McFarlane Releases Photos of Cooperstown Series 6
Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth and Nolan Ryan Historic Poses Headline New Series
Toys Posted 10/17/2008
Toys has unveiled photos of Cooperstown Series 6 Sports Picks.
series offers a different look than previous series, including:
- Babe Ruth
as a pitcher, and in both New York and Boston uniforms
- Nolan Ryan starting
his classic wind-up, with event-specific detail
- Lou Gehrig from one of
baseball's classic moments
In addition, TMP gives a double salute
to Kansas City with Bo Jackson and George Brett, and Rollie Fingers showing off
one of the game's brightest uniforms and best-ever mustaches.
Here is Cooperstown
LOU GEHRIG: New York's powerhouse first baseman dominated
the American League for 14 full seasons, amassing the fifth-most RBI in history.
The enduring legacy of the "Iron Horse" was his consecutive games-played streak,
which started on June 1, 1925, and lasted 2,130 games. Gehrig was a two-time MVP
and won six World Series for New York, but is perhaps best-known for his farewell
address at Yankee Stadium. Just two months removed from his retirement from the
game, Gehrig stepped to the microphone on July 4, 1939. Having been diagnosed
with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (commonly referred to as "Lou Gehrig's disease")
he addressed the crowd in a moving speech, referring to himself as "the luckiest
man on the face of the earth."
GEORGE BRETT: Kansas City's
dominant third baseman delivered 21 brilliant seasons - taking the Royals to the
playoffs seven times and winning a title in 1985. He was a 13-time All-Star, a
Gold Glove winner, and a three-time batting champion, but Brett did his most damage
in 1980. His season included a 37-game hit streak, and a 2-for-4 day left him
hitting .400 on Sept. 19 - just 14 games away from becoming the first player to
hit .400 since Ted Williams in 1941. Brett's pace slowed down a touch (ending
the year hitting .390), but he took home the MVP award, eliminated the rival Yankees
in the ALCS and led the Royals to the World Series.
With a mustache that would make any movie villain proud, Fingers confounded hitters
for 17 seasons with Oakland, San Diego and Milwaukee. One of the best pure relievers
in MLB history, Fingers piled up 341 saves (10th all-time) and pulled off a rare
double-dip in 1981, winning the A.L. Cy Young and MVP awards. He was at his best
during Oakland's dynasty in the early 1970s, appearing in 16 World Series games
and stifling the competition with a 1.35 ERA, two wins and six saves while the
A's rattled off three straight championships.
BABE RUTH 2:
Babe Ruth is synonymous with the home run - having led the A.L. in homers 12 times,
and holding the single-season and all-time home run records for several decades
each. Ironically, George Herman Ruth first made a big impression on the mound;
he was a standout pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, winning 89 games over six seasons,
including 23 wins in 1916 and 24 wins the next season. In the 1916 World Series,
Ruth allowed a first-inning inside-the-park home run to Brooklyn Robins (look
it up) center fielder Hy Myers, before silencing the opposing lineup for the next
13 innings - Boston won the game 2-1 and went on to win the World Series four
games to one. Ruth emerged as an irreplaceable slugger, but still managed to get
some pitching in after becoming a Yankee in 1920. Ruth pitched in five games for
New York over the years, and while the rust showed (5.51 career ERA as a Yankee)
he managed to win all five games he appeared in with New York.
JACKSON: Jackson's phenomenal talent was on full display in the 1989 All-Star
Game. Kansas City's left fielder crushed a lead-off home run off Rick Reuschel,
and followed that up with an RBI groundout to give the American League a 3-2 lead.
Jackson promptly stole second base, as well as singling off Tim Burke to lead
off the fourth inning. He was named the game's MVP in the middle of his best season
- he hit 32 homers with 26 steals and 105 RBI in 1989. Bo also played running
back for the Los Angeles Raiders, and became the first athlete to play in the
All-Star Game in two major sports. A 1991 hip injury against the Bengals forced
hip replacement surgery, but Bo's baseball career continued - he played two seasons
with the White Sox and one with the Angels before retiring in 1994.
RYAN 3: Nolan Ryan took the mound on Saturday, Sept. 8, 1990 to face the Kansas
City Royals. He shut the Royals down in short order with two strikeouts and a
pop-up in the first inning, and leaned in to face Bo Jackson to lead off the second
inning. The Royals' clean-up hitter (also the Raiders' starting running back)
tore into the first pitch, sending a comebacker straight back towards the mound.
The baseball smashed into Ryan's chin, but the veteran pitcher recovered in time
to throw out the speedy Royal at first. With his chin split open and bleeding
heavily, and his team 16.5 games out of the playoff hunt with 23 left to play,
Ryan made an impressive decision. He stepped back onto the mound and looked in
for the next signal from catcher Mike Stanley. Ryan would throw seven innings
that day, allowing one run on three hits while striking out eight batters. He
got a no-decision, but his choice to stay in the game became the picture of "Texas
tough" and a true highlight of his Hall of Fame career.
of the Cooperstown Collection features seven figures (Babe Ruth will be available
as a Red Sox and a Yankee) and is scheduled to arrive on shelves in February 2009.
photos of Cooperstown Series 6