reggie smith's signature is on my short list of favorites. harmon killebrew used to preach the importance of a nice signature to young twins players, and i can see reggie doing the same to players for whom he served as a mentor. i recently bought this 2004 upper deck usa baseball 25th anniversary signature card of reggie
reggie was a coach for team usa, and for the dodgers, too after his playing days were done. i wonder which active major leaguer is carrying his career torch...
on october 3, 1982, reggie suited up for a major league game for the last time as a player. unfortunately, he suited up in a giants' uniform, as his 1983 fleer card attests.
terry forster pitched through the 1986 season, getting his last taste of big league action on october 2, 1986 as a member of the american league west champion angels. here's his 1986 fleer update card.
oddibe mcdowell, of course, was himself a member of team usa back in 1984 during the olympics held in los angeles. here's his 1985 topps team usa subset card.
one thing about that 1985 topps mcdowell card - when i first opened some packs in '85, i took a look at the couple of checklist cards i had pulled and reviewed the 'hero' numbers to see if steve garvey was given any respect from topps (his 1985 card is number 450, so yes, he was respected) and i saw that card number 400 was oddibe mcdowell. i followed major league baseball pretty closely, but did not know who this guy was and actually freaked out a little bit that a player i did not know could command such a number on topps' checklist.
back to mdowell's career now. mcdowell did not play in the majors for three years following the 1990 season, but he made his way back into the rangers' lineup in 1994. on august 10 of that year, in what turned out to be the final game of the season due to the players' strike, mcdowell went 0 for 2 with a sacrifice. that sac bunt, against the mariners' jim converse, was the last time mcdowell went to the plate in his big league career.
converse (seen here on a 1995 topps stadium club card)
jody reed, the man who spurned the dodgers' free agent offer which led to the pedro martinez/delino deshields trade, saw his career end on august 22, 1997 in a laugher against the brewers. he's a padre (and turning two) on his 1997 topps card
alberto reyes last pitched in the majors in 2008. i don't think he had too many cards over the years, so here's a 1996 upper deck collector's choice card from early in his career.
andy marte stuck with cleveland through the 2010 season (this is his 2007 topps heritage card),
his signature has potential.