i started following baseball during the summer of 1977. more likely, early fall. i remember listening to games on the radio and watching the postseason games with my dad, but i was pretty oblivious to teams and players beyond the few dodgers i knew. as such, i didn't have any non-dodger favorites until 1978 when i starting buying and studying baseball cards.
the first guy i really liked who didn't wear dodger blue was don baylor (78-79)
pete rose (80-82)
the only reason pete rose didn't remain my favorite non-dodger until his retirement was the fact that popeye himself became a non-dodger.
steve garvey (83-87)
paul molitor (87-94)
after the strike, i couldn't wait for baseball to get going again. this time, though, i had a new non-dodger favorite.
shawn green (95-99)
but, rather than stick with raul mondesi, i chose a different guy to move to the top of the list. nomar garciaparra (00-05)
vladimir guerrero (06-07)
joe mauer (08-present)
so there it is, the list of those who have won my baseball affection without wearing the dodger uniform, with honorable mentions to rickey henderson, ryne sandberg, robin ventura, jose canseco, and ken griffey jr. but, as a team guy, keep in mind that my least favorite dodger is more of a favorite than my favorite non-dodger. some of the time, anyway.
lastly, if you have any cards for any of the players listed here, feel free to send 'em my way!