31 January 2009
here he is pictured at beautiful dodger stadium on his 1994 upper deck collector's choice card.and so, we add ausmus to the immortal ranks of recent dodger backup catchers, such as ardoin, bennett, lieberthal, mayne, bako, hall, rose and krueter.
good luck, brad.
30 January 2009
dayf sent me some cards. they weren't junk and they weren't free (i sent him some 84 fleer, braves and an 87 donruss), but i will take any opportunity to quote 'fletch'.
let's start with the fleers - dayf sent a pack of 1984 that he had opened and a sealed pack of 1990.
here's bill gullickson all smiles in dodger stadium. and the lone dodger (and future brave) alejandro pena. on to the 1990 pack. the highlight for me was paul molitordayf must have known that this pack contained a john smoltz which is why it was jettisoned from georgia with such haste.
next, there were some vladdy cards, including the timeline basealong with some other timeline cards like the russell martin 1992 minors spfinally, there was a 1954 topps joe black.
i am not sure if that's the good angel or the bad angel on his shoulder. the absent one must have been stuck in traffic behind the manure spreader that jack-knifed on the santa ana. god awful mess.
29 January 2009
russell, meanwhile, is still listed as an outfielder.as mentioned last time, russell played his first game at shortstop in 1970, but spent most of his time in the outfield. he actually had a higher ops than garvey, coming in at .666! russell would spend about half his 1971 season in the infield, but at second rather than short.
28 January 2009
but these cards, with ron cey lurking behind joe rudi as he rounds third and steve yeager lurking as ray fosse (i think) swings are not as easy to ban from the binder, although ultimately i do not include them. sure, they feature dodgers on cards commemorating games the dodgers played in, but since the a's won the games, i'll pass. the lone dodger win, by the way, is depicted with a shot of joe ferguson returning to the dugout, and that one is in the binder.
**[bonus points to anyone who got the keane reference in the title of this post]
27 January 2009
with that accomplished, i went back to the field to pick up a few more cards, starting with an impulse purchase of a 2005 bowman andy laroche jerseybefore hitting some of the 76's i had seen the night before, such as pops and some fast guys.after a few more 1970's (including a couple of pristine checklists and tom haller)my want lists are dwindling.
so, i dug through some vintage bargains. here's a 1952 clyde kingi also picked up a 1953 dick williams (yes, that dick williams - before he went all burl ives) and a 1954 billy herman.i found a decent looking 1967 drysdale and couldn't resist.and really, what's the point of having a drysdale if you don't get a koufax to go along with it? so, i picked up a 1964 world series sandy.
after starting out poorly, i would say twins fest was a success this year. i got the autographs my son wanted and some great cards that i wanted. here's hoping they let the twins use the metrodome again next year for this even though their lease will be up.
26 January 2009
25 January 2009
so, in a game from may of 1998, mickey morandini bears down, and then about ten months later, a cuban national player slides in. it was the same position for cj, yet played worlds apart.
24 January 2009
23 January 2009
perhaps because he never seemed to belong to any team - from the blue jays to the mets (hello jose offerman and dodger stadium!)to the indians to the giants to the astros to the dodgers. just another stop on the way back to texas.
it is one of the many variations of murals the dodgers used in the late 90's and early 00's to honor rookies of the year, retired numbers, world championships, and award winning players - before the mccourts used the fence as a big billboard to generate money for ned to waste.
this one, obviously, is honoring the dodgers' retired numbers, and the only ones beginning with a '1' are pee wee reese who wore number 1 and jim gilliam who wore number 19. my guess is it's pee wee as the '1' looks centered.
either way, it's worthy of recognition.