Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Sports Illustrated Cover... May 29, 2017

For the 3rd time in 4 issues, the great game of baseball has made the cover of Sports Illustrated. 








Senior SI Baseball writer Tom Verducci takes a look at old Uncle Charlie, the Curveball.



I'm not sure when S.I. last put baseball on the cover so often, but, as I've stated many times, it's awesome when The National Pastime graces sports most recognizable magazine.




Yankees young slugger Aaron Judge graced the cover on May 11th.








High School phenom Hunter Greene made his S.I. debut on May 1st.







Make sure to head over to S.I.com and give Verduuci's article a read, or, if you can, go out and get the issue at your local area bookstore.


PLAY BALL!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Derek Jeter Week... My Final Vote for #Jeets16 Bracket

This week the folks at Cut 4 @ MLB.com have been asking fans to vote for the most iconic moment in the 20 year career of Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter.



I've been voting all week on Twitter, and today I voted on the Final choice...



                                                                             "THE JEET 16"




To me, if you walk up to me ask ask what you'd say was Derek's most memorable play or moment in his career, I'd tell you it's " The Flip."











The walk-off base hit in his final at bat is right there, and I get why fans would vote for it, or the "Mr. November" home run, or Derek's HR for his 3,000th career base hit, but for me, that play in Oakland in the playoffs is the #1 play.



That play, "The Flip," came when the Yankees, down two games to none against the Athletics in the ALDS were in need of a huge play, and their Captain, their leader, Derek Jeter, was there to make that play.



The Yankees are retiring the #2 uniform number that Derek wore from 1995 until his final game in 2014, and I'll be right there in front of the TV on Sunday Night to watch the ceremonies.






I'm sure you'll be there as well.


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30 Day Baseball Card Challenge... Day 24

Day 24 of the 30 Day Baseball Card Challenge is a favorite oddball card from the 1960s.




I don't know how long I've had this oddball card, in fact, I never considered it odd at all, it was just a over sized card of my favorite player, Bill Freehan.








                                           My 1964 Topps SUPER 3x5 #30 Bill Freehan Card

     That's Tigers slugging 1st Baseman Norm Cash shaking hands with Freehan at home plate.



The best part of the card, besides it being of Freehan, is the story on the back, with Bill reaching base 9 straight times in 1963 for the Detroit Tigers.



Bill Freehan  has been my favorite player longer than I can remember, and I know for sure as a 4 year old I didn't know anything about baseball, or baseball cards, so I probably picked up the card sometime in the mid/ late 1970s when I had money.



I searched Google for oddball cards of the 1960s and found many Freehan cards that I never knew existed, and would love to have.



I'll definitely be at the next card show here in Portage next month with my eyes open for any oddball Freehan stuff.



Up next in the challenge is an oddball 1970s baseball card...I already know the two, yes, two cards that I'll post about.



PLAY BALL!












Thursday, May 11, 2017

Derek Jeter Week... The Players Tribune

We're one day closer to Derek Jeter Day this Sunday Night, time for another post about my favorite player to play for the Yankees.



Derek created a terrific website, the Players Tribune, a place for athletes to write letters to fans in all sports.



                                        Image result for the players tribune





Athlete's from every sport have taken to the site to thank fans for their support during both good times, and bad, times, in their careers.




Today Derek penned his own heartfelt letter to the City of New York.





In February Mrs. Jeter herself, Hannah, penned this terrific letter about her Husband.




Here's a link to the BASEBALL page of the Players Tribune.... head over to the links provided, it's truly a special place for baseball fans to go.




PLAY BALL!







This Week's Sports Illustrated Cover... Aaron Judge

With all I've got going on this week, starting my Derek Jeter Week posts, continuing the 30 Day Baseball Card Challenge, I missed this week's Sports Illustrated cover reveal, and so here's my belated post.


This week SI put a baseball player  on the cover for the 2nd time in three weeks, putting New York Yankees rookie phenom Aaron Judge.











