Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Tigers Card Tuesday... Hal Newhouser

I'm writing this very late, so I'm digital with today's Tigers Card Tuesday.

The Topps BUNT App provides this week's card with Tigers Hall of Fame pitcher, "Prince Hal" Newhouser.

The card is part of the "Southpaws" series on the app, which commences with a Babe Ruth Award Card.

I was hoping that the Tigers player in this set would be Matt Boyd, or Mickey Lolich, but I really like that they used the image of the 2 -time American League MVP.

If you're on BUNT, please follow me.

Have a great week, and thanks for taking part of your day on my blog.

Play Ball!🐯 ⚾

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Tigers Card Tuesday: 1975 Topps Cards

The 1975 Topps Baseball Card set is one of the best sets of cards produced, and is the basis for this week's Tigers Card Tuesday. 

The Tigers cards in the set include Willie Horton, Mickey Stanley, John Hiller, Mickey Lolich, and, of course, Bill Freehan.

The great Al Kaline had this awesome card in the '75 Topps Set.

3️⃣0️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ Kaline collected his 3,000th base hit in his hometown of Baltimore, Maryland, on September 24, 1974.

I've been competing in a contest over on Twitter involving the entire '75 Topps set, and as I saw the cards come up, I realized that I was missing some of the Tigers cards.

Over the last 40 years I've moved many times, and have had the cards in storage, and I guess they've gotten lost.

 ▶️  I also came across this post on the 1975 set from Red Sox fan Section 36.

There's so many great cards in the 1975 set, including this famous RC.

When I played Little League baseball in the early '70s, I knew Leon Roberts brother, Mark, who also went to Portage Northern High School (Leon's Alma Mater) with me.

👀 Leon also played college baseball at the University of Michigan, so, he hits the fan trifecta, Portage Northern,  Michigan, and the Tigers.

I love talking about card from my childhood as a baseball fan and card collector, it makes me happy, and at my age, that's a good thing

🐯 What's your favorite card, or cards, from the '75 set? 

➡️ Just leave a comment below.

Appreciate you taking the time to read this post.

Play Ball! 🐯⚾

The Boyd Binder- First Relic Card

Today is a memorable day in my history of collecting Detroit Tigers cards.

Today's mail brought me my first Relic Card of my favorite Lefty pitcher, Matthew Boyd.

As soon as I saw the checklist of this year's Topps Series 1, and that Boyd was getting his first Relic card I was very excited, and, when I opened up the pwe, well, I felt like a little boy again, and not the 60 year old man that I am today.

It is a little sad though, because there's no games to watch the Tigers play, or to watch Boyd pitch, but I know that eventually, things will get back to normal.

My picture taking isn't very good, and I have no scanner, so I always try and find a picture from ye olde Internet, as I posted above.

Here's my Matthew Boyd 2020 Series One Relic Card that I received today.

Have a great day, thanks for taking the time to read this post...oh, and, as always...
Play Ball! ⚾

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Happy Baseball Birthday... Miguel Cabrera

Just a quick post to wish a Happy Baseball Birthday! to the great Miguel Cabrera.

I LOVE cards of Tigers players wearing the old Detroit Stars uniforms! 

It's April 18th, and we were supposed to be watching the 20th baseball game of 2020 with the slim downed Miggy on the road to 500 HRs and 3,000 hits.

Currently, Miggy sets at 477 home runs, and 2, 815 career base hits.

I hope this Coronavirus (Covid-19) gets beaten down so we can all get back to a sense of normality, including watching the great game of baseball.

Be smart, be safe!

Happy Baseball Birthday! Miggy.... Play Ball 🐯⚾

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Albert William Kaline, 1934-2020

The man known as "Mr Tiger," Al Kaline, passed away on Monday at the age of 85.

I started to write this post on Monday night, but between trying to figure out what to say to honor Al Kaline, and my health, the post was put on hold.

Albert William Kaline was born in Baltimore, Maryland on December 19, 1934.

Kaline signed with the Detroit Tigers right out of High School, at age 18, never played a day in the minor leagues, playing all 22 years with the Tigers.

In 1955 Kaline won the American League Batting Title with a .340 average, collecting exactly 200 base hits.

For 67 years, from the day he signed out of high school, to the moment he passed away, Al Kaline was a Tiger.

His passion for the game, the grace at which he played the game, and the grace at which he carried himself as a broadcaster, mentor, and advisor, is why he is now, and always will be, the  image of the club, and why he will always be, Mr. Tiger.🐯⚾

Rest in Peace, Al Kaline. 

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Happy Baseball Birthday... Phil Niekro

Today we send out Happy Baseball Birthday! wishes to Hall of Fame pitcher Phil Niekro.

The 24 year big league hurler known as "Knucksie" turns 81 today.

Phillip Henry Niekro was born in Blaine, Ohio, on April 1, 1939,  played high school baseball at Bridgeport HS in Ohio, turned down college offers to pursue pro baseball, and signed with the Milwaukee Braves on July 19, 1958.

Niekro's  first black type on the back of his baseball card was his National League leading 1.87 ERA in 1967.

Phil would go on to win 318 games in the big leagues, striking out 3,342 batters pitching for the Braves, Indians, and Blue Jays.

As I finish up this quick post, remember to be safe, stay at home, and practice social distancing if you have to go out.

Enjoy your day, and, as always, PLAY BALL! ⚾