Friday, May 22, 2015

Virtual Frankenset: Page 1

Yeah, that's right. I'm joining the Cool Kids Club and making a Frankenset. There are already 500 other bloggers doing this in one form or another, but this one will be the best because, well, it's all Reds, baby. Some of you non-Reds people may disagree with this sentiment, but whatever. You're dealing with the best 75-win baseball squad of all-time this season, so kiss my grits.

I'm calling it a 'virtual' Frankenset because it won't exist in an album, as that would require either breaking up team sets or acquiring doubles. And I hate doubles. The qualifications to make the Frankenset are as follows:

1) Be arbitrarily chosen by Red Cardboard based on coolness and
2) See 1

Boom.


1986 Topps #1 Pete Rose. Not quite his farewell player card, but '86 was Petey's last year and of course getting the one-spot in a Topps release is a nice honor.

1948 Bowman #2 Ewell Blackwell. Six-time All-Star, Reds Hall of Famer, old, old set. I like.

1989 Kmart Dream Team #3 Chris Sabo. Sabo is my boy. My family shopped at Kmart often when I was a kid. They had an Icee machine.

1994 Fleer Ultra Strikeout Kings #4 Jose Rijo. Fleer was killing it with the inserts in the mid-90's.

1941 Play Ball #5 Frank McCormick. Another Reds Hall of Famer from a friggin' sweet vintage set. Frankie was the NL MVP in 1940, for the curious.

1952 Bowman #6 Virgil Stallcup. Just a really good-lookin' card. You know when I bought my first '52 Bowman I thought I got hustled due to the size. No, I was not a child. This was 3 years ago. I had seen many pics of the set, just never knew they were so small.

2001 Stadium Club #7 Barry Larkin. Like there was ever any doubt Larkin was safe. Get up off the dirt, White Sox chump.

1992 Rembrandt Ultra Pro #8 Hal Morris. I just had to. Look at that thing.

2011 Gypsy Queen Sticky Fingers #9 Brandon Phillips. I really, really like this set.
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Go Reds.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Rookie Parade: 1951-1954 (The Last One)

Continuing new running theme where we check out some Reds rookie cards. Here are the rookie card rules. 1) The player must have played his first major league game with the Reds. 2) The card must have been issued after the player debuted in the majors, whether it be issued late in the debut year or any time the year after. None of this Bowman first year stuff. None of this multiple rookie year stuff. I'm gonna list every player who got his first major league appearance with the Reds and pray that I have his RC.

This will be the last one of these, as the ol' rookie collection takes a dive off a cliff in the years prior to Topps being around. Let's roll.
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1951 Rookies

Ed Blake - 3 games, 4 IP, 1 K, 11.25 ERA, 0-0 record

Roy McMillan - 85 games, 222 PA, 1 HR, 8 RBI, .211 BA
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1952 Rookies

Jim Greengrass - 18 games, 76 PA, 5 HR, 24 RBI, .309 BA

Joe Rossi (no RC in hand) - 55 games, 166 PA, 1 HR, 6 RBI, .221 BA
Johnny Temple (no RC) - 30 games, 102 PA, 1 HR, 5 RBI, .196 BA
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1953 Rookies

Ed Bailey - 2 games, 9 PA, 0 HR, 1 RBI, .375 BA

Frank Baldwin (no RC) - 16 games, 21 PA, 0 HR, 0 RBI, .100 BA
Hank Foiles (no RC in hand) - 5 games, 14 PA, 0 HR, 0 RBI, .154 BA
Bob Marquis (no RC) - 40 games, 50 PA, 2 HR, 3 RBI, .273 BA
Barney Martin (no RC) - 1 game, 2 IP, 1 K, 9.00 ERA, 0-0 record
Joe Szekely (no RC) - 5 games, 13 PA, 0 HR, 0 RBI, .077 BA
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1954 Rookies

Nino Escalera (no RC) - 73 games, 77 PA, 0 HR, 3 RBI, .159 BA

Art Fowler - 40 games, 227.2 IP, 93 K, 3.83 ERA, 12-10 record

Chuck Harmon - 94 games, 314 PA, 2 HR, 25 RBI, .238 BA

Dick Murphy (no RC) - 6 games, 1 PA, 0 HR, 0 RBI, .000 BA
Cliff Ross (no RC) - 4 games, 2.2 IP, 1 K, 0.00 ERA, 0-0 record
Moe Savransky (no RC) - 16 games, 24 IP, 7 K, 4.88 ERA, 0-2 record

