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1948-50 Japanese Menko Tadayoshi Kajioka

on October 21st, 2014 by POBC

This arrived today.A month after a winning bid on eBay, my first Japanese baseball card arrived from half-way around the world.The listing said it’s of Tadayoshi Kajioka, a pitcher who would win 131 games in the Japanese league.Is it really Kajioka? I …

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World Series Game 1: Bumgarner bests “Big Game James”

on October 21st, 2014 by Paul

The first game of the World Series didn’t exactly follow the script. The battle of aces never materialized.

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Interview Part 3: Austin Manahan, Every Spring

on October 21st, 2014 by Steve78

The Epicenter in Rancho Cucamonga, Ca. Austin Manahan played at the Epicenter late in his career, in 1993 and briefly in 1994. (G21D Photo)Part 1: His Shot | Part 2: Difficult StartPart 3: Every Spring Austin Manahan still believed he could make the ma…

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Adam Jones, 2013 Topps Opening Day #76

on October 21st, 2014 by Kevin

I’ve been wondering what I could say about the Orioles’ 2014 season that I haven’t already said over the past six or seven months. It was a thrilling ride, often frustrating, but even more often delightful. I think I captured my feelings succinctly last Wednesday, while watching the O’s go down fighting in their ALCS and season finale against Kansas City: I just wasn’t ready for it to end. Not yet.

Including the postseason, the Orioles played 169 meaningful games in 2014. They won 99 of them, a level of success they hadn’t approached since 1997. That was something of a common phrase throughout the year: “since 1997″. It’s little wonder, since that was the last time the O’s stood atop the American League East after 162 games. Make no mistake, this team belongs to Baltimore’s baseball history in a high place, as does that wire-to-wire squad. As the saying goes, “flags fly forever”. The Orioles might have been stopped four wins short of the pennant, and eight shy of the big shiny trophy, but they were still division champions. That flag will hang in Camden Yards next year, and the year after, and so on. A four-game stretch of bad breaks and near misses shouldn’t cancel out 162 (or 165) successful games.

In my second year as a season-ticket holder, I was fortunate to attend 25 games, including the first three of the club’s four postseason home contests. It was my pleasure to witness 17 wins against just eight losses:

Rk Gm# Date Tm Opp W/L R RA Inn W-L Rank GB Win Loss Save Time D/N Attendance
1 1 Monday, Mar 31 boxscore BAL BOS W 2 1 1-0 1 Tied Britton Lester Hunter 2:53 D 46,685
11 11 Saturday, Apr 12 boxscore BAL TOR W-wo 2 1 12 5-6 4 1.5 Britton Redmond 3:39 N 30,446
23 23 Saturday, Apr 26 boxscore BAL KCR W-wo 3 2 10 12-11 2 1.5 Britton Duffy 3:09 N 34,941
33 33 Friday, May 9 boxscore BAL HOU W 4 3 19-14 1 up 0.5 Chen Williams Hunter 2:29 N 28,875
35 35 Sunday, May 11 boxscore BAL HOU L 2 5 20-15 1 up 1.5 Cosart Tillman Qualls 3:21 D 45,944
45 45 Thursday, May 22 boxscore BAL CLE L 7 8 13 23-22 3 1.5 Outman Patton Atchison 4:22 N 18,894
47 47 Saturday, May 24 boxscore BAL CLE L 0 9 24-23 3 2.5 Kluber Jimenez 3:05 D 36,873
60 60 Saturday, Jun 7 boxscore BAL OAK W 6 3 31-29 2 5.5 Gausman Gray 2:51 N 44,202
64 64 Wednesday, Jun 11 boxscore BAL BOS W 6 0 33-31 2 4.5 Chen De La Rosa 2:49 N 25,886
66 66 Friday, Jun 13 boxscore BAL TOR L 0 4 34-32 3 4.5 Hutchison Jimenez McGowan 2:44 N 44,031
77 77 Wednesday, Jun 25 boxscore BAL CHW W-wo 5 4 12 41-36 2 1.5 Hunter Webb 4:03 N 22,020
80 80 Saturday, Jun 28 boxscore BAL TBR L 4 5 42-38 2 1.5 Bedard Chen McGee 3:13 D 36,387
90 90 Wednesday, Jul 9 boxscore BAL WSN L 2 6 49-41 1 up 2.5 Fister Norris 2:50 N 35,575
92 92 Friday, Jul 11 boxscore BAL NYY W-wo 3 2 10 51-41 1 up 3.0 McFarland Warren 3:05 N 45,389
119 119 Wednesday, Aug 13 boxscore BAL NYY W 5 3 69-50 1 up 7.5 O’Day Kelley Britton 2:45 N 37,587
129 129 Monday, Aug 25 boxscore BAL TBR W 9 1 74-55 1 up 6.0 Tillman Odorizzi 2:56 N 15,516
131 131 Wednesday, Aug 27 boxscore BAL TBR L 1 3 75-56 1 up 6.0 Smyly Gausman McGee 2:44 N 20,762
139 139 Thursday, Sep 4 boxscore BAL CIN W 9 7 82-57 1 up 9.5 Hunter Parra Britton 3:26 N 21,114
146 146 Friday, Sep 12 (1) boxscore BAL NYY W-wo 2 1 11 87-59 1 up11.5 Brach Warren 3:51 D 31,871
147 147 Friday, Sep 12 (2) boxscore BAL NYY W 5 0 88-59 1 up11.5 Norris Mitchell 2:57 N 43,707
151 151 Tuesday, Sep 16 boxscore BAL TOR W 8 2 91-60 1 up13.5 Jimenez Hutchison 3:02 N 35,297
152 152 Wednesday, Sep 17 boxscore BAL TOR W 6 1 92-60 1 up14.5 Norris Happ 3:13 N 37,537
Rk Gm# Date Tm Opp
ALDS Game 1 Thursday, Oct 2 boxscore BAL DET W, 12-3 WP: Tillman LP: Scherzer
ALDS Game 2 Friday, Oct 3 boxscore BAL DET W, 7-6 WP: Brach LP: Soria SV: Britton
ALCS Game 1 Friday, Oct 10 boxscore BAL KCR L, 8-6 (10 IN) WP: Davis LP: O’Day SV: Holland

