02 September 2014

i'm assuming manny didn't get a call-up

just over four years ago, the chicago white sox put in a waiver claim on manny ramirez, and the dodgers let him go.  just like that, manny's brief dodger career was over.  what he did for them in 2008 after being acquired at the trade deadline was ridiculous - a 1.232 ops in 53 games?  2 homers, and a .500 batting average in the 2008 nlds?  2 homers, 7 rbi, and a .533 batting average in the 2008 nlcs? ridiculous, i say!  of course, he never did play a full season for the dodgers, thanks to injuries and suspensions, but we have mostly good memories and some nice baseball cards from his time in la.

here's a 2009 upper deck card showing him field his position in saint louis
in 2004, i traveled to boston to see the dodgers make their first appearance at fenway, and manny misplayed a fly ball in the 9th inning that, instead of ending the game, allowed the dodgers to tie the score.  of course, david ortiz hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the inning, so it was 'no harm, no foul' for manny.

here's his 2010 bowman chrome card
and a 2010 upper deck biography insert
manny hit a home run for the red sox the next day, but the dodgers won handily.  i saw eric gagne pitch in another non-save situation, and he struck out the side (including ortiz looking to end the game).  i never did see manny play for the dodgers.

after suiting up for the white sox, manny went to the rays for the 2011 season, but retired after playing in just 5 games.  he was also looking at a 100-game suspension due to a second violation of the mlb drug policy.  later that year, he applied for reinstatement, and signed with the a's prior to spring training in 2012.  his suspension was reduced to 50 games, but the a's didn't promote him to the majors once he was eligible, and manny asked for his release.  that resulted in this 2012 topps card of manny being rendered moot
kind of like the jose canseco cards featuring him as an angel and an expo.  manny played winter ball, and then went to china in 2013 to continue his comeback attempt.  he played well enough that the rangers signed him to a minor league deal, but he again missed out on a call-up when texas replaced the suspended nelson cruz with alex rios instead.  then, earlier this year, manny signed with the cubs to become a player-coach at triple-a.  i must admit i was/am hoping for him to be called up to the big club once rosters expanded, but he's hitting only .222 as of august 30 so i doubt that happened/will happen.  so, the 2012 topps card likely serves as his final tribute, with his complete career stats on the back.
of modern-era players, only barry bonds has a better career ops than manny's .996, although albert pujols is very close at .995, and he is currently 8th all-time in that category.  still, i am sure he wouldn't mind dropping behind pujols if it meant one more month in the big leagues.

01 September 2014

a black armband and a memorial patch for a. bartlett giamatti

25 years ago today, baseball commissioner a. bartlett giamatti died at the age of 51.  unfortunately, he may be most often remembered as the commissioner who presided over the pete rose betting on baseball scandal as he died of a heart attack 8 days after rose agreed to be added to baseball's permanently ineligible list.  that was in august of 1989, and when the world series began that october, the players on each team wore black armbands in giamatti's honor.  here's a 1990 score world series highlight card that features the armbands on the a's and giants' players
it also features 'actual world series action photography'.  thanks score.

fleer also issued insert cards with world series highlights in 1990, such as this fantastic double play card featuring walt weiss and terry kennedy
kennedy makes his third appearance in a row on this card from the 1990 fleer insert set
the armbands aren't noticeable on that card, but if you look closely at the umpire's right sleeve, you will notice something below the number.  that's the 'abg' patch that the umpiring crew wore in giamatti's memory during the series.  you get a much better look at the patch on this 1990 t&m umpires card of all of the world series umps
i did not realize until looking into this memorial that there were umpire cards issued from 1988-1990.  who knew?  luckily this one was easy to find as it is the best example of this memorial and deserves a spot in my memorials binder.

the 1990 t&m umpires set also included a card of the seventh commissioner as well

the back of which features a poem written by the executive director of major league umpires at the time, richard g. phillips
score also had a giamatti card in their set
and they published the first and last paragraphs of an essay by giamatti himself on the back
giamatti wrote 'the green fields of the mind' in 1977 the day after the red sox season ended, and shortly before he became the president of yale university.