The headline says it all...                   " ALL RISE"

Aaron Judge is on this Week's Sports Illustrated Cover.
Judge has come into this baseball season slugging his team into first place, batting .317, with 33 hits, 13 of them home runs, while driving in 28 base runners in 104 at bats, with a .413 on base percentage and a whopping .760 slugging percentage!




Two weeks ago SI put another baseball phenom, High School star Hunter Greene.



I absolutely love watching Aaron Judge play baseball, trying to watch Yankee games when I can, and making sure to watch my favorite baseball show, Quick Pitch, with Heidi Whatney and Jamie Hersch every night on the MLB Network.




We are in a new age in baseball, with a tremendous group of young ballplayers, and Judge has quickly put himself right in the middle of terrific young players like Mike Trout, Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, Francisco Lindor, Mookie Betts, Many Machado, and Corey Seager.



I hope I pay attention next Tuesday...another great baseball player, or moment,,, (Derek Jeter retirement), just might make it onto the SI Cover.



Play Ball!

30 Day Baseball Card Challenge... Day 23

Day 23 of the 30 Day Baseball Card Challenge is a favorite oddball card from the 1950s.



Probably the greatest thing that's come out of this awesome challenge is finding and learning about baseball cards that I never knew existed.



I don't own any oddball cards for the '50s, so I scoured the Internet, and found some great choices before settling in on today's card.



I'm combining the card challenge with a Happy Baseball Birthday! post for former Detroit Tigers Hall of Fame 2nd Baseman Charlie Gehringer, who was born on May 11, 1903, in Fowlerville, Michigan.



Gehringer is, to me, the most underrated and under appreciated second baseman in baseball history.



Searching the Internet for today's card challenge I came across this card, a 1950 Callahan HOF Baseball #34 of Gehinger.





A simplistic sketch card illustrates a young Charley, probably from a picture taken of him in the 1920s...his first year was 1924...and the card has the facsimile Gehringer signature.




B.E. Callahan, publisher of the famous Who's Who in Baseball book was the man behind the set HOF cards.



Gehinger was simply one of the best 2nd sackers to ever play in the big leagues, and the best in Tigers history.



Charley Gehringer played for the Tigers from 1924-1942, only wearing the Olde English D uniform and no other.



In his 19 years Charley appeared in 2,323 baseball games, collecting 2,839 base hits, 184 HR, 146 triples, 547 doubles, 1,427 RBI, scoring 1,775 runs.



Defensively Charley was also terrific, retiring with a .973 fielding percentage in 2,185 games at 2nd Base, with just 309 errors in 12, 746 chances, turning 1,444 double plays.






Those defensive stats earned him one of baseball's All-Time great nicknames of "The Mechanical Man"



Charley was the 1937 American League MVP, played in 3 World Series with the Tigers, winning the Series in 1935, Detroit's first ever WS victory.



In 1949 Charley was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.




Happy Baseball Birthday! to the Mechanical Man!



Tomorrow's challenge is an oddball card from the 1960s... I'm already hitting up Google to find a great card.




PLAY BALL!




Wednesday, May 10, 2017

30 Day Baseball Card Challenge... Day 22

Day 22 of the 30 Day Baseball Card Challenge is a card of a common player that always seemed to elude you.


This is definitely a challenge today.



As I've posted along the way in this journey through baseball cards, I had every single issue Topps Baseball card between 1968 and 1980...complete collections.





So, I thought about the common baseball card that is currently eluding me, two cards of Milwaukee Brewers Korean import, Eric Thames.




                                                         2012 Topps #293 Eric Thames


                                                              2011 Topps Update #US288



I have boxes of common baseball cards for the last five years, or so, and after Thames started blasting homers for the Brew Crew, I started going through those boxes, and, as of yet, have failed to come across one single Thames card.


I'm still digging through boxes, but, hey, if you have a extra Thames common laying around, give me a shout out, I'd be interested in trading for them...thanks.




