Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Topps Series One Preview

Today on Twitter Topps officially previews what Series One Baseball will look like when the cards are released three weeks from today.

Topps asked fans which player they wanted to see first, and despite my pleas to not vote for a certain Angels centerfielder, that's exactly the card Topps released.

I knew it would happen...I would've like to have seen Aaron Judge, or Cody Bellinger, or, well, any player NOT named Mike Trout.

The card is OK...not because of my disdain for the constant bombardment of #27 in the Halos uniform...that ribbon thing isn't well thought out...and I'm not sure what's going on at the end of the players and team names.

I do like the team logo...I hope that every teams logos pop off the card like that.

I'll venture into Series One by way of Walmart here in Portage/Kalamazoo...can't really afford hobby prices until after my Birthday late next month.

The one goal I'll have  as always, is to collect every Detroit Tigers player cards and variations, although the latter will be difficult, as always.

Maybe a trade or two will help me out.

Play Ball! ⚾️πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Jose Altuve is 2017 A.P. Male Athlete of the Year

The Associated Press announced on Wednesday that Houston Astros Second Baseman Jose Altuve is the 2017 Male Athlete of the Year.

The American League MVP finished ahead of New England Patriots QB Tom Brady and LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The award, started in 1931, has honored many baseball players, including St. Louis Cardinals star Pepper Martin, who won the inagural award.

Play Ball!

Friday, December 22, 2017

Merry Christmas from Justin, Kate, and Harley

Yes, I still love Justin Verlander, even though he's no longer a member of my beloved Detroit Tigers.

 I still look forward to him pitching the rest of his career in Houston and putting the final touches on his way to Cooperstown.

Winning his first World Series ring with the Astros was certainly a big piece to add to his HOF resume.

It's also no secret that I still...duh, have a crush on Kate Upton.

OK, with all that said, the best couple in baseball posted a terrific picture on JV's Twitter and Instagram pages today as they celebrate their first Christmas together as a married couple.

                                   1st Verlander Christmas here we come!" 
                                        Justin Verlander on Twitter.

And, as always, they include Harley, their little guy that we've all followed since Kate Upton found him as a puppy.

Merry Christmas to The Verlanders... keep those awesome pictures coming!

Play Ball!

Baseball Bulletin... December 22, 2017

Usually I post stuff that's baseball related here on the bulletin, but today I thought I'd post on the different stories I've come across that are honoring the late Dick Enberg, who passed away last night at the age of 82.

I was fortunate to be able to watch Mr. Enberg call a three game weekend series on FOX Sports Detroit this past summer between the Dodgers and Tigers, and I'm  truly sad to a newer generation of fans who never had the fortune to hear one of his games or events broadcast.

Dick Enberg was the sports voice of a fifferent era, the days of my youth in the 1960s and 1970s, long before the Internet and social media, calling famous games and matches in every sport, and for many years he was the voice of the then California Angels, including calling Nolan Ryan's no hitter at Tiger Stadium in 1973.

I was  a young Tigers fan sitting in the left field stands that day, and my Uncle Bob had to explain to me why the fans were cheering the other team while our Tigers were losing.

πŸ’» These are a few links to reports on the passing of Mr. Enberg.

⚾️ Bryce Miller of the San Diego Union-tribune was the first story that I read last night.

πŸ€  Tony Paul of the Detroit News tweeted out the link to his 2015 article on Enberg going into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

🏈 Mike Kipper of the L.A. Times writes about the life of the broadcasting legend.

⚾️ The Baseball Hall of Fame remembers the 2015 Ford Frick Award Winner.

πŸ“Ί Jimmy Traina of Sports Illustrated looks at Enberg's most famous calls behind the microphone.

⚾️ A J Cassavell  on writes about the many...many accomplishments of Mr. Enberg.

πŸŽ™Deadspin shared a previous article  on how Enberg was always the RIGHT man for the MOMENT.

πŸ€ A late addition from The Old TV News Coach blog.

πŸ‘€πŸ‘€ There have been many, many tributes...too many to count... go to Twitter or Facebook and search "Dick Enberg " 

Rest in Peace Mr. Enberg. 

Dick Enberg...1935-2017

Just as I was getting ready to lay down for the night I found out about the passing of legendary sports broadcaster and Michigan native, Dick Enberg.

Richard Alan Enberg was born on January 9, 1935, in Mount Clemens, Michigan, grew up loving the Detroit Tigers and dreaming of playing baseball at Briggs Stadium wearing the Olde English D.

Dick Enberg is now joining Ernie Harrell, Curt Gowdey, Joe Garagiola, and Red Barber, broadcasting the ultimate baseball game in Heaven.

Rest in Peace Mr. Enberg.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

My Mailbox...My Secret Santa

Today's mailbox included just one package, and that was my Secret Santa package, from Billy at A Cardboard History.

This was a true secret, in that I hadn't yet come upon Billy's blog.

Billy didn't disappoint, with 1974 Topps baseball cards of my beloved Detroit Tigers...including the key card of my hero, Bill Freehan.

That Tigers  Christmas Tree ornament was an terrific addition and will look very good on our tree.

This is my first year participating in the Secret Santa, done by fellow blogger Matt at Bob Walk the Plank.... but I can tell you it won't be my last.