1990 donruss
and 1990 topps
also featured memorial cards of the late commissioner, who also served as national league president from december of 1986 until his tenure as commissioner began in april of 1989.  the backs of both cards also reference 'the green fields of the mind'.  here's the back of the topps card
and summer is gone, indeed.

the pirates' hoolie memorial patch

like the 2007 upper deck chris britton card i showed earlier today in the elrod hendricks memorial patch post, i showed this 1992 topps orlando merced card
in my memorials kick-off post a while back.  unlike the britton, the merced card remains in my collection as the example of the memorial it displays.  that would be the 'h' patch for the pirates' long time equipment manager john 'hoolie' hallahan.

hallahan had started with the pirates as a batboy and clubhouse assistant in 1941, and was promoted to equipment manager in 1957.  he held that position until his death in 1991 at the age of 64.  his reign over the clubhouse included the 1960 world series championship, the clemente years, another world championship in 1971, the stargell years, the 'we are family' championship of 1979, and the first few seasons of barry bonds' career.  not a bad time to have spent in a major league clubhouse.

the elrod hendricks memorial patch

i've shown this 2007 upper deck chris britton card before, due to the '44' patch on his left sleeve worn in honor of elrod hendricks
but i wanted to do a more formal post focusing just on the hendricks memorial patch so you have to see it again.  actually, the card in my collection that represents this memorial is this 2006 fleer tradition melvin mora relic card
i never did find a card featuring the orange version of the patch, seen here in this photo from getty images
hendricks had three stints with the orioles as a player, but only wore 44 in his final turn - a turn that saw him appear in just 14 games between the 1978 and 1979 seasons.  however, he wore that number for another 28 years as the team's bullpen coach.  hendricks passed away in december of 2005, one day shy of his 65th birthday.

31 August 2014

john anderson double dipped and did it quickly

honest john anderson played for the brooklyn bridegrooms from 1984 through 1899, including two stints with the club during the 1898 campaign.

[this is the eighty-first installment in the double dippers posts.  here are the previous posts - brett butler, omar daaleric young, nick willhitechris gwynn, mickey hatcherdave anderson, don zimmerrafael landestoy, dave hansen, jose vizcaino, hideo nomo, greg maddux, mike madduxjon garland, chan ho parkvicente romogene mauch, denny lewallyn, von joshua, joe moellerdioner navarro, rudy seanez, bart shirleyrandy wolf, ismael valdes, bobby castillo, mike devereaux, pete richert, jay johnstone, jesse orosco, lee lacy, giovanni carrara, jeff weaverted sizemore,  orel hershisertom goodwinjoe fergusoneddie murraymatt lukeken mcmullen, tim wallach, jerry grotedon suttonralph branca, todd hundley, elmer dessensguillermo motajoe beckwithjamie hoffmannbabe hermanjoe medwickjuan castroron perranoskiclyde kingpaul wanerhughie jenningsron negray, broadway aleck smithgeorge smith, johnny cooney, jim faireyfrenchy bordagaraydoc casey, waite hoytluis olmoclyde sukeforthwillie keeler,  harry howellgermany smithjohnny allenmarv rackleybobo newsom, maury wills, dazzy vance, ray hayworthzack taylorjohn croninart herringbrian falkenborg, and bill reidy.]

here's his 1990 target dodger 100th anniversary card
anderson had played in 345 games for the bridegrooms through the 1897 season, accruing 436 hits and a .310 batting average.  after hitting .143 in six games for the club in 1898, anderson was sent to the washington senators.  he played for them into september of 1898, slugging .516 in 110 games.  even with that performance, he was returned to brooklyn for the last few weeks of the season.  in 19 games during his second stint with the club, he hit .275.  even with his subpar brooklyn stats, anderson was able to lead the league in slugging.

