2013 Topps Making Their Mark #MM36 Carlos Martinez
As Martinez makes his Major League dreams come true, he continues to make his mark on the St. Louis Community and in his homeland, the Dominican Republic, by helping children realize their dreams through the Tsunami Waves Foundation. Tsunami Waves mission statement is: "to inspire and empower children to achieve their full potential and make their dreams a reality."
Hey, look! Another Fernando Tatis card from 2001. Thank you card companies for producing a bazillion sets in the late 90s and early 2000s. Tatis must have been doing his Ken Griffey, Jr. impression when this photo was shot. Backward hat, shades, back pocket hanging out, and squaring up the ball. Too bad he didn't imitate the Hall of Fame career part. Still, two grand slams in an inning is pretty cool. Ken Griffey, Jr. never did that.
He touched so many people through baseball, through the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, through his writing. The end doesn't diminish any of that. But the end does tell the saddest story, the one of a man who found God, worked with children, loved to fish, cherished his family but still could not summon the power to beat cocaine. -Joe Posnanski, sportswriter
Bobby Gene Smith was born on May 28, 1934 in Hood River, Oregon. He was signed by the Cardinals as an amateur free agent in 1952. Bobby made his debut for the Cardinals on April 16, 1957. From 1957-59, Smith compiled a .231 batting average with little run production. As a result, the Cardinals traded him to the Phillies in exchange for Carl Sawatski after the 1959 season.
Bobby found himself in a Cardinals uniform, once again, after the Cardinals acquired him in a trade with the Chicago Cubs halfway through the 1962 season. The Cardinals received Smith along with Daryl Robertson in exchange for Alex Grammas and Don Landrum. Consequently, Smith failed to impress; batting .231 with little run production. The Cardinals sold him to the Boston Red Sox after the season ended.
Charles Everett Tilson was born December 2, 1992 in Wilmette, Illinois. The Cardinals chose Charlie in the second round of the 2011 draft. During four seasons in the Cardinals farm system, Charlie has compiled a .296 batting average while scoring 212 runs and stealing 76 bases. He's been a Minor League All-Star for the past two seasons, but is trying to break into an already crowded Cardinals outfield. Charlie attended Spring Training in 2016, but was optioned to Triple-A Memphis just six days ago. If someone in the outfield gets hurt, expect to see Charlie filling the hole.
Michael Joseph Wacha was born on July 1, 1991 in Iowa City, Iowa. The Cardinals chose Wacha in the first round of the 2012 draft. Due to four years of playing time at Texas A&M University, Michael quickly made the move to the Major Leagues. He made his first appearance for the Cardinals on May 30, 2013. In three seasons, Wacha has accumulated 26 wins while only losing 14 and posting a 3.21 cumulative ERA.
It opened my eyes about how baseball really is and how wins and losses don't really matter so much, but at the same time, how great they are. I want to win every game I pitch. It's a crazy game and you can have a good game and still get the loss. -Shelby Miller
Harry Lee Lowrey was born on August 27, 1917 in Culver City, California. In 1937, Peanuts was signed by the Chicago Cubs as an amateur free agent. The Cardinals bought Lowrey's contract from the Cincinnati Reds on September 7, 1950. He played 4+ seasons with the Cardinals, logging 441 games. During that time, Lowrey batted .278 for the club.
The origin of Peanuts' nickname is something of a mystery, but it is thought to be derived from events on his grandfather's ranch. When Lowrey was a child, he spent time at his grandfather's ranch where several episodes of Our Gang were filmed. Peanuts served as an extra in some of the episodes. It is rumored that actress Thelma Todd offered to buy Harry a bag of peanuts if he behaved properly while on set. Another theory is: Lowrey's grandfather once described Harry "as small as a peanut." It is unclear how Lowrey came about the nickname, but it's abundantly clear that Peanuts Lowrey has one of the coolest monikers in baseball history.
Baseball, in general, is a game of failure. If you live and die only with your success in this game, or any tangible thing, you are just never going to be happy. There are too many ups and downs. You can go a week or even a month without getting a hit. Having faith is the only way I can possibly imagine living life and also playing the game. -Matt Carpenter
On September 6, 2002, Andy (pitching for the Cardinals) faced off against his brother, Cubs pitcher Alan Benes, in what was only the seventh time a pair of brothers pitched against each other in a Major League game. Andy got the better of Alan by pitching a complete game. Alan was removed from the game in the third inning. The Cardinals won 11-2.
Lary Alan Sorensen was born in Detroit, Michigan on October 4, 1955. The Cardinals acquired Sorensen on December 12, 1980 when the Milwaukee Brewers dealt him along with Sixto Lezcano and David Green for Pete Vuckovich, Ted Simmons, and Rollie Fingers. Although a seemingly lop-sided trade in favor of the Brewers, the Cardinals traded Sorensen after the 1981 season for Lonnie Smith who became a key player in the Cardinals' 1982 World Series Championship run. Their opponents in the series? The Milwaukee Brewers.