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table

Generated 10/21/2014.

If you go further down the rabbit hole with me, you’ll see that things started well with a personal four-game win streak, followed by a dip that tracked the team’s first-half struggles. Then there was a 10-1 stretch (and an embedded seven-game win streak) that lasted through the season’s second half and on into the ALDS, before those magical, mystical Royals gummed things up on October 10. But still, I experienced a lot of great games and moments, including:

  • Opening Day, featuring the first of Nelson Cruz’s career-high 40 home runs.
  • Five walkoff wins. The heroes in those games were David Lough, Nick Markakis, Lough again (scoring on a wild pitch, and this game gets an asterisk anyway, because I reluctantly left during a lengthy late rain delay on a work night), Nick Hundley, and Jimmy Paredes. Go figure, right?
  • Kevin Gausman’s first major league win as a starting pitcher.
  • Two of the team’s 13 shutouts. How long has it been since the Birds had such a strong pitching staff?
  • Four of Baltimore’s pivotal 13 wins over the Yankees, including both ends of a doubleheader sweep, the first twinbill they’d taken from New York in 30 years.
  • A two-homer, four-run eighth-inning rally to down the Yanks in mid-August.
  • A raucous win over the Rays that featured separate instances of back-to-back AND back-to-back-to-back home runs (a first in team history), as well as an astounding catch-and-throw by Adam Jones to take three runs away from Tampa Bay.
  • The first division-clinching win in Charm City since 1969.
  • Christian Walker’s big league debut and first career hit, as well as a multi-homer game from Steve Pearce.
  • The first and second games of the Orioles’ three-game ALDS sweep over Detroit’s three Cy Young winners, featuring a pair of incredible eighth-inning offensive outbursts.
  • The first ALCS game at Camden Yards (all together now) since 1997. It represented the beginning of the end for the O’s, but the atmosphere was surreal and the game was exhilarating, featuring a comeback from a four-run deficit before the home team succumbed in the tenth inning.
That’s just from a 15 percent slice of the team’s full schedule. I wasn’t there for the walkoff homers from Matt Wieters, Chris Davis, and Manny Machado, or Manny’s acrobatic defense in his injury-shortened season, or Caleb Joseph’s five-game home run streak, or the 60th anniversary ceremonies…it goes on and on. The 2014 Orioles were a joy to watch, and I’m already missing them.