anderson was a bridegroom again in 1899, but then moved on to the milwaukee brewers.  the now-superbas brought him back from the minor league team after the 1900 season, but he returned to the brew crew before the 1901 season began, narrowly avoiding a triple-dipping.

sunday morning target dodgers - reese, reis, and reuss

i don't know how target assembled the set as far as which players appeared on which sheet, but there are a couple of common threads on this week's sheet - by name and by way many of the players came to be a part of the franchise.

this week's sheet of players from the 1990 target dodger 100th anniversary set starts off with number 1.

pee wee reese
reese was the dodger shortstop from 1940 through 1956 except for three seasons (1943-1945) during which time he served in the armed forces.  he was a 10-time all-star and a 7-time world series participant who sits atop the dodger all-time career leaderboard in war, walks, and runs scored, and is second to zack wheat in a number of other categories.

bobby reis
as a robin/dodger, reis played everywhere but catcher and shortstop.  his big league career began with the robins in 1931, and he played exclusively third base at that time, hitting .294 over six games.  he was back up in 1932, but played in just one game going 1 for 4 at third.  reis returned to the big leagues in 1935 with the dodgers, but this time he found himself on the mound 14 times, including 2 starts.  reis put together a record of 3-2 with 2 saves, a 2.83 era and an 11-inning complete game to boot.  he also played in the field in about three dozen other games that year.  reis was traded to the boston braves for the 1936 season, where he maintained his two-way play for three seasons.  his photo, by the way, comes from 1932 when he played for the jersey city skeeters.

jerry reuss
reuss came to the dodgers at the start of the 1979 season from the pirates in exchange for rick rhoden.  i was a fan of rhoden, and so i wasn't too excited with this development especially when reuss went 7-14 in his first season with the dodgers.  then came his 1980 season, complete with an 18-6 record, 2.51 era,  all-star berth, league-leading six shutouts, complete game victory in must-win game 161 against the astros, and most importantly his no-hit performance against the giants.  i was a reuss convert.  reuss also pitched well in 1981, helping the dodgers win the division series against the astros and eventually the world series over the yankees with complete game clinchers in each series, and he stayed with the team into the 1987 season.  don't forget to check out his website for some cool photos and other stuff.

bob bailey
bailey was a hot prospect for the pirates in the early 1960's, but he failed to live up to the lofty expectations, later becoming half of the haul (gene michael was the other half) that the dodgers received from the pirates in the maury wills trade prior to the 1967 season.  he played for the dodgers for two seasons, hitting .227 (73 for 322) in both 1967 and 1968, and his contract was purchased by the expos following the 1968 season. bailey was the first baseman in their inaugural game, and became the first expo to get a hit and the first to drive in runs.  in fact, bailey had his best offensive years with the expos as he realized some of the potential that the pirates had hoped for.  after several seasons in montreal, bailey eventually found his way to the reds, where he was a member of their 1976 world championship team, although he did not play in the postseason.

mark bradley
bradley was a late-season call up for the dodgers in 1981 and 1982. he was their first round pick in 1975, and appeared in a total of 17 games for them in those two aforementioned seasons.  bradley's last game as a dodger was their final game of the 1982 season, when joe morgan and the giants dashed their postseason hopes.  he was traded to the mets prior to the following season.

augie galan
galan was acquired by the dodgers from the cubs during the 1941 season.  he remained a dodger through the 1946 season, playing mostly outfield, and was a national league all-star in 1943 and 1944.  it appears that he enjoyed a crossword puzzle as well as playing baseball.

ray lamb
lamb was a reliever who pitched for the dodgers in 1969 and 1970.  he even found his way on to a topps card in 1970, sharing space with bob stinson.  he was 0-1 with a save and a 1.80 era in 10 games during his debut season, and then 6-1 with a 3.79 era in 35 games the following year.  lamb was traded to the indians in the duke sims deal after the 1970 season, and he spent three seasons in cleveland working as a reliever and a sometimes starter.  he is the only dodger to wear number 42 after jackie robinson, doing so in the 1969 season.

