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 MiLB.com 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!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Jack Morris and Alan Trammell Elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame

Today every fan of the Detroit Tigers received a early Christmas present when former pitcher Jack Morris and shortstop Alan Trammell were elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

                                      Photo from Baseball HOF and Detroit Tigers

I'm 57 years old and not too proud to say that when Jeff Idelson of the HOF read off those two names that I started to clap, cheer, and yes, cry...cry tears of joy that two men that I cheered on for three decades for my team , my  beloved Tigers, are going to Cooperstown next summer.

The two Tigers were the only  Modern Era Committe players to receive enough votes to gain election.

In early January the BBWAA will reveal their ballot for the HOF.

I'm thinking about all those great Tigers fans out there, including baseball bloggers Julie from A Cracked Bat, and Dennis of Too Many Verlanders.

I'll be posting more in the coming days, or so, on this awesome achievement by Morris and Trammell...gotta go dig out some baseball cards.

Play Ball...and GO TIGERS!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Happy Baseball Birthday... Kim Basinger

We send out Happy Baseball Birthday! wishes to the beautiful and multi talented Kim Basinger, who turns 64 today.

As baseball fans, we can't ever forget Kim's best movie role, as the blonde vixen Memo Paris in The  Natural.

Memo was Manager Pop Fischer's Neice , but that didn't keep him from warning Roy Hobbs she was trouble, and in the end, well, he made the wright choice...and yes, they had met before...

Kimila Ann Basinger  was born on December 8, 1953, in Athens, Georgia  and besides The Natural she was also a Bond Girl, and fell in love with Bruce Wayne.

We send out the best of wishes to Miss Basinger, and say Happy Baseball Birthday! 

Play Ball! 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Tracy Stallard, 1937-2017

I was sad today upon hearing that former big league pitcher Tracy Stallard has passed away at the age of 80.

Stallard is remembered in baseball history as the pitcher who gave up the historical 61st home run to the Yankees Roger Maris on the final day of the 1961 season.

In 2014 this blog wished Tracy a 77th Happy Baseball Birthday!

A day, or so, after that post, I was contacted by someone in his family thanking me for the post, and that they'd let Mr. Stallard know we were thinking of him on his Birthday...that was a terrific gesture that I will always remember.

We send out our deepest of sympathies to the Stallard family on their loss.

May God Bless Mr. Stallard.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

2017 S.I. Sports Person of the Year

Tuesday morning Sports Illustrated revealed its choices for their 2017 Sports Person of the Year, and baseball is front and center with World Series Champion and America League MVP Jose Altuve.

Altuve is Co-Person of the Year with Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt.

Altuve and Watt were vital to the City of Houston in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, which devastated the City to the tune of $200 plus million dollars in damage when it hit the coast of Texas in late August.

Altuve led the Astros to the 1st Series Championship in the franchise's 55 years of existence, helping bring together the Houston community when they needed it most.

Altuve is the 17th big league baseball player to be selected as the S.I. SOTY, starting in 1955 when World Series MVP Johnny Podres of the Brooklyn Dodgers won the 1st championship for the Borough of Brooklyn.

Altuve joins Podres, Stan Musial(1957), Sandy Koufax(1965), Carl Yastzemski(1967), Tom Seaver(1969), Pete Rose(1975), Willie Stagell(1979), Dale Murphy(1986), Oreo Hershiser(1988), Cam Ripken(1995), Mark McGwire/Sammy Sosa(1998), Randy Johnson/Curt Schilling (2001), Derek Jeter(2009), and Madison Bumgarner(2014).

Play BALL!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Happy National Cookie Day!

I saw that today is National Cookie Day, and so, of course, that automatically sends up a big smile from me for the thought of delicious Chocolate Chip Cookies.

There's absolutely no telling how many Chips Ahoy! cookies Ive eaten in my 57 years, but I'm pretty sure somebody got to retire based on my consumption.

This being a baseball blog, well, I thought that I should do a shout out to former Kansas City Royals second baseman Cookie Rojas. 

Octavia Victor Rojas  was a 4-time All-Star with the Royals in the early 1970s, and it seemed like he and fellow infielder Freddie Patek got to every ball my Detroit Tigers hit.

