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Monday, December 17, 2018

What Other Things Do You Collect?

I saw this in my room today.  It is totally unrelated to Kellogg's cards, baseball cards, Sportscaster cards and Kenner Starting Lineups - all things that I collect.

I collect items from the PGA Tour Western Open.  This event is now known as the BMW Championship, a Tour Playoff event.  In years when the event is in the Midwest I caddie in the Pro-Am the day before the tournament.

When I was a teen, I caddied in this event in the days when professional caddies weren't allowed to work the tournament.  Two of my brothers also had the honor of being selected to caddie in the Western Open.  

Besides the ticket, player badges, patron passes and a few other newer items, I have a bunch of event used scorecards, a flag from the green and a few other promotional items and programs.  I am looking for other items that exist from this event.  

The main charity to benefit from this tournament is the Evans Scholar Foundation.  As an Evans Scholar alum, this has always been something that I've been interested in learning more about.  I am reminded of this during this week every year as my students hear from colleges about their applications.  I was awarded my scholarship during this week when I was a high schooler.

The scholarship is named for golfer Chick Evans who started it.  I am also always looking for Evans stuff, but that is more difficult since he played his best golf beginning before World War I.  Evans died before I became an Evans Scholar so I never got a chance to meet him or thank him.  

Do anyone of you have collecting interests outside of regular sports cards and Kellogg's cards?  Is it specific and is there a reason for it?

Sunday, December 16, 2018

To Buy or Not to Buy?

Sometimes I just throw a bid on a lot of Kellogg's cards and then ignore the auction.  Recently, I ended up with three different lots of Pete Rose Kellogg's cards in this manner.  Do any of you buy Pete Rose cards?  

I realize that there are differing opinions about whether he should be in the Hall of Fame.  I'm not 100% certain where I stand on this so please try to reply only regarding his Kellogg's cards. 

Friday, December 14, 2018

Over 2,314 Hits But Not More HIts Than Games Played

Harold Baines had 2,866 hits in 2,830 games.  He had 1,062 walks.  There were a lot more names than I expected on this list (through 2016).  There are a few different reasons for this.  Let me give it a shot, in order by most hits.  Here are the top 20 in this category with Mathews having 2,315 career hits and being 148th on the all-time hit list through 2016. 

Rickey Henderson - 2,190 walks;
Barry Bonds - 2,558 walks
Omar Vizquel - 1,028 walks; he was H> G until age 41 when he became a defensive replacement
Brooks Robinson - 860 walks; he was H > G until his last three seasons - his averages were poor
Tony Perez - 925 walks; he was H > G until playing part-time from the ages of 42 - 44
Rusty Staub - 1,255 walks;  the first guy way under (-235); part-time play from age 37 - 41
Rabbit Maranville - 839 walks;  he hovered near even during his career and lost a bit at the end
Luis Gonzalez - exactly equal with 1,155 walks;  some part-time play in his last season
Reggie Jackson - 1,375 walks;  way under (-236);  season high in hits was only 158
Steve Finley - 844 walks; his last two seasons dropped him under - part-time play?
Joe Morgan - 1,865 walks
Ozzie Smith - 1,072 walks; .262 average;  some years batting 8th
Dwight Evans - 1,391 walks
Chili Davis - 1,194 walks
Lou Whitaker - 1,197 walks; one season hitting .233 got his G > H
Carlton Fisk - 849 walks;  a few week averages with the White Sox (.231, .238, .221, .241)
Paul Konerko - was H > G until his last season when he didn't play full-time
Jim Thome - 1,747 walks
Dave Concepcion - 736 walks; .267 average; his first few seasons he had low averages and less ABs
Eddie Mathews - 1,444 walks;  low averages his last four seasons - part-time play too?

Eddie Mathews ranks 24th in career walks with 1,444.  Henderson, Bonds Morgan, Evans, and Thome are way up on the walks list. 

Some of the guys are on this list since they walked so frequently.  Some are on the list because of their batting average and their ability to get lots of walks. 

Others are on the list because at the beginning of their career they'd get in lots of games but they wouldn't play the entire game.  That limited their chances to add to their hit totals.  Some guys got onto the list by playing into their 40s and being used in a part-time role. 

I'm still not impressed that Baines isn't on this list, because of the top 148 players in career hits only 20 are on this list. 

Miles and Miles and Miles

I am running a one-mile race tomorrow.  Since I've gotten the Layman database re-loaded onto my macbook I can get back to the searches that I like to do.

It turns out that there have been very few MLB players with the first names of Miles or Myles.  I found two up until 2016 - I really need to update the data now that I've restored it.  I found five players with a last name of Miles.

None of these players got onto a Kellogg's card.  So, I went the extra distance and attempted to find someone who had a Kellogg's card.  Nope.  I got desperate and used the Spanish word Milla.  Hey, that will work.  Felix Millan will have to do.  He is in the 1976 Kellogg's Baseball card set.

I will try to get back to the cards.  Millan was also included in the 1974 Kellogg's set.

