Month: September 2017

The First Tennessee Football Player to Appear on a Baseball Card Was …

(If you like some cardboard with your baseball trivia, read the rest of our related posts here.) If you’ve followed either Major League Baseball or college football over the last couple of decades, then you know that the Unversity of Tennessee football program regularly churns out stellar athletes. How stellar? Even putting aside the obvious NFL standouts like Peyton Manning and Jamal Lewis, a player who was once one of the Vols’ budding stars in football turned out to be one of the best hitters in Major League Baseball over the last twenty years of so. Todd Helton was installed as Tennessee’s...

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Which Was the First Goose Gossage Baseball Card?

(If you like this post, you might also want to know which card was first to feature saves as a statistic. Check out the story here.) As baseball fans, we tend to take certain things for granted. Like Goose Gossage and his monster fastball, for example. From the mid-1970s through the late 1980s, we knew the Goose would probably be on the hill somewhere in the Major Leagues in the ninth inning on any given summer night. And then, gradually, he appeared less and less until he hung up hist spikes for good after the 1994 season. You might...

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Celebrate Labor Day with the Baseball Cards of These Ultimate Diamond ‘Workers’

(If you like some cardboard with your baseball trivia, read the rest of our related posts here.) Labor Day is an opportunity for Americans to sit back and celebrate the work that we do all year round, usually with little fanfare. Most of the time, we just show up day after day, do our jobs to the best of our abilities and with little fanfare, and then come back for more. Again and again. And, while we sports fans often covet the life of our favorite players, the truth is that every job is a job sometimes, and that goes...

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That Time Kevin Bass Became Mickey Mantle for a Day

(If you like some cardboard with your baseball trivia, read the rest of our related posts here.) Mickey Mantle was one of the greatest players of all time, and his emergence in center field for the New York Yankees in the 1950s just as America was starting to gleam again after World War II has inspired generations of boyhood dreams. Kevin Bass was once a promising young outfielder whom the Milwaukee Brewers selected out of Menlo High School in Atherton, California, in the 1977 amateur draft. Unlike Mantle, Bass took a few season to make his way through the Milwaukee minor...

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