Sunday, March 7, 2021

Hockey Day InAmerica 2021

                 Hockey Day In America, 2021

NBC/NBCSN will televise 4 games today, staring at 12 NOON, with the Buffalo Sabres at the New York Islanders, on NBC. 

The only drawback about today is that my Detroit Red Wings aren't playing, a mistake on scheduling by the NHL for sure. 

I did get a Bobby Ryan HDIA card on the Topps NHL app.

The Red Wings are the #1 USA franchise in NHL History.

The Detroit Red Wings team in 1959-60. 

The Red Wings have won 11 Stanley Cup Championships, the most of any NHL team not named Montreal and Toronto.

It's just my opinion, but I'd think the NHL would be wise to schedule every American franchise to play on HDIA, and have games all across TV, on NBC/MBCSN, and the NHL Network.

Have a great Sunday afternoon, enjoy the day of sports, and... LET'S GO RED WINGS! πŸ’

Friday, March 5, 2021

Happy Matt Boyd Day!

It's the first Happy Matt Boyd! day of 2021, as my favorite big league pitcher takes the mound for those first time in Spring Training, against the Yankees, in Tampa.

The game is a 1:05 pm start at Legends field, and will be rebroadcast at 7 pm on the MLB Network.

Enjoy the day of baseball, and and have a terrific weekend.

Yeah BOYD! 🐯⚾

Sunday, February 28, 2021

First Tigers Line Up Card of 2021

The Tigers play the Phillies today.

It's so cool that we get to see baseball games and highlights every day until November.

Play BALL! 

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Tigers Card Tuesday... Blake Jamieson 1951 Al Kaline

 Today's Tigers Card Tuesday! comes from the 1951 Topps Blake Jamieson set released a few weeks back.

     1951 Topps Blake Jamieson #19 Al Kaline

At the time of the release, I couldn't get the boxes the cards came in, but I knew that singles would eventually become available, and, that's exactly how I acquired this card.

πŸ‘€ When I see old school cards like this I try to imagine what it must've been like for a kid back in the 1950s, taking the few hard earned pennies in there pockets, to go get a pop, a candy bar, an a pack of baseball cards.

I also picked up the Duke Snider card, as it was available when the Kaline wasn't, and I'll for sure get a few more players.

πŸ€” Did you buy any boxes of the Jamieson cards?

Have you purchased any singles from the set?

Enjoy the rest of your night, and, as always, Play BALL! 🐯⚾

Monday, February 22, 2021

Monday Mopup- 61st Birthday Weekend

Every year, as soon as the Super Bowl ends, I look forward to a pretty cool stretch in February, a stretch that includes my favorite American President Abraham Lincoln's Birthday, Valentine's Day, the reporting of pitchers & catchers, the running of the Daytona 500, and, as it just so happens, my Birthday. 

πŸ—“️ All of the above things happen between February 12-21 (latest Daytona 500 running, I think). 

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ President Joseph R. Biden was just down the road from my house on Friday, visiting Pfizer, the local company that developed the first Coronavirus vaccine.

The Company, known as UpJohn when I was a kid, has been around since the 1880s.

I wasn't able to go see the President, but is was an honor to have him in my Hometown nonetheless.

On Saturday, I got to actually go to a restaurant, sit down, eat lunch with Tracy, for the first time since we went to my Birthday dinner a year earlier.

πŸ₯ͺ The Turkey πŸ¦ƒ Club Sandwich was delicious! 

Before lunch we stopped by Fanfare, the "LCS" in our area, and picked up a copy of Beckett Baseball Magazine.

8️⃣0️⃣'s πŸ“Ό The last Beckett magazine that I read was the issue a while back featuring the Top Baseball Cards cards of the 1980s, and I for sure don't remember the last time a Tigers player was featured on the cover.

I aslo got three more Matthew Boyd cards for the BOYD Binder.

1️⃣3️⃣5️⃣- That gives me 135 total Matt Boyd cards, and brings the total of the BOYD Binder to 172.

Tracy also surprised me on Friday night with a blaster box of 2021 Topps that she a Barnes & Noble, of all places.