Update - I ended up racing someone named Miles.  Since my qualifying time wasn't very fast I ended up running with lots of kids between the ages of 12 and 16 along with some old guys instead of being with the 17 - 30 year-olds who run fast.   I ended up far in front by the end of the race with a time around 5:18 - 5:20.  Unfortunately, the FAT system screwed up and had me at 5:27 and not even winning my heat.  It was a good starting point to try getting myself under 5:00 by the Summer.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Kellogg's Sheets and Proof Sheets

Does anyone have uncut sheets of at least 18 cards?

This sheet doesn't contain the entire set.  There are six rows of 15 cards, but there are only five different cards per row.  So, there are 30 different cards here.  Lots of Hall of Famers on this sheet including Harold Baines. 

I picked up a sheet from  1981 sheet on ebay.  It didn't cost much and I think they are still being offered.  They are obviously not proof sheets.  Other than having documentation, how does one determine if a sheet is just an uncut sheet or if it a proof sheet.

A few years back a bunch of proof sheets were auctioned off and I grabbed the images.  I hope that I can find them on one of my backups. 

Proof sheet or not, I still like these either way.  Does anyone have any of these?  Which ones?  How did you acquire it?

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

1978 Kellogg's Baseball Card Backs #01 - 03

Time to forget about the fact that I have no car and it now takes me about 80 - 90 minutes to get to work.  Let me finish a glimpse at the back of the 1978 Kellogg's baseball cards.

I've been having problems getting these cards without cracks, especially the Schmidt.  I seem to have problems getting Mike Schmidt in any Kellogg's set.

#03 - Mike Schmidt

I really love the old Phillies logo.  Schmidt didn't win his fourth consecutive HR title but in four full seasons he won three and tied his career high in 1977 without winning the title. 

Not on the card - he ended up with eight HR titles in his career.  

He was one of only eight players in the 1900s to hit four HRs in a game.  He was the only NL player to do it in four consecutive at-bats.

Not on the card - I was keeping score of that game in one of those old brown little league / softball score books.  I wish I still had it, even though it was a mess.  

Not on the card and probably not on Steve Carlton's - Steve got a no-decision after giving up seven runs in 1-2/3 innings.  The Cubs led 13-2 at one point with Rich Reuschel pitching.  The Phillies won 18-16. 

Not on the card - Jim Lonborg got his only NL and last career save.  He had four saves in 15 seasons.

Not on the card - Schmidt didn't homer until the fifth inning.  He then added homers in the 7th, 8th and 10th innings.  Like Rennie Stennett's 7-for-7 game, both Rick and Paul Reuschel were victims of Schmidt's bat.   

Not on the card - Schmidt homered the next day late in the game off of Paul Reuschel.   After a travel day he connected against John Candelaria.  The next day he got another one off of Doc Medich.   

02 - Bucky Dent

How's shark fishing for a hobby.  He must have clauses in his contracts like George Brett.  Even batting last he had a career high of eight homers. 

He was traded by the White Sox for Oscar Gamble who had a big year in Chicago in 1977.

Not on the card - Dent was also know for his HRs or should I say HR singular.  In 1978 he homered in a tie-breaker game 163 against the Red Sox to give the Yankees a lead on their way to keeping the Curse of the Bambino.   He had only 40 career homers in 12 years, but Red Sox fans still call him Bucky F*ing Dent..

#01 - Steve Carlton

The picture from the front disappeared.  I will add it at some point.  

He had his lowest ERA in five seasons on his was to 23 wins and a  second Cy Young Award.  Those seven earned runs in the Schmidt game moved his ERA 0.18 higher than it would have been.  

Not on the card - he won two more Cy Young Awards.  

Monday, December 10, 2018

Smith and Baines - Chicago Connections

Baines batted seven times against Lee Smith.  He was 2-for-5 with two walks and no RBIs or homers.  Both spent lots of time in Chicago so I was very interested in their selection to the Hall of Fame today by the Today's Game Era Committee.  I was also surprised to see that they were teammates in Baltimore in 1994.

Baines was on the Hall of Fame ballot for five years.  He never received more than 33 votes - 539 ballots were cast that year.  That's barely 6% of the vote when 75% was needed for induction.  He was dropped for not getting enough consideration.

Smith was on the ballot for the maximum 15 years.  He got lots of consideration each year wth his range of votes being between 150 and 290.  That range varied be

tween 30% and 50.6%.

Why the difference?  Baines accrued solid numbers since he played so long, but he managed 384 career homers without ever getting more than 29 in a season.  He exceeded 100 RBIs in three of 22 seasons.  He led the league only once in one category - slugging percentage.  Baines had MVP votes in four seasons.  He finished 9th, 10th, 13th and 20th.

Baines had a great reputation with the White Sox and he's still a big part of their organization.  I happy for him, but is this smaller committee going to compare future nominees to Baines?  That puts a lot more guys in and I'm okay with that. 

Lee Smith was at one point the all-time career leader in saves.  I was all for his entry into the Hall of Fame because he was a league leader.  He led the league in saves four times,   In all four of those seasons he finished in the top-10 in the Cy Young voting - he finished 2nd (to Tom Glavine who I'd not been a fan of since he actively spoke during the 1994 strike), 4th, 5th and 9th.  He also got MVP votes in four different seasons, finishing as high as 8th. 

Baines had a card in the 1983 Kellogg's baseball card set.  Here is an image that I took for an uncut sheet of 16 cards.  Smith was just a bit too late to get included because he first led the league in saves in 1983.