29 June 2009

bill russell through the mail success!

two weeks is all it took for the dean of the dodger infield to sign and return his 1978 topps card to me.
russell is the la dodger all-time career leader in a few categories - games played, singles, and intentional walks (hitting in front of the pitcher has its advantages). in fact, he is the all-time franchise leader in intentional walks, second (to zach wheat) in games played, third in singles, sixth in hits, tenth in doubles, and the list goes on. he went on to succeed tommy lasorda as manager, and also served as a tampa bay devil rays coach. it was strange to see him in a non-dodger affiliated uniform. currently, russell works in some capacity with the umpires.

for more of his career exploits, all as a dodger, check out my monthly (roughly) posts on the evolution of the infield.

this is the 9th piece (and second of the infielders) in my modest 1978 topps dodgers autograph project. here's the tally:

team card
dusty baker
glenn burke
terry forster
steve garvey
ed goodson
jerry grote
burt hooton
charlie hough
tommy john
tom lasorda
dave lopes
ted martinez
rick monday
rick rhoden
bill russell - through the mail success!
reggie smith
elias sosa
don sutton
steve yeager
nlcs (davey lopes)

9/29 = 31%

thanks bill!


Dinged Corners said...

That is GREAT. Nice looking card.

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