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Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Tippy Martinez, 1983 Topps #631
The Orioles pretty well had their way with the Yankees in 1976. Aside from pilfering Tippy Martinez, Scott McGregor, and Rick Dempsey from New York in a single trade, Baltimore also won the season series between the two teams, 13-5. The O's hadn't done so much damage to the Yanks in any season since, but today's 9-5 win was their 13th in 18 meetings in 2014. What's more, it officially eliminated Derek Jeter and company from postseason contention. For the second straight October, the Yankees will be spectators. That hasn't happened since 1992-1993, back when Buck Showalter was still toiling to restore winning baseball in the Bronx. (We'll forgive him for his youthful indiscretions.)
As you might remember, the Yankees knocked the Orioles out of the playoffs in 1996 and in 2012. The successes of 2014 don't quite make up for that, but we'll just see where October takes us.
I can remember playing with baseball cards as a toddler, but I actually started collecting them when I was ten. Now I'm an adult looking for an outlet to talk about my hobby without receiving blank stares in return. You can contact me thusly.