Thursday, December 16, 2021
Friday, December 3, 2021
Monday, November 29, 2021
Today we celebrate what would've been the 80th Happy Baseball Birthday! of my baseball hero, William Ashley Freehan.
I'm really at a loss for words, as it's taken all day for me to try and find the right things to say about a man who was the cornerstone of the team that I fell in love with at the age of 7.
Thanks to all who've taken time out of their busy day to stop by and read this blog.
Happy Birthday, Bill. 🐯⚾️
Wednesday, November 24, 2021
Tuesday, November 23, 2021
In today's #Freehan80 post, I'm going to rate Bill's Topps Baseball Cards, from 1964-77.
When I was a kid I threw everything I had into baseball cards, from allowance, paper route money, baby sitting, birthday cash, Christmas, and the money I got from graduating high school.
My priorities in opening up packs were-
1️⃣ Getting that year's Bill Freehan card.
2️⃣ Getting all the Detroit Tigers cards that year.
3️⃣ Collecting the complete Topps Set that year.
4️⃣ Collecting superstars such as Clemente, Aaron, Mays, Bench, Seaver, and Brooks Robinson, my favorite Baltimore Orioles player.
Also, these a few changes since I made that post, call it a " collectors right of re-evaluation."
🦁 This card, his last, is so listed because when I got it in a pack it reminded me that my baseball hero had retired on the winter, after 15 years in the big leagues.
🦁 This card always interested me, I always wondered what Tigers player hit the batting practice homer that Bill is watching.
🦁 Looks like might have been using a Ty Cobb batting style bat grip.
🦁 '69 Topps is such a good looking card.
🦁 A young Freehan looks excited to be posing in the catchers pose.
🦁 The multi colored '75 Topps set were great to collect.
🦁 This is ranked fifth simply because of the card design itself.
🦁⚾️ I hadn't had this in my previous post on my favorite cards of Bill, however, the many years of card talk on social media, especially on Twitter, and my love of the '71 Topps set, has moved this awesome card skyrocketing to the 3 slot in the batting order.
This is such a terrific pose of Bill during the 1969 season, as you can tell by the 100th MLB Anniversary Patch on Bill's left uniform sleeve.
#1, 1973 Topps
1️⃣ As I've mentioned previously, this card has always fascinated me, as it's the only in action card that Bill had issued by Topps.
🦁 Bill has the ball in his right hand, trying to tag out the runner...wish I'd seen this play live to know why.
Well, that's the update rankings for all of Bill's Topps base cards, 1964-77...any changes that you'd make...what's your #1 card of his?
Please comment below, and, I thank you for taking time out of your busy day to stop by andctead my blog, it's much appreciated.
Until tomorrow, have a terrific evening, and, Play BALL!🦁 ⚾️
Monday, November 22, 2021
Mike Matheny, the current manager of the Kansas City Royals, played college baseball at Michigan, and for his Sophomore and Junior seasons as a catcher for the Wolverines, played for Manager Bill Freehan.
Freehan, winner of 5 Gold Glove Awards in the big leagues, returned to coach his Alma Mater in 1990, and had an immediate impact on Matheny.
Matheny, originally drafted by the the Toronto Blue Jays, deciding on a Michigan education instead, then, as a Junior, was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers, and Mike made his big debut on April 7, 1994.
Mike moved on to the Blue Jays as a Free Agent in 1999, then to the St. Louis Cardinals in 2000, winning 2 Gold Gloves, before playing his last two years of his career with the San Francisco Giants in 2005-06, winning two more Gold Gloves.
In 2006, Matheny was given his Gold Glove Award with his mentor, Bill Freehan, in attendance at Pac Bell Park.
Matheny has been a successful manager after his playing days,including taking the Cardinals to the 2013 World Series.
Matheny was let go by the Cardinals, and, in 2019, was hired by their I-70 rivals in KC.
Thanks for stopping by the blog as I continue to post each day about my baseball hero, Bill Freehan, leading up to what would've been his 80th HappyBaseballBirthday! on Sunday.
Have a terrific week, and, as always, Play BALL! 🐯⚾️
Sunday, November 21, 2021
Saturday, November 20, 2021
Friday, November 19, 2021
Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Tuesday, October 26, 2021
Sunday, October 24, 2021
Today is National Tight Ends Day., a day that always creeps up on me, even though it started during a Lions game.
🦁🏈 The Lions have one of the best young TEs in football, T.J. Hockenson, who, unfortunately, just doesn't get enough passes his way.
T.J. wears the number 88, a legendary number in Detroit Lions history, because it was worn by my All-Time favorite TE, Charlie Sanders.
It's already late in October, 7 games into the football schedule, and, just one week of pink cards and a baseball season that's down to the best of 7 World Series between the Houston Astros and Atlanta Braves.
🤔 Who's your favorite TE, both current, and of All-Time?
🤔 Are you rooting for the Braves, the Astros, or, like me, just want a full 7 more games of baseball?
Thanks, as always, for taking time out of your day to stop by and read this blog.
Play BALL! ⚾️