With their pick in the 12th Round, the New York Mets selected Nolan Ryan from Alvin High School in Alvin, TX. He has one official rookie card and three rookie parallels.
In my last post, we looked at the accomplishments and rookie cards of Hall of Famer Randy Johnson. A funny thing happened though after I posted it, I felt really inspired to do another All-Time Great pitcher, Greg Maddux.
In the 2nd Round of the 1985 MLB June Amateur Draft, the Montreal Expos selected Randy Johnson from the University of Southern California. He has 7 official rookie cards along with 2 parallels and another 7 cards that are oftentimes viewed as rookie cards but are not!
With the 7th overall pick, in the 1st Round of the 1989 MLB Amateur Draft, the Chicago White Sox selected Frank Thomas from Auburn University. He has 6 official rookie cards, two rookie parallels, and one of the most iconic error cards in hobby history!
Edgar Martinez was not involved in any type of MLB Draft. Instead, he was approached by a Mariners Scout at a tryout and offered a minor league contract in 1982. He accepted and spent the next seven years in the farm system. He has two official rookie cards and one parallel.
Mariano Rivera was never in any MLB Amateur Draft, instead, he was signed by the Latin America Scout for the New York Yankees in 1990 for a modest amount of money. He has one official rookie card and zero parallels.
Willie McCovey had a friend whose brother knew a guy, that was a baseball scout for the New York Giants. In 1954, this friend of a friend invited Willie to a tryout. Wille debuted in the MLB on July 30, 1959, against the Phillies and went 4 for 4! He has one official rookie card.
My last post was on the newly inducted Hall of Famer and former San Diego Padre Trevor Hoffman. As a blogger, I often seek for something to inspire my next post. Hit with the flu and feeling a bit under the weather this past week or so, all I wanted was rest. I finally mustered […]
It was something right out of a movie. The San Diego Padres find themselves in a bit of a pinch trying to get the final out of the eighth inning. Manager Bruce Bochy comes out to relieve his pitcher and immediately there is a buzz that starts to come from the stands, the fans knew […]
Two things have always stood out to me about newly inducted Hall of Famer Jim Thome. For starters his socks. They were worn about as high as they can go and the cuff of his pants were about an inch or so below the knee cap exposing most of his socks. The other memorable characteristic […]
Today when I think of baseball’s big men I think of 6′ 7″ Aaron Judge or 6′ 6″ Giancarlo Stanton. Likewise when I think of big men at the turn of the century I think of 6′ 3″ 235 lb Vladimir Guerrero. He was a strong man with long legs and what appeared to be […]
Larry Wayne Jones, Jr was given the nickname “Chipper” by his family who viewed him as a “chip off the old block,” referring to his father who was a teacher and baseball coach at a local high school. The influence of his father paid off as the Atlanta Braves chose Chipper as the No.1 Draft […]
On Sunday December 10, 2017 Baseball’s Hall of Fame Veteran’s Committee announced their picks for the 2018 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. The Committee voted and it was a proud day for the city of Detroit as two of their own were chosen: Jack Morris and Alan Trammell. There were 10 players on the ballot.
Jack Morris’ 18 year career began in 1977 and ended in 1994. He played on four different organizations: Detroit Tigers 1977-1990; Minnesota Twins in 1991; Toronto Blue Jays in 1992-1993 and Cleveland Indians in 1994. His weapon of choice was a fastball, a slider and his go to pitch the split-finger fastball. Over the years […]
Congratulations are due to Houston Astros for being the 2017 World Series Champions! The Astros were established in 1962 and have never won the championship title – that’s 56 years! Looking into things a bit further I was equally impressed with the career of the first Astro ever inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, […]
As a collector Roberto Clemente is one that I personally collect. As we would say in the collecting community, “I PC Roberto.” For that reason this post may seem a bit biased, but with good reason. When you consider all that he accomplished on and off the field one can clearly see why he’s considered […]
Honus Wagner started his career as a professional baseball player at the turn of the century. For every bit of a decade he dominated in just about every batting statistic in the game. He was no defensive slouch either, in fact to this day he is regarded as the greatest shortstop to ever play the […]
Baseball at the turn of the century was a sport with a tarnished image. It was a sport known for the lazy and uneducated, men who spent their time gambling, boozing, or womanizing. Little did anyone know that a young man was being raised in Factoryville Pennsylvania that would enhance the image of the professional […]
It has been said and well documented that Walter Johnson was a humble man. A gentle natured giant that was not only a legendary pitcher but a role model of good sportsmanship. He was such a gentleman he preferred not to throw a pitch inside due to concerns that he might hit someone.
Tim Raines Sr is regarded as one of the greatest leadoff hitters and baserunners in baseball history. He was voted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 2013 but it did not come that easily here in U.S. He received 86% of the vote in his tenth and final year of eligibility in 2017.
A good indicator of a players impact upon the game they represent is whether or not they’re inducted into the Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility. This was the case with Ivan Rodriguez, earning 76% of the vote in his first year eligible (75% of the vote is needed). When receiving the […]
What makes Piazza’s statistics and achievements remarkable is that he was drafted in the 62nd Round of the 1988 draft and was the 1,390th overall pick! Expectations were not very high for him but he got his foot in the door and made the most of it. The other remarkable fact we have to realize […]
Babe Ruth is best known as a home run hitter, a true slugger of his day. What many folks don’t know about Ruth is that he started his major league career as a pitcher and a really good one! In 1916 he finished the season with a 23-12 record, with a 1.75 ERA and nine […]
On the field Cobb was known for his over the top aggressive base running and his ability to hit the ball to all parts of the field. A true craftsman of the sport he loved. After his retirement he’s been quoted as saying, “I never could stand losing. Second place didn’t interest me. I had […]