Month: September 2017

You May Have Missed These Awesome Baseball Card Posts … from 2010!

(Like to read “forgotten” posts about baseball cards? Check out these other lost gems.) By some estimations, there are nearly 40 billion new blog posts published every day*. Of those, nearly 3 million are related to baseball cards.** (*possibly a slight exaggeration) (**completely made up) So it’s understandable that you might miss a few of the best hobby pieces here and there. And, with the Internet closing in on the end of its first century (not true), there are bound to be some really great posts from several years back that you either never saw in the first place or...

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Who are the only players to hit two home runs in an inning more than once?

A. As of later September 2017, three batters have hit two home runs in an inning more than once. They are … Willie McCovey, who connected twice in the fourth inning for the San Francisco Giants against the Houston Astros on April 12, 1973, and repeated the feat in the sixth inning against the Cincinnati Reds on June 27, 1977. Just a year and a month (ish) later, Andre Dawson hit two homers for the Montreal Expos in the third inning against the Atlanta Braves on July 30, 1978. The Hawk smacked two homers again in the fifth inning on September...

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If the Characters of ‘Dallas’ Were Played by Baseball Cards …

(Want more of that #FridayFeeling that only baseball cards can give you? Check out the complete series here.) When I was a kid, nothing gave me that Friday feeling like setting down on my bedroom floor with a blanket and bowl of popcorn or candy to watch The Dukes of Hazzard. And by the time Waylon Jennings talked me out of whatever mess the Duke boys had cooked up, I was primed for the capper on the night and the real start of the weekend … Dallas. Looking back now, I realize I was probably too young to be...

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Aurelio Lopez and His Melancholy Rookie Card

(If you like some cardboard with your baseball trivia, read the rest of our related posts here.) Aurelio Lopez was born on September 21, 1943, just as summer officially gave way to autumn in the northern hemisphere. Of course, the changing seasons were not quite so drastic and distinct in Lopez’s hometown of Tecamachalco, on the outskirts of Mexico City, as they are in, say, Chicago. So you might imagine that Lopez was a bit shaken — as in shivered — by his first taste of fall baseball on U.S. diamonds in 1974. After all, Lopez came straight to Kansas City after...

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Mickey Morandini and the Merry Men of the Unassisted Triple Play

(If you like some cardboard with your baseball trivia, read the rest of our related posts here.) Before September 20, 1992, Mickey Morandini was just another of the young players that the Philadelphia Phillies were grooming to be part of what they hoped would eventually turn into an exciting team. Morandini was 26 years old and in his first full season as the Phils’ more-or-less starting second baseman, though he had appeared in 97 games at the keystone in 1991. The results were mixed, though — his 13 stolen bases (thrown out twice) in ’91 slid to 8 (caught 3 times)...

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