here's johnny oates, one of the two 1978 topps dodgers who are unfortunately deceased.
i was happy to see this on ebay with a $5.99 buy it now and free shipping.
oates was acquired by the dodgers from the phillies in exchange for former rookie of the year ted sizemore. he saw a fair amount of action in 1977 backing up steve yeager, along with jerry grote and kevin pasley. after three years in la, oates would play for the yankees until retiring in 1981.
he would go on to manage the orioles and rangers, leading the rangers to three division championships (including their first ever in 1996) and winning the 1996 american league manager of the year award along the way. he was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2001 and died three years later. his number is retired by the texas rangers.
this is the fourth step in my modest 1978 topps dodgers autograph project.
here's the tally:
ron cey - through the mail success!
johnny oates - ebay success!
doug rau - through the mail success!
lance rautzhan - through the mail success!
nlcs (davey lopes)
4/29 = 14%
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