Saturday, October 22, 2011

Baseball Birthdays October 16-22

October 16
1970 Topps #90 Tim McCarver
It's World Series time and everybody loves to listen to Tim.

October 17
2011 Goodwin Champions #181 Buck Ewing
Buck played from 1890 to 1897 for such teams as the Troy Trojans, the Cleveland Spiders and the Cincinnati Reds. He was the first player in major league history to hit 10 home runs in a season.

October 18
2008 Upper Deck Timeline #109 David Murphy
Speaking of the World Series, this guy's playing in it. He hit .333 in the ALDS, .412 in the ALCS but is hitless so far in the World Series.

October 19
2005 Fleer Patchworks Jersey Michael Young
Another guy in the current World Series. I hadn't intended that today's edition of Baseball Birthday's turn into a World Series celebration but it has.

October 20
1996 Topps #7 Mickey Mantle
In 1996, Topps "retired" #7. Since then, if the flagship Topps set has a card number 7, it's Mantle. I don't have a single Mantle card from when he was playing. I'll have to rectify that.

October 21
2011 Topps Kimball Champions #89 Whitey Ford
Another Hall of Famer and, of course, contemporary of Mickey Mantle. He had a 236-106 record over 16 years.

October 22
2009 Topps Heritage Mayo #15 Ichiro
A 28-year-old Rookie of the Year in 2001, Ichiro has been one of the best and most consistent players of the past decade. Now 38, he is perhaps slowing down a bit, hitting only .272 in 2011, the first year of his career he failed to hit over .300.

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