Wild Card Wednesday – Los Angeles Dodgers
The Los Angeles Dodgers were one of the best teams in baseball during my card collecting days. They went to the World Series in 1974, 1977, 1978, and 1981. They won the Series in 1981. Let’s take a look at some of these cards.
Al Downing gave up homer #715 to Hank Aaron in 1974. Glenn Burke was the innovator of the HIGH FIVE! I saw Steve Howe pitch for the Sioux Falls Canaries in 1997. I did not see Pedro Guerrero play for the Canaries in 1993 or 1994.
Don Sutton isn’t just in the National Baseball Hall of Fame due to his 300+ wins & 3,000+ strikeouts. He’s in the National Hair Hall of Fame. Look at that! Beautiful!
Doug Rau was a pretty good pitcher in the 1970’s. His last card in the series is from 1980, a year that he missed – except for four starts in San Antonio – due to injury. LANGUAGE WARNING: Tommy Lasorda came out to get Doug Rau in a game during the 1977 World Series after four straight hits. Lasorda was wearing a wireless microphone. LANGUAGE WARNING!!!
These are all Dodger Legends…Except for Sutcliffe who found his success when he was traded to the Cubs in 1984. Sutcliffe went 16-1 in twenty starts with the Cubs. His only loss was to the Dodgers. I have no video proof, but I am almost positive that Steve Yeager appeared – with Don Sutton – in an episode of the Wonderbug segment of The Krofft Supershow.
The Dodgers team photo has been taken in the same spot since Dodger Stadium opened in 1962.
Here are some Dodgers who became major league managers.
Davey Lopes and Bill Russell were the second baseman and shortstop for the Dodgers for years. They also became major league managers.
My glove in high school was a Steve Garvey first baseman’s mitt. I wore jersey #6. I had the same haircut. I really liked Cyndy Garvey in the 70’s & 80’s. That is where my similarities to Steve Garvey end.
Oh, Hi. Because I KNOW that you just spent ten minutes staring at the Steve Garvey card in the lower right corner of that last image….Here’s a closer look.
Fun Fact. The hidden lair of Lazlo Hollyfield from Real Genius is based on the Garvey Cave that is located beneath his locker in the Dodgers Clubhouse.
Lazlo was against using computers to weaponize lasers, but he was totally down with sending in almost 2 million entry forms to win a Frito-Lay contest?
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