February 14, 2013 |
BASEBALL CARDS are awesome - and not just because of the sound they make when flapping against bicycle spokes. They have all sorts of information. The player's height, weight, batting average from 5 years ago - tons of fun stuff. But the jocularity ends when Pete Rose's name comes up. Rob Harris, a Chicago-based writer, noticed the omission of any mention of Rose on the back of Topps' cards from this year. You see, every card has a line indicating how far a player is from a career record.
February 1, 2012 |
SKIP SCHUMAKER looks bright-eyed and bushy- tailed on his 2012 Topps baseball card. Actually, only the pant leg and cleat of the outfielder are visible. The rest of the card features the now-famous rally squirrel that ran onto the field during Game 4 of the NLDS against the Phillies at Busch Stadium last season. Topps will also print a more traditional card featuring a photo of Schumaker, who was facing Roy Oswalt in the fifth inning when the rodent darted past home plate.
July 14, 2011 |
Prosecutors said yesterday that needles and cotton balls Roger Clemens' former trainer says he used to inject the star pitcher tested positive for Clemens' DNA and anabolic steroids - evidence the defense said was faked. Assistant U.S. attorney Steven Durham revealed the results during opening arguments in Clemens' trial in Washington on charges of lying to Congress about using performance-enhancing drugs. Clemens' attorney, Rusty Hardin, responded that he won't dispute the needles contain Clemens' DNA and steroids, but accused the trainer, Brian McNamee, of "mixing" it up. "He manufactured this stuff," Hardin told jurors.
March 19, 2011 |
Senior Molly Topp scored on the rebound of a shot by team leading scorer Annabeth Donovan and Unionville made it stand up for a 1-0 victory over Downingtown East in the girls' Flyers Cup championship game Friday night at Ice Line in West Chester. Topp's goal came with 10 minutes, 2 seconds left in the third period. The Indians ended up outshooting East, 22-15. It marked the second straight year that the Indians beat the Cougars for the crown. The two teams split a pair of games during the regular season.
March 8, 2010
LOOKS AS IF TOPPS went the cheap route in putting an image of Mariners lefthander Cliff Lee on a baseball card in its 2010 Opening Day set. Instead of waiting to get a photo of Lee pitching for his new team, the company reportedly took a shot of him while he was with the Phillies and doctored it to make it look like he was wearing a Mariners uniform. Several blogs and Web sites are reporting on the digitally altered card. Apparently, whoever "transformed" Lee's duds from a Phillies to a Mariners uniform forgot to remove the HK patch that the Fightins wore last season in honor of Harry Kalas, their late, beloved broadcaster.
January 15, 2008 |
Donald D. Peck, 83, formerly of Ambler, retired president of Fleer Corp., died of complications from Alzheimer's disease Sunday at Meadowood, a retirement community in Worcester. In 1952, Mr. Peck joined Fleer, a manufacturer of bubble gum, candy and, later, baseball cards, as personnel manager. He was promoted to vice president and became president in 1971. The company had been established in Philadelphia in the 1880s and in the 1920s became the first successful manufacturer of bubble gum. As Fleer's president, Mr. Peck oversaw a five-year legal battle with a competitor, Topps Chewing Gum. Fleer contended that Topps had an illegal monopoly on the baseball-card market because it had an exclusive contract forbidding major league players from being photographed for cards for other companies.
October 22, 2006 |
The saddest cards Topps was about to print its annual Updates & Highlights set for its 2006 baseball cards when pitcher Cory Lidle lost his life in an airplane accident earlier this month. A card showing Lidle on the Yankees was planned as one of the update cards, which are due out early next month. So Topps redesigned the card to say "In Memoriam 1972-2006. " The only other time the company has done such a card was the 1964 Ken Hubbs. Hubbs, the 1962 National League rookie of the year for the Cubs, died in February before the 1964 season, in a crash while flying his private plane.
April 5, 2006 |
The billboard that appeared Saturday outside AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, said "Trade Barry. " It looked like one of those message ads paid for by concerned citizens, in this case by fans wanting the Giants to dump embattled slugger Barry Bonds. If it wasn't immediately apparent that the big sign was the launch of a commercial campaign - to promote collecting and trading baseball cards - that may be because few people really think about baseball cards these days.
December 9, 2004 |
Al Leiter returned to the Florida Marlins and Woody Williams went back to the San Diego Padres as teams moved quickly to grab starting pitchers yesterday after the first free-agent deadline of the off-season passed. Leiter departed the Mets with some degree of acrimony, getting an $8 million, one-year contract from Florida. The lefthander, 10-8 with a 3.21 ERA last season, returned to the team he helped pitch to the 1997 World Series title. Williams, part of the St. Louis Cardinals' NL pennant-winning team, is guaranteed $3.5 million by the Padres as part of a deal that could be worth $14.5 million for two years.
November 15, 2003 |
Greg Anderson, the personal trainer for slugger Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants, is a target of the grand jury investigating BALCO Laboratories, his lawyer told ESPN.com. Anderson originally was questioned by federal officials after a Sept. 3 raid on BALCO's Burlingame, Calif., headquarters. Two days later, his home, also in Burlingame, was searched by authorities. BALCO is at the heart of the ongoing scandal involving athletes and the recently discovered substance tetrahydrogestrinone (THG)