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Thursday, June 30, 2016
He gave up a single to Tom Haller. He managed to get two future Hall of Famers out. So what if one was the winning pitcher, Juan Marichal. The other was Willie Mays. Surprisingly, he wasn't in the game before pitching. He pitched with the team down nine in the bottom of the eighth inning in the second game of a doubleheader.
Rojas didn't play in the first game either on that day. Odd since he played in 147 games that year.
What makes that interesting is how versatile Rojas was. He played at least 63 innings at seven different positions. That was his only inning on the mound and he played first base twice for just over two innings.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Today we saw Paul Molitor and his Twins in Chicago against the White Sox. The Twins usually aren't horrible but this year is different.
Molitor got on Kellogg's cards in 1979 and 1981. He began in 1978 and had a great career. He led the league in hits three times and in runs three times. Had Kellogg's continued making their cards he'd have been included in every set. He was a .341 hitter and a league leader with 225 hits at age 40. He added a career-high 113 RBIs in that season.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Does anyone see them around in bulk? They are great looking cards.
1994 Kellogg's Roberto Clemente #01
1994 Rating -- 9 comment -- Before the strike I'd have wanted current players.
Monday, June 27, 2016
Usually when I spot a bird on a trail in front of me it flies out of my path. Today a crane actually started screeching and moving toward me. On my second attempt to pass it I notice another one about two feet off the trail in the high grass. I guessed that this was a nesting area for them and after my third failed attempt at passing I re-routed to avoid being on the news for being beat up by an angry crane.
As I continued my run I tried to come up with baseball players with bird-related nicknames. I failed so I guess I'll show another picture of Mark Fidrych.
Sunday, June 26, 2016
Of all of my friends only one of them had an Kellogg's All-Time Greats cards. Danish Go Rounds must not have been big sellers around my neighborhood. I'd never even heard of them.
I remember that in our league the sponsor's name was on the back of every shirt. Imperial Gardens was the Pee Wee League sponsor forever it seemed. We didn't wear team logo hats, instead the hat had one letter (D for Dodgers) and it was generally a similar color to what the real Dodgers wore. I just saw a picture today from the 1970s of me wearing a Durkin Park Brewers hat. That hat disappeared before the season ended.
We also had a parade before the start of the season. I think it was on Opening Day of our season, but I can't remember. I do remember parading around the neighborhood in cars dressed for our first games. My brother will have to fill in details on this one.
What I like better about Little League today
To show that I just don't always think that everything was better years ago, here are some things I like better about Little League than when I played.
I like the continuous batting order. Everyone will probably bat at least twice in a game.
The batting order change goes well with the rule that allows players to leave and re-enter the game. A kid can play the field in the first, sit out the second inning and return to the field in the third inning. This allows kids to play more positions as coaches try to figure this out. Some league mandate a minimum number of innings in the field for each player.
I think coaches pitching in the lowest levels is great. Kids see baseball as an action-packed game as opposed to what sometimes occurred years ago. I remember my friend telling me that the pitcher on his team threw a no-hitter but he walked in 25 runs. I don't want to watch that ever.
Saturday, June 25, 2016
In case you haven't tried this and plan to do so, I will tell you now I did without giving up the order. Why? Anyone can look up their birthdays online and figure out how they did.
Where did I do well? I was able to divide the players into groups well. I grouped the oldest five (group 1), the next four (group 2) and the youngest five (group 3). All but one of them were grouped properly. I used Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig as reference points, but that didn't help me very much.
In the first group I properly figured out who the two oldest players were, but I guessed them in the wrong order. I had the other players correctly ordered.
In the second group I had none of them correctly placed. One of them was just wrong and another player belonged in the first group.
In the third group I had none of them in the correct order.
I guess I should read up more on these players. I know that I can't afford to buy any of their cards from when they played. I'll just need to be content with their Kellogg's/Rold Gold cards. Now that I think about it, I think I have some poor conditioned cards of Wagner (sorry, just a 48 Leaf), Hornsby, Speaker , Cochrane and Grove. I need to go check out my few pre-WWII cards to see about these.
