Wednesday, June 22, 2016

1964 Topps #230: Brooks Robinson, Baltimore Orioles, 3B

     Brooks Robinson is currently one of the owners of the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (an independent league team) through Opening Day Partners (ODP).  I've had the opportunity to attend a few of their games from one of the fantastic box suites available at Regency Furniture Stadium.  It's too bad that I didn't get to meet the man himself while I was out there.  This would have been a great card to have autographed.




Tuesday, June 21, 2016

1939 Play Ball #9: Jim Tobin, Pittsburgh Pirates, P

     Jim Tobin was nearing the end of his tenure with the Pirates in 1939, having come off an active year with 241.1 Innings Pitched in 40 Games the previous season.  Although, Tobin led the league in Fielding % as a Pitcher in 1938, his best years were still ahead of him.  He was traded to the Boston Bees/Braves after the 1939 season, and was purchased by the Tigers in 1945.  Tobin appeared in the 1944 All-Star Game and won a ring in the 1945 World Series against the Cubs.  He continued playing professional ball through 1950 with the White Sox AA-affiliate Memphis Chickasaws--a career that began with the class-D Bisbee Bees in 1932. 



1964 Topps #300: Hank Aaron, Milwaukee Braves, OF

     My 1964 Topps set has grown significantly over the past year, going from only a couple of pages worth, to just over 50% of the complete set now.  My set is rapidly becoming a respectable one too, with stars like Hank Aaron to include in my collection.  The 1964 Topps set was probably the last of the '60s sets that I started collecting, along with the 1961 Topps set.  I think I've finally reached just over 75% completion for the decade now--or pretty close (73% the last I checked).



Friday, June 10, 2016

1939 Play Ball #83: Gus Suhr, Pittsburgh Pirates, 1B

     Gus Suhr started his 10th MLB season with the Pirates in 1939 before being traded to the Phillies after the All-Star break.  Suhr was a reliable 1st Baseman, often leading the league in Games Played each year.  He batted .303 between the Pirates and Phillies in 1939, ranking 2nd in Fielding % at 1B.  Suhr made his only All-Star appearance in 1936.



2014 Topps #265: Yordano Ventura, Kansas City Royals, P

     Yordano Ventura pitched his first full season in the majors during the 2014 season after making only three starts the previous year.  Ventura made 30 starts for the World Series contending Royals in 2014, winning 14 games with a 3.20 ERA and 159 Strikeouts in 183 Innings Pitched.  He made two starts against the Giants in the 2014 World Series, winning 1 game with a 1.46 ERA and 6 Strikeouts in 12.1 Innings Pitched.  He also scored a Run on a Hit in 4 AB's during the regular season.



On June 7th, 2016, Manny Machado charged Ventura on the mound in the 5th inning after being hit by a 99 mph fastball.  Earlier in the game Machado stared Ventura down and taunted him with verbal expressions after popping out in the 2nd inning.  For the altercation, Ventura was suspended for 1 start, while Machado was suspended for 4 games.


Saturday, June 4, 2016

1993 Topps #36: Scott Servais, Houston Astros, C

Scott Servais played for 4 different teams from 1991-2001, but mostly for the Houston Astros.  His 1993 On-Base Percentage was .313 and his Slugging Percentage was .415 for an OPS for .727.  As a Catcher, Servais ranked in the top 5 for Double Plays Turned, Range Factor/9Inn, Range Factor/Game, and Fielding Percentage in 1993.  Servais remained with the Houston Astros until 1995, when he was traded to the Chicago Cubs along with Luis Gonzalez.  He would eventually reach the playoffs with the Cubs in 1998.



Scott Servais took over as manager for the Seattle Mariners in 2016.