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Card Of The Week October 19

on October 21st, 2014 by NPB Card Guy

With the Hawks defeating the Fighters yesterday, the teams for this year’s Nippon Series are set – for the third time, the Hanshin Tigers will face the Hawks.  The Tigers have now faced all three incarnations of the Hawks – Nankai in 1964, Daiei i…

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I’m beat…and so are these cards

on October 21st, 2014 by shoeboxlegends

Today was incredibly stressful and long, I’m out of gas but did want to at least post something.  Here are three well-loved 1959 Topps baseball cards I picked up a while back at the local hobby shop…Not the HOF Earl Averill, this would be his so…

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Who will hand me my crown?

on October 21st, 2014 by night owl

Several bloggers recently received what turned out to be “farewell” packages from our buddy Jaybarkerfan (I still don’t know what that means).Wes said that he’s stepping away from his blog, but still plans to bestow surprise cards on people, which is r…

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Box Busters: 2014-15 NBA Hoops

on October 21st, 2014 by chrisolds

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds and Derek Ficken as they rip into boxes of 2014 Topps Update in this latest edition of Box Busters.

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fall classic time

on October 21st, 2014 by gcrl

the world series begins tonight, and for the 26th year in a row, the los angeles dodgers will not be participating.  this continues to be the longest pennant drought in the history of the franchise, not just since they moved to los angeles, but si…

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Unboxing The Uncle’s Cards #4 – The Final Unboxing

on October 21st, 2014 by sportscardinfo

Its been over five months since I’ve given an update on the uncle’s cards.  Its not that I stopped going through them.  I just hadn’t found anything really worth talking about.  This past weekend I worked my way through the last few boxes.  There were lots of base/inserts from the 90’s and 2000’s, but nothing […]

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2008-09 Upper Deck Champs hockey

on October 21st, 2014 by JediJeff

Another run through Random.org and we are posting a pack of hockey. Specifically, Champs from 2008-09. This was the inaugural release of this brand, and we posted the second year before. Just two years on this set, which is a shame because of it’s look…

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Box Busters: 2014 Topps Update baseball

on October 21st, 2014 by chrisolds

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds and Derek Ficken as they rip into boxes of 2014 Topps Update in this latest edition of Box Busters.

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Won Three Platinum Value Packs – Value Pack Three

on October 21st, 2014 by The Angels In Order

The take so far over 3 Value Packs is six unexciting prospect purple refractors, one blue saffire, one gold parallel, and two Cutting Edge Stars.  Still no Angels.Last Value Pack.The name Andrew Susac intrigues me.  Why.Backup to Buster Posey…

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Hot Prospect Drouin Makes NHL Debut

on October 21st, 2014 by Stephen Laroche

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor As the saying goes, good things come to those who wait, and in the case of Tampa Bay Lightning rookie Jonathan Drouin, there are a lot of good things coming his way. The third overall selection in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, he took a longer road than […]

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Go Royals!

on October 21st, 2014 by Jim

2003 Topps Heritage #91I’m predicting Royals in 6 with at least one dramatic contribution from Raul Ibanez or Erik Kratz.

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Random Royals #6: Getting Closer To An Impressive Record

on October 21st, 2014 by Matt F.

**From now until the Royals eventual World Series Championship comes to fruition I’ll be posting Random Royals from my collection.** The Royals improbable run in the playoffs has left them incredibly close to an impressive playoff record. If they …

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Which Stands Above – 2014 Valor or 2014 Playbook?

on October 21st, 2014 by Gellman

Although I am not a fan of Friday releases, we are getting not one, but two product releases this week. Valor has been available through retail for a while, and we have seen that the cards do look as nice … Continue reading

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#DACWPulls: Triple Threads Baseball live break hits

on October 21st, 2014 by Dave Buchanan

For this edition of #DACWPulls we have some hits from a recent DACW Live case break of Topps Triple Threads Baseball. Our own “Alexander the Break” pulled these beauties. The redemption card is a Triple Threads Auto Relic Combo White Whale Printing Plate featuring sluggers Juan Gonzalez, Tim Raines and Vladimir Guerrero. There was also a […]

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Reggie Jackson 2001 Upper Deck UD Decades ‘Bellbottomed Bashers’

on October 21st, 2014 by 30-Year Old Cardboard

Reggie Jackson 2001 Upper Deck UD Decades ‘Bellbottomed Bashers’ The 2001 Upper Deck ‘Decades’ set has given us some brilliant baseball cards.  And for as stale and sterile as their base set of cards is from that set, the inserts … Continue reading

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Giant Royals

on October 21st, 2014 by Section 36
Baseball is back!
That little break since the NLCS has been pretty annoying, hasn’t it? But, finally we get to have baseball again. Even if it’s just for a little while longer.

Not only do I not have a rooting interest in this series, I don’t really have a strong desire for either team to win. It will be a different way to watch a series.