Friday, June 24, 2016
Here are the 14 players in the set -
Who is the oldest person in this set? Can you put them in order of birth? I thought it would be easier, but most of my collection is from post-WWII so this isn't easy.
I will update this later with how I did.
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Bruce Sutter gave up game-tying homers to Sandberg in both the ninth and tenth innings. Sutter's reaction of frustration to the second homer was cool to see. Sandberg was 5-for-6 with seven RBIs as the Cubs won 12-11.
Sutter was one of my favorite Cubs when they just weren't very good. It wasn't a surprise to see him get traded since a closer isn't really important when the team isn't leading often enough.
1978 Kellogg's Bruce Sutter #48
1978 Rating -- 9 comment -- One of the games biggest stars. And a Cub.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Ichiro played in Japan before joining the Mariners. His total hits from both professional leagues is now greater than Rose's MLB hits.
Some are calling Ichiro the all-time hits leader. To me that is odd because when Bonds passed Aaron there was also no mention of Sadaharu Oh and his 868 homers in Japan.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Farmer is currently a White Sox announcer. Cowens got a few punches in before the players were pulled apart. He also got a seven-game suspension.
What triggered this? In 1979 Farmer hit both Frank White and Cowens, then a Royal, with pitches. Cowens missed 21 games with a broken jaw and White's broken wrist resulted in him missing 33 games.
It shows that I certainly know a lot more about the Cubs than the White Sox.
Monday, June 20, 2016
Sunday, June 19, 2016
I had time today to go to my favorite running location in the suburbs. It was great to run at Bullfrog Lake today and things were going well for about an hour of my 75-minute run. I was running up and down mountain bike trails and jumping over tree roots.
Back to the gift. After the hour I got to an opening with a nice easy link between the trails. There were no hills or rocks. I lost my focus and found the only tree root on this section of the trail. A scream, a forward flip and a back somersault later I was on the ground checking to see what body parts still worked.
Left knee - bloodied.
Right knee - just dirt.
Left shoulder - just dirt.
Right shoulder - just dirt.
Back - lots of dirt.
I didn't feel pain elsewhere, so I assume everything else is okay. There was enough blood and dirt on me that cyclists noticed it going past me. That made me feel tough today.
It will be interesting to see if I have sore muscles tomorrow. Ah yes, the gift that might keep on giving. I do have lots of Bullfrog Lake dirt in my garage to show for today's adventure and the tree root which barely stuck out of the ground about 1/2 of an inch.
Saturday, June 18, 2016
Friday, June 17, 2016
No more than 10 minutes after that flashback to a time when Carter was president, I ran into my old freshman football coach who I hadn't seen in about 10 years. It was great to talk to him since he's really into talking about fitness and not about how he never played me in football games or practices.
I looked up a list of multi-sport. There have been a lot of baseball players who also played football including Bo Jackson. Steve Garvey and Kurt Gibson both appeared on a Kellogg's card.
Tomorrow I will share the oddest multi-sport combination that I found.
Thursday, June 16, 2016
For the year he had 29 starts and 24 complete games. He was 19-9 as he won Rookie of the Year. He lost the Cy Young Award to Jim Palmer.
Fernando Valenzuela had a start to his career that was just like that of Fidrych.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
As a kid all that was needed to go to baseball practice was my glove. There were no bat bags, water bottles, spikes, sunscreen or sunglasses to bring along. I don't think water bottles or bat bags existed, at least in my world.
Almost everyone showed up for games or practices on their bicycles. It was quite simple really. Put on uniform or practice closes, toss on your team hat and then put your glove on the handle bars. Since our one-speed bikes had no hand breaks that was easy.
As a kid I loved to just put my glove on the handlebars and ride to baseball. Such as easy thing to do. I found out one summer that the same handlebar plan didn't work was well for a gallon of milk that met a Chicago pothole. Try explaining that at home when you know that there isn't much money around.
