you may have noticed that i've been posting cards weekly from the dodgers' 1990 target set that commemorated the franchise's 100th anniversary as a national league club. i was pleasantly surprised to find that the cardinals had a similar set issued in 1992 by mcdonald's and manufactured by pacific. it was a much smaller set (only 55 cards compared to 1095 in the dodger set) but it included a member of the team of my youth.
when smith joined the dodgers in 1976, steve yeager was number 7 so reggie eventually settled on 8, and he wore that number through 1981 when his dodger stint ended. reggie eventually returned to the dodgers in the early 1990's as the team's hitting coach, but his familiar number 8 was then being worn by third base coach joey amalfitano, so he went with number 9. here's a 1994 dodgers police card featuring smith and the rest of the coaching staff showing the unfamiliar number
now let's make a hard turn and go back to the cardinals' 100th anniversary set. whether you are a padre or cardinal fan, you would know the number of the other smith featured in the set to be 1. ozzie smith's card in the set features a nice double play turn
the dodgers' tenure in the national league began two years before the cardinals joined, so the teams have been playing against each other for 123 years now. that's 2044 regular season games, and the dodgers hold a very slight edge in the series, 1016 wins against 1012 losses. that doesn't make up for 1985 or last year's nlcs, though.