[this is the forty-seventh installment in the double dippers posts. here are the previous posts - brett butler, omar daal, eric young, nick willhite, chris gwynn, mickey hatcher, dave anderson, don zimmer, rafael landestoy, dave hansen, jose vizcaino, hideo nomo, greg maddux, mike maddux, jon garland, chan ho park, vicente romo, gene mauch, denny lewallyn, von joshua, joe moeller, dioner navarro, rudy seanez, bart shirley, randy wolf, ismael valdes, bobby castillo, mike devereaux, pete richert, jay johnstone, jesse orosco, lee lacy, giovanni carrara, jeff weaver, ted sizemore, orel hershiser, tom goodwin, joe ferguson, eddie murray, matt luke, ken mcmullen, tim wallach, jerry grote, don sutton, ralph branca, and todd hundley.]
elmer dessens first came to the dodgers in an august, 2004 trade with the arizona diamondbacks. he wound up appearing in 12 games for the dodgers over the remainder of the regular season, making one start and finishing with a 1-0 record and a 3.20 era. that lone start that dessens had came in game 161 which is also the game in which steve finley hit the walk-off grand slam to send the dodgers to the postseason for the first time since 1996.
in the postseason, dessens appeared in game one of the nlds against the cardinals, allowing a mike matheny solo home run in 1.1 innings of work. that was enough for topps to make a card, ok - half of a card, of dessens in their 2005 topps total release
sharing space with kelly wunsch. wunsch, by the way, had his career end when he was injured while warming up in the bullpen at coors field in july of 2005. that's not the way anyone wants to go out.
dessens remained with the dodgers for the 2005 season, and posted a 1-2 record with a 3.56 era in 28 appearances (7 of which were starts). after the season ended, dessens signed with the royals as a free agent. he received a card of his very own in upper deck's monstrous 2006 flagship set
here's to you, elmer dessens - a dodger double dipper!