How did we get a drink? We went to the water fountain. Maybe that's why I have so many cavities? No, those were more likely due to the old method of making Kool-Aid. I think two cups of sugar were added to two quarts of water and the tiny flavor packet.
What made me think of this? I was riding my bike yesterday and I got detoured due to construction. I decided to ride through a neighborhood that has its own small airport with one runway. Then I remembered that a through-street actually bisected the runway. I decided that it would make for a fun ride to actually cross the runway during a bike ride since not many people get to do that.
I stayed in the neighborhood for about 20 minutes and crossed the runway three times. Unfortunately there were no plans. I found out why about 30 minutes (and 8 miles from home) later when the heavy rain started.
What does this have to do with Kellogg's cards? Nothing, but I like taking tangents. Bo Jackson has a charity bike ride across Alabama. I'd like to make a Kellogg's card of him.
Update - I mistakenly didn't post this in the morning because it had a future posting date. In the meantime, I actually walked past Bo at a grocery store.
The Mets traded Tom Seaver and Dave Kingman on this day in 1977. Bad moves by the Mets. Both ended up playing for the Mets again. Kingman was born in Mount Prospect, IL, a place I was in yesterday. Kingman talked about bike riding a lot.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
I haven't found records of how many times Gehrig was ejected from games but I am searching for it.
There were some other moments that could have ended the streak. I will address those some other time. Tomorrow I'm going to talk about players riding their bicycles.
Monday, June 13, 2016
Today I received a few from a recent purchase. The Garry Maddox shown below has one of my favorite variations - the two-man Phillies logo.
This matches the opened ones I already have for Maddox so it isn't a new variation for me. The Phillies two-man logo is combined with the Registered (R) in Tony the Tiger's scarf.
Sunday, June 12, 2016
According to nationalpastime.com, on June 12, 1939 he played in an exhibition game against the Class AA affiliate of the Yankees. He was 0-for-1. On this day the first Hall of Fame class was inducted at Cooperstown. Gehrig was inducted later in the year when it was apparent that his career was over.
Gehrig was also an all-star in 1939. He was on the roster for the July 11th game. He did not enter the game.
Saturday, June 11, 2016
Zucaritas means Frosted Flakes.
Galarraga played his last game in 2004, but he is an obvious choice for this set since he's from Venezuela and he hit 399 career homers. From a few quick searches it seems like the set focused on current players.
I hope the has more retired players like Galarraga. Other stars from Venzeula that I'd like to see in this set are Chico Carrasquel, Luis Aparicio, Manny Trillo, Tony Armas, Carlos Zambrano and Miguel Cabrera.
Friday, June 10, 2016
1972 Rating -- 9 comment -- One of the games biggest stars.
He won three Cy Young Awards. In the strike-shortened 1981 season he was 14-2 but he lost a close vote to Fernando Valenzuela (13-7) who got off to a great start and threw eight shutouts. I'll need to look at how Fernando managed to lose seven games with his ERA in the 2s. Both players got eight first place votes for the Cy Young but Valenzuela prevailed 70-67.
Seaver also lost a Cy Young Award vote to Fergie Jenkins in 1971. Seaver's stats were superior but Jenkins was given the nod dealing with being at Wrigley Field known as hitter-friendly.
Did he get card #01 because someone though he deserved the Cy Young Award?
Thursday, June 9, 2016
1970 Rating -- 6 comment -- I wasn't that knowledgable about AL players yet.
I should have known more about a player who was MVP runner-up in 1969. He then won the 1970 MVP award and I knew more about him. He hit 339 career homers even though he played some years with the pitcher-friendly higher pitching mound.
Every time I went to an Orioles game in the last few years Powell was there at his restaurant. I remember him most from the Lite Beer commercials where the umpire says "Hey, you're Boog Powell!"
