a footnote to history - the cubs and dodgers were in discussions about a trade that would have sent mickey hatcher (another double dipper) and beckwith to chicago for old friend bill buckner, but that fell through when beckwith's vision problems surfaced. instead, the dodgers sent hatcher to minnesota for ken landreaux, and buckner did not join the pantheon of dodger double dippers.
anyway, beckwith returned to the majors in july of 1982, and stayed there with the dodgers through the 1983 season. he was 5-5 with 2 saves over the course of those two seasons, and got his first taste of postseason action in the 1983 nlcs with 2.1 scoreless innings in 2 games against the phillies. after the 1983 season, however, beckwith was traded to the royals for three minor leaguers. here's his 1984 fleer update card
back in la, beckwith appeared in 15 games and did not earn a decision. his first and last outings were by far his worst of the season, allowing multiple runs while recording just one out, and he was released after the season ended. sadly, there are no 1986 traded or update cards featuring beckwith as a dodger, nor were there any cards made for him in 1987.
i do have, however, a few cards that he signed for me through the mail, including his 1980 topps rookie card
here's to you joe beckwith, thanks for double dipping and signing stuff for me!