rafael landestoy appeared in 15 games for the 1977 national league champion los angeles dodgers, plus one game in the postseason. those few appearances weren't enough to warrant a card in the 1978 topps set, but, thanks to my 1978 topps burger king dodgers/update project, that wrong is corrected. here then is the 1978 topps rafael landestoy card that should have been:
landestoy didn't play in the 1977 nlcs against the phillies, but he did appear in the world series against the yankees. in game 1, with the dodgers trailing 3-2 in the top of the 9th, landestoy pinch ran for steve yeager who had walked with one out and dusty baker on first. a lee lacy single scored baker with landestoy moving to second, but davey lopes and bill russell stranded him there and the dodgers went on to lose in extra innings.
as i mentioned earlier, landestoy returned to the dodgers a few years later in one of the worst trades al campanis ever made, but i'll save that tale for the upcoming 'double dipper' post.
here's to you rafael landestoy and the 1978 topps card that should have been!
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