i recently picked up a 1960 topps ed rakow card - number 551 in the set. not sure if that makes it high, or semi-high, but it did make it not readily available in the vintage bargain bins at the local card show.
he made his big league debut as a reliever on april 22, 1960 against the cardinals, and was greeted by future dodger darryl spencer who hit a home run on the fourth pitch of rakow's career. rakow's next appearance was as a starter in a game in which he took the loss, his only decision as a dodger. after that, rakow made 6 more relief appearances and then was asked to start the final game of the season against the cubs. despite allowing the second home run of billy williams' career, rakow pitched well - allowing just 2 earned runs over 7 innings. he left the game with the dodgers behind 3-2, so he did not get the win when the dodgers came back to win the game. still, rakow was pinch hit for by duke snider and relieved by don drysdale. that's not too shabby.
just before the start of the 1961 season, rakow was dealt to the kansas city a's in exchange for howie reed. a year later, he led the league with 17 losses. things might have been different for rakow if every team had been the washington senators - he was 6-2 with 2 shutouts and a 3.72 era against them in his career.
i'm happy to have rakow in my binder. i need just a few more cards from the 1960 set to complete my dodger team set, but they're all hall of famers or high numbers. still, i've got high hopes to complete all of my 1960s topps dodger team sets by the end of the summer.