang
2012 topps kosuke fukudome
2012 topps scott downs
2012 topps jaime garcia
2012 topps jose bautista/curtis granderson/mark teixeira league leaders
2012 topps carlos ruiz
2012 topps anibal sanchez
2012 topps justin smoak
2012 topps yadier molina
2012 topps jose reyes/ryan braun/matt kemp league leaders
2012 topps barry zito
2012 topps derek jeter checklist
2011 topps logan morrison
2004 fleer greats don zimmer
i'm sure you (and target shelf stockers) understand - i couldn't resist seeing manny and zimmer in the windows and not going for this repack.  let me know if you see anything you want or need out of it…