Corky Valentine - 36 games, 194.1 IP, 73 K, 4.45 ERA, 12-11 record
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Go Reds.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

TTM Goodness: Larry Luebbers


Larry Luebbers was drafted by the Reds in 1990 out of the University of Kentucky, Soon after, in 1993, he'd debut for the Reds, getting the start and the win against the Pirates. He would start 14 games that year, but would get traded in the off-season and not pitch in the majors again until 1999, with the Cardinals. He then came back to Cincy in 2000, pitching in 14 more games (1 start) and picking up a save in his final major league year. Signed is a 1994 Score Gold Rush #603.

Go Reds.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Completely Red: 1989 Topps/Topps Traded

Pretty standard Topps stuff here. I have decent memories of the set. Had a ton of em, of course. I had started collecting in '91, so these were old news by then. By '93 you could get a shoebox full of 'em at a flea market for a few bucks. I might've had a complete set and not known it. Or at the very least, a complete set minus the stars. I really like the Leaders subset. I got a kick out of trying to guess which players were the stat leaders on each team. My favorite from the Reds set is the Sabo ASR, followed closely behind by Kent Tekulve lookin' fly in those shades.

STATS:

Cards - 33

RC's - 4 (Rob Dibble, Jack Armstrong, Chris Sabo, Norm Charlton)

All Stars - 14 (John Franco, Rob Dibble, Tom Browning, Jack Armstrong, Eric Davis, Danny Jackson, Bo Diaz, Chris Sabo, Pete Rose, Barry Larkin, Paul O'Neill, Norm Charlton, Ken Griffey, Kent Tekulve)

Hall of Famers - 1 (Barry Larkin)

Reds Hall of Famers - 7 (Ken Griffey, Eric Davis, Jose Rijo, Tom Browning, Barry Larkin, Chris Sabo, Ron Oester)

Checklist:

16 Ron Robinson
45 Kal Daniels
103 Tim Birtsas
111 Cincinnati Reds TL - Eric Davis
135 Jose Rijo
151 Terry McGriff
172 Frank Williams
234 Tom Browning
264 Rob Dibble RC
290 John Franco
317 Jack Armstrong RC
330 Eric Davis
366 Herm Winningham
395 Danny Jackson AS
422 Bo Diaz
446 Rob Murphy
490 Chris Sabo RC
505 Pete Rose MG/TC
515 Barry Larkin
554 Nick Esasky
604 Paul O'Neill
626 Jeff Reed
644 Lloyd McClendon
666 Randy St.Claire
685 Jeff Treadway
711 Candy Sierra
730 Danny Jackson
737 Norm Charlton RC
772 Ron Oester
9T Todd Benzinger
40T Ken Griffey Sr.
74T Rick Mahler
116T Kent Tekulve

Go Reds.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Get To Know Your Reds: Part 32 - Corky Miller

According to Baseball Reference there have been 1,891 different players who got into a major league game as a Cincinnati Red/Red Stocking/Redleg as of the end of the 2014 season. So I threw them all into a randomizer and off we go (P.S. I cheated on this one. I just wanted to do a Corky Miller one of these).

Get To Know... Corky Miller


Born: March 18, 1976, Yucaipa, California
Signed: 1998, by the Reds
Debut: 2001, with the Reds
Reds Stats: 7 season at C, 153 games, 462 PA, 9 HR, 53 RBI, .212 BA
Final Major League Season: 2013, with the Reds



11-year Major League Career was spent with the Reds, Twins, Red Sox, Braves, White Sox, then Reds again. Also had a brief minor league stint with the Mariners.
Originally drafted by the Angels out of high school, but went to the University of Nevada-Reno instead.
Played in over 1,000 minor league games, including 854 for the Reds' farm and a record 548 for the AAA Louisville Bats.
Pitched in 7 minor league games, showcasing his wicked knuckla'.
Currently managing the Reds' Single-A Dayton Dragons. Will be the Reds manager someday. Lock it up.



