25 May 2014

sunday morning target dodgers - double dutch and some nice 'staches

another sunday, another sheet of cards from the 1990 target dodger sga set.  here are 13 more brooklyn franchise players with the 14th and 15th cards from the sheet to be shown later on today.

don crow
crow was a backup catcher with a sweet 'stache that played for the dodgers in 4 games during the 1982 season.  he was, like teammates ron cey and tom niedenfuer, a washington state alumni.  in fact, in the last of his four big league games, he caught niedenfuer and came to bat in the same inning as cey.  overall, crow was 0 for 4 as a big leaguer.

bob giallombardo
giallombardo spent just over a month in the big leagues with the 1958 dodgers.  he was 1-1 in his 6 appearances (5 starts) and posted a 3.76 era.  he got his lone major league hit in his final big league at bat - a single off of curt simmons of the phillies.

jose gonzalez
gonzalez was an active dodger when this set was produced, so i don't know why they spelled his name with an 's' instead of a 'z'.  anyway, he was a fairly highly touted prospect when he first came up to the dodgers in 1985 as i recall.  he played for the blue off and on from 1985 through 1989, going back and forth between la and albuquerque, but spent the entire season with the team in 1990.  in july of 1991, after hitting .227 in 379 games as a dodger and going 0 for 28 on the season to that point, he was traded to the pirates for mitch webster.

dutch leonard
during his four seasons with the dodgers (1933-1936), leonard was used by the dodgers primarily as a reliever.  he was 18-23 with a 3.50 era and what would have been 14 saves (including a league leading 8 in 1935) had that been an official stat back then.  as a youngster, i was confused about the dodgers' dutch leonard, not realizing that he was not the same dutch leonard who appeared on a 1979 topps card because of his 0.96 era in 1914.  after leaving the dodgers, leonard became a starter and all-star for the washington senators.

harry mcintire
here's another spelling error, i believe, as baseball reference has his last name spelled 'mcintire'.  either way, this guy was a pitcher for the superbas who lost 20 or more games in 3 of his 5 seasons with the team.  in 1906, his second year with brooklyn, mcintire once threw 10-2/3 innings of no-hit ball against the pirates before allowing a hit and losing the game 1-0.

bob miller
miller was a well-traveled hurler who pitched for the dodgers from 1963 through 1967, leading the league in appearances in 1964 and pitching in both the 1965 and 1966 world series.

wes parker
parker also played on those world series teams with miller, hitting .304 with a triple and a home run against the twins in the dodgers' 1965 victory.  however, parker is better remembered for his defensive prowess. he won gold gloves at first base in each season from 1967 through 1972, his last season in the big leagues and posted a career fielding percentage of .996 as a first baseman.  he was so well regarded as a fielder that he was voted to the rawlings' all-time gold glove team in 2007.

dutch reuther
two players nicknamed 'dutch' on one sheet!  just like the rubes last week!  this dutch (whose last name is spelled differently by baseball reference) pitched for the robins from 1921 through 1924.  he won 21 games for brooklyn in 1922.  he was a career .258 hitter who appeared as a pinch hitter in the 1925 world series although he did not pitch in the series that year, and finished his career as a member of the 1927 yankees.

fred sington
sington played for the dodgers in 1938 and 1939 following four years with the senators.  he hit .358 in 17 games with the blue in 1938 with an ops of 1.115.

harry stovey
stovey finished his storied playing career with a 48 game stint as a member of the 1893 brooklyn grooms.  when he retired, he had 122 home runs to his name, enough to be the all-time leader in that category at the time.  i expected a more elaborate mustache from this man.

dick tracewski
tracewski played in the dodgers' infield from 1962 through 1965, winning two world series rings along the way.  he was traded to the tigers shortly after the 1965 fall classic, and won a third ring with the 1968 detroit team.  tracewski was a long time tiger coach, and even managed the team for a couple of games between les moss and sparky anderson in 1979.

stan wall
wall was a member of the team of my youth, pitching for the dodgers in 1977 (and the two previous seasons as well).  you can read more about him here, after you enjoy that tremendous mustache.

ricky wright
another fine mustache!  wright debuted as a reliever for the dodgers in 1982, but his second appearance a few days later came as a starter.  he was the winning pitcher in that game thanks to a strong 6 innings against the reds.  he helped his own cause with an rbi double, and was further aided by a three-run home run off the bat of steve garvey.  in 1983, wright was one of the pieces (dave stewart was the other) that was sent to the rangers in exchange for rick honeycutt.

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