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 1974Glenn 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.

Look at

Smart move using Steve Sax batting instead of throwing.

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!

Does Don Sutton look different now?

Don Sutton trademarked that pose and you owe him $5 for viewing it.

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!!!

I believe that it was SPORT magazine that described Ron Cey thusly... Walks like a duck. Hits like a truck.

I believe that it was SPORT magazine that described Ron Cey thusly… Walks like a duck. Hits like a truck.

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.

I had a lot of 1980 Dodgers cards....apparently.

I had a lot of 1980 Dodgers cards….apparently.

The Dodgers team photo has been taken in the same spot since Dodger Stadium opened in 1962.

That's Walter Alston.

Tommy owes Don Sutton $5 for that pose.

Here are some Dodgers who became major league managers.

And we're not done yet.

And we’re not done yet.

Davey Lopes and Bill Russell were the second baseman and shortstop for the Dodgers for years.  They also became major league managers.

Big fan.

Big fan of both players…apparently.

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.

The two in the corner of the 1978 card was because it was a double.

The two in the corner of the 1978 card was because it was a double.

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.

Hi. I'm Steve Garvey.

Hi. I’m Steve Garvey.

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?

Past Wild Card Wednesdays:

New York Mets

Seattle Mariners

Toronto Blue Jays

Montreal Expos

Pittsburgh Pirates

New York Yankees

Boston Red Sox

St. Louis Cardinals

Chicago White Sox

Baltimore Orioles

Kansas City Royals

Philadelphia Phillies

Atlanta Braves

Oakland A’s

Minnesota Twins

Cleveland Indians


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