besides the shadow.
at first glance, i assumed that the dodgers' catcher caught on darrell evans' 1979 topps card is jerry grote. what do you think?
the 1978 dodgers had 5 different catchers: steve yeager, joe ferguson, jerry grote, johnny oates, and brad gulden. yeager caught in 3 games against the giants at san francisco in 1978, but only two of those games had darrell evans batting while yeager was behind the dish. ferguson caught in a total of 5 games on the road against the giants during his tenure with the dodgers in 1978. grote and johnny oates both caught in a couple of games at candlestick in 1978, but all 3 of gulden's appearances in 1978 were against the padres.
i'm going to stick with jerry grote. this is based purely on the back of his head and the fact that he's using a soft cap (instead of a helmet) with the bill turned up. that's classic grote. that would mean that the photo used is from either the may 27 or september 12 game. the may 27 game was a saturday game - the first of a doubleheader. the september game was a tuesday, but it was also a 'getaway' day, so it may well have been a day game, too.
i find it interesting (and pretty cool) that the evans card is almost a negative of steve garvey's 1979 topps card