If you need Thames cards, here's his Check out My Card page of commons.




Up next in the challenge is a favorite oddball card from the 1950s.







PLAY BALL!

Baseball Bulletin... Derek Jeter Week Edition

This Baseball Bulletin is all about Derek Jeter Week, leading up to the #2 uniform retirement ceremony this weekend at Yankee Stadium.









I've been writing this week about Derek, one of my All-Time favorite ballplayers.


Here's what I've posted so far...

Day 1...Derek Jeter Week Begins.

Day 2... Rookie of the Year.

Day 3... Jeter's Gold Glove Awards.




Some things about Derek that I've come across are...



Well, we'll start with Derek and Jeb Bush buying the Miami Marlins.



Over at Cut 4 at MLB.com you can decide whats the MOST ICONIC DEREK JETER moment.



Chris Bahr of FOX SPORTS reports on Derek's ONLY REGRET in his career,



Alfred Santasiere III reports for Yankees Magazine on why Derek chose Sunday Night to have his number 2 retired....







,,,and Alfred also takes us back to the naming of Derek Jeter Field at Kalamazoo Central.



This Jeter fan is all in this week, and wants all of us to use hashtag #Respect2Jeter.



And, of course, not everyone wants an entire week of Jeter, says the fans at Pinstripe Alley.



Jeter is a truly humble man, and that's how he played the game, humbled by the men who came before him that wore the Yankee Pinstripes.



I'll be posting, as much as I can, the rest of the week, including a post on Jeter baseball cards.



Remember, use #derekjeterweek on Social Media this week.... PLAY BALL!

Derek Jeter Week... Day 3

It's Day 3 of Derek Jeter Week, as we look forward to the New York Yankees adding Derek to the Immortals of the Pinstripes on Sunday Night.

I'll post something about the future Hall of Fame ballplayer every day this week, honoring the Kalamazoo Kid.








Derek Jeter  won 5 Gold Glove Awards in his distinguished big league career, in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, and in 2010.



As far as shortstops go, only Ozzie Smith, 13, Omar Vizquel, 11,  Luis Aparicio, 9, and Mark Belanger, 8,  have won more Gold Gloves as a shortstop than Derek has.







Gold Gloves have only been awarded since 1957.... here's the complete list of every big league shortstop to win the Gold Glove Award.



If you're on Social Media, use the hashtag #derekjeterweek and post your best Jeter moments.



Play Ball!


2017 Sports Emmy Awards... Baseball Winners

The 38th annual Sports Emmy Awards were held Monday Night in New York City.


There were 8 different winners with baseball media ties...


The Lifetime Achievement Award was given to longtime broadcaster Brent Musburger.


                             





The 2017 Sports Emmy Award Winners are...



GEORGE WENSEL TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD... MLB Network Showcase


OUTSTANDING LIVE EVENT Audio/Sound... MLB ON FOX /  FOX/FS1/MLB Network


OUTSTANDING TECHNICAL TEAM/STUDIO... MLB Tonight MLB Network


OUTSTANDING STUDIO SHOW--LIMITED RUN ... FOX/FS1/FoxSports.com ( THE POSTSEASON)


OUTSTANDING LONG FORM EDITING... CONFESSIONS OF A CUBS FAN: A CENTURY OF WAITING ... FS1


OUTSTANDING SPORTS PERSONALITY - STUDIO HOST- BOB COSTAS ... MLB Network/NBC/NBCSN


                                                 


OUTSTANDING LIVE SPORTS SPECIAL... 112TH WORLD SERIES Chicago Cubs vs Cleveland Indians ... MLB on FOX


                                                         


You had to expect baseball winners would get some Emmy LOVE because of the 2016 World Series Championship run put on by the Chicago Cubs, and they're all well deserved.



Congratulations to all the winners who covered our National Pastime on their awards.







PLAY BALL