Cookies 1971 Topps baseball card is one of my favorite of the decade, a picture that pretty much shows how he played.

How awesome is this picture of Rojas turning a double play against the New York Yankees in the Bronx.

Cookie collected 1,660 base hits in 16 seasons with the Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals, and Kansas City, batting .263.

So, tonight, when your thinking about the upcoming baseball season,  grab a couple of your favorite cookies in celebration of Cookie Rojas...or even Cookie Lavagetto...its your choice.


Saturday, December 2, 2017

My Favorite Baseball Card of 2017

I came across a great contest being done by P-Town Tom over at Waiting 'til Next Year... asking for our favorite card of 2017.

I've wanted this card all year, unfortunately for me, I haven't been able to afford this card, or have I seen it around town, or in my group of fellow Detroit Tigers collectors on Facebook.

This 2017 Topps Stadium Club, Variation #42, Justin Verlander.

I absolutely love this card...if your a Tigers fan you know that it took Justin 9 Years to collect his first big league base hit.

Although he's now in Houston, is a World Series Champion with the Astros, he's still my favorite Tigers pitcher in my lifetime.

This was simple for me...and being that Tom's a great guy, I can use a card that I don't own yet...and if anyone reading this has one of these awesome cards, well, hit me up for trade, or, sale, (if the price is right), at johnsharp1960@gmail.com  

The contest runs until January 8th... maybe I'll be able to update this post with the card in my collection.

I'd like to thank Tom for the chance at entering thus contest...and hey  you need to join as well.

Play Ball! 

Friday, December 1, 2017

Happy Baseball Birthday... Bo Jackson

Today we say Happy Baseball Birthday! to former big league outfielder Bo Jackson  who turns 55 today.

Vincent Edward Jackson  was born on November 30, 1962, in Bessemer, Alabama.

There's two men... Bo Jackson, and the great Jim Thorpe, who, for me, are the greatest athletes since 1900.

Thorpe is the greatest athlete, for me, but, of course, we got to see Bo on TV, and what we saw was as perfect an athletic specimen that was ever put on this earth.

I've always been a fan of Bo...mainly because as a young Navy guy I told several of my fellow shipmates that Bo was going to play baseball, and not football...they told me I was crazy.

It was with great delight when I read the sports news that day in 1986 when I learned that Bo had signed with the Kansas City Royals, spurning the NFL and the lowly Tampa Bay Buccaneers, reporting to the minor league Memphis Chicks of the Double-A Southern League.

I had tried to tell my fellow sports fans on the ship that I had read numerous magazine and newspaper articles that Bo wanted no part of playing for the Bucs, and that he'd most likely sign to play professional baseball with the Royals.

That's the reason that I liked Bo so much, because, although he played at Auburn, won the Heisman Trophy as tge best player in college football in 1985, he chose to play baseball, my favorite sport, over the pigskin.

Watching Ken Burns Baseball last week I got to see this again...

...hitting a home run on the first pitch you see in your first All-Star Game is something that just doesn't happen...unless, that is, if your name is Bo!

Happy Baseball Birthday! Bo Jackson! 

Play Ball

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Congratulations Heidi Whatney!

I ment to post this a couple of days ago, but  with all the stuff going on in my life it just got delayed.

There is no secret...if you follow me on Twitter, that I'm a fan of Heidi Whatney of the MLB Network.

As a person of the male persuasion, she is everything you love as a baseball fan...a beautiful lady who knows as much about baseball as you do...probably more.

During the regular season I never miss Quick Pitch, the nightly show that comes on at 1am East Coast time...showing all the baseball highlights from every game...and, on most nights, hosted by Heidi Whatney.

I follow Heidi on Twitter...and you should as well...and the other day Heidi posted a very special message.

Congratulations to Heidi, and her husband on the upcoming addition to their family.

Play Ball!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

Just wanted to post a very Happy Thanksgiving! to all the great baseball fans out there.

I hope you and your family are enjoying a great Turkey Day as we watch football, hoops. and pucks waiting for the 2018 big league season.

Play Ball!