28 February 2009
27 February 2009
here we go...
some great cards for my various 2008 pursuits. thanks scott.
26 February 2009
25 February 2009
anyway, tommie agee will forever have a place in mets lore. in the 1969 world series, agee made two fantastic catches in game 3, most likely saving the game for the miracle mets. earlier that year, he hit the only upper deck home run in the stadium's history, a feat commemorated with a painted marker halfway up section 48. i believe the marker was saved for display at the mets' new stadium.
tommie was traded by the mets to the astros after the 1972 season. he spent only a part of the 1973 season in houston before being traded to the cardinals. he didn't do too well in saint louis, and was traded to the dodgers after that season ended, as captured on his 1974 topps traded card. agee never played for the dodgers, though, as they released him in spring training, making his 1974 cards a true final tribute.
agee died in 2001, but his memory will apparently live on in citi field, as well as the hearts of mets fans everywhere.
24 February 2009
i am happy to have seen him pitch several times in the late 70s, and then once in his final season. sutton, of course, is the holder of numerous dodger pitching records. wins, strikeouts, starts, innings pitched, games, etc. he linked the koufax/drysdale era to bobby welch before leaving for free agency and essentially being replaced in the rotation by fernando in 1981. what he didn't do was win a championship.
he debuted with the dodgers in 1966. the year after they won the world series. still, don made it to 4 fall classics in his career, and missed 3 others to some degree. he almost always pitched well in the championship series, and was the primary pitching bright spot for the dodgers in their world series losses in 1974 and 1977. in 1978, however, the phillies roughed him up in the nlcs, and then the yankees really hammered him in the world series, scoring 10 runs in 12 innings against him.
after the 1980 season in which he led the league in era, sutton signed with houston as a free agent, thus missing the dodgers' 1981 world championship team. in late 1982 he was traded by houston to the brewers, and he went 4-1 for milwaukee down the stretch, helping them win the al east. then, sutton won game 3 of the alcs against the angels, which started the brewers' comeback from a two games to none deficit to win the pennant. however, in the world series, the cardinals smacked him around pretty good. pitching for the angels in the 1986 alcs, sutton pitched well in his game 4 start and in relief in game 7, but the red sox prevailed.
sutton later returned to the dodgers for a final season in 1988. seeing him pitch that year, it was obvious that he was in decline, but he was still getting people out, so his release in august of that season was kind of a surprise to me. and it didn't go over too well with him, as i recall. not that it should have - the team was in first place and he was don sutton for crying out loud. remember, this was still when the o'malleys owned the team and tommy lasorda was the manager. a player might have expected a little loyalty back then.
and so, he missed his last chance to win a world series that year, as the dodgers rode the bulldog and gibby all the way to their sixth title. i wonder if he was voted a playoff share...
23 February 2009
so, i really like this card. it wouldn't be the same if he were in a red sox uni, though.
22 February 2009
sidebar - there are many things i love about the 1971 set - the game photos, the black borders, the lowercase letters! nice set all around.
back to cookie. he was acquired by the royals in june of 1970. it was the second time he had been traded in less than a year. the cardinals had acquired him from the phillies in late 1969 as part of the milestone curt flood trade. cookie had some good seasons with the royals, 1971 possibly being his best.
vintage double plays rock!
21 February 2009
schmidt was in the news recently - quoted regarding the alex rodriguez show. i thought he was pretty honest and reasonable in his discourse. the thing i found most interesting is that he said he would "welcome" rodriguez if he were voted into the hall of fame. he didn't say he would support him. big difference.
20 February 2009
19 February 2009
so, without further ado or fanfare, here is a sampling of the dodgers and twins that found their way.
1993 donruss eric davis.
man, i had such high hopes for the outfield of davis, butler and strawberry.2001 donruss adrian beltre. for a few years, we had a steady third baseman. those were the days.
1996 pinnacle paul molitor.
1996 bowman's best kirby puckett.
2008 topps allen & ginter national jackie robinson.
great stuff, david. thank you! and merry christmas!
18 February 2009
garvey, meanwhile, would build off his 1971 season which saw him play 81 games exclusively at 3rd base, to appear in 96 games in 1972, including his first 3 at first base. garvey's ops jumped 62 points in 1972 to .734. his fielding percentage took a nosedive, though - down to a whopping .902 as he led all national league third basemen in errors. thus, the impetus for the move to first.
notice that, while garvey got rid of the black batting glove, bill russell did not.after essentially splitting his time between the outfield and second base in 1971, russell would spend the vast majority of 1972 (121 out of 127 games) at shortstop. the stability with his position may have contributed to improvements at the plate (if you believe in those types of performance cliches) as he hit .272 with an ops of .692, both big improvements over his 1971 numbers. he did make more errors than any other national league shortstop, however, joining garvey in that regard.
17 February 2009
estimated to have been born in 1906, satchel was 42 years young in 1948 when he debuted in the major leagues. as a "rookie", he went 6-1 for the indians with a 2.48 era. he joined the browns after being released by the indians and spending a year barnstorming, and promptly won 12 games for them in 1952. paige was released by the browns after the 1953 season, when he was around 47 years old.
in 1965, charlie finley signed the approximately 59 year old paige to a one-game contract. paige started against the red sox and pitched 3 scoreless innings, allowing only one hit (to carl yastrzemski).
after considering age and the career of mr. paige, i think i will 'jangle' more often.
16 February 2009
15 February 2009
14 February 2009
in the spirit of 2009 topps - let's play 6 degrees of bobby valentine: i am good friends with a guy who is married to a woman whose great uncle is ralph branca whose daughter is married to bobby valentine. small world, i know.
anyway, happy valentine's day!
13 February 2009
12 February 2009
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10 February 2009
08 February 2009
he was quite a clouting first baseman, indeed!
07 February 2009
i am sure that plaschke will rehash the book for the rest of the season, and we will wonder whether joe is managing or just building material for his next book.
06 February 2009
nope. it's just the los angeles memorial coliseum. the dodgers played in the coliseum after moving from brooklyn until dodger stadium opened in 1962.
the coliseum opened in 1923, and has hosted the 1959 world series, the olympics (twice), nfl championship and pro bowl games, an mlb all star game, nfl and usfl teams, ncaa football, professional soccer, and even a democratic national convention. it was also the site of the best u2 concert i have ever seen (disclaimer - i've only seen them 5 times).
incidentally, i don't know who was responsible for the ridiculously tailored sleeves on gil's jersey. yikes.
05 February 2009
aw, let's just do half a composite pack.
adam laroche. study it. there will be a quiz.inkredible adam laroche auto. except i'm pretty sure it's andy. free andy laroche from his brother's shadow, fer cryin' out loud!
this wouldn't have happened if they didn't use stickers. adam would have just given the cards to andy to sign, right?
anyway, 4 nice packs. good way to start things off.