a baseball card celebration of the dodgers and the infield of my youth.
06 July 2010
1978 topps hank webb - the card that should have been!
did you know that hank webb pitched for the dodgers in 1977? i didn't until i started doing research for the 1978 topps dodger team card. even though he made only 5 appearances, that's enough to qualify for inclusion in my 1978 topps burger king/update set project, so here is the 1978 topps hank webb card that should have been:
complete with a back:
this would also be webb's final tribute, as he did not appear in major league game after 1977. webb was acquired by the dodgers from the mets in february of 1977 for rick auerbach. he spent the majority of 1977 in aaa at albuquerque as a starter, and was called up in september.
he allowed runs (2) in only 1 of his 5 appearances. his final appearance was to close out the dodgers' 1977 regular season, as he pitched the final 2 innings of game 162 against the astros at dodger stadium. his last inning was kind of an interesting way to go out - in the top of the 9th, he allowed a double to enos cabell, but then got cesar cedeno to ground out with cabell taking third. bob watson hit into a fielder's choice (cabell out at home) with watson reaching base. joe cannon, the pinch runner, was then caught stealing for the third out. in the bottom of the frame, webb was pinch hit for by jerry grote, and that was the end of his big league career. webb was back in albuquerque in 1978, but never got the call to return to the majors.
i used webb's 1976 topps card for the image, and photoshopped the logo on the hat and 'bleached' his uniform.
the pose is similar to rick rhoden's on his 1979 topps card,
so i was able to lift the dodgers uniform script from that image and paste it on webb. i think it turned out ok, except that webb didn't wear number 29 for the dodgers. oh well, topps would have done the same, i think.
here's to you, 1978 topps hank webb card that should have been!
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, and cards showing the double play turn at second base. i am also currently working on my 1971 topps set, and i am starting to put together a 1974 topps set as well. i have a lot of cards to trade!