Saturday, January 16, 2016

Card of the Day: 1/16/16

1992 McDonald's/Pacific #25 Bill White

     We interrupt this post for a special presentation. We had planned to review Bill's book, Uppity: My Untold Story About the Games People Play, but it has been preempted to bring you this breaking news.

     Sometimes, a collector receives a card that is too special not to share. Even when it doesn't feature players from one's said team, in our case the Cardinals. That card is this:

2015 Topps Heritage Real One Dual Autographs Sandy Koufax/Clayton Kershaw 7/25

     Ok we know these guys aren't Cardinals and, be certain, we despise the Dodgers (even more than the Cubs) but we have great respect for the Dodgers organization and especially the greatest left-handed pitcher that ever took the mound.

     Sanford Braun Koufax was born in Brooklyn, New York on December 30, 1935. A hometown boy, he signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers on December 14, 1954. He made his Major League debut just six months later at the age of 19.

     Sandy compiled some impressive stats in a career shortened to just twelve seasons by arthritis in his pitching arm. He posted a career 2.76 ERA. In addition, Koufax rung up 2396 batters on strikeouts while striking out more than 300 in a season on three different occasions. He won the World Series four times with the Dodgers (1955, 1959, 1963, and 1965), is a 4-time NL MVP, is a 7-time All-Star, is a 3-time Cy Young Award winner, and won the NL MVP in 1963.

     That Kershaw guy, he's not Sandy, but he isn't too bad, either.



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