Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The 100 Best Finds in a 30-Dollar Lot: #50

Good God, am I only halfway through this madness? I need to show some Iron Man-like endurance to finish this thing. Soooooo...

2007 Fleer Ultra #UIM-10 Cal Ripken Ultra Iron Man

The back of this card states that when Ripken hit for the cycle in 1984, he was only the second Oriole to do so. For a team that had been around for thirty years by then, that seems unlikely.

A little more research informed me that hitting for the cycle is not as common as I would have thought. Brooks Robinson hit the first one for the O's in 1960, Ripken in '84, and the only ones for the team since then were Aubrey Huff in 2007 and Felix Pie in 2009.

There have been 291 hit in the history of MLB, and the last season without one was 1983. So far, there hasn't been one in 2011. In fact, cycles are only slightly more common than no-hitters, of which 271 have been pitched.

Oh, well... let's just hope there are 50 more great things left in the box.

Editor's Note: This post was written on 6/24/2011 and post-dated. Presumably, four players, three of them Baltimore Orioles, have hit for the cycle since I've been on vacation, thus rendering this post completely off-base. Thank you.

1 comment:

Kevin said...

Actually, Felix Pie became the fourth Oriole to hit for the cycle back in 2009.