Boog was one of the few players to win a World Series and a Little League World Series.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
1972 Rating -- 3 comment -- Who? Late games didn't make our newspapers.
Not a bad guess by Kellogg's since Speier was an all-star in 1972, 1973 and 1974. He played until 1989 and was never an all-star again.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
1973 Rating -- 6 comment -- A good hitter and Reds star at this time.
Tolan held the bat as high as possible in his batting stance. The card shown is not even close to his batting stance. I guess the photographer didn't ever watch the Reds play.
I didn't realize that he was only on the Reds for five years and he missed one of those with injury. He ruptured his Achilles tendon playing basketball. That injury ended up being an issue with the Reds and doomed his future there. He was traded to the Padres after the 1973 season.
He led the league in stolen bases in 1970.
Monday, June 6, 2016
Sunday, June 5, 2016
In my neighborhood there was always drama about the Little League draft. The 1974 draft was a big one for me and my friends who played baseball every day together. Parents who volunteered to coach would get together to figure out the teams for the upcoming season. Most of our leagues were determined solely by age. Ages 5-8 had a league as did 13 - 15. Between those two it varied. Nine-year-olds played in what we called "the minors" while 12-year-olds played in "the majors". Those between would play in either league depending on whether a coach from the majors drafted them.
Complicating our draft was the rule that players remained on their previous year's team if they weren't moving up to a higher level. In this prehistoric, pre-internet world the way one found out what team they were on was by getting a phone call from the coach announcing the first practice. That was a stressful time for all of us.
Without texting we still found out quickly what was happening. How? Younger readers might not understand this, but we'd leave our house and talk to our friends. I remember when a friend from across the street came out to mention that he was going to be on the Rangers, a team in the majors. Then another mentioned his team in the majors.
I remember the disappointment of being told that I would be once again on the Dodgers, a team that only played in the minors. That made me a Dodger for a third straight year. I knew that meant another year of playing first base and batting sixth with the same coach. That made me one of the older kids in the league while most of my friends got the call to the majors. The Frosted Flakes didn't taste good for about a week.
I was one of the tallest kids in the league and a lefty. They never did try me at pitching which was fine by me. In our daily games the youngest kids were pitchers. I remember not enjoying that since the mound was too close and the biggest kids would rocket the ball past me. I was glad to quickly grow out of that position by showing I could play the outfield.
Saturday, June 4, 2016
Texas outfielder Jeff Burroughs was attacked by fans on this day in 1974 by Cleveland fans. The game was forfeited by the home Indians.
Fergie Jenkins started for Texas. He left with a lead but there was a blown save. I guess that didn't matter since the fans would have had a blown save on this one. Did I mention it was 10-cent-beer night? I remember reading all about that before delivering papers. It was also a big enough deal to make the news when there was no cable television.
Lots of players in this game found their way onto a Kellogg's card during their careers.
Players stats from the forfeited games count. In the game above it was a tie so no pitcher gets a decision. In another forfeited game the losing team was given the win due to forfeit so no pitchers got a decision in that game either. When the team leading won by forfeit the pitchers of records did get decisions.
More on the other forfeits at another time.
Friday, June 3, 2016
Sounds like great news. Unfortunately, he was overshadowed by two other stars on the same day. How is that possible?
Well, John McGraw retired from managing on that day due to poor health. That was after being a manager for 33 years!
In addition to McGraw retiring, one of Lazzeri's teammates did something that had never happened before in baseball history. Lou Gehrig became the first player to hit four homers in a game. He also had 6 RBIs in the Yankee win.
Thursday, June 2, 2016
I really like the backs of the 1971 Kellogg's football cards. Lots of space is allotted for text. In addition, the text is divided into topics and each one is spaced out and labelled with larger, bold text.
Here are the easy to find categories:
After the player's statistics there is another section called "It's a fact." On the card below it mentions that the Chicago Bears won the first NFL title in 1921. It informs us that they were called the Decatur Staleys at that time and they later changed their name to the Chicago Staleys before becoming the Bears.
Wages doesn't have lots of interesting things on the card. As a running back he did throw some touchdown passes.