Speedy Hall of Famer Lou Brock, the holder of the all-time stolen base record until Rickey Henderson came on the scene, passed away today. He was 81 years old. The six-time All-Star was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1985 on the strength of his prowess on the basepaths and more than 3,000 hits.
We mourn the passing of Lou Brock, a Hall of Famer and World Series champion. He was 81. pic.twitter.com/vUubODd8hQ
— MLB (@MLB) September 7, 2020
Our hearts are broken.
Lou Brock was an amazing player and outstanding person.
He loved the game and all of Cardinal Nation.
Rest in peace, Lou ❤️ pic.twitter.com/MSxnIJOHhK
— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) September 7, 2020
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) September 6, 2020
Lou Brock the Base Burglar was a class act on and off the field. Made @Cardinal baseball what it is. Had the ability to change the momentum of a game with his legs and his bat. May he Rest In Peace. One of the greatest Cardinals of all time.
— Ozzie Smith (@STLWizard) September 6, 2020
Lou Brock was one of the finest men I have ever known.
Coming into this league as a 21-year-old kid, Lou Brock was one of the first Hall-of-Fame players I had the privilege to meet. He told me I belonged here in the big-leagues. pic.twitter.com/JIbSKMYI13
— Albert Pujols (@PujolsFive) September 7, 2020
Saddened to hear of the passing of Lou Brock. Many years of rivalries between us but always respected Lou as a person and player. My thoughts are with the Brock family and the Cardinals nation. pic.twitter.com/0TOO0IlVbf
— Fergie Jenkins (@fergieajenkins) September 6, 2020
Just heard about Lou Brock. He was a great one. So sad. Rest In Peace my brother! pic.twitter.com/nnKNDtyXd9
— Dick Allen (@DickAllen_15) September 7, 2020
RIP Lou Brock😞 pic.twitter.com/6CUcAxUYff
— Expos Fest❤️#EnRoutePour1Million #RoadTo1Million (@ExposFest) September 6, 2020
MLB Network is saddened by the passing of Lou Brock.
A look back at the life and career of the Hall of Famer and Cardinals legend. pic.twitter.com/3YwPPV380B
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) September 6, 2020
Tom Seaver, nicknamed “Tom Terrific” for his immense talent on the baseball diamond, passed away August 31, 2020, at the age of 75. He was ushered into the Hall of Fame in 1992 with only five out of 430 voters declining to check his name. He was a tremendous pitcher for the New York Mets, Cincinnati Reds, Chicago White Sox, and Boston Red Sox, and is a member of the Mets and Reds team Halls of Fame.
Rest in peace, Tom Terrific. pic.twitter.com/TQD96kTkc2
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) September 3, 2020
Hank Aaron was right. RIP Tom Seaver. pic.twitter.com/BJhbTOHQkS
— MLB (@MLB) September 3, 2020
I remember meeting Tom Seaver @ his first All-Star Game, and I knew he was a special person.He was a terrific pitcher and a wonderful friend. I was lucky to have dinner in his home in New York and in California which I remember fondly. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
— Hank Aaron (@HenryLouisAaron) September 3, 2020
— Johnny Bench (@JohnnyBench_5) September 3, 2020
Tom Seaver impressed me so much.
How can you be that good, that good looking, be the face of baseball and at the same time be so hungry to be better?
— Pedro Martinez (@45PedroMartinez) September 3, 2020
Tom Seaver was the best RH pitcher I ever saw. RIP Tom Terrific. https://t.co/TzVmEGlIqF
— Vin Scully (@TheVinScully) September 3, 2020
My dad loved him.
My brother loved him.
I loved him.
A hero to so many.
Thoughts to his entire family. pic.twitter.com/57FDkq8zja
— Adam Sandler (@AdamSandler) September 3, 2020
Legendary pitchers Satchel Paige and Tom Seaver chat before the New York #Mets Old Timers' Day at Shea Stadium (1971) I wish we could hear that conversation! #MLB #Baseball #History #RIP41 pic.twitter.com/5zORU8R4Nu
— Baseball by BSmile (@BSmile) September 4, 2020
Tom Seaver's windup through baseball cards
RIP Tom Terrific pic.twitter.com/dhtDk59AwM
— Drewdavis71 (@drewdavis71) September 3, 2020
Fun Cards: 1990 Topps All-Stars – Bill Murray, Don Zimmer, Roger Craig, Cecil Fielder, Rob Dibble, and MVP Julio Franco
I made a bunch of “fun cards” last night. I don’t devote much time to the hobby much anymore, but every once in a while I get on a roll.
I think I miss the All-Star Game more than anything else about baseball. The brightest stars, the unexpected breakout sensations, the hometown favorites. It’s a special time in the sport that was taken from us this year. The season itself simply isn’t that interesting to me, and has made me reevaluate my interest in the hobby. There is a good chance I will be getting rid of a lot of baseball cards once we get moved and start unpacking. But I still love the history of the game, and I look back on the 1980s and the 1990 season fondly.
Here is a bunch of “fun cards” commemorating the 1990 MLB All-Star Game. I present to you Cubs superfan Bill Murray, coach Don Zimmer, NL manager Roger Craig, 1990 breakout star Cecil Fielder, Reds “Nasty Boy” Rob Dibble, and 1990 All-Star Game MVP Julio Franco.
