16 March 2014

jim fairey was a dodger double dipper

[this is the sixtyfirst installment in the double dippers posts.  here are the previous posts - brett butler, omar daaleric young, nick willhitechris gwynn, mickey hatcherdave anderson, don zimmerrafael landestoy, dave hansen, jose vizcaino, hideo nomo, greg maddux, mike madduxjon garland, chan ho parkvicente romogene mauch, denny lewallyn, von joshua, joe moellerdioner navarro, rudy seanez, bart shirleyrandy wolf, ismael valdes, bobby castillo, mike devereaux, pete richert, jay johnstone, jesse orosco, lee lacy, giovanni carrara, jeff weaverted sizemore,  orel hershisertom goodwinjoe fergusoneddie murraymatt lukeken mcmullen, tim wallach, jerry grotedon suttonralph branca, todd hundley, elmer dessensguillermo motajoe beckwithjamie hoffmannbabe hermanjoe medwickjuan castroron perranoskiclyde kingpaul wanerhughie jenningsron negray, broadway aleck smithgeorge smith, and johnny cooney.]

jim fairey.  i've featured him on the blog a couple of times before, and both times, his 1968 topps rookie card figured in.  might as well make it three for three.
fairey obviously shares the space with jack billingham, although he did get a card of his own in 1969.  by then however, he was with the expos as his first stint with the dodgers ended after 99 games played in 1968 and a .199 batting average to show for it.

fairey played for the expos through the 1972 season and into spring training of 1973.  he was released by the team in late march that spring, and was picked up by the dodgers.  here's his 1973 topps card, which was printed too soon to capture his return to the dodgers.
fairey's four years in montreal resulted in 290 games played and a .245 batting average, by the way.  if only topps had put fairey's card in the last series, maybe they would have taken the time to make some changes to his uniform.  perhaps it might have looked like this
actually, it probably would have looked worse.

fairey only played in 10 games for the dodgers in 1973, but he did cement his status as a double dipper, so at least that's something.  his low game count was obviously not enough to warrant inclusion in the 1974 set, but i went ahead and made this card that should have been anyway.
the photo comes from the great steve's baseball photography pages, and would have fit right in with the 1974 set, i believe.  even though the photo is from 1968 (fairey wore a different number during his second go-round with the dodgers).

i do have one other card of fairey's that really was made, and that is his 1990 target card
here's to you jim fairey - another dodger double dipper!

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