a baseball card celebration of the dodgers and the infield of my youth.
02 June 2010
1978 topps joe ferguson - the card that should have been!
in july of 1978, just about 2 years after they had traded him away, the dodgers reacquired joe ferguson. in exchange for the catcher and sometime outfielder, the dodgers sent rafael landestoy and jeffrey leonard to the astros. ferguson was featured in the 1978 topps set as an astro,
but he was a big part of the dodgers nl championship team of 1978, and so deserves a place in my 1978 topps dodgers burger king/update set as well. actually, everyone who played for the dodgers in either 1977 or 1978 will get a place, but let's not diminish the role ferguson played.
houston had been using ferguson exclusively at catcher, and once he returned to la, he was used the same way as despite a couple of appearances in the outfield, but the dodgers' biggest need was for fergie to replace the struggling steve yeager down the stretch. ferguson got the lion's share of the starts behind the plate from july through late september, hitting .237 with 7 home runs. this was an improvement over yeager, who was struggling mightily at the plate, hitting below .200 with fewer home runs. still, yeager excelled at throwing out would be basestealers, leading the league at 47% (compared to ferguson's 31%).
once the postseason started, yeager was the catcher and ferguson got just one start - game 6 of the world series. in that game, he went 2 for 3 with 2 doubles off of catfish hunter, but the dodgers fell to the yankees 7-2.
without further ado, here's the 1978 topps joe ferguson card that should have been:
the photo came from a team issued postcard. not sure what year, but the sideburns sure match! this would be the only game action photo the dodgers' topps set had in 1978. that was a treat reserved for the mets, yankees, and a few other teams who may have played in yankee stadium or candlestick of all places. here's the back (which was pretty easy to do since i just had to update the number, the 'acquired' line and the team reference on the bottom):
here's to you joe ferguson, and your 1978 card that should have been!
1 - 2007 upper deck sweet spot classic steve garvey/reggie smith dual auto 2 - 2008 donruss threads steve garvey #/250
3 - 1955 topps #195 ed roebuck
4 - 1954 bowman #122 carl furillo
5 - 2015 topps yasiel puig 'robbed in right' insert
6 - 2015 topps the jackie robinson story #4
7 - 2015 topps the jackie robinson story #5
8 - 2015 topps the jackie robinson story #6
9 - 2015 topps opening day stadium scenes dodger stadium
bonus non-dodger cards -
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(1) night owl cards 3/7/15
(1) highly subjective and completely arbitrary 3/18/15
(1) off hiatus 3/20/15
(1) 2x3 heroes pwe 3/20/15
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(2) play at the plate pwe 5/16/15
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(1) tim wallach pwe 11/25/14
(1) hot corner 11/26/14
(1) play at the plate 11/26/14
(1a) tim wallach pwe 12/15/14
(1) chronicles of fuji pwe 3/16/15
(1) cards on cards pwe 3/16/15
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let's trade, part 2
i collect dodgers cards, any and all cards featuring steve garvey, ron cey, dave lopes or bill russell, all topps cards of the players who were featured in the 1978 topps set as dodgers, cards featuring dodger stadium, o-pee-chee variations, cards showing memorial patches and/or armbands, and cards showing the double play turn at second base. i am also currently working on my 1971 topps set. i have a lot of cards to trade!