🏈 My 1963 Topps #32 DICK LANE 🏈 It looks like Night Train is ready to rip your head off!
If you don't know Night Train Lane, just head over to YouTube, his highlights are easily found there.
Richard Lane was born on April 16, 1928, in Austin, Texas, played college football at West Nebraska CC.
💯 In 1952 as rookie playing with the Los Angeles Rams, Lane set a NFL record with 14 interceptions... a record that still stands!
Lane played for the Rams, the Cardinals... the Chicago Cardinals and my Detroit Lions.
Now, I didn't see Lane play football, unless one of my Uncle's had me sitting with me watching the Lions play when I was a little tyke.
Have a great weekend...one football game remains, the Army/ Navy Game.
It's Wednesday, hump day for you working citizens as you look forward to the weekend.
To me Wednesday means it's another Topps Living Set release by Topps.
This week's cards are:
Roy Halladay is a must have for TLS HOF collection. ✅
🐪 Hump Day is the day I get to see what new cards have been added to the TLS, and, of course, to see if I correctly guessed either of the two players in the weekly contest run by Topps Living Stats over on Twitter.
❎ I did NOT correctly predict either Halladay or Keller.
👉 Back in October I had a World Series contest, with the winner receiving two TLS cards, one of the Nationals Juan Soto, and one of the Astros George Springer.
I'd like to apologize for the delay...It's totally my fault that I'm terribly bad at technology and tried, futilely, to figure out Tweetdraw.
I actually had to stop for a couple of weeks as well because of my health...I'm not using these as excuses, it's just how bad my November was.
Two entries had the Washington Nationals winning the World Series in 7 games, and after all this time, well, it's only fair that both entries are winners!
Matt and Derek both had the Nats in 7, but neither had the MVP of the Series (Stephen Strasburg), so, Im declaring a tie and will get both cards out to them.
In addition, CapKirk42 and The Lost Collector both had the Nationals as winners, and I'm going to send them their choice, Soto, or Springer.
Winners- If you're on Twitter, message me your addresses, or, email me. 📧 email@example.com.
Again, I sincerely apologize the delay, and hope you'll all have a very, very, Mery Christmas and Happy New Year!
I start every HOF quiz by typing in all the Detroit Tigers players in the HOF, starting with the very first player elected into the HOF, Tyrus Raymond Cobb.
My favorite card of Tyrus growing up collecting cards was the 1976 Topps #346 Sporting News All-Time ALL STARS.
The Cobb card is, easily, (in my opinion), the best of all the cards in this 10 card group of All-Time greats...look at that picture of The Georgia Peach!
The Sporting News was the go to paper for all things baseball when I was growing up, and the cards came out during the American Bicentennial, and 1976 was also the 100th Anniversary of the National League.
✅ After I type in all the Tigers HOFers in the Sporcle quiz I go to the 1800s, w/ Wee Willie Keeler, Ed Delahanty, Old Hoss Radbourn, and BIG Dan Brouthers.
Next, I go through all the HOF ballplayers elected through the 1940s, as well as any players that pop into my head, like Tinkers to Evers to Chance.
After I get through those HOFers, I go to the most recent, Roy Hallady, Mariano Rivera, etc.
I also go through all the Negro Leagues HOF players, starting w/ Detroit Stars great Turkey Stearnes.
The Sporcle quizzes are a ton of fun, especially those on the American League and National League MVP, World Series winners, all the players w/ 3,000 base hits, 500 HRs, and 300 big league victories.
Head over and play the games, and let me know how you do on the HOF quiz.
I've gotten up into the 220s (out of 260) on the HOF quiz, probably about 5 years ago, and now I'm around the 200 mark, and trying to improve.
Enjoy the baseball quizzes, and, as always, PLAY BALL! ⚾️
My Michigan Wolverines are off on a bye this weekend, but that doesn't mean that we stop thinking about our famed Maize and Blue!
When I began to watch Michigan play football in 1976, running the ball was always the #1 priority for the Wolverines.
Starting w/ Bo Schembechler in the 1970s, then onto Gary Moeller, and Lloyd Carr, running backs, great ones, took turns in the backfield, smashing their way through Big Ten defensive squads, and none was better than the great Tyrone Wheatley.
👉 These Upper Deck SPx Football Cards were all the rage in the mid 1990s, and this card of the 1993 Rose Bowl ⚘ MVP is probably my favorite card that I have of the former NY Giants running back.
〽️ The technology of the SPx cards were so cool, moving the card back and forth...WOW! that image of Wheatley winking at you! Amazing, how cool is that!
Wheatley is, in my opinion, the most powerful Michigan back in my lifetime as a fan, and that means something when your talking about guys like Rob Lytle, Butch Woolfolk, Jarrod Bunch, Anthony Thomas, and Chrois Perry.
Wheatley could run, and once he broke loose, he probably wasn't going to be caught.
📣 The 1992 Big Ten Player of the Year, Tyrone is now the Head Football Coach at Morgan State University, where he has teamed up w/ fellow Michigan Men, Derek Alexander and Will Carr, to restore the program at the Historical Black University.
On Wednesday afternoon Topps released their weekly Topps Living Set cards, and whaddya know, another Ginger made it into the set!
Sean Doolittle ( Card #257l, is the second Washington Nationals player in the past three weeks to get into the set (Ryan Zimmerman/ Card #254), and he fits perfectly into Tuesday's post (below).
👉 Special thanks go out to TOPPS LIVING STATS over on Twitter for recognizing that Mr. DOOLITTLE was worthy of inclusion!
Because it's National Redhead Day here's a reminder that tomorrow is Topps Living Set release day.
Today's Tigers Card Tuesday! is all about former second baseball Sweet Lou Whitaker!
On Monday it was announced that Whitaker was officially on the 2020 Modern ERA Ballot for the Baseball Hall of Fame, and Tigers fans are ready to help get him there.
On Twitter I asked that fans use the hashtag #SweetLouHOF in their posts, in support of Whitaker, and I've also seen #LouHOF2020 and #WhitakerHOF.
1985 Topps #480 Lou Whitaker
1️⃣ Yes, "Sweet Lou" signed this card for me at a Spring Training game back in the 1980s.
The cool thing about the 1985 Topps cards is the TIGERS team banner and players name are all in the clubs colors.
🐯 How awesome is this baseball card as we see Lou turning one of his 1,527 double plays as a Tigers second baseman, just above that great Detroit Tigers logo!
The Modern Committee definitely has plenty of great ballplayers to choose from, including Dale Murphy, Tommy John, and Ted Simmons, with a player needing 75% of the 16 votes cast to be elected.
If you had a vote, what player, or players, would you elect from the Modern Ballot?
Here's to Sweet Lou joining 1984 teammates Alan Trammell and Jack Morris in Cooperstown!