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R.I.P. Pedro Borbón

(December 2, 1946 – June 4, 2012)

Reds Hall of Fame member

Former Cincinnati Reds pitcher Pedro Borbón succumbed to cancer today. I (along with my oldest son) had the privilege of meeting Borbon two years ago when he was inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame.

Borbón was recently the subject of a Night Owl Cards Cardboard Appreciation post, featuring a comment by the pitcher’s daughter.

eBay bargains (The Final Chapter…for now)

The big package came today…nearly 60 cards featuring Bengals…

and Reds…

guys who had previously been Reds…

guys who had not yet been but would be Reds…

guys who were never Reds but I would have really liked it if they had been…

guys who are in the Hall of Fame

guys who are in the Reds Hall of Fame

guys who should be in both Halls of Fame…

guys who should be in neither (although he should have been the manager in 2000)…

guys who some think would be in the Hall of Fame if not for injuries…

guys who are banned from the Tracy Jones Fan Club

and guys on Canadian cardboard…

There was one slight problem with the order concerning a 1990 Ken Griffey Jr. card, listed as O-Pee-Chee but it was actually Topps. According to Wikipedia, “In 1990 O-Pee-Chee printed a set virtually identical to the 792 card Topps set complete with the Topps logo. The only differences between the two are the bilingual reverse sides and the copyright line.” The card I received was clearly the Topps version, so I contacted the seller. Within seconds, he responded stating my money ($1.26) had been refunded for that purchase and to keep the card.

That’s a great seller. He has a bunch of other stuff listed right now, so go check out his shop and buy some stuff from him.

Two in a row for the Redlegs!

July 17, 2010, was Hall of Fame induction night for the Reds Hall of Fame. Chris Sabo, Pedro Borbon, and the late Tony Mullane are the newest members of the club, and several Reds Hall of Famers were on-hand to welcome them. They all hung out at the Museum before the game for photos with the fans…

Here is Joshua (my son) with the 1966 NL Rookie of the Year, Tommy Helms…

Here we are with Big Red Machine centerfielder Cesar Geronimo…

We’ve met Leo Cardenas on at least three other occasions. He is always super nice and has a great smile for everyone.

Big Red Machine second baseman and National Baseball Hall of Famer Joe Morgan!

The greatest catcher to ever play in the majors! I’ve been racking my brain, trying to think of another time that I’ve met a National Baseball Hall of Famer, and I can’t come up with one. I think this is a first for me, and I got to do it twice in less than a minute! They really are larger than life.

One of the 2010 Reds Hall of Fame inductees, Pedro Borbon…

One of the reasons I am still a baseball fan today, Chris Sabo…

After the photo festivities, the skies decided to open up and pour for a while. Luckily, the rain stopped and the on-field ceremony took place, honoring Sabo, Borbon, and Tony Mullane, whose descendants were in attendance.

Most of the Hall of Famers who were present for the photo sessions stayed for the ceremony, and a few others showed up as well.

First row, l-r: Jim O’Toole, Jim Maloney, Tommy Helms, Leo Cardenas, Wayne Granger, Gary Nolan.

Second row, l-r: George Foster, Mario Soto, Jerry Lynch, Johnny Bench, Jack Billingham.

Third row, l-r: Eric Davis, Tom Browning, Cesar Geronimo, Barry Larkin.

Borbon threw out two ceremonial first pitches; this is the second one….

Spuds also threw out a ceremonial first pitch…

And then the game was underway, featuring the return of Edinson Volquez.

Joey Votto(matic), my other son’s favorite player…

Drew Stubbs went deep twice tonight…

The Reds only had five hits in the game, four of them home runs, winning the game 8-1. A great start to the second half of the season, a great return for Volquez.

2009 Topps Pedro Borbon

This 2010 Reds Hall of Famer lives in Texas according to Wikipedia, but he’ll be in Cincinnati in two weeks for the Redsfest. He pitched for the Reds from 1970-1979, pitching mostly in relief (he made only 4 starts in 531 appearances), and was a big but overlooked part of the Big Red Machine. It’s nice to see the Reds finally honoring him for his contributions to the team.

Back to Redsfest, that page I linked up there says that if you follow @CincinnatiReds on Twitter, you’ll know which players will be at which booths an hour ahead of time. I am going to try to get Eric Davis this year, but I am only going to be at the convention on Friday, so I set up to receive @CincinnatiReds on my cell phone as a text message in hopes that I can get near the front of the line. I can’t wait!

Reds from Johngy’s Beat

A few weeks ago, I made a “fun card” of Mike Squires for Johngy’s Beat. He told me he had some Reds for me in return, and I thought, “Cool, maybe he’ll hit some of my blank spots from the junk wax era.” I mean, I don’t have every 1987-1991 Reds card. Then he said he had some 1970s Reds for me. I thought, “Cool, I could always use a couple more 1978 or 1979 cards.”

A package arrived today. There were no junk wax Reds. There were no 1978 or 1979 Reds. Inside that package, there were twelve 1972 cards, ten 1974 cards, and twenty-two 1975 cards. Yes, twenty-two 1975 cards! An amazing package, and every single card was one that I needed. Here are a few of my favorites…

I always loved the Topps All-Star Rookies. 1971 was not a great year for ASRs – no Hall of Famers on that list.

McRae is always overlooked because he was traded away before the mid-70s powerhouse Machine.

A rare action shot from the 1974 set. Most of the cards in this set were posed photos.

Look at that smile on Nolan’s face. It’s like he knew the Reds were going to dominate in ’75.

2010 Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame inductee.

Johnny Bench led the NL in RBI three times: 1970, 1972, and 1974. He came in 4th in MVP voting in 1974. Ahead of him were a couple of blue boys (Garvey and Marshall) and a speedy bird (Brock). Burroughs won the AL MVP in 1974, the only time he led the AL in RBI.

Thanks to Johngy for these awesome cards! You certainly made my day better today!

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