09 March 2011

another 1978 topps dodger auto received, but it's not ed goodson

it's been a while since i learned that john hale was included on the 1978 topps dodger team card (that's him seated at the right end of the front row).  i mentioned in my open letter to ed goodson that i had sent the card to hale in the hopes that he would sign it.  he did.
he also signed copies of his actual 1978 topps card
and his 1976 topps card
but sadly not his 1978 topps burger king dodgers/update card that should have been.

hale was a dodger through most of the 1977 season before being selected on waivers by the blue jays in september.  a week or so later, the mariners claimed him and put him in right field for the 1978 and 1979 seasons.  he later wound up in the cincinnati and baltimore organizations, but not the big leagues for either club. 

here's a tidbit in line with matt's 'everybody's got a record' - when hale went 4 for 4 in 1974, he became the player with the most hits to bat 1.000 in a season.  so there.

as far as my modest 1978 topps dodger autograph project goes, i'm still stuck on 97%.

here's the tally:

team card (red adams) - through the mail success!
team card (mark cresse) - through the mail success!
team card (john hale) - through the mail success!
team card (boog powell) - through the mail success!
dusty baker - through the mail success!
glenn burke - ebay success!
ron cey - through the mail success!
vic davalillo - ebay success!
terry forster - ebay success!
mike garman - through the mail success!
steve garvey - through the mail success!
ed goodson
jerry grote - through the mail success!
burt hooton - through the mail success!
charlie hough - through the mail success!
tommy john - in person/through the mail success!
lee lacy - through the mail success!
tom lasorda - ebay success!
dave lopes - through the mail success!
ted martinez - ebay success!
rick monday - in person/through the mail success!
manny mota - through the mail success!
johnny oates - ebay success!
doug rau - through the mail success!
lance rautzhan - through the mail success!
rick rhoden - through the mail success!
bill russell - through the mail success!
reggie smith - through the mail success!
elias sosa - through the mail success!
don sutton - through the mail success!
steve yeager - ebay success!
nlcs (davey lopes) - through the mail success!

28/29 = 97%

thanks john!

2 comments:

Ryan aka Orioles Magic said...

It's cool that he signed for you but why didn't he sign your custom? Did he say?

gcrl said...

ryan - he didn't say, but he did write me a nice note essentially saying it was nice to be remembered.