Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Michigan Baseball Hall of Fame

The newly formed Michigan Baseball Hall of Fame officially enshrined their first ten inductees last week.   The ceremony was held at Cooley Law School Stadium -home of the Lansing Lugnuts.  This is where the hall of fame is permanently located also. 

Here are the inductees (excluding two local high school coaching legends) and a card from my collection of each of them:

Al Kaline ..1973 Topps:

Jim Abbott... 1989 Upper Deck

Bill Freehan.. 1977 Topps

Hal Newhouser.. 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter

Ernie Harwell... 1989 Pacific Legends

Alan Trammell.. 1979 Topps

John Smoltz... 1989 Donruss

Charlie Gehringer ... 1999 Upper Deck Century Legends

I personally missed the game when they honored due to work.  Darn responsibilities   Anyways, I am looking forward to see who will be enshrined next year.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Sweet as Veach

I went and continued my vintage Tiger buying spree.  After purchasing a T205 George Mullin, I snagged a Bobby Veach caramel card.

Veach played for the Tigers from 1912-1923.  He was overshadowed by his fellow Hall of Fame outfielders- Ty Cobb, Sam Crawford and Harry Heilmann- but was quite the ball player himself.  Veach often batted clean up and led the AL in RBIs three times and for the 1919 season he finished atop of the league in hits, doubles and triples.

For the 1915 season, historian Bill James considers Tigers outfield of Veach, Cobb and Crawford as the greatest of all time.  The threesome finished #1, #2 and #3 in the AL in total bases and batting average.
Veach finished his career with 64 HRs and 1169 RBIs with a slash line of .310/.370/.442

As for the card itself it is the 1922 E120 American Caramel series of 240. It is decent shape. but has some paper loss on the back. Still readable. It is cool that you see the Tigers of 1922 listed on back including player/manager Ty Cobb.

Welcome to Motown Daniel Norris

Well, the Tigers' front office officially gave up on the 2015 season.  Probably for the best.  Tigers were going nowhere fast and with numerous impeding free agents, it was time to rebuild or "reboot" as GM Dave Dombrowski stated.

One of the prize pieces coming back(part of the David Price) is starting pitcher Daniel Norris.  He has been highly regarded in the Blue Jays system.  I already had a card of Norris as a part of my Lansing Lugnuts collection.  2014 Topps Pro Debut:

The Lugnuts ball club is my local minor league team.  They are currently the low A level affiliate of the Blue Jays.  Lugnuts has been around since 1995 and once a part of the Royals and Cubs'  franchises prior to hooking up with the Blue Jays.

Norris's Tigers debut was Sunday.  He pitched 7 1/3 innings of one run, four hit and five strikeouts in a 6-1 Tigers win.  So far so good on the trade.