today's sheet of 15 brooklyn/los angeles ballplayers is not a bad one. some big names and some good stories. here goes another installment of cards from the 1990 target dodgers set that celebrated the franchise's 100 years of membership in the national league.
if brown looks young on his card, that's because he is young on his card. after quitting school at the age of 12 to work on the docks with his uncle, brown was signed by the dodgers at an open tryout, and he debuted as a major leaguer in 1944 at the ripe old age of 16. i believe that he is the youngest position player to appear in the major leagues (reds' pitcher joe nuxhall was younger), and he is certainly the youngest to ever hit a home run in the big leagues, having connected in 1945 at the age of 17. over the course of 7 seasons with the dodgers, brown appeared in 272 games and hit .237. it appeared that he might finally realize his potential when, in 1952, he hit .320 for the cubs, but he regressed in 1953 and his 9-year major league career came to an end at brown's ripe old age of 25. he continued to play in the minors, and set a record by reaching base safely in 20 consecutive plate appearances.
bream, who debuted as a dodger in 1983, was never really a threat to greg brock as the dodgers' first baseman in their post-steve garvey days. he played in a total of 66 games for the dodgers from '83 to '85, hitting .159, before he was traded to the pirates in the bill madlock deal. bream had some solid years as the pirates' first baseman, but he is best remembered as a brave - the brave who scored on francisco cabrera's pinch-hit single in game 7 of the 1992 nlcs against the pirates to send atlanta to the world series.
before. as a double dipping member of the 1977 and 1978 dodgers, he's good by me. even if he's wearing bobby welch's number in the photo used for his 1990 target dodgers card.
1971 topps rookie card.
don't you know. 1925, the year represented in petty's photo (we know this thanks to the national league 50th anniversary patch that teams wore that season), was the first of four seasons in which petty pitched for the robins. overall, he was 54-59 with a 3.52 era. his 17 losses in 1926 (when he had an era of 2.84) led the league, although he lost 18 games the following year (with a 2.98 era) without suffering the shame of leading the league again.
big jim) pitched for the robins in 1924 and 1925. he was 0-3 in 1924, pitching in 11 games, 5 of which were starts. roberts made it into only one game in 1925, giving up an unearned run in his lone inning of work.
double dipper wally hood. overall, schmitz was 2-5 in 26 games for the dodgers, but the best part of his tenure was that he was included as a dodger in the 1952 topps set.
i've told his story before. the 1969 rookie of the year was traded by the club to the cardinals for dick allen, and then reacquired in a trade with the redbirds involving joe ferguson. the dodgers later traded sizemore away as the player to be named later in the move that brought johnny oates on board from the phillies.
i recently posted about having just entered the 'yeager' year of this blog.
like i said up top, that was a pretty good sheet of cards. we'll have to see what next week brings.