two new players were featured for the first time in 1978 - glenn burke and lance rautzhan. let's start with them.
a few other players returned to the topps set after their absences - vic davalillo, jerry grote, and ted martinez.
there were also some other veterans who appeared as dodgers for the first time in 1978 - terry forster, mike garman, rick monday, and johnny oates.
this card of forster, with the horrific airbrushing, means that we were denied a terry forster pirates card by topps. remember, forster was still shown as a member of the white sox in 1977. forster joined the dodgers as a free agent after the 1977 season ended, and went on to have a great season in 1978. he was 5-4 with 22 saves and a 1.93 era in 47 games for the dodgers. he also went 4 for 8 at the plate, raising his lifetime batting average to .424 (24 for 59). he pitched 5 scoreless innings in the postseason, including 4 (with 6 strikeouts) against the yankees in the world series, but he did not get an at bat in either the nlcs or the fall classic.mike garman
finally, one of the 1978 topps dodgers got a final tribute in 1978, having played his last game in 1977. that would be ed goodson.
let's have a look at those career stats.
godspeed, mr. goodson.
i'll cover the rest of the team in the next post.