Number of cards: 171
Number of cards as a Red: 158
Number of cards in my collection: 15 (9%)



Go Reds.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Rookie Parade: 1955-1959

Continuing new running theme where we check out some Reds rookie cards. Here are the rookie card rules. 1) The player must have played his first major league game with the Reds. 2) The card must have been issued after the player debuted in the majors, whether it be issued late in the debut year or any time the year after. None of this Bowman first year stuff. None of this multiple rookie year stuff. I'm gonna list every player who got his first major league appearance with the Reds and pray that I have his RC.

I'm doing this in groups of a few years every few days. So it should take me about a decade to finish. Rookie year stats are given. Let's roll.
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1955 Rookies

Joe Brovia (no RC) - 21 games, 20 PA, 0 HR, 4 RBI, .111 BA
Maurice Fisher (no RC) - 1 games, 2.2 IP, 1 K, 6.75 ERA, 0-0 record
Glen Gorbous (no RC) - 8 games, 21 PA, 0 HR, 4 RBI, .333 BA
Don Gross (no RC) - 17 games, 67.1 IP, 33 K, 4.14 ERA, 4-5 record
Bob Hazle (no RC) - 6 games, 13 PA, 0 HR, 0 RBI, .231 BA

Rudy Minarcin - 41 games, 115.2 IP, 45 K, 4.90 ERA, 5-9 record

Al Silvera - 13 games, 7 PA, 0 HR, 0 RBI, .143 BA

Milt Smith (no RC) - 36 games, 117 PA, 3 HR, 8 RBI, .196 BA
Bob Thurman (no RC) - 82 games, 170 PA, 7 HR, 22 RBI, .217 BA
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1956 Rookies

Tom Acker - 29 games, 83.2 IP, 54 K, 2.37 ERA, 4-3 record

Bobby Balcena (no RC) - 7 games, 2 PA, 0 HR, 0 RBI, .000 BA
Curt Flood (no RC) - 5 games, 1 PA, 0 HR, 0 RBI, .000 BA
John Oldham (no RC) - 1 game, 0 PA
Frank Robinson (no RC in hand) - 152 games, 667 PA, 38 HR, 122 runs, 83 RBI, .290 BA, All Star, unanimous Rookie of the Year
Pat Scantlebury (no RC) - 6 games, 19 IP, 10 K, 6.63 ERA, 0-1 record
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1957 Rookies

Dutch Dotterer - 4 games, 13 PA, 0 HR, 2 RBI, .083 BA

Bobby Durnbaugh (no RC) - 2 games, 1 PA, 0 HR, 0 RBI, .000 BA

Bobby Henrich - 29 games, 12 PA, 0 HR, 2 RBI, .200 BA

Jay Hook (no RC) - 3 games, 10 IP, 6 K, 4.50 ERA, 0-1 record
Claude Osteen (no RC) - 3 games, 4 IP, 3 K, 2.25 ERA, 0-0 record
Don Pavletich (no RC) - 1 game, 1 PA, 0 HR, 0 RBI, .000 BA

Charlie Rabe - 2 games, 8.1 IP, 6 K, 2.16 ERA, 0-1 record

Dave Skaugstad (no RC) - 2 games, 5.2 IP, 4 K, 1.59 ERA, 0-0 record
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1958 Rookies

Chuck Coles - 5 games, 13 PA, 0 HR, 2 RBI, .182 BA

Lefty Hayden (no RC) - 3 games, 3.2 IP, 3 K, 4.91 ERA, 0-0 record
Danny Morejon (no RC) - 12 games, 37 PA, 0 HR, 1 RBI, .192 BA

Jim O'Toole - 1 game, 7 IP, 4 K, 1.29 ERA, 0-1 record

Orlando Pena - 9 games, 15 IP, 11 K, 0.60 ERA, 1-0 record

Vada Pinson - 27 games, 110 PA, 1 HR, 8 RBI, .271 BA

Ted Wieand (no RC) - 1 game, 2 IP, 2 K, 9.00 ERA, 0-0 record
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1959 Rookies

Jim Bailey (no RC) - 3 games, 11.2 IP, 7 K, 6.17 ERA, 0-1 record
Cliff Cook (no RC) - 9 games, 24 PA, 0 HR, 5 RBI, .381 BA

Mike Cuellar - 2 games, 4 IP, 5 K, 15.75 ERA, 0-0 record

Buddy Gilbert - 7 games, 23 PA, 2 HR, 2 RBI, .150 BA
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Go Reds.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Anyone Else Do This?

Or is it just me and five old dudes?


Also, here's a card.

Go Reds (and Clippers).