Sure, if I’m pressed, I want the Royals to win. There are quite a few reasons, really, although none of them are particularly great. They haven’t won it in a while, so that would be a better story. It will be nice for the people of Kansas City to feel that again. They’re also the AL team. Unless it’s the Yankees, chances are I’d rather see the AL team win. (Well, maybe if it was the Rays.) The real draw for the Royals, though? The giants currently have two World Championships this century. The Red Sox are the only team with three. So, I’d prefer that the Sox keep that lead. It’s also nice that a Royals win will mean yet another team will have one championship in the century…just like the Yankees.

Like I said, they’re not great reasons.

But, that means I can really enjoy the series. No, not as much as I enjoyed last year’s series. But, I can allow myself to get caught up in the moment, no matter what that moment is.

I’ll also be able to enjoy the fact that neither of the two teams seems to have much of anything that the Red Sox don’t have. I said at the beginning of last year that the 2013 Red Sox seemed a lot like the 2012 Giants, and I couldn’t see why the Sox couldn’t win the World Series as well. The 2014 Royals and Giants make me believe that the Red Sox won’t be too far off in 2015. Neither one has Pedro Martinez as the ace of the staff. So, maybe the Sox can go out this offseason and build a rotation after all. The offense are both solid, but we’re not talking about the 2003 Red Sox here. A key improvement or two might be enough for the Sox to make up the ground. It’s comforting, really. Maybe a worst-to-first-to-worst-to-first isn’t all that far-fetched. I’ll be watching the series to see just what the Sox are missing in order to compete with these two teams.

I don’t think I’ll find much.

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2014 Topps Update Baseball – The Dodger Variation Base Cards

on October 21st, 2014 by Ernest Reyes

Following up on yesterday’s post featuring the Dodger base cards found in packs of Topps Update, I now share pics of all the short printed base variation cards that are available.  Go here to check out a complete checklist of the set, or here for …

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2014 Upper Deck Conference Greats football preview

on October 21st, 2014 by Dave Buchanan

Upper Deck is putting a new spin on its NCAA license agreement with 2014 Upper Deck Conference Greats Football, which releases tomorrow (October 22). This set will entirely focus on the Southeastern Conference (SEC), which has been the dominant conference in college football recently with seven national championships over the last eight years. All 14 […]

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2014 Panini Hall of Fame 75th Anniversary Baseball – The Dodger Sapphire and Autographed Cards

on October 21st, 2014 by Ernest Reyes

Turning back to Panini’s Hall of Fame 75th Anniversary card set, I now share photos of the Sapphire and autographed Dodger insert cards.  Go here to check out a complete checklist of this set.  The Sapphire card set is Panini’s attempt to mak…

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Blog Kiosk: 10/21/2014 – Dodger Links – Kershaw Named Player of the Year by Baseball America

on October 21st, 2014 by Ernest Reyes

Andrew McCutchen, Joey Porter and Matt Kemp were at Heinz Field last night to enojoy some pregame banter at last night’s Monday Night Football game in Pittsburgh, pic above via @steelers on twitter.  The Steelers defeated the Texans, 30 – 23, largely due to a huge offensive explosion in the second quarter of the game; they scored 24 of their 30 points then.

Below are some links to check out:

  • Continuity, baby!  Via Mark Saxon at ESPN, “Source: Scouts returning for 2015.”
  • Via Jon Weisman at Dodger Insider, “Davises, Strawberry to enter L.A. City Section Hall of Fame.”
  • Via TMZ, “Dodgers Star Hanley Ramirez My Lambo Spits FIRE!”  Check out the TMZ article to see it breath fire.
(pic via Hanley in instagram)

TMZ Sports has learned … Hanley dropped around $550k for a white 2014 Lamborghini Aventador — but wanted to make it stand out … so he went to The Auto Firm in Miami and upgraded the exhaust to one that spits flames. 

My attachment to the Kansas City Royals doesn’t come from living in the Midwest or because their colors are similar to the Dodgers or because I want the Giants to lose when the World Series starts. It’s not even because I remember the Royals’ victory in the ’85 Series. No, my attachment began in 1976 when the Royals took on the Yankees and were demoralized by Chris Chambliss’ home run off of Mark Littell.

