Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Against the Grain

Neil Armstrong was the first person to walk on the moon.  Amelia Earhardt was the first female to fly across the Atlantic Ocean by herself.  Jackie Robinson was the first African-American to play in Major League Baseball.  Madeline Albright was the first female US Secretary of State.

All of these people are famous for their hard work and accomplishments, but let's face it... they're even more famous because they were "firsts".  That's because we as a society have always valued being first.  Think about it.  When you were a kid and would race your friends across the blacktop, did you want to be first or last?  When picking teams for sports, did you want to be chosen first?  When you're at a baseball game and arrive at the concession stands, have you ever celebrated being the last in line?

Well today's the last day of the month... and it's time to break tradition and start celebrating famous "lasts".

#1:  Last MLB pitcher to reach 350 wins:  Greg Maddux

2016 Topps Tribute Rightful Recognition Printing Plate #NOWGM


#2:  Last person to sign the Declaration of Independence:  Charles Carroll

1992 Starline #230


#3:  Last MLB player to steal 100 bases in a single season:  Vince Coleman

2008 Upper Deck Goudey Graphs #GG-VC


#4:  Last NBA player to score 100 points in a single game:  Wilt Chamberlain

1989 Kenner SLU Legends #NNO


#5:  Last MLB pitcher to throw 300 innings in a single season:  Steve Carlton

2003 Flair Greats Cut of History #NNO


#6:  Last player to win 2 Heisman Trophies:  Archie Griffin

2012 Exquisite Collection Legacy Signatures #EL-AG


#7:  Last MLB pitcher to throw a no-hitter while on LSD:  Dock Ellis

1972 Topps #179


#8:  Last US President to serve four terms:  Franklin Delano Roosevelt

1972 Topps U.S. Presidents #31


#9:  Last MLB player to hit .400:  Ted Williams


Perez-Steele Great Moments #13


#10:  Last NFL player to rush for 2,000 yards:  Adrian Peterson

2009 Donruss Classics Monday Night Heroes Jerseys Prime #1


#11:  Last MLB pitcher to win 20 games and lose 20 games in the same season: Phil Niekro

2014 Topps Archives Fan Favorites Autographs #FFA-PN


#12:  Last NHL goalie to play without a mask:  Andy Brown


1974 OPC WHA #58

Well that's my list.  What about you?

What are some of your famous "lasts"?

Happy last day of January and sayonara!

8 comments:

  1. I'll continue with hockey. Last player to reach 200 points in a single season.
    Wayne Gretzky, 215 in 1985-86. Probably the last time. Last time I saw someone post signed cards of both Greg Maddux and Ted Williams. Today. ;)

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  2. No famous lasts for me, but man I'm loving that Maddux, and see it with a Neikro auto too. Its a good night.

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  3. Here are two that I know for some odd reason:

    Last guy to get a hit in Ebbets Field....Don Zimmer
    Last guy to score a point for the BALTIMORE Colts...Raul Allegre

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  4. Last pitcher to appear in 100 games in a season: dr. Mike Marshall
    Last player driven in by Steve garvey: Bruce bochy

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  5. I was thinking of Gene Cernan, who recently passed away. The last man to walk on the moon.

    Something about these sound so final. A few might be "the most recent", while others definitely closed the door behind them.

    Hope we send some people to the moon again.

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  6. The goalie without the mask boggles my mind.

    Love that Niekro auto.

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  7. Last person to write a comment for this post? Not me, Fuji hasn't replied to the comments yet :-)

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  8. hackenbush - yeah, some of those hockey records will never be broken. gretzky's 215 will never be broken (unless there are some major rule changes). it's been 2 decades since someone broke the 150 barrier.

    john miller - thanks. the maddux was a huge addition to my pc.

    commishbob - nice trivia. i've wanted to add a zimmer auto to my collection for quite some time now. as for allegre, that's a name i've not heard in a long time.

    gcrl - yeah... a few players have come close, but marshall is the only man in mlb history with that under his belt.

    adam kaningher - i hope we eventually make our way back to the moon. i'm sure at some point, some private corporation or country will decide it's worth it financially.

    matthew scott - i know... it's insane that they used to stand in front of the net without a mask

    steve - it's official. i have replied. will it be the final comment? only time will tell.

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