Friday, March 29, 2013

TTM: Jack Billingham

Did you know that in seven World Series games (including three starts) for Cincinnati, Jack Billingham went 2–0 with a 0.36 ERA, allowing just one earned run in 25.1 innings pitched.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

TTM: Danny Graves

Did you know that Danny Graves is the only Vietnam-born player in the history of the major leagues? Did you also know that Graves is the 2002 recipient of the Lou Gehrig Memorial Award?

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Pete Harnisch Bobblehead

A few weeks ago I added another bobblehead to my ever increasing collection of Cincinnati Reds nodders. I was excited to grab this for a decent price since this was the second bobblehead the organization released....way back in 2001. There were 10,000 of these handed out on June 15th in a game that saw the good guys lose to the Colorado Rockies in a 8-4 smack down with home runs given up to Ron Gant and Todd Helton. Regardless, I'm not going to complain about a game that was played almost twelve years ago given how terrible the Reds were back at that time.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

TTM: Jeff Reed

Did you know that Jeff Reed was the catcher for Tom Browning's perfect game on September 16, 1988? It was a Reds 1-0 victory over the Dodgers.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

TTM: Chris Stynes

Did you know that in spring training of 2005 Chris Stynes was competing for a roster spot with Baltimore when he fouled a ball off his leg and shattered his fibula? OUCH!

Monday, March 18, 2013

TTM: Hal Morris

Did you know that after Hal Morris retired from baseball he went back to school and got his MBA from Stanford University?

Friday, March 15, 2013

TTM: Pat Darcy

Did you know that Pat Darcy is the pitcher that gave up the home run to Carlton Fisk in game 6 of the 1975 World Series? If Fisk hadn't waved his arms that ball would have been foul.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

TTM: Kal Daniels

Did you know that Kal Daniels finished his time with the Reds with a rare .300/.400/.500 batting line designating benchmarks of excellence in batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

TTM: Bill Doran

Did you know that Bill Doran and his wife Lori have a son named Ryan? Ryan was named after one of Bill's teammates when he played with the Astros, a Mr. Nolan Ryan. Bill was also a member of the 1990 World Championship Cincinnati Reds team.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

TTM: Dmitri Young

Did you know that Dmitri Young's baseball card collection went for $2.5 million last year? Talk about a chunk of change for some cardboard.

Monday, March 11, 2013

TTM: Rob Dibble

One of the Cincinnati Red's "Nasty Boys" in the 1990s, Rob Dibble once struck out three batters on nine pitches (a feat know as an immaculate inning) on June 4, 1989 against the San Diego Padres. He's one of only 41 pitchers to accomplish such a feat.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Bronson Arroyo Bobblehead

I was able to finally pick one of these up last week on eBay for a decent price. For the longest time there were only one or two of these listed for around $50...a little too rich for my blood. Let's just say I paid a lot less for this one. The Reds gave these out on May 23, 2007 when the club hosted the Washington Nationals. Needless to say, the Reds lost that game to a horrible Nationals team, not that Cincinnati was much better, by a score of 12-7. The bright spot of that game for Cincinnati was a home run Ryan Freel. I still can't believe that Freel took his own life not that long ago.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

1985 Cincinnati Enquirer Pete Rose Hit 4192

One of my favorite pieces in my collection is this 1985 edition of the Cincinnati Enquirer covering Pete Rose's historic 4192nd hit passing Ty Cobb and crowning him the all-time hit king. The paper does show some yellowing, but that doesn't bother me in the least. Again, as with my other newspapers, I just need to figure out a way to frame them for displaying. I think it complements my 1985 Reds autographed team ball nicely.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

TTM: Joe Price

Did you know that Joe Price played his first seven seasons with the Reds (1980-86) and that his total salary for those seven seasons was $1,466,000.

Monday, March 4, 2013

1975 Cincinnati Enquirer World Series Newspaper

This past week I started watching the 1975 World Series Collector's Edition DVD set that consists of the entire 7-game series as it was broadcast on NBC. In doing so, I've decided to post a photo of my 1975 Cincinnati Enquirer World Series Championship newspaper. The paper does show some yellowing and is a little brittle considering its age, but other than that I think it's a great piece. I just need to figure out a way to frame it (along with my other two newspapers).

Friday, March 1, 2013

TTM: Jack Baldschun

Did you know that Jack Baldschun was part of the trade that sent Frank Robinson to Baltimore? Although this card is a little beat up, I like to think of it more as being "well loved" than neglected.