Saturday, June 25, 2011

Birthdays June 19 - June 25

June 19
2004 Donruss Elite Turn of the Century #190 Lou Gehrig
The Iron Horse was born in 1903 in New York. Elected to the Hall of Fame in 1939, he is one of the all-time great baseball players.

June 20
2011 Topps Heritage Clubhouse Collection Relic Carlos Lee
El Caballo was born in 1976 in Aguadulce, Panama. He was signed as an amateur free agent by the White Sox in 1994. He played the first 6 years of his 13-year career with the White Sox and has played the last 5 years for the Astros. He is a career .286 hitter with 336 home runs. He is a popular player in Houston. A bunch of fans wear big cowboy hats and ride toys horses out in the outfield when he comes to bat.

June 21
1991 Topps #415 Rick Sutcliffe
The Red Baron was born in 1956 in Independence, MO. He was the Dodgers 1st round pick in 1974. In his 18-year career he pitched for the Dodgers, Indians, Cubs, Orioles and Cardinals. He had a 171-139 record with a career ERA of 4.08. He was a 3-time All-Star with an impressive list of awards including: 1979 NL ROY; 1984 NL Cy Young; 1984 NL TSN Pitcher of the Year; 1987 Lou Gehrig Memorial Award; 1987 Roberto Clemente Award; and 1987 NL TSN Pitcher of the Year

June 22
1992 Conlon TSN Gold Inserts #665 Carl Hubbell
King Carl was born in 1903 in Carthage, MO. He pitched for 16 years for the New York Giants, from 1928 to 1943. He had a career record of 253-154 with a career ERA of 2.98. He was a 9-time All-Star. His best season was probably 1936 when he won a league leading 26 games with a lead leading ERA of 2.31 and was named MVP. The Giants also went to the World Series that year, although they lost to the Yankees. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1947. He died in 1988.

June 23
1990 Donruss #7 Jim Deshaies
JD was born in 1960 in Massena, NY. He was drafted in the 21st round by the Yankees in 1982. He spent most of his 12-year career with the Astros compiling an 84-95 career record with an ERA of 4.14. His Chris Berman nickname was Jim "Two Silhouettes on" Deshaies. He is currently a respected analyst with the Astros broadcast team.

June 24
1983 Fleer #176 George Vukovich
George was the Phillies #4 draft pick in 1977. He played for the Phillies from 1980-1982 and then for three years with the Indians. He was part of the 5 for 1 trade (include Julio Franco) that brought Von Hayes to the Phillies in 1983. This is one of the few autographed cards I own. Vukovich was coaching the softball team of the son of a good friend of mine in the Atlanta area and my friend got this card signed for me.

June 25
1992 Bowman #127 Carlos Delgado

Carlos was born in 1972 in Aguadilla, PR. He was signed by the Blue Jays as a amateur free agent in 1988. He has a career batting average of .282, has hit 473 home runs and has 1,512 RBIs. He spent the first 12 years of his career with the Blue Jays until signing with the Marlins in 2005. The Marlins traded him to the Mets after the 2005 season. He had hip surgery in May 2009 and has not played since. He has had several more hip problems since then and announced his retirement last year. He was a 2-time All-Star and won the Hank Aaron Award in 2000. I got this card in 1992, when a card shop owner gave me a free pack of 1992 Bowman. This was a very hot card in 1992.

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