why not try "crazy baseball mitt on your head" guy?it worked for eddie murray on this 1992 baseball card magazine card. a costume like that should net you at least a box of raisins.
31 October 2014
it's taking me longer than i first expected to get through my steve garvey oddball binder. i've got most of it scanned so now it's just a matter of getting things into posts. this particular post has a few interesting items that don't fit into standard 9-pocket sheets. that's why they are in the oddball binder.
1979 hostess panel - lee mazzilli, steve garvey, mike schmidt
i thought at one time about trimming this panel, but then i would be left with a lee mazzilli card. and i wouldn't want that. so, i've kept the panel intact.
speaking of uncut, here's a 1979 topps comics reggie smith/steve garvey uncut sheet and a 1976 linnett superstars card
i do have a complete team set of the linnett 'cards' that is uncut, but found a single garvey online a few years ago.
1985 crest all-star sweepstakes booklet 'sportsmanship' page
johnny bench was on the cover of this booklet that had something to do with the 1985 midsummer classic. garvey was featured on this page that is all about being a good sport, although there's nothing here about not sticking your hip out during the world series to deflect a ball and get away with interference. yes, reggie jackson, i am talking to you.
speaking of the straw that stirs the drink, next up are a couple more sheets from upper deck that came my way recently from marcus at all the way to the backstop. this first one is from 1993 and commemorates the 15th anniversary of the yankees' 1978 world series title with reggie front and center
this last sheet is from 1992, and again features both garvey and reggie, plus rollie fingers, bob feller, and brooks robinson
Labels: 1976 linnett superstars, 1979 hostess, 1979 topps comics, 1985 crest all-star sweepstakes booklet, 1992 ud heroes of baseball sheets, 1993 ud heroes of baseball sheets, angels, dodgers, garvey, indians, mets, orioles, padres, phillies, red sox, royals, smith, the garvey binders, yankees
30 October 2014
29 October 2014
just as i did for steve garvey a few days ago, here is a look at who has carried bill russell's torch forward to today, through final plate or pitching appearances.
the dodger shortstop of my youth played in his final game on october 1, 1986. i was pleased that topps and fleer gave him cards in 1987 (here's the fleer final tribute)
goose gossage wound up pitching for a few more seasons. he did not return to the major leagues following the players' strike, so his final appearance came in august of 1994. like russell, gossage received some final tribute love in some sets - this card comes from 1995 upper deck
jose canseco made his final big league appearance as a member of the white sox in 2001. this is his 2001 upper deck sweet spot card
eddie guardado pitched in his last game as a member of the texas rangers in 2009. here's his 2010 upper deck card with angel coach alfredo griffin hanging out in the background.
robb quinlan played into the 2010 season, although i will show his 2009 upper deck card
andrew cashner, seen on his 2014 topps heritage card,
28 October 2014
in 2011, it was dee gordon. in 2012, adam kennedy. last year, nick punto's topps update card was my favorite. this year, i am getting a kick out of justin turner's card.
that's some good double play turning right there from one of the best free agent signings of last offseason (the best after phil hughes and nelson cruz? or better, since he signed as a minor league free agent?). oh, there are better cards in update - kurt suzuki has a couple, and i do like pat neshek's all-star card, too - but if there were a card i would chase a rainbow of this year, it's turner's.
after finding only chone figgins and scott vanslyke cards in the update stuff i bought, i went ahead and ordered (most of) the other dodger base cards from sportlots. have a look.
1978 topps rick monday card where mo seems to be wiping mustard off of his face.
i did pick up a couple of turner parallels - gold
here's kershaw's red hot foil parallel
meanwhile, justin turner parallels and paul maholm have taken over the nefarious nine (see list at right on the web version of the blog). please, help a blogger out!
27 October 2014
bill lucas was a minor league player in the braves' system before joining the team's front office in the mid-1960's. he worked his way up from public relations to player development, becoming the director of the braves' farm system in 1972. in 1976, he became the club's vice president and director of player personnel and performed the duties of a general manager. as such, he is widely considered to be the first african-american gm in baseball history, although bob watson was the first to have the actual gm title.
among lucas's moves were the signing and development of dale murphy and the hiring of bobby cox as the team's manager. cox appears on the braves 1980 topps team card
one of lucas's first moves was to sign free agent outfielder gary matthews out of the 1976 free agent draft. i have this 1980 o-pee-chee matthews card
68-year old former braves player, coach, and then-current minor league outfield instructor jim beauchamp passed away on christmas day, 2007 from leukemia. the braves added a "beach" patch to their uniforms for the 2008 season in tribute.
here's tim hudson's 2009 topps chrome card with the patch (beach was beauchamp's nickname) on the left sleeve of the jersey
similarly, the patch shows up on james parr's 2008 upper deck card
that represents this particular memorial in my collection.
beauchamp followed up a 10-year big league career as a player with 16 years as a minor league manager. the last six of those years (1985-1990) were spent managing in the braves' system, and he was added to bobby cox's big league staff for the 1991 season. beauchamp spent the next 10 years or so as cox's bench coach before taking on the outfield coordinator role.
26 October 2014
here are 15 cards from a sheet in the 1990 target dodger 100th anniversary set. some pretty interesting stories here, starting with this guy - moe berg
two stints with the dodgers, including that glorious 1988 season. he is the all-time leader in games pitched with 1,252. the only active pitcher with at least 1,000 games pitched is latroy hawkins who is right at the 1,000 mark.
charlie hough's 1972 rookie card. he pitched in parts of three seasons for the dodgers - 1970 through 1972. in total, he appeared in 31 games as a dodger, earning a record of 2-3 with a save and an era of 2.76. he made 2 starts for los angeles (both in 1972), one of which turned out to be a complete game victory for strahler in his final dodger appearance. after the '72 season ended, strahler was traded to the angels in the frank robinson for andy messersmith deal, and the halos traded him soon after that to the tigers.
25 October 2014
i recently completed my first trade with the overly generous and world cup of trading champion matthew from bob walk the plank. there was so much to enjoy in the cards that he sent.
this is a 2011 panini limited shawn green auto
there was another auto in the package - this 2014 topps museum collection ricky nolasco card
there were some regular ol' base cards sent along as well, like these cards from 2014 topps opening day:
and clayton kershaw
matthew reached back to 2009 as well, sending a few dodgers from the 2009 topps 206 set. here's chad billingsley
kemp's got 5 years and over $100 million left on his deal. his agent is now the gm of the diamondbacks, which might make me nervous if his contract weren't so large. kemp is the kind of guy that i would really like to see wear dodger blue until he retires.
speaking of retirement, furky finally made it back from injury to appear in a handful of games with the marlins last season but is a free agent and may be looking at the end of the line.
here's a james loney relic from the set as well
last, but certainly not least, here is the first card in my collection from the 2013 leaf memories buyback set.
thanks for the cards matthew!