1977 was the year i first started following baseball and the dodgers in particular. it was also the first year i opened a pack of baseball cards. one pack was all i opened that year before spending all my allowance on packs of cards in 1978.
here's a look at what the 1978 topps dodgers were doing in 1977. starting with johnnie b. baker.
baker hit .357 in the nlcs against the phillies in the 1977 postseason. he had 2 home runs and 8 rbi and was named mvp of the series. in the world series against the yankees, baker he hit another homer and drove in 5 runs while hitting .292 in the dodgers' 6-game loss.
the penguin hit 30 home runs and drove in 110 in 1977. both were career highs.
terry forster pitched in the national league for the first time in his career in 1977
mike garman was another guy improperly depicted by topps in 1977.
steve garvey swung for the fences in 1977.
ed goodson played his final big league season in 1977.
burt hooton turned his record around in 1977
like hooton, charlie hough turned his record around in 1977
tommy john continued his incredible comeback in 1977
lee lacy split his playing time in 1977 between second base, left field, right field, and third base
tom lasorda has appeared in these evolutionary posts as a player, a coach, and now for the first time as a manager.
davey lopes appeared on two cards in the 1977 set,
although he didn't lead the league for a third straight year, lopes did steal 47 bases while upping both his batting average and on-base percentage by about 40 points to .283 and .372, respectively. he hit a then-career high 11 homers (4 lead off and 1 walk off) and scored 85 runs. in the postseason, lopes had 3 rbi against the phillies and 2 against the yankees, but stole only two bases and was caught the same number of times. he did come to the mound to try to squelch the argument between tommy and doug rau during the world series, and that counts for something.
part two coming tomorrow when i'll cover the rest of the big blue wrecking crew...