vic lombardi
lombardi pitched for the dodgers from 1945 through 1947.  he won 10, 13, and 12 games in those seasons with his era consistently around 3.00.  following the 1947 world series, in which lombardi made two starts, he was traded to the pirates in the dixie walker deal that netted the dodgers, among others, preacher roe.

al mamaux
mamaux was part of the trade between the robins and pirates prior to the 1918 season that saw casey stengel head to pittsburgh with burleigh grimes going to brooklyn.  mamaux had won 21 games twice for the pirates, but his high during his six seasons with the robins was 12 in their pennant-winning 1920 season.

norm sherry
norm was the older brother of larry sherry, the dodger pitcher.  together they formed a rare fraternal battery from 1959 to 1962 - the span of norm's dodger career.  norm is probably best known as the guy who suggested to sandy koufax that he relax and not try to throw so hard prior to the 1961 season.  koufax took his advice and went on to dominate the league for the remainder of his career, while norm wound up with the mets in 1963.

eddie stack
stack pitched for the dodgers and superbas in 1912 and 1913.  he was 11-9 with a 2.99 era in that span, but was traded to the cubs during the 1913 campaign.

jigger statz
arnold john 'jigger' statz played in the major leagues for eight seasons beginning in 1919, the last two of which he spent in brooklyn with the robins.  while he hit .264 over those two seasons, bringing an end to his major league career, he found tremendous success in the pacific coast league with the los angeles angels.  statz had spent time with the angels while bouncing up and down from the big leagues, but he returned to the club for good in 1929 and wound up setting pcl records in a number of categories.  as such, statz is a member of the pcl hall of fame.

chuck templeton
templeton debuted for the dodgers on september 9, 1955 in chicago.  he retired all six of the cub batters he faced that day, but the dodgers lost despite his perfect relief effort.  he appeared in three more games during that midwestern road trip, allowing runs in each of those appearances while taking the loss in his last appearance of the season thanks to the fact that he walked the only batter he faced (stan musial) to lead of the bottom of the 12th innning.  templeton returned to the majors in 1956, taking the second loss of his career in his first start of the season which just happened to take place in saint louis.  he finally got to pitch in brooklyn his second time out in 1956, going four innings as the starter in what turned out to be a 7-5 dodger win over the cards.  he was sent down to the dodgers' saint paul affiliate in the summer of '56, and did not return to the majors.

chuck ward
ward was part of the trade i referenced earlier between the pirates and dodgers.  not the bob bailey/maury wills trade nor the preacher roe/dixie walker trade nor the jerry reuss/rick rhoden trade, but rather the burleigh grimes/casey stengel trade.  ward, who had succeeded honus wagner as the pirates' shortstop, accompanied grimes and mamaux to the dodgers in january of 1918, and appeared in 111 games as a backup shortstop and third baseman over the next 5 seasons.  he apparently has some connection to rutgers university, but i failed to uncover exactly what that connection was.

the fifteenth brooklyn-ite on the sheet is john anderson, who double dipped with the franchise and so gets his own post later today.

30 August 2014

i staked a claim from the group of death

i could not resist throwing my hat into the world cup of trading tournament hosted by wes at jaybarkerfan's junk.  the trade bait was short on dodgers, but i claimed this 2014 topps museum collection eddie murray momentous material relic card
because steady eddie was once a dodger who, while wearing dodger blue, led all of mlb in 1990 with a .330 average.  the murray is in the same trading group as a bob gibson auto, tony gwynn relic, and a jose canseco auto.  that's stiff competition, and i hope my return package does well against the bounty wes is sure to receive for the other cards in this aptly named 'group of death'.  we'll see over the next week or so.

and, because this is the 2010's, i got a bonus just for participating.  wes included a 2014 topps tier one hyun-jin ryu relic
to keep murray company in the package.  ryu returns from the dl tomorrow, just in time to save the dodgers from another kevin correia start.

thanks wes! can't wait to see how i fare in this world cup of trading...