in that previous post, i identified all of the players, and left the two bat boys sitting in front remain anonymous. the civilians on the left of the card were identified as general manager al campanis and trainer bill buhler, while the guys in streetclothes to the right were the ones in question. it turns out, i think my al campanis assessment was incorrect.
instead, i turned to my handy dandy 1977 and 1978 dodger yearbooks, with a little assist from the future. as in the 1980 topps dodger team card and the 1984 dodger yearbook. i'll explain.
the 1980 topps card features a skinny, gray haired man with glasses and a long neck.
see him there on the left in the dark suit? now, the guy to his left is the same guy i thought was al campanis on the 1978 card. in fact, he may well be wearing the same outfit. at any rate, even though campanis was still the gm in 1979, he had more hair than this guy, and even may have been using the grecian formula. next, look to the far right of the card at the two guys out of uniform. the one in the lighter shirt is bill buhler, no doubt. he was featured enough on dodger telecasts that i would recognize him right away. but, just for good measure, here's his entry in the 1978 yearbook.
with three down and one to go, i look through my yearbooks for the guy with glasses and a long neck and find that in 1984, bill delury was the dodgers' traveling secretary,
to prove my theory, i found an ebay auction for a team issue 1979 team photo, which actually provides the names of those pictured
so, to sum up, that middle row on the 1978 topps dodger team card consists of: dr. robert woods, bill buhler (trainer), reggie smith, ted martinez, lee lacy, dusty baker, bill russell, ron cey, dave lopes, rick monday, boog powell, lee scott (traveling secretary), jack homel (assistant trainer).
i was feeling good about all of the sleuthing i did, until i realized that i could have just gone to walteromalley.com and been done with it! now i even know the name of the bat boys - dan ayers and walt luchinger! oh well, at least my latest round of research has been vindicated.