Johnny Vander Meer never got one. So now he’s got one. Even if the photo is really from his days with the Reds, I can pretend it’s an Indians jersey, can’t I? The back is the key, and that’s his career line on the back. I don’t like making card backs; it is a very tedious process. Plus I don’t know what Vander Meer’s eye color or hair color was. That stuff ain’t listed on his BBref page.
The Topps TBT set last week celebrated the sluggers who smacked fifty home runs in a season. Well, celebrated six of them, and six that are quite often celebrated by Topps. Forget the guys like George Foster here, who was the only player to go yard fifty times in the entire decade of the 1970s. In fact, between Willie Mays‘ 1965 season and Cecil Fielder‘s 1990 campaign, Foster was the only guy with fifty longballs. And did Topps celebrate him? Of course not. He played for the Reds and his name isn’t Johnny Bench, so he was completely ignored.
But the blogosphere rights Topps’ wrongs. We celebrate the underrated, overlooked, and ignored. So hold your head up high, Mr. Foster. Your 1977 MVP season will never be forgotten by this Reds fan.
By the way, Foster is a ridiculously nice guy. I had the pleasure of meeting him several years ago at the Reds Hall of Fame for an autograph signing, but he was interacting with fans and laughing and appeared to truly appreciate the blessings of being a former big leaguer.
I can’t be the only one that loves the show Holey Moley, can I? Why has no company taken it upon themselves to create a set of trading cards? I mean, come on, this is comedy gold!
I had no intention of making a Kenny G card, but the image was there and the template was made…
Speaking of templates, this is based on Pro Set’s 1990 special card of Payne Stewart which featured the NFL logo rather than the PGA. I believe it was sent to subscribers of the Pro Set Gazette, before their golf trading cards were licensed by the PGA.
I’m not a huge fan of the Topps “Project 2020” release. Some of the cards are okay, but they’re all overpriced, and the secondary market for these cards is stupid. I’m glad there are no Reds in the set, even though I have shied away from buying much lately at all anyway.
But since it’s all the rage, I thought I would fire up the PhotoShop while watching some Chuck on Amazon Prime. I miss Chuck and Sarah and their weekly adventures. That was such a fun show. But I digress.
Here is Eric Davis, one of the greats of the 1980s Reds. It’s rough around the edges…so it’s edgy, right? It’s art. I said it’s art, so it’s art, even if it looks awful. Because some of those Topps cards look REALLY awful. Some are nice. But some are absolute trash. I’ll let you decide for yourself which cards fall in what category, because your taste is different than mine. Some of the cards, though, barf. Can’t possibly be anyone’s taste.
If you can’t say anything nice…I’m shutting up now.
Arnold Carter was a wartime pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds, appearing in 46 games over two seasons. The left-hander won 11 games in his rookie season in 1944, and his career ERA was 2.72. Since 1921, he is the only pitcher with 100+ innings pitched who hit more home runs (2) than he allowed (1) in a single season.
That’s all pretty cool. What’s cooler? His son is on Twitter, and agreed to share some stories and memories with the readers of the blog about his dad!
Charlie Carter was born when his dad was 46 years old, so he was not around when his dad pitched in the big leagues. But even several years removed from his time in the majors, Arnold Carter still shared some stories with his son.
Charlie remembers seeing photos and the uniform hanging in his dad’s closet. “I didn’t know just how awesome it was until I was much older. When you’re young you don’t appreciate things. You know, he was playing in a coal miners league before being discovered. His career ended early due to black lung.”
Carter attended Wayne High School in West Virginia and signed with the Logan Indians in the Mountain State League after graduation in 1939. All but one team in the Mountain State League were located in West Virginia; Ashland, Kentucky, was the only club in another state. The league existed from 1937-1942 and was shut down due to the war. Carter left the Logan Indians in 1941 when he began playing in the Reds minor league organization in Columbia, South Carolina.
Carter got the call to join the Cincinnati club in 1944 and answered with a fine performance against some pretty big names, including Hall of Famer Stan Musial. “I have an old newspaper article where Stan said he hit my dad a lot but never hard.” In 1944, Stan the Man went 3-for-9, hitting only singles against the 26-year old rookie.
Of course, outside-the-lines antics often make for more interesting stories. Carter told his son that he “was so green being pulled from the mountains and going to the big leagues, and how all the city guys would pull pranks on him. They were always joking with him because he was so green and naïve. Keep in mind he had never been out of the mountains.
“He said one time the guys asked him to go out for pizza and beer. He said sure but was wondering why in the heck anyone would want peaches and beer. He had never heard of pizza before!”
It was clear in my conversation with Charlie that he had a great deal of respect for his parents. He said, “I wanted you to know that men like my dad aren’t around anymore. That generation. He believed in God, he had very high morals, super work ethic, always went to work, wasn’t rich but everything we had he earned. He believed in the golden things like standing behind your word and the truth. If more were like him today it would be such a better place. My mother was special as well and took care of us all. I was fortunate to have them as parents and hope to see them again in the next life.”
It was such a pleasure to communicate with Charlie, and I’m glad he agreed to allow me to share some of his memories with the readers here.