During Sorensen's time in St. Louis, he was a mediocre, yet consistent pitcher. In 23 games started, he won 7, lost 7, posted a 3.27 ERA, and rung up 52 batters on strikes.
We at Cardinal Sauce are particularly excited to share this card. Pictures don't do justice to these Red Man cards. They are some of the most vibrant-colored cards of the 1950s. They came in packages of Red Man chewing tobacco and, thus, this is the first tobacco card in the Cardinal Sauce collection. Collectors had to cut these out of the package so condition depends on how skillfully the acquirer wielded the scissors or, in many cases, pocket knife. As a result, top condition cards are rare. In addition, these came with a coupon tab on the bottom. Fifty tabs could be exchanged for a baseball cap featuring the redeemer's team of choice. It's relatively difficult to find cards still containing the tab and that also affects the values of these cards. This particular card is missing the tab and has some minor wear. We think it would grade out at Very Good (VG). Regardless, it quickly became the favorite oddball in the Cardinal Sauce collection.
Allen Thomas Craig was born on July 18, 1984 in Mission Viejo, California. The Cardinals acquired Allen in the 8th round of the 2006 draft. Craig played 4+ seasons (2010-2014) with the Cardinals. He put up his best number in 2013 when he batted .315 while belting 13 home runs, driving in 97 runs, and scoring 71 runs. The Cardinals traded Allen during the 2014 season along with Joe Kelly to the Red Sox in exchange for John Lackey and Corey Littrell. Craig has been a mere shell of the player he was in St. Louis. Since leaving the Cardinals, he has only played 65 games and his batting average is an abysmal .139 with Boston.
2012 Topps Heritage Chrome Parallel #HP93 Home Run Leaders featuring Albert Pujols
Pujols is a new breed of player in that he is both versatile in the field and disciplined at the plate. He is athletic enough to play first base, third base or either corner outfield position. And in only his second season, Pujols is one of the game's best young hitters. Because his numbers are so good, he makes you forget that he is only twenty-two. -Tony Gwynn
I don't like the idea of "I've played nine years, I've made some All-Star teams, I make the most money. I've got to be a leader." That doesn't make you a leader. Treating people the right way is more important. -Matt Holliday
Patrick George Hentgen was born in Detroit, Michigan on November 13, 1968. The Cardinals acquired Pat along with Paul Spoljaric from the Toronto Blue Jays on November 11, 1999 in exchange for Alberto Castillo, Lance Painter, and Matt DeWitt. The one-time Cy Young Award winner (1996 with the Blue Jays) pitched the 2000 season for the Cardinals before signing with the Baltimore Orioles as a free agent after the season. During 2000, Hentgen won fifteen games while losing twelve and posting a 4.72 ERA. Hentgen's performance in the 2000 NLCS was appalling. He gave up six runs in three and two-thirds inning while posting an enormous 14.73 ERA and getting tagged with the loss. It seems that losing him to free agency wasn't that big of a loss.
Extrea, extra. Read all about it. Calling all aspiring fantasy baseball managers! Mr. Steve Emerick (aka aceecards over at TCC) is hosting an MLB Fantasy League. I am pleased to be taking part in this league after a long hiatus; however, we need at least 5 more managers. The league will be hosted on MLB.com and there is a chance to win $10K. If you are interested in taking part along with some of TCC's finest, please follow the link: TCC Fantasy Baseball League
Terry Lee Landrum was born in Joplin, Missouri on October 25, 1954. The Cardinals signed him as a non-drafted free agent on October 10, 1972. Tito played for the Cardinals from 1980-1982 and for part of the 1983 season before St. Louis sent him to Baltimore in exchange for Floyd Rayford. Landrum posted a .310 batting average for the Orioles during that season. It seemed that Tito was beginning to live up to his potential. The Cardinals reacquired Tito when they sent Jose Brito to Baltimore on March 25, 1984.
The Cardinals made Landrum an everyday outfielder during the 1984 season without much success. He batted .272 and didn't provide much run production or scoring. In the following seasons, the Cardinals scaled back Tito's playing time and released him on July 4, 1987. As it turns out, Landrum's success in Baltimore during the 1983 season was an anomaly. He never posted above a .280 batting average in any other season. However, he was a member of the 1985 NL Champions and 1982 World Series Champions; although he wasn't on the Cardinals post-season roster in 1982.
In 1985, Tito was a key player in getting the Cardinals to the World Series by batting .429, driving in four runs and scoring two runs. In the World series, he posted a .360 batting average, drove in a run and scored three runs, but the Cardinals lost the series in seven games.
Ray Jablonski was born in Chicago, Illinois on December 17, 1926. The Cardinals acquired Ray from the Boston Red Sox in the 1948 Minor League draft. Jablonski played for the Cardinals in 1953 and 1954, posting a .282 batting average while with the team, knocking in 261 runs, and scoring 144 runs. The Cardinals traded Ray along with Gerry Staley to the Cincinnati Redlegs in exchange for Frank Smith on December 8, 1954. Jablonski passed away on November 25, 1985 in Chicago, Illinois; less than a month shy of his 60th birthday.