Baseball Rights A Wrong: Tim Raines Enters Hall of Fame

With two outs in the bottom of the ninth and the side of righteousness trailing by a run, the Baseball Writers Association of America undid one of the biggest wrongs in the Hall of Fame by electing Tim Raines in his final year of eligibility.  Today  baseball celebrates the Rock as the  former Expos great … Continue reading Baseball Rights A Wrong: Tim Raines Enters Hall of Fame

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1967 Topps Celebrates Carl Yastrzemski, Rod Carew and Tom Seaver

The 1967 Topps set is celebrated for its simple, yet eye-pleasing design, a Hall of Fame checklist, rookie cards of two baseball greats and card No. 355 featuring Carl Yastrzemski. In 1967, the man they called Yaz had one of the greatest seasons in baseball history, winning the Triple Crown and leading a fading franchise to the World … Continue reading 1967 Topps Celebrates Carl Yastrzemski, Rod Carew and Tom Seaver

1959 Fleer Ted Williams Baseball Card Set: As Splendid As The Splinter

When Fleer entered the baseball card business 58 years ago, the first-year sports card manufacturer turned to the greatest hitter who ever lived.  Ted Williams not only established new slugging standards, he also changed the way the sports collectibles hobby was marketed. During this era, Topps was the exclusive baseball card manufacturer, so Fleer -- the only … Continue reading 1959 Fleer Ted Williams Baseball Card Set: As Splendid As The Splinter

A Place For Edgar Martinez And The DH In The Hall of Fame

The designated hitter is an actual position that has been debated, discussed, probed, and prodded since the 1890s.  Since the inception of the American League position 44 years ago, the DH has served it’s purpose ably: enhancing offense, while increasing fan interest.  Each year, the best DH  is honored with the Edgar Martinez Outstanding Designated … Continue reading A Place For Edgar Martinez And The DH In The Hall of Fame

Roberto Clemente: Hall of Fame Player, Great Person

On this day 44 years ago, the world lost a Hall of Fame baseball player and a great humanitarian.  Thirty-eight-year-old Roberto Clemente, revered as a national hero in Puerto Rico, was leading a relief aid team flying supplies to earthquake-ravaged Nicaragua when the small aircraft exploded and crashed into the ocean shortly after takeoff.   … Continue reading Roberto Clemente: Hall of Fame Player, Great Person

Tim Raines’s Last Chance For the Hall of Fame

There are two outs in the bottom of the ninth with the side of righteousness trailing by a run.  The Baseball Writers Association of America has one more chance to right one of the biggest wrongs in the Hall of Fame by electing Tim Raines. Raines has steadily gained support, but is in his 10th … Continue reading Tim Raines’s Last Chance For the Hall of Fame

Happy Birthday Carl Yastrzemski

Happy birthday to Red Sox great Carl Yastrzemski, who turns 77 today. A leader in virtually every major offensive category in Red Sox history, the man they call Yaz is still one of the franchise’s most popular players. Revered for playing the lead role in the “1967 Impossible Dream” season, Yaz became baseball’s 14th Triple … Continue reading Happy Birthday Carl Yastrzemski

Long Lost Reggie Jackson Baseball Card

Remember Reggie Jackson’s only uneventful season from the 1970s, the year he he played for the Baltimore Orioles? A lost season for Jackson, completely ignored by Topps … almost!?! Say what?  First some background information … On this day 40 years ago (April 2, 1976), Oakland A’s owner Charlie Finley shocked the baseball world by … Continue reading Long Lost Reggie Jackson Baseball Card

Tim Raines Belongs in the Hall of Fame

Great to see Tim Raines -- one of my all-time favorite non-Red Sox players -- throw out the first pitch in tonight’s Red Sox - Blue Jays exhibition game in Montreal. What’s not to like about Tim Raines? He was one of the game’s great leadoff hitters, top base stealers, and -- believe it or … Continue reading Tim Raines Belongs in the Hall of Fame