  • Via Scott Andes at Lasorda Lair, “Schebler, Sweeney Heating Up, Seager Off to Slow Start in Arizona Fall League.”
  • The Awards for Clayton Kershaw are only beginning to start.  Via Bill Shaikin at Baseball America he was named the PLayer of the Year: “Major League Player Of The Year: Baseball’s Best Pitcher Keeps Looking Ahead.”
(cover via @BenBadler on twitter)
  • BTW, for the fourth season in a row Atlanta Braves closer Craig Kimbrel and newcomer Yankees reliever Dellin Betances were named the 2014 Goose Gosage Award winners yesterday by the Baseball Bloggers Alliance.  The Goose Gosage Award recognizes the best reliever in each league. I had picked Kimbrel on my National League ballot.  Furthermore, late last week, White Sox Jose Abreau and NY Met Jacob deGrom were named the Willie Mays Award winners for their respective league.  This award recognizes this past season rookie of the year.  Go here to see who were my picks for the BBA (Baseball Bloggers Alliance) Post Season Awards.

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First Look: 2014-15 Panini Prestige Basketball

on October 21st, 2014 by Stephen Laroche

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor A change for a long-standing trading card product can occasionally be a good thing and in the case of 2014-15 Panini Prestige Basketball, the move to becoming a retail exclusive could prove to be a smart move – especially with a variety of methods for purchasing them at […]

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1978 Topps – Mike Hargrove.

on October 21st, 2014 by Spiff

Coming into 1978 Mike Hargrove, seen here on #172 of the 1978 Topps set, was looking to build on his successful 1977 season. Hargrove had managed to improve defensively and offensively in 1977. If he could make more improvement he might be able to get …

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1975 Topps Set Card 295/660 – #617 – Rookie Infielders With Cubbage, DeCinces, Sanders, Trillo

on October 21st, 2014 by 30-Year Old Cardboard

1975 Topps Set Card 295/660 – #617 – Rookie Infielders With Cubbage, DeCinces, Sanders, Trillo Progress: 295/660 Player Name:  Mike Cubbage, Doug DeCinces, Reggie Sanders, Manny Trillo Card Number:  617 Team:  Texas Rangers, Baltimore Orioles, Detroit Tigers, Chicago Cubs Position: … Continue reading

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My Reference Cards #6 – 2000 Bowman’s Best

on October 21st, 2014 by capewood

This was the 7th year for Bowman’s Best. In 2000, the base set had 200 cards. I don’t have many cards from this set because I didn’t buy any of it when it was live.The first 85 cards were veteran players.These cards have a golden cast and are printed o…

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Random Awesomeness (part 174)

on October 21st, 2014 by JT

Forgotten Favorites: Offbeat Saturday Morning Halloween Episodes [Strange Kids Club] Essentials for the Perfect Halloween Party Playlist [Redecorating Middle-earth in Early Lovecraft] What If Star Wars Happened In Our World [Klyker] Pixar’s 22 rules to phenomenal storytelling [imgur] Supermovies: This Is What The Next Few Years Of Your Life Looks Like [Comics Alliance] Spooky Tin […]

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Upper Deck Euroleague Analysis

on October 21st, 2014 by Brian Fleischer

By Derek Ficken | Basketball Price Guide Analyst With the recent news of Upper Deck’s exclusive deal with Euroleague Basketball, many are wondering how this may affect the basketball card market. There are presently a number of young, international players like Ricky Rubio, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Dennis Schroeder garnering attention on the court and in […]

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Final batch of MacKinnon rookies to be released in 2013-14 The Cup Hockey

on October 21st, 2014 by Dave Buchanan

The 2014-15 NHL season is two weeks old but the final trading card release from last season comes out tomorrow with 2013-14 Upper Deck The Cup hockey. With this release you’ll find the final rookie cards from the promising crop of first-year players from last year, including Nathan MacKinnon, Alex Galchenyuk, Nail Yakupov, Aleksander Barkov […]

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Random Royals #5: Drafting George Brett

on October 21st, 2014 by Matt F.

**From now until the Royals eventual World Series Championship comes to fruition I’ll be posting Random Royals from my collection.** The Royals drafted their best player in franchise history in the 1971 amateur draft. But you might be surprised to…

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Huge Haul Part V: Baseball hits

on October 21st, 2014 by Bo

Finally, some highlights from the higher-end baseball cards in the second lot. Not quite as impressive as the football hits, but still some very cool cards, one in particular.There was a big section of 1981 Fleer Star Stickers, which I guess is borderl…

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Happy Birthday George Bell!!!

on October 21st, 2014 by 30-Year Old Cardboard

Happy Birthday George Bell!!! George Bell turns 55 years old today. One of the sport’s biggest sluggers during the late 1980’s, George Bell was a hitting machine during his time with the Toronto Blue Jays. Seen primarily as a slugger, … Continue reading

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