1️⃣9️⃣ I found out on Friday that I share a Birthday w/ fellow blogger Nick, @ Dime Boxes.

I don't have a top 5 favorite list of fellow February 19th Birthday buddy Dave Stewart, featured in Nick's post last Friday, but I do have a favorite card of the former pitcher known as "Smoke."

πŸ‘‰ Another Ballplayer born on February 19 is another Athletics pitcher, Daniel Mengden, and I have a favorite baseball card of his as well.

Other big league February 19th Birthday's include Josh Reddick, Tim Burke, and Russ Nixon.

On the celebrity side of February 19th Birthday's we have Smokey Robinson, Jeff Daniels, and, Victoria Justice.

Speaking of Spring Training, full squad workouts for the Tigers start tomorrow.

A prominent future HOFer has already shown up to camp, and, it appears, he's in terrific shape.

To end this weekend, I got one final present...a huge road win for my Wolverines Men's hoops squad, as they travelled down to Columbus, and beat the hated Buckeyes.

〽️πŸ€ Meanwhile, in Ann Arbor, the Women's hoops team was beating the Buckeyes.

Oh, and on Saturday night, the Michigan Ice Hockey guys were avenging Friday nights loss to Ohio State.

It was a pretty darn good weekend, and I thank everyone who reached out to me on social media, etc. w/ Birthday wishes. 

Have a great week, and, as always, thanks for taking time out of your day to stop by and read my blog.

Play BALL! πŸ’›πŸ’™πŸ€〽️

Thursday, February 18, 2021

My Mailbox... 1st Matt Boyd Card of 2021

Yesterday the mailman brought my first Matthew Boyd baseball card of 2021! 

I know there's lots to not like about the Series 1 Topps Flagship design, but the picture of the Tigers lefty in his follow through makes up for all of those missteps.

1️⃣3️⃣2️⃣ This sparkly GOLD card is #132 in the Matt Boyd collection, and gives me 169 total BOYD cards.

Yeah, BOYD! 🐯⚾

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Tigers Card Tuesday... 1968 Topps Willie Horton

                                Tigers Card Tuesday! 

                          1968 Topps #360, Willie Horton

Willie Horton is one of the best Tigers players of my lifetime, a man who grew up in Detroit, going to games at old Tiger Stadium, sitting in the left field bleachers, telling all his friends that one day, he to, would be playing LF for their hometown team.

                       πŸ― My 1968 Topps Willie Horton🐯

Play BALL, and, Go TIGERS! 🐯⚾

Monday, February 15, 2021

Happy President's Day, 2021

                   Happy President's Day!

Hoping all of you who serve in government are enjoying your extra day of rest, and I thank you for your service.


Saturday, February 13, 2021

Happy Baseball Birthday...The Negro Leagues

Today's Happy Baseball Birthday! is a celebration of the founding of the Negro Leagues, on this date in 1921.

On February 13, 1920, in Kansas City, Missouri, led by Rube Foster, the Negro National League was formed, and, for nearly 30 years, would produce some of the greatest players in baseball history.

Here in Michigan, we had the Detroit Stars, an original member of the Negro Leagues, with great players like Turkey Stearnes, Pepper Daniels, Andy Cooper, and Yellow Horse Morris.

⭐⭐ The Stars played in famed Hamtramck Stadium, one of only five Negro Leagues ballparks still in existence.

⚾ My favorite All-Time Negro Leagues players are: 

Turkey Stearnes, Detroit Stars

Buck O'Neill, KC Monarchs

Buck Leonard, Homestead Grays

Satchel Paige, KC Monarchs

Josh Gibson, Pittsburgh Crawfords

There's so much history in the old Negro Leagues, and #1 on my Baseball Bucket- List is to travel to KC and visit the Negro Leagues Museum. 

πŸ€” What's your favorite Negro Leagues team?

πŸ‘‰ Give me your five favorite Negro Leagues players.

Here's hoping y'all are having a terrific weekend.

Baseball season is almost upon us, with pitchers and catchers reporting this week.

Play BALL! ⚾