Eight 20 win seasons and three Cy Young Awards in the 1970s. Three World Championship rings in three different decades. A lifetime ERA of 2.86. It doesn’t matter if you fall short of 300 wins or 3000 strikeouts, if you dominate like Jim Palmer dominated, you are going into the Hall of Fame. In addition to his three Cy Young wins, Palmer finished second twice (beat by Sparky Lyle and Pete Vuckovich) and third once (behind Ron Guidry and Mike Caldwell). No wonder 92.6% of the BBWAA voters thought he was Hall worthy in 1990.
I picked up two rack packs of 1983 Donruss last night at the Redsfest for $1 each. I thought surely they were just in the wrong place on the table, but no…$1 each. And with a Reggie Jackson Diamond King showing on top, how could I resist?
Four Hall of Famers, three of them first-ballot*.
Bob Lemon, Cleveland Indians
Lemon was overshadowed throughout his short career by teammate Bob Feller, but his brilliance was clear to all who saw him pitch. He won 20+ games seven times in thirteen seasons, leading the league in complete games five times. He was not inducted into the Hall of Fame until his twelfth time on the ballot in 1976. His uniform was retired in 1998 by the Indians.
Roberto Clemente, Pittsburgh Pirates
Warren Spahn, Boston/Milwaukee Braves
Jim Palmer, Baltimore Orioles
* Spahn received a vote for the Hall of Fame while he was still active, prior to the establishment of rules governing one’s eligibility for the Hall of Fame. In his first year of eligibility following retirement, he was elected with 83.2% of the vote.
I didn’t buy a box of Allen & Ginter. I didn’t even ask if they had any. I don’t have that kind of mad cash burning a hole in my pocket.
I really spent more than I should have, and my total was less than $8. But it’s really difficult to leave a card shop empty-handed. Here is what I grabbed…
1994 Collector’s Choice Ken Griffey Jr. Checklist…x3. Yes, I bought three of them. One for myself (and I might even already have it), and one for each of my boys. We’re all Griffey fans in this house, and nothing short of steroids is going to change that.
2003 Play Ball Tom Seaver. I just love the retro-type sets, and being a former Red is a bonus. For a quarter, I couldn’t pass it up.
2003 Topps Gallery Sparky Anderson. Another former Red, and maybe one of the most beloved by Cincinnatians still today. Plus, it’s an art card…I LOVE BASEBALL ART.
2004 Topps Jim Palmer. Someone help me out on this one. Is this one of those short-prints from the regular set, or did Topps put out a retired stars set in 2004? In any case, he’s a Hall of Famer, and he was inducted the same year as the best second baseman in Reds’ history (no offense to you, BP).
I also picked up the team set that was given away at the ballpark a few weeks ago. This is one of the games that I try to never miss, but it seems that it was held earlier this year than normal and I just missed it completely. $6 isn’t a terrible price for it, though, and the designs are usually nifty. I was disappointed that Heisey was omitted, but Leake is in there so I can’t complain (too loudly).