My Secret Santa package has been sent, and they should be getting it by the end of the week.

I hope they are as happy with their gifts as I am with the ones I received today from Billy.

If you haven't yet come across his blog yet, well, heck, head on over and give him a follow.

Thanks again Billy... Merry Christmas πŸŒ²πŸŽ… , Happy New Year πŸŽ‰ ... and....

....PLAY BALL! ⚾️

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Happy Baseball Birthday....Al Kaline

We send out Happy Baseball Birthday! wishes to Mr. Tiger, the great Al Kaline, who's 83 today.

This 1960 Topps All-Star card from the year I was born is on my wish list...I have his regular '60 base card, and they'd make great teammates in my PC.

Happy Baseball Birthday! to the 1980 Hall of Fame inductee, #6 on your scorecard, Mr. Tiger himself, Al Kaline...  Play Ball!

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Happy Baseball Birthday... Tom Stanton

Today we say Happy Baseball Birthday! to author and baseball fan Tom Stanton.

I was thrilled to have met Mr. Stanton, brief as it was, earlier this year in Kalamazoo on his Terror in the City of Champions book tour.

The book tells the story of the Motor City during the middle of the 1930s as Detroit became the Original City of Champions.

The first book that I read of Mr. Stanton's was his tribute to old Tiger Stadium, the ballpark that holds a very special place in hearts of Tigers fans of an older generation of baseball fans like me.

The Final Season is a baseball book that any fan will enjoy, and if you're a fan of the Detroit Tigers, well, it's pretty much a must read.

Mr. Stanton is the author of 5 books on our National Pastime.

As I said, my meeting with Mr. Stanton was way too short in duration, and I one day hope to meet up again one day to discuss baseball...maybe it'll be at a ball game in good ole Motown.

Happy Baseball Birthday! Mr. Stanton.... PLAY BALL! ⚾

Saturday, December 16, 2017

A Nachos Grande Season of Giving

If you'd like some FREE baseball cards head over to Nacho Grande's  Season of Giving Giveaway.

The giveaway was originally posted on October 31st, but, like the disco craze of the 1970s, I am way late to the party.

I requested that Nachos hit me up with some Tigers cards...of course...but there are lots of teams still available, so head on over to the link above, check out Nachos terrific blog and get you some awesome baseball cards.


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Baseball Bulletin... December 12, 2017

A Happy Hanukkah to all celebrating their faith this Holiday Season.

I'm still basking in the glory of Jack Morris and Alan Trammell being elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committe on Sunday night.

July, 2018 can't get here soon enough for all of us Tigers fans.

🌲 Here's some other baseball stuff I've come across on the old Internet. 🌲

⚾️ Today's Happy Baseball Birthday! includes Redleg Snyder (1854), Pee Wee Waniger (1902), Buzzi Bavasi (1915), The Road Runner, Ralph Garr (1945), and former umpire Tim Mclelland.

⚾️ On this day in 1975 my Detroit Tigers stunned my 15 year old baseball fan heart by trading 1968 World Series hero Mickey Lolich to the New York Mets for Rusty Staub. 


 Lolich won 207 games for the Tigers, including a A.L. league leading 25 games in 1971.

Between 1964 and 1975 Mickey won at least 12 games each year, and his 2,679 strikeouts are the most in Tigers history, and until 2017, those 2,679 K's were the most by a left handed pitcher in American League history , until the Yankees C.C. Sabathia broke his record.

Staub, was a terrific Tigers outfielder and DH, batting .277, with 582 base hits, 70 HRs, and 358 RBI in 4 years in the Motor City.


⚾️ I guess I have to mention the Angels signing of Japanese star Shohei Otani by the Angels, and the Yankees acquisition of Giancarlo Stanton from the Marlins.

My wife and I first saw Michael Stanton play for the Jacksonville Suns, smacking 2 homers in a game we attended, and we became instant fans...and she isnt one bit happy that he's now wearing the Yankee Pinstripes.

Stanton's first Yankees baseball card...its a Topps NOW card, of course.

                                       2017 Topps NOW Giancarlo Stanton

As for Otani, well, the folks over at the MLB Network couldn't stop drooling about the pitcher/DH playing with analytics poster boy, Angels CFer and league MVP Mike Trout.

⚾️ Josh Jackson of has a terrific article on the Old Hollywood Stars PCL baseball team.

⚾️ The Jacksonville Dolphins Baseball Team released their 2018 schedule, and I absolutely LOVE IT!

I lived in JAX for 36 years, and saw quite a few ball games on that beautiful campus, including watching a young JAX native named Daniel Murphy do his thing on his way to the big leagues.

⚾️ I'll late in posting this, so my apologies to the guys at the Hall of Very Good.

 Remember The Famous San Diego Chicken?

The most famous mascot in sports history was on the HOVG podcast, and to help Go Fund Me efforts, signed 40 baseball cards to the first 40 folks to give at least $5.00...its a worthwhile donation for sure.

How could you not want a autographed card like of The Chicken...AWESOME!

⚾️ I hope to post a few more times before Christmas, including another update of the great blogs that I follow.

Until next time... PLAY BALL!