17 August 2014

sunday morning target dodgers - more housecleaning

just like last week, today's installment of cards from the 1990 target dodger giveaway feature some partial sheets.   when i first started showing these cards, i wasn't doing it by sheet, and now my ocd has caught up to me.

i've actually featured this max butcher card before (in this extremely lame post)
but i didn't say anything about him.  butcher's big league career began with the dodgers in 1936, going 6-6 with a 3.96 era in 38 games.  he was used as both a starter and reliever, and in 1937 he won 11 games (against 15 losses) including his first career shutout.  he was 5-4 for brooklyn part way through the 1938 season when the dodgers traded him to the phillies.

curt davis
twice in his career, davis was traded as part of a package for a hall of famer.  he was acquired by the cubs from the phillies in 1936 when philadelphia brought chuck klein back, and then two years later, the cubs sent him to saint louis in a deal for dizzy dean.  two years after that, in 1940, the dodgers acquired him, and this time he came along with a hall of famer (joe medwick).  davis pitched for the dodgers for the remainder of the 1940 season through the 1945 season, plus one appearance in 1946.  he was 66-54 with 13 shutouts in that span.  davis was the dodgers' starter in game one of the 1941 world series.  he took the loss after allowing three runs in 5.1 innings, but he held joe dimaggio hitless!

bill lamar
lamar began his career in 1917 with the new york yankees, and played for them until he joined the red sox in 1919.  that season was babe ruth's last in boston, and following ruth's sale to the yankees, the bosox sent lamar to louisville of the american association (aa) for a guy (tim hendryx) that was supposed to replace the bambino.  later that same season (1920), lamar joined the robins and helped them reach the world series.  he was 0 for 3 in the fall classic as the club fell to the indians.  lamar returned to brooklyn in 1921, appearing in only 3 games before he was sent to toledo of the aa.  he resurfaced a few seasons later with connie mack's athetics, and enjoyed some good seasons including a .356 season in 1925.

mike sharperson
sharperson is best known as the dodgers' lone all-star representative in their horrible 1992 season.  he hit an even .300 that year, but was batting .328 at the break.  he was 0 for 1 in the game, striking out against dennis eckersley in the 9th inning.  sharperson had first joined the dodgers during the 1987 season when they sent pitcher juan guzman to the blue jays in exchange for the infielder.  he played everywhere in the infield for the dodgers which i thought was pretty cool.  the dodgers released sharperson just as the 1994 season was starting, and he bounced around a bit.  he did get back to the majors with the braves in 1995, and was in the padres' organization in 1996 when he died in a car accident on his way to report to the big club, if i recall correctly.
the other 11 guys on this particular sheet are:  john rutherford and lonny frey (featured here); charlie babb (featured here); jack dalton (featured here); zack taylor (featured here); don hoak (featured here); clem labine and babe phelps (featured here); franklin stubbs (featured here); red barkley (featured here); and george stallings (featured here)

here's another partial sheet of guys that didn't get their due.

burt shotton
come to think of it, i did used this card in this evolution of the manager post.  oh well, it's worth noting again that shotton was jackie robinson's second major league manager, taking over for clyde sukeforth after two games into the 1947 season.  sukeforth, of course, was filling in for the suspended leo durocher.  shotton led the dodger club to the pennant in 1947 and then gave way to durocher.  shotton returned to the helm later in the 1948 season after durocher quit to manage the giants, and this time he stayed through the 1950 season, winning another pennant in 1949.  if you saw the movie "42", you might recall that shotton didn't wear a uniform as the manager, so the image used for the card may show him in his game attire.

roy gleason
like shotton's, i've shown gleason's card before - in an appropriate veteran's day post.  a promising player, gleason's baseball career was effectively ended with his service in vietnam.  he boasts a career 1.000 batting average, and his story is definitely worth checking out.  i am proud to sponsor his baseball-reference page.

herbie moran
moran played for brooklyn in 1912 and 1913 and had the two best seasons of his seven-year career.  he hit .271 as a dodger and superba, with a cumulative ops of .686. he was a member of the 1914 world champion boston braves, although he hit only .077 in the world series.

here are the other players that share space with shotton, gleason and moran on this sheet:  tacks latimer and ed lennox and george steele (featured here); bob caruthers and george cutshaw and red downey (featured here); nelson greene and doc mcjames (featured here); howard freigau and bill fischer and red evans (featured here); and dan griner (featured here)

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