Monday, July 27, 2009

Hall of Fame Weekend and a Cardboard Crime

A rather quiet Hall of Fame weekend unfolded inducting among others Jim Rice and Rickey Henderson. Jim Rice, the media antagonist, paid for it by repeatedly being snubbed by voters over the years, and Rickey, well he'd be the first to tell you his induction was a no brainer. A quick look at their rookie cards and career numbers.
First, a cardboard crime in, Jim Rice's 1975 Topps shared RC.

I'm glad the market has moved away from Group or Shared RC cards. Jim Rice was an 8 time All-Star and league MVP in 1978. He hit for a career average of .298 with 2,452 hits including 382 HR's resulting in 1451 RBI.

Rickey Henderson would not have wanted to share the spotlight with anyone and didn't have to on his 1980 Topps RC card.

Henderson retired (eventually) as the career leader in walks, runs scored and stolen bases. The best lead-off hitter the game ever saw. In his youth he was magical on the base paths. A 10x All-Star and league MVP in 1990. His 24 year career resulted in 3055 hits and 1406 stolen bases. Not devoid of power, he belted 297 HR's in his career and finished with an average of .279 and a OBP of .401

Congrats to both stars from my youth.


Dave said...

Yes a deserved congratulations to them both especially Jim who had to wait so long to make it. Next year's election is going to be interesting - for mind there are no real stand out candidates.

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