31 August 2009
i was lucky enough to see sutton pitch several times, including once in his final stint with the dodgers in 1988. he was clearly on his last legs then, but was still surprised to be released by the team during the heat of the pennant race. i can't blame him for being upset about it, but i think even he would agree that he was just about done.
he and steve garvey famously fought/wrestled/scratched each other in a clubhouse brawl that centered around what many believed to be garvey's fake image. apparently, sutton brought garvey's wife into the discussion and fisticuffs ensued.
but enough of that. here's to you, don sutton - the guy sandy koufax once referred to as 'the only 300 game winning teammate i ever had', and the only hall of fame player from the team of my youth!
28 August 2009
1994 mike piazza.
1993 leaf lenny harris
1991 topps ramon martinez.
1976 topps willie crawford.
thanks rod! and happy reading!
27 August 2009
2009 topps kevin slowey too bad he's done for the year - the twins could really use him right now.
thanks ed! let's do it again sometime - i promise to get things posted quicker!
26 August 2009
all haeger has done is go 7 innings in each of his two starts. he gave up 3 runs his first start (and lost) but held the cubs scoreless in his most recent outing picking up the win. it's always nice when you can bring up a guy to fill in and he does the job. just look at the mess the twins are in right now with their pitching. none of the minor league guys are able to give the bullpen any rest.
and then there's the aforementioned padilla.i went the o-pee-chee route with him, since he has yet to make his debut with the dodgers. i remember in 1988 when the dodgers traded pedro guerrero, and the word was addition by subtraction. i hope this isn't subtraction by addition. here's hoping he wears the dodger blue well.
25 August 2009
it's so far, so good for joe torre (2008-present). in his first season as dodgers manager, he led them back to the nlcs for the first time in 20 years, and here in his second year he has them sitting atop the nl west with the best record in the national league. while i am not complaining at all about torre's performance, there is a part of me that wishes russell could have continued the tradition of longevity as the dodger manager, but it wasn't meant to be. it would at least have been nice to hire a dodger like mike scioscia. it looks like he knows what he's doing.
24 August 2009
anyway, here's a nice return from bill buckner. buckner is pretty much a sure thing (it took only 9 days), but he charges $10 per auto. that's ok with me; i think he's earned it.
with that in mind, i sent a 1972 topps and a 1978 topps for him to sign.
the 1972 card
is his first solo issue, after two years of multi-player rookie cards, and comes complete with the topps rookie cup.
his 1978 card is his first with the cubs, but that's how i will always picture him, because the 1978 card was the first of his that i ever saw. buckner was part of the dodgers' legendary draft of 1968, and was traded to the cubs in the rick monday deal after the 1976 season. he wound up playing 8 seasons for the cubbies (same as he did for the dodgers, if you count his one at bat in 1969), and led the league in batting average in 1980.
we all know about buckner and the 1986 world series (i choose to blame bob stanley and calvin schiraldi, not billy buck), but let's not forget that this guy played in four different decades and retired with over 2700 hits, good for 55th all-time. not too bad.
thank you bill buckner!
21 August 2009
i mentioned recently that he lacked a proper 'final tribute' card - a 1978 topps (he doesn't have a 1977 topps card either, for that matter). that all seems wrong, so here is my rendition of a 1978 topps al downing.the card would fit right in with the high number of spring training shots the dodgers have in their 1978 set, although the picture is of a younger downing, probably circa 1974 or so. still, topps has been known to re-use photo sessions.
i should note that all of these final tribute cards i have created should have a back with the final career stats (that's the whole point of a final tribute in my mind) but i just don't have that much time or patience. i did make an exception with downing since it's a 1978 card. i did print one out and sent a note explaining the card and asking him to sign it so i could add it to the modest 1978 topps dodgers autograph project, but he returned it unsigned with a note that he was not a member of the 1978 team.
still, i think it's a nice looking card that al downing deserved to have made.
here's to you, al!
19 August 2009
johnstone had two stints with the dodgers - first from 1980 to mid 1982, and then again in 1985 which would be his final season. he played well in the post season - first for the phillies in 1976 and 1977, and then for the yankees against the dodgers in 1978 - but he saved his biggest post season hit for the 1981 world series as a dodger against the yankees. in the bottom of the 6th inning in game 4, johnstone hit a 2-run pinch hit home run off of ron 'whiplash' davis to tie the game at 6. the dodgers would score 2 more runs in the 7th, and would wind up beating the yankees 8-7 to even the series at 2 games apiece. they would win the next two games to claim their first championship since 1965, and johnstone would go on to perform on solid gold with his teammates steve yeager, jerry reuss and rick monday. i shudder to think what might have happened had johnstone not hit that home run...
18 August 2009
1993 upper deck jay buhner.buhner is crashing jr's party, much like eric karros is known to do.
1992 fleer ultra jose oquendo
1996 pinnacle summit gary disarcina
1989 upper deck mark mclemore
2008 upper deck chone figgins season highlights
2008 topps stadium club john lackey
2007 topps allen & ginter jered weaver
2007 topps allen & ginter gary matthews jr sketch card
2005 upper deck flyball garret anderson
2002 donruss originals darin erstad
1999 upper deck encore mo vaughn
2005 upper deck robb quinlan
2001 topps heritage darin erstad
1999 skybox thunder charles johnson
1996 pinnacle jim abbott.
1995 upper deck minors luis raven
1994 topps team stadium club salomon torres
1994 score rookies and traded gold rush bo jackson
1994 leaf ken griffey jr.
1991 upper deck kirk gibson
1991 topps stadium club dave winfield
1990 classic bert blyleven
1987 fleer reggie jackson
1989 upper deck wally joyner