bob welch began his big league career by striking out two of the first three batters he faced. he ended it by striking out edgar martinez, but then allowing a walk and two singles around three groundouts. in between, he won 211 games (115 as a dodger) and provided one of the first big baseball memories of my fandom - his game 2 strikeout of reggie jackson in the 1978 world series.
the following year i was able to wrest away his 1979 topps rookie card from a yankee fan neighbor in a lopsided (for me) trade by reminding him that welch has struck reggie out on the biggest stage possible.
welch's career came to an end when the players went on strike in august of 1994. he had been used primarily as a reliever by the a's that season, and was featured in only a few card sets the following year.
1995 fleer ultra
and 1995 topps
i was a big fan of welch and wasn't too pleased when he was traded to the a's. i remember feeling happy for him during the pregame introductions prior to game 1 of the '88 world series - at least he made it back to the fall classic. i was also happy when he won the cy young award and another ring with the a's. still, i prefer to think of him as a dodger.
here's a signed 1981 topps card of welch that i picked up somewhere along my collecting way.
then, a couple of years ago, i sent one of his 1979 topps rookie cards through the mail to a private signing