11 February 2009

a different duke

to most dodger fans, the mention of 'duke' will elicit thoughts of the silver fox, duke snider. but, there was another.prior to the 1971 season, the dodgers traded for cleveland catcher/first baseman/outfielder duke sims, creating the need for this fantastic 1971 o-pee-chee card.

sidenote - how awesome would it be if upper deck had some of these cards in their 2009 o-pee-chee set? don't airbrush cc sabathia into the pinstripes, just use the yankees text and note that he signed as a free agent.

ok - back to duke. sims would play one and a half seasons for the dodgers before going to detroit on a waiver claim. the dodgers used him exclusively as a catcher, alongside tom haller, joe ferguson and the immortal chris cannizzaro. sims would play for the yankees and texas before retiring prior to the 1975 season.

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