Saturday, November 12, 2011

Baseball Birthdays: Nov. 6-12

November 6
2011 Topps CMG Reprints #19: Walter Johnson
The Big Train, elected to the Hall of Fame in 1936. Appeared in 802 games in his 21-year career, winning 417 of them. He averaged 7.3 innings/game over his career.

November 7
1976 Topps Traded #80: Jim Kaat
Another long-lived pitcher. In his 25-year career, Kitty appeared in 898 games, about half in relief.

November 8
1992 Pinnacle #293: Dwight Smith
Smith was second in the 1989 voting for NL Rookie of the Year to his Cubs teammate Jerome Walton. And he could sing too!

November 9
2011 Topps Lineage 1975 Mini Relics: Bob Gibson
It was a good week for pitcher's birthdays. Gibby was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1981. Although not appearing in as many games in his 17-year career as Walter Johnson, he also averaged 7.3 innings/game.

November 10
1987 Classic Update Yellow #148: Jack Clark
Jack the Ripper was a classic home run hitter. He hit 340 home runs in his 18-year career, while striking out 1,441 times.

November 11
1999 Sports Illustrated #165: Damion Easley
Slim pickings for this date in baseball birthdays. Damion has had a 17-year career being a regular, dependable player. Not that there is anything wrong with that.

 November 12
1999 Bowman's Best Franchise Best Mach I: Sammy Sosa
1999, the year that should be remembered as the greatest season long home run contest ever.

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