Monthly: October 2015

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Love Them Cowboy Blues: 1979 Hockey Design

Tony Dorsett, Roger Staubach, Robert Newhouse, Pat Donovan, Preston Pearson, Butch Johnson, Billy Joe Dupree, Drew Pearson, Danny White, Jethro Pugh, Bob Breunig, Ed “Too Tall” Jones, Aaron Kyle, Harvey Martin, Cliff Harris, Thomas Henderson, Rafael Septien, Tom Landry

The 1978 Cowboys were a dominating team that had speed, strength, and finesse.  Their final Super Bowl appearance of the decade ended in a loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, and 1979 would be Roger Staubach’s last season.  That team was packed with big contributors, fan favorites, and characters who spent many years with the Cowboys. RetroCards has several sets honoring that mid-late 70s Cowboy team with NHL, MLB, and NBA card designs.  This one, a great design from a 1979 Hockey set, showcases the Cowboys in their blue away jersey’s, which seldom happened with their cards during this era.

Players include: Tony Dorsett, Roger Staubach, Robert Newhouse, Pat Donovan, Preston Pearson, Butch Johnson, Billy Joe Dupree, Drew Pearson, Danny White, Jethro Pugh, Bob Breunig, Ed “Too Tall” Jones, Aaron Kyle, Harvey Martin, Cliff Harris, Thomas Henderson, Rafael Septien, and Tom Landry.  Get them here.

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The Milwaukee Brewers Only World Series Team Honored

Don Sutton, Sal Bando, Pete Ladd, Doc Medich, Doug Jones, Kevin Bass, Mike Parrott, Bob Skube., Paul Molitor, Cecil Cooper, Robin Yount, Bob Uecker, Bill Bucker, Rollie Fingers, Harvey Kuenn, Buck Rodgers, Ted Simmons, Gorman Thomas

Since 1970 the Milwaukee Brewers have entertained the baseball town of Milwaukee to various degrees, but none was more thrilling than 1982 when they won the American League pennant.  It was strange year as the Brewers underachieved during the first half of the season which led to the firing of Manager Buck Rodgers in favor of long-time coach Harvey Kuenn.  That lit a spark and the team finished strong to win their first A.L. Pennant.

This RetroCards set contains: Don Sutton, Sal Bando, Pete Ladd, Doc Medich, Doug Jones, Kevin Bass, Mike Parrott, Bob Skube.  High-energy In Action cards of Paul Molitor, Cecil Cooper, Robin Yount, and Mr. Baseball, Bob Uecker in his broadcast booth.  RetroCards fills in gaps with a league leaders card of Cecil Cooper & Bill Bucker, who led each respective league in doubles, MVP and Cy Young cards featuring Rollie Fingers, highlights of the Brewers first playoff appearance in 1981and a “Kuenn Replaces Rodgers” card, three All-Star cards (Fingers, Ted Simmons, Gorman Thomas),  a checklist, and finally a special commemorative card of Rickey Henderson breaking Lou Brock’s single season base stealing record in Milwaukee that season.  Order here!

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Cowboy Underdog Shares Secret To Success

Robert Steele Dallas Cowboys

Former athletes often time become more successful after their playing days are over.  They get into business, become motivational speakers, invest well, etc… Such is the case of long-shot wide receiver Robert Steele who elbowed his way onto arguably the most talented NFL roster in 1978, the Dallas Cowboys.  His book, Steele Here: An Underdog’s Secret To Success (Brown Books Publisher Group, 2011) depicts his unlikely road to playing on a Super Bowl team as well as his success after football. 

His former receiver coach Mike Ditka said of him, “The best thing I remember about him is that he practiced as hard as he played.  Robert would catch any ball thrown his way, run as many routes for our quarterbacks as their arms would throw, and sacrifice his body on special teams.”  After his time on the Cowboys, he moved on to the Minnesota Vikings and briefly, the Denver Broncos. 

Steele Here outlines his experiences in making it in the NFL and the journey after his playing days which led to an even greater success.  The book includes comments by Roger Staubach, Dan Reeves among others.  Check